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Past Recipients

2003 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service Award

Mr. Richard E Cregar

Richard Cregar of Cheboygan, who received his bachelor of arts degree in business in 1958, is the retired president and chief executive officer of Cregar Enterprises. In the 1960s, Cregar began his long history of service to MSU by becoming chairperson of the Hospitality Alumni Group in Detroit. He served on the advisory committee for MSU's Management Education Center in Troy, as chairperson of The Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Association, the national alumni board of the MSU Alumni Association, the MSU Development Council and the MSU President's Club. He also was a member of the Friends of Kresge Art Center and the Cowles House Council. In 1996, MSU's The School of Hospitality Business honored him as a founder on its Wall of Fame.In his professional career Cregar found many opportunities for service. He served two years as president of the Michigan Restaurant Association, receiving both the Distinguished Service Award and Restaurateur of the Year Award. He served nine years on the board of the National Restaurant Association. He and his wife, Cherrill, are members of MSU's Hannah Society.

Mr. Terrence Dale Jorgensen

Terrence 'T.D.' Jorgensen of Marietta, Ga., who received his bachelor of arts degree in hospitality business in 1967, is president and chief executive officer of the Group Benefits Agency in Marietta. Jorgensen revived an inactive MSU Alumni Association regional club in Norfolk, Va., and later became a key volunteer in the expansion of the MSUAA's regional club in Atlanta, Ga., from about 15-35 participants to more than 2,800 Spartans. The club recently named its endowed scholarship fund after Jorgensen. He also serves on boards of numerous organizations, including Vietnam Veterans, Georgia Veterans and the NAS-Atlanta/Dobbins Air Force Base. He spearheaded the fund-raising efforts that led to the building of the Family Life Center. For his distinguished military service, Jorgensen has received the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with 7-Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He became the top corporate recruiter for Aetna Life & Casualty, and he continues to work in sales management. He founded the Nurnberg American High School Alumni Association and served as its president.

Dr. Orville C Krause D.V.M.

Orville Krause of Armada, who received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1949, is the owner and operator of Krause Veterinary Clinic in Armada. Krause served as president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association in 1977 and received the MVMA Veterinary Service Award in 1984. He also received the College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989 and was a founding member of the MSU Alumni Association's Macomb County regional club. He has served as mentor to many MSU students. Krause also has served as instructor in the Veterinary Technology Program at Macomb County Community College and as a 23-year member of the Armada School Board. He has been active with 4-H youth programs. He has won numerous honors, including the Melvin Jones Award from the International Lions Club. The Armada High School athletic field was dedicated in his honor.

Ms. Susan Jean Unger

Honored along with her spouse Ti Unger who was nominated bythe College of Communication ArtsSusan Unger of Grosse Pointe Shores, who received her bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1972, is senior vice president and chief information officer for DaimlerChrysler in Grosse Pointe Shores. Unger has been a force for positive change at MSU. As a member and former president of The Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Association, she helped arrange high-profile chief executive officers such as Michael Dell of Dell Computers and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft as keynote speakers for the Broad Executive Forum. She serves on the advisory board for the college's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. She helped organize DaimlerChrysler's participation in MSU fund-raising efforts and currently serves as a member of the MSU President's Campaign Cabinet. Unger has won numerous awards, including being named 2002 'CIO Of The Year' by Salomon Smith Barney and making Crain's Detroit Business' 2002 list of 'Detroit's Most Influential Women.' In 2001, she was named as a 'Top 25 eChampions' by B2B magazine.

Mr. Timothy Joseph Unger

Timothy Unger of Grosse Pointe Shores, who received his bachelor of arts degree in advertising in 1972, is a retired advertising executive with BBDO in Detroit. Unger has served the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences as a member of the executive committee of the alumni association and by taking a leadership role in the college's fund-raising efforts as a member of the Capital Campaign Leadership Council. He has also served on the Department of Advertising Advisory Board. Unger had a successful career as an advertising executive, primarily with BBDO Detroit, where he was vice president account supervisor and project management supervisor. He supervised more than $4 million in annual billings, which included major accounts such as DaimlerChrysler. He earned many awards, including a Bronze Award from the International Film and TV Festival of New York in 1978.

