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Past Recipients


2010 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service Award

Mr. David E Havrilla

David Havrilla, '70, is a retired insurance agent in Okemos, Michigan. During his career, he was active raising funds for organizations such as the Red Cross, Haven House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Lansing Ballet Association, Easter Seals, Camp Highfields, United Way, Ingham County Fine Arts Committee, St. Martha School of Okemos, and other community organizations. He was renowned for his tireless fundraising efforts throughout the community. Many of his fundraising activities were in concert with MSU, where he is a member of the Snyder Society, Landon Society and Wharton Legacy Circle. He has served as a past president and board member of the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club, and as a member of the Wharton Center Advisory Council from 1988-1990. He regularly drives MSU dignitaries in his 1972 green Cutlass convertible during the Homecoming Parade. In 2009, he created a tailgate cookbook that raised more than $20,000 for Haven House.

Mr. George Leland Rock

George 'Lee' Rock, '49, retired in 1990 after 36 years with the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, in the research and patent departments. He has served as president of the Instruments Society of America, and in many leadership roles with the Rotary Club. He was president for three years of the Service Corps of Retired Executives. He is co-founder of the Cadillac Area Conservancy. He has been inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society. He has supported the MSU Electrical Engineering Design Day Humanitarian Project. Professionally Rock worked as an electrical engineer in Milwaukee, and then joined Dow for the next 36 years, working as both engineer and as a business executive in research, patent and business development. After retirement, he worked as a venture capitalist partnering with MSU to identify and develop patents related to technology.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Mr. Bill Livingood

The Hon. Wilson Livingood, '61, has served as Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995. An elected officer, he is the chief law enforcement and protocol officer for the legislative body. He is only the 36th person to hold this post since 1789. Previously he spent 33 years as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service, serving as executive assistant to the director from 1989-95. Livingood is a participating member of the International Association of Police Chiefs, the Texas Police Association, and the National Sheriff's Association. He serves as a resource for MSU social science students, providing tours of the U.S. Capitol for students in professional development classes or internship programs in Washington, D.C. He received the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award, and was inducted into the MSU School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame in 2000.

Mr. Craig R Murray

Craig Murray, '76, is the owner, founder and CEO of the CMP Entertainment Group in Burbank, California, one of the largest creative agencies and production companies in entertainment with 150 employees in four offices. CMP clients include Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount, the Discovery Channel, Microsoft, TLC, Universal and Sony Pictures. CMP has spearheaded more than 500 motion picture campaigns, and received more than 400 major industry awards. Murray's company has maintained an ongoing internship program with MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences since 1990'hosting more than 10 MSU interns and hiring more than 20 MSU graduates. One of Murray's clients is fellow Spartan Bill Mechanic, co-producer of this year's Oscars, who hired Murray to produce the nomination film clips for the Academy Awards show. A member of MSU's Abbot Society, Murray received the MSU Alumni Association's 'Alumni Service Award' in 1997.Congratulations Craig, you are great Spartan and a good friend.(By the way, we are swimming as you read this.) The Lafontants

Dr. Linda Jean Stone M.D.

Dr. Linda Chapman Stone, '65, is a wife, mother, grandmother, family physician and retired medical educator. She is currently special assistant to the dean for humanism and professionalism for the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She was a family physician in Columbus, Ohio, for 25 years, and then became a fulltime educator at Ohio State's Department of Family Medicine. In 2004, she was named College of Medicine Professor of the Year. Dr. Stone has served as vice president of Ohio Health Corporation and as executive vice president of the Medical Group of Ohio. She was a founding member of the Elizabeth Blackwell Center for Women's Health. She is currently chair of the Gold Humanism Honor Society's Biennial Meeting in 2010. She has received numerous awards, including the Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2003 from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 from the OSU College of Medicine.

Dr. Wee Kiat Tan Ph.D.

