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2011 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service Award

Mr. Steven R Heacock

Steve Heacock grew up in Gaylord, Michigan and was blessed with wonderful hard-working parents. His father was a serviceman with Consumers Power and his mother was Otsego County Clerk, as well as the church organist. It was natural that, at the age of 14, Steve began working at various jobs, from grocery clerk to radio announcer. Steve met his future wife, Brenda, in high school when Tom Gill (MSU Master's in Education) became superintendent of Gaylord Public Schools. They were married just before Steve's junior year at MSU. Steve obtained his B.A. in accounting, with honors, in 1978. Brenda also graduated from MSU in 1978 with a B.A. in French, with high honors. They have been married 35 years and have been blessed with three daughters ' Sarah, Kirsten, and Erica. After leaving MSU, Steve worked for Price Waterhouse in Detroit. While he enjoyed his work as a CPA, he felt compelled to pursue a law degree in 1982. Two years later he obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from University of Michigan Law School and joined Warner, Norcross and Judd in Grand Rapids. Personally, the Heacocks experienced healthcare challenges as daughter Kirsten was born with heart defects and later diagnosed with leukemia. The experience led to Steve's conviction to help others in similar situations. He left the partnership to join Priority Health and later became the chief administrative officer of the Van Andel Institute. He is now senior vice president of Community Relations at Spectrum Health. Steve has served in myriad volunteer roles focused primarily on kids, those with disabilities and the future of West Michigan. He played a key role in the creation of the Convention and Arena Authority, a city-county-private sector collaborative that owns the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place; and the Grand Rapids campus of the MSU College of Human Medicine. In addition Steve has served on boards for many organizations, including: Kent County Commission, Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, Developmental Disabilities Council of Michigan, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, United Bank of Michigan (with MSU alumnus Art Johnson), World Affairs Council, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and First Steps (with MSU alumnus Kate Pew Wolters).


Distinguished Alumni Award

Mr. William Clark Bunting

Dr. Kenneth C Earhart M.D.


Honorary Alumni Award

Dr. Carole Ames

Carole Ames served as dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University for 18 years before stepping down last summer. A respected leader on campus and beyond, she has been heralded for her efforts to make the education programs, research and faculty at MSU among the very best in the nation. Since she arrived in 1993, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the university's programs in both elementary and secondary education as No. 1. Additionally, several other study areas are ranked within the respective top 10. Ames initiated the college's first online-only degree program and a commitment to integrating technology with teaching and learning that persists today. She also championed new efforts to ensure cutting-edge research makes a difference in schools and communities through, for example, the Education Policy Center, the Office of K-12 Outreach, and partnerships with urban schools in Detroit and Chicago. Ames has been especially concerned with embracing global perspectives. Among other international programs and research projects, she recently established a college-sponsored opportunity for all doctoral students to study educational practices in another country.Ames also is a professor of educational psychology and a nationally and internationally known expert in the area of motivation. Prior to her appointment at MSU, she served as associate and acting director of the Institute for Research on Human Development and then chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the effects of classroom structure, competition and teaching practices on children's motivation to learn, and on school and family relationships. Her scholarship and research have been recognized with the award of fellow status in the American Psychological Association. She has held several professional leadership roles and served on boards of many educational associations and committees of the National Academies. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University and her doctorate from Purdue University.


Philanthropist Award

Mrs. Bernadette Marquez

Bernadette Bott Marquez graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bernadette Marquez worked for many years as a nurse, most recently at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Today Bernadette Marquez manages a corporate giving program that she established in 2000 for the prominent oil and gas company, Venoco, Inc. She also serves on the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Timothy Marquez is founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Venoco, Inc. which is a public, Denver-based energy company. He also was founder and chief executive officer of Marquez Energy, LLC. Together, the couple founded The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Led by Bernadette Marquez's devotion to the profession of nursing and inspired by the education she received from Michigan State University, the leadership commitment from The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation will enable the relocation of the college's Nursing Research Center and faculty into the Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research. Construction of the Bott Building is underway, adjacent to the Life Sciences Building.

Mr. Timothy M Marquez

Bernadette Bott Marquez graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bernadette Marquez worked for many years as a nurse, most recently at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Today Bernadette Marquez manages a corporate giving program that she established in 2000 for the prominent oil and gas company, Venoco, Inc. She also serves on the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Timothy Marquez is founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Venoco, Inc. which is a public, Denver-based energy company. He also was founder and chief executive officer of Marquez Energy, LLC. Together, the couple founded The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Led by Bernadette Marquez's devotion to the profession of nursing and inspired by the education she received from Michigan State University, the leadership commitment from The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation will enable the relocation of the college's Nursing Research Center and faculty into the Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research. Construction of the Bott Building is underway, adjacent to the Life Sciences Building.


Young Alumni Award

Ms. Brittany Joy Fox

Mr. Aaron Wade Scheidies