Mr. Robert S Workman

Robert Workman of Oro Valley, Ariz., who received his bachelor of arts degree in history in 1967, is the owner of Workman Insurance and Investments Company in Oro Valley. Workman has served for years as president of the MSU Alumni Association's Tucson regional club and most recently was a member of the MSUAA's National Alumni Board. He has organized and hosted numerous events for MSU presidents, deans and athletic directors and has introduced MSU to countless high school students at Tucson's College Night. He is a member of MSU's West Coast Regional Council and the Jonathan L. Snyder Society. He established a scholarship for MSU students from southern Arizona. Workman is very active in community affairs, having served as president of the Amphitheater Public School's Foundation and raising more than $100,000 for health programs for needy children. A graduate of the Greater Tucson Leadership Program, he is founder and chairman of the State Of The Town event. He is a member of the Minuteman Committee, which supports the 162nd Air National Guard Unit.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Mr. Craig D Brown

Craig Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Eli Broad College of Business, majoring in accounting, in 1973. Vicki Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education, majoring in special education, in 1975. He is now president and CEO of Keelers Ridge Associates, LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition, he owns the Greenville Drive baseball team, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. They actively support academic and athletic programs at MSU. Craig also serves on the Athletic Director's Advisory Council and chairs Spartan Innovations. Formerly, he oversaw the MSU Foundation Board. In recognition of their generosity, an area of the Spartan Stadium North End zone bears their names. The Browns also belong to MSU's Empower Extraordinary President's Capital Campaign Cabinet.

Mrs. Stella Hall Cash

Stella Cash of Bath, who received her master's degree in institution administration in 1980, is president of Food Creations Inc. and former director of dietetics in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the MSU College of Human Ecology. Cash excelled for more than 25 years in teaching, receiving MSU's Outstanding Teacher Award and both the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) 'Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award' and the Medallion Award, among many other honors. In 1996-98, she attracted an audience of 500,000 with her weekly television program on Media One. She served as president of the Michigan Dietetic Association and received the MBA Award for professional excellence.In retirement, Cash has maintained high visibility in her profession, serving as president of the ADA Foundation and has continued to consult nationally and internationally. She served as co-chairperson of MSU's All-University Capital Campaign in 2001 and 2003, and currently serves as president of the University Club.

Mr. Joseph Michael Colucci

Joseph M. Colucci of Clarkston, who received his bachelor of arts degree in mechanical engineering in 1958, is president of Automotive Fuels Consulting Inc. in Clarkston and an international expert on vehicle emissions and fuel economy. As General Motors' fuel efficiency expert for many years, Colucci led GM's efforts to improve commercial fuel and lubricant quality for better vehicle performance and reduced vehicle emissions. When President George H. Bush signed the Clean Air Act, it included nearly all the technical recommendations for gasoline composition recommended by Colucci. As a result, by 1995 more than 100 million Americans are breathing cleaner air as auto emissions dropped by 20 percent. Colucci was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 2002. He received the Octane Week Executive of the Year Award in 1981 and 1995. In 2001, he received the Society of Automotive Engineers' Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation, and in 2003 he was named recipient of the Claude Erickson Award - the highest award given by MSU's College of Engineering.

Gen. Donald Graham Cook

Donald G. Cook, Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, who received his bachelor of science degree in communication arts in 1969, is commander of Air Education and Training Command, U.S. Air Force, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base.In his 34-year military career, Cook has served in many leadership positions that have impacted many communities and currently is responsible for more than 100,000 military and civilian people serving the bases in Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He led U.S. efforts to ensure U.S. fighters had the full benefit of space systems, and he formed the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile team into the world's preeminent land-based nuclear force. Cook is one of only 13 Air Force active-duty, four-star generals, the highest rank an officer can achieve in the military. He has played key roles in many military-civilian organizations, the latest being the Air Education and Training Command Community Council. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He also has received two Legion of Merit medals.

Ms. Mary Ruth Dawson

Mary Ruth Dawson of Valencia, Penn., who received her bachelor of science degree in zoology in 1952, is curator emeritus of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Throughout her career, Dawson has performed field studies of major significance to the scientific community. She uncovered the first prehistoric mammals within the Arctic Circle, in addition to fossil remains of alligators and tortoises, demonstrating that 55 million years ago the area was warm and frost-free swampland. She provided evidence of a land bridge from North American to Europe. In 2001, she provided the first documented occurrence of mammals having a North American origin, migrating to Western Europe 50 million years ago. In 2002, Dawson became the first American woman and only the second woman to receive the prestigious Society of Paleontology's A. S. Romer G. Simpson Medal. In 1981, she received the National Geographic Society Arnold Guyot Prize. In 1987, she was named a 'Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania' by Gov. Bob Casey.