Kiat Tan, MS '67, former CEO of the National Parks Board of Singapore, currently serves as CEO of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, a horticultural leisure attraction. After working at a couple of botanical gardens in Florida, where he also served as director of the Orchid Identification Center of the American Orchid Association, he returned to Singapore in 1983 and rose to become director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1990. As the first CEO of the National Parks Board, Tan concurrently served as a founding member of the Singapore Environmental Council, as board member of the National Environment Agency, trustee of the World Orchid Conference, and trustee of the Loke Cheng Kim and HSBC Care-for Nature foundations. He was awarded gold medals by the Singapore government and also a medal for meritorious service in 2007. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal Achievement Award of the American Orchid Society, of the Gold Medal from the Fellowship of the Orchid Society of South East Asia, and Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Memorial.


Honorary Alumni Award

Dr. William Lazer

William Lazer, an internationally renowned marketing scholar, was a member of the MSU faculty from 1955-1983. He then became the Eugene & Christine Lynn Eminent Scholar in Business and Distinguished Research Scholar at Florida Atlantic University. A past president of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Lazer has received numerous awards, including the AMA's Irwin Award and Wayne Lemburg Award. He has published 19 books and more than 200 articles. He is the founding editor of the famed Wiley Marketing Series. Very active in civic affairs, Lazer served as a member of the MSU Alumni Association's board of directors. He regularly advises young MSU faculty members and helps arrange meaningful professional contacts for them, and he also regularly lectures to MSU hospitality students. A member of MSU's John Hannah Society, he recently helped establish the $300,000 Dr. William and Joyce Lazer endowment in The School of Hospitality Business.

Mr. Angelo Rafael Oricchio

Angelo Oricchio, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a very successful entrepreneur and a great humanitarian. In 1984 he became general manager of Cafe Pinhal, a coffee exporting business in Santos, Brazil. In 1990 he joined Paramount Coffee Company in Lansing, Michigan, becoming vice president in 1991 and CEO in 2005. Since 2002 he has played a key role in MSU's Partherships for Food Industry Development (PFID) to help create sustainable outcomes in Guatemala and Nicaragua. He also supported MSU's efforts in Rwanda through the Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages (PEARL). Working with MSU, he has helped raise money to help coffee growers in Rwanda and other causes. Last May he coordinated a project that culminated in the distribution of 400 goats among the coffee growers of Gashonga, Rwanda, helping cement the relationship between Rwanda farmers, MSU and Paramount. As a part of this project, he also contributes 50 percent of the value of each bag of Rwandan coffee sold via MSU Students Advancing International Development'money that helps buy vaccines for various communities.


Philanthropist Award

Mr. Edward I Schalon

Marcella (Marcie) Schalon, '46, MA '47, and Ed Schalon (posthumous), have given MSU $2.3 million in cash gifts, including $1.7 million to the Eli Broad College of Business to establish the William C. and Martha H. Gast Business Library Endowment in honor of Marcie's parents; $450,00 for the Change at Childhood Clinic Endowment; more than $200,000 in gifts during the 1992-95 capital campaign; and many smaller gifts to the Spartan Fund, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the MSU Libraries Endowment Fund, F.A. Mike Jones Memorial Fund, and MSU Safe Place. Schalon is currently in the process of establishing an endowed scholarship in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences through a $250,000 cash gift and a $250,000 charitable annuity in honor of her daughter Susan Schalon.

Mrs. Marcella J Schalon

Marcella (Marcie) Schalon, '46, MA '47, and Ed Schalon (posthumous), have given MSU $2.3 million in cash gifts, including $1.7 million to the Eli Broad College of Business to establish the William C. and Martha H. Gast Business Library Endowment in honor of Marcie's parents; $450,00 for the Change at Childhood Clinic Endowment; more than $200,000 in gifts during the 1992-95 capital campaign; and many smaller gifts to the Spartan Fund, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the MSU Libraries Endowment Fund, F.A. Mike Jones Memorial Fund, and MSU Safe Place. Schalon is currently in the process of establishing an endowed scholarship in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences through a $250,000 cash gift and a $250,000 charitable annuity in honor of her daughter Susan Schalon.

