UPDATE * Dick Beals, '49 (see Fall 1984, p.10), the voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer in 212 TV commercials from 1952-64, will reappear in that role to celebrate the product's 60th anniversary. Beals, who has done voices in 2,000 ads and 3,000 cartoons, has an advertising agency in Escondido, CA, where he lives. Soon to be published will be his motivational autobiography, Thinking Big. * William Small, '61, M.A. '64 (see Summer 1991, p. 34, a veteran of Washington D.C. and the nation's top health care associations, has been named executive director of the Association of Biotechnology Companies, the world's largest biotechnology trade group.
I really enjoyed your cover story about Judy Lanier's deanship at Michigan State. Her stepping down creates a temporary loss but the new dean, we hope, will bring fresh ideas and a new vision to make the College of Education that much stronger. We also appreciate your highlighting our constituent group's activities, in particular the awarding of $1,000 scholarships to deserving students every year.
Mary Lee Gwizdala President College of Education Alumni Association
FINE AND TIMELY
Congratulations on the fine and timely article on Irvin Vance's program for minorities in science. Many school districts give plenty of support for low achievers but offer very little for students with outstanding potential. Vance's program helps to fill this need. It is one of the best such programs in the nation and demonstrates yet another way MSU contributes to society as a land-grant institution.
Lawrence Ziewacz, '65; M.A. '66; Ph.D. '71 Professor, American Thought & Language
I recently received a copy of Dr. John A. Hannah's eulogy delivered by President John DiBiaggio. Many alumni in India attended MSU during Dr. Hannah's presidency and we well know the dedication with which he sought to build the topmost land-grant university in the world. The least we can do here in memory of Dr. Hannah is to come together, establish a strong alumni organization, and link up with the MSU Alumni Association.
Sundaram Krishnamurthi, Ph.D. '49 Madras, India
We really appreciate your recent feature story about MSU's leadership role in education. It was very fitting to have Dean Judith Lanier on the cover. It was a fine tribute to someone whose contributions over the years are incalculable and our alumni board really appreciates your support for our activities.
Cassandra Book Associate Dean College of Education
Here in Naples we love the MSU Alumni Magazine. It's the only way we have of keeping in touch now that we live in Florida 11 months of the year. It was especially nice to see our friend Eli Broad on the cover (Fall 1991) and to know he has done so well and been so generous to the university.
Ruth & Morley Murphy, '55 Naples, FL
We were delighted to see the photo of President John DiBiaggio addressing the Tokyo University of Agriculture 100th Anniversary Conference (Winter 1992). Attending this function as visiting faculty members, we were very impressed with President DiBiaggio's grace and distinction in representing not just MSU but all of the cooperating universities. His remarks at the centennial celebration were very well received by a large audience that included their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
Pat and Frank D'Itri MSU Professors, American Thought & Language and Fisheries & Wildlife
In the last issue, we misprinted the name of John McConnell, founder of Worthington Industries, Ohio, with Bob McCurry of Toyota U.S.A. McConnell was on campus last fall and was honored with the first John A. Hannah Award by the Downtown Coaches Club for his support of the university as well as athletics. McConnell is a member of the Frank S. Kedzie Society, which honors supporters who have given $1 million or more to MSU, and he is the National Co-Chair for the Midwestern States for MSU 2000. He recently endowed the John McConnell Chair in Business Administration and made a significant gift to the new business building. --Editor.