Dr. Felipe Korzenny Ph.D.

Felipe Korzenny of Tallahassee, Fla., who received his master's in communication in 1975 and his doctorate in communication in 1977, is a professor of communication at Florida State University, and principal and co-founder of Cheskin Research Inc. Redwood Shores, Calif. As a professor at La Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, at MSU, and at San Francisco State University, Korzenny wrote or collaborated on more than 100 academic publications and edited four volumes on intercultural communication, setting a standard for scholars in the field. In 1987, he founded the nation's largest marketing and communication research firm specializing in the Hispanic American market, generating more than $1 million in annual billings. In 1999, the firm was consolidated with Cheskin Research Inc. Korzenny has volunteered countless hours in mentoring others and his activities have been formally recognized by San Francisco State University. One former advisee, Linda Watson, dedicated her book 'How They Achieved' to Korzenny, her 'best mentor.'

Dr. Steven Arnold Leibel M.D.

Steven A. Leibel of New York, N.Y., who received his bachelor of science degree in human biology and medicine in 1970, is the chairperson of the Department of Radiation Oncology and director of the Radiation Oncology Regional Network at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Recognized internationally as a distinguished physician, scientist and teacher, Leibel has made tremendous contributions to the field of radiation oncology. He introduced three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) and launched a series of clinical trials in prostate cancer. He developed techniques for 3DCRT and then intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) used for patients with cancer of the prostate, head or neck. Leibel has served as president of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). He has regularly been listed as one of the 'Best Doctors in New York' by New York magazine. He has won multiple 'Teacher of the Year' awards, and in 2002 was awarded ASTRO's prestigious Gold Medal.

Mr. Jack D Sweet

Jack D. Sweet of Dallas, Texas, who received his bachelor of arts degree in history in 1951, is the founder and chairperson of Guardian Mortgage Co. Inc. in Richardson, Texas. After founding his company in 1965, Sweet built it to a giant, servicing $1.25 billion in loans, and opened branches in Michigan and Texas. He serves on the boards of Texas Bank and Trust and the Mercantile Bank of Naples, Fla. Sweet began his career with the U.S. Air Force serving as a special agent from 1951-56. A strong supporter of the arts, Sweet was a charter member of MSU's College of Arts and Letters' National Advisory Council. He helped create the I.M. Pei-designed Meyerson Performing Arts Facility, home of the Dallas Symphony. He and his wife, Margaret, are active supporters of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area's symphony, opera, public radio and art museums. He and his wife are members of MSU's Frank S. Kedzie Society.

Dr. Jacqueline Diane Taylor Ph.D.

Jacqueline Taylor of Grand Rapids, who received her master's degree in higher education administration in 1982 and her doctorate in college and university administration in 1986, is the vice president for diversity and cultural affairs at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. A leader in education, Taylor has served colleges in Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, notably by creating partnerships. She and five superintendents established the first Middle College in Pennsylvania for at-risk high school students that are still operating today with success. She also helped establish the Davenport University Humber College in Canada and the Ningbo University project in China. She serves as president of the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and has received numerous awards, including recognition as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Western Michigan. A strong MSU supporter, Taylor as served as president of the National Alumni Board, as a director on the College of Education Alumni Board, as president of the MSU Alumni Club of West Michigan, as a charter member of the Featherstone Society and as a member of the Beaumont Tower Society.

Dr. Clarence Underwood Ph.D.

Clarence Underwood of East Lansing, who received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in education in 1961,'65 and '82, respectively, is the former MSU athletics director and former deputy commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. Underwood enjoyed a sterling career in education at East Lansing High School, Northern Michigan University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in Chicago with Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, before joining MSU in 1972 as assistant athletics director. After serving a year as associate director of the MSU Alumni Association, Underwood moved to the Big Ten Conference, where he became the primary administrator for men's sports coaches. He initiated programs, still successful, that addressed minority and equity issues. After returning to MSU in 1991, Underwood implemented MSU's first formal compliance program. He also developed cultural programs for students. As athletics director from 1999-2002, MSU enjoyed major success in athletics. Among numerous honors, Underwood was named one of seven recipients of the 1999 National Student-Athlete Day Giant Step Award, which was awarded by President Clinton at the White House.