Mrs. Marcella J Schalon

Marcella Gast Schalon of St. Joseph received a bachelor's degree in social work in 1946 and a master's in social work in 1947. She is a longtime advocate for education, family and children.As a social worker with the Lutheran Church, Schalon has made strong commitments to higher education with her support of many MSU initiatives, including the School of Social Work's Chance at Childhood Program. With her support, the Chance at Childhood Social Work and Law Clinic was launched in East Lansing in 2003. In 2001, she and family members provided key funding for an outpatient service in St. Joseph.Schalon was instrumental in the successful restoration of Silver Beach, a historic park near St. Joseph. Other behind-the-scenes efforts include the MSU library expansion and the expansion of a local art center. She has worked to increase symphony activities and visibility in the community, and was involved in projects for community center buildings and special education programs.

Mr. Michael Benson Serling

Michael B. Serling of Orchard Lake graduated in 1966 with a degree in history and in 1970 received his law degree from the MSU College of Law. He is an attorney in Birmingham, specializing in environmental and product liability.Serling taught in Detroit public schools while attending law school and began his private practice in 1972. He now employs 25 people specializing in environmental law with a focus on asbestos contamination. His clients include more than 300 school districts, building owners and individuals from 20 states, Europe and Israel. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at MSU.Serling has been chairperson of the MSU Jewish Studies Advisory Board since 1998 and has helped raise approximately $3 million. He has served on MSU's Development Board and currently serves on the President's Cabinet in The Campaign for MSU. He is also on the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Council and the Michigan Region Anti-Defamation League.

Mr. Michael Benson Serling

Michael Serling, '66, JD '70, is president of Michael B. Serling, P.C., a law firm in Birmingham, Michigan, specializing in environmental law and product liability. Serling and his wife Elaine are members of both the Kedzie and Landon Societies, with $900,000 in cash gifts and a $1 million estate commitment. Serling's support helped endow the Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Chair in Israeli Studies with the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition to his personal gifts, another $650,000 were given in his honor by the Jewish community. Serling and his wife also established the Serling Endowed Fund for Israel Studies with a gift of $100,000. He also has supported the Spartan Fund, the Colleges of Human Medicine and Music, the Campus Arboretum Fund and MSU Hillel. He was instrumental in getting Elie Wiesel as MSU's Commencement Speaker in 1999.


Young Alumni Award

Ms. Monica Lynn Braman

Monica Braman, '03, is a systems and test engineer, proprietary programs, at The Boeing Company in Maryland Heights, Missouri. She is working on a special high security project in Las Vegas, Nevada. She previously worked as an avionics engineer with a focus in electronic warfare, achieving 'Top Secret Security Clearance' in 2008 and has won many company honors and awards. As part of the MSU Alumni Association's Young Alumni Initiative, Braman accepted a leadership position with the Greater St. Louis Alumni Club, and then became president. Under her leadership, the club was reorganized and its membership tripled. The club also launched an endowed scholarship in conjunction with MSU's 'Spartan Scholarship Challenge.' The club has hosted countless events and supported a growing number of alumni in the Greater St. Louis area with career and social development. She has also served on the Alumni Advisory Board of MSU's Applied Engineering Sciences group.

Dr. Manpreet Kaur Singh M.D.

Manpreet Kaur Singh, MD '02, is a doctor and assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Menlo Park, California. She has authored 16 peer reviewed research articles and served as principal investigator for five research grants. In 1997 she founded the South Asian Preventative Health Outreach Program, and in 2004 co-founded the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Interest Group. A rising star in medical research in the area of bipolar disorder, she was awarded the 2009 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award by the National Institute of Mental Health. She has won numerous other awards and fellowships, including the 2007 and 2008 Stanford University Dean's Fellowship Award for Postdoctoral Scholars, the 2007 Travel Grant Award, The Stanford University Helena Anna Henzl Gabor Young Women in Sciences Fund and the 2009 American Psychiatric Association Young Minds in Psychiatry International Award for Research in Bipolar Disorders.