Mr. Paul Harrison Woodruff

Paul Woodruff of Malvern, Penn., who received his bachelor of science and master's degrees in civil engineering in 1959 and 1961, respectively, is the founder and chief executive office of Environmental Resources Management Inc. (ERM) in Malvern.In 1971, Woodruff became president of an environmental services consulting firm in Philadelphia. In 1977, he founded ERM and in two decades turned it into a global leader with $300 million a year in revenues and 2,400 employees in 35 countries. Now retired, he remains an active investor and director in several environmental businesses. Woodruff has been active serving on nonprofit boards in education, human health and welfare. He has received numerous awards, including the Claude R. Erickson Award from MSU's College of Engineering. He was former president of the MSU Alumni Club of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Marcia, are members of MSU's Frank S. Kedzie Society.

Honorary Alumni Award

Dr. Helen K Grace

Helen K. Grace of Beresford, S.D., a semi-retired nursing consultant and a nationally recognized leader in nursing education and community-based primary care practice. Grace received her bachelor's degree from Loyola University, her master's degree from the University of Illinois and her doctoral degree from Northwestern University. In 1983, Grace established the Battle Creek RN-BSN program, which continues to this day. She helped establish MSU Healthy U with several grants from the Kellogg Foundation. She became a charter member and chairperson of MSU's College of Nursing Board of Visitors in 1997. Her advocacy led to the MSU Nursing HealthCare Center, a national model for academic nurse-managed, primary care health care centers. In 1999, Grace joined MSU's Jonathan L. Snyder Society by establishing the Helen K. Grace Endowed Visiting Professor for Clinical Practice. Grace has authored nine books and numerous articles and frequently appears on national television addressing issues related to nursing.

Dr. John Hardie Hoagland Ph.D.

John Hoagland of East Lansing, a professor emeritus of marketing and supply chain management in The Eli Broad College of Business. Hoagland received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin University, his master's degree from Harvard University and his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. After joining the MSU faculty in 1952, Hoagland pioneered many innovative education programs. He initiated the first undergraduate purchasing major and created financial assistance programs for both undergraduate and graduate students in the field. He helped establish the executive seminar in purchasing and materials management, the longest-running executive program at MSU. Hoagland pioneered the proper use of statistical analysis to create the monthly ISM indices, now widely used by business and government. He has published many professional papers, among them his seminal research on purchasing activities and the business cycle.

Mr. Thomas Izzo

Tom Izzo of East Lansing, head coach of the MSU men's basketball team, who received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University, where he also starred in football and basketball.In two decades at MSU, Izzo has risen from a graduate assistant position to an elite coach in his profession. Beyond his major success - four straight Big Ten championships, three Final Four appearances, one national championship and multiple National Coach of the Year awards - he also is known for running a program with integrity, graduating his players and making his players better in every respect. Izzo has an 80 percent player graduation rate record and many of his players are in the professional ranks. In the three years from 1999-2002, he had six players drafted early in the NBA - tops in the nation. In the past four years, five of his assistant coaches have become head coaches. Izzo has supported numerous charitable causes and university projects, including the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, Sparrow Hospital and St. Vincent's Home for Children. Because of his high national visibility, Izzo has given MSU incalculable benefits in national prestige and reputation.

Mr. Van W. Snider

Van W. Snider Jr. of Farmington Hills, president and executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association in Livonia. Snider received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and his master's degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is currently director of the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan and serves as the show manager of the annual Detroit Boat Show and the Spring Boating Expo in Novi. Snider collaborated with the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station to develop research projects that focus on the boating and marina industry, and helped develop a $100,000 scholarship and internship program for MSU students. As a member of the Department of Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources External Advisory Committee and a member of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Stakeholder Group, he advocates MSU's interests before legislative and industry groups. His efforts have led to MSU being known as a leading institution for boating research.

Philanthropist Award

Mr. Byron J Cook

The Honorable Dolores M Cook

Dolores Cook of Greenville, who received her bachelor of arts degree in communication arts and sciences in 1954, is a member of the MSU Board of Trustees, and Byron Cook, who received his bachelor of science degree in geology in 1954, is vice president and partner of Cook Brothers in Greenville, will receive a Philanthropist Award from the MSU Alumni Association. Dolores and Byron Cook met as undergraduates at MSU and have since become great advocates for the university and its land-grant philosophy. One of their goals was to set aside resources to give back to their alma mater. They recently pledged $1 million for the School of Music Building endowment fund during last fall's Capital Campaign kickoff. As a two-term member of MSU's Board of Trustees, Dolores Cook has served MSU as chairperson and also as goodwill ambassador. She participates in numerous university events. Byron Cook has been a leader in business and community affairs, having served as chairperson of the United Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the Greenville area Community Foundation, and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.