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Past Recipients

2013 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service Award

Mr. Gregory Francis Hauser J.D.

Greg Hauser grew up in Rochester, New York. He enrolled at Michigan State University in 1972 and earned both a BS and MS in Zoology in five years. He went on to earn his JD degree in 1981 from the New York University School of Law in New York City, where he has been practicing law and living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He uses his minor in German routinely and specializes in representing companies from German speaking countries in American courts and arbitration proceedings. He has published more than a dozen articles on legal issues ranging from product liability to constitutional law, is a regular lecturer on litigation related topics and has been named a 'Super Lawyer' by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers Magazine. While at MSU he was an officer in both his Delta Chi Fraternity chapter and the Interfraternity Council, and went on to be an involved volunteer as a fraternity alumnus, including serving as the president both of the Delta Chi International Fraternity and of the North American Interfraternity Conference. He has received awards for interfraternal service from several national fraternities and the Fraternity Executives Association. Hauser started attending MSU Alumni Club activities in New York City while in law school, and joined the club's board of directors in 1999. At the end of that year, he was elected the club president, a post he has held ever since with the exception of one year when he served as the president of the Michigan State University International Alumni Advisory Board after serving several years as a board member.

Mr. George Darryl Johnson

When George Johnson arrived on campus as a freshman at Michigan State University, Coach Jud Heathcote gave him a chance to be a student manager with the men's basketball program. Upon graduating with a BS in Employee Relations, he has worked as a human resources professional for more than 25 years at General Motors Company, Steelcase Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Johnson credits Heathcote's dedication, hard work and high expectations for helping make him the person he is today. Since his time at Michigan State, Johnson has worked diligently to give others the same chance to grow. Along with his wife, Maria, Johnson endowed an MSU scholarship for current men's basketball student managers. Inspired by his passion, coaches and former managers have contributed to this endowment, creating two additional scholarships. Throughout his career, Johnson has also given countless hours leading workshops on resume writing and job interview preparation to former and current student athletes. Over the last 25 years, Johnson has served many organizations with his time and talents, including the MSU International Alumni Advisory Board, the Thurgood Marshall Foundation, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the United States Negro College Fund, Junior Achievement of Michigan and the Steve Smith Scholarship Fund. Throughout his extensive service and dedication, Johnson has had one constant goal in mind ' to help improve opportunities for others.

Mr. Roger L Tremblay

Roger Tremblay was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, but moved to Detroit, Michigan when he was less than a year old. He attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan before going to Michigan State University where he graduated with BA and MA degrees in Advertising. Tremblay spent more than 35 years in the media industry working in sales management and general management for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Chicago Magazine and the Media Networks division of Time, Inc. With partner, Joe Kelly, he formed Kelly/Tremblay & Company, which became the largest single office independent representative firm in the United States. He joined Allen Austin Global Executive Search in May 2008, establishing a successful practice in marketing communications, advertising and media. He was named senior partner in December 2010. In 2013, he formed PointClear Search with partner, David Dietze, formerly of Google and AOL. Tremblay has served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Texas Travel Industry Association, the board of the Dallas chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the board of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the MSU Alumni Association and is a past president of the Dream Fund, a southwest-based charity that serves the advertising and media communities. He is also currently a member of the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Board.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Ms. Theda Patricia Assiff-MacGriff

Dr. Mark Evans Fleming D.O.

Dr. George J Gogue Ph.D.

Mr. Arthur Wright Hills

Mr. Alan Jay Kaufman

Philanthropist Award

Mr. Edward Jay Minskoff

Since graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in Economics, Edward J. Minskoff has dedicated his life and his work to giving back and helping others. Minskoff's philanthropy at MSU alone has had an enormous impact on the campus and the community. In 2000, Minskoff and his wife, Julie, committed $400,000 to fund a lab in the new Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building on campus. The gift has allowed laboratory scientists to find innovative ways to investigate how the human body's immune system responds to infections and diseases, resulting in a new understanding of the dynamic between the immune system and gene transfer-based technologies. This research has lead to the realization that vaccines may impact the course of infections and diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and colon cancer. Ongoing work will impact the lives of infants and toddlers diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder, and enzyme deficiency. The Minskoffs also provided financial support that helped build the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. During the gala event on the eve of the Broad Art Museum opening, they announced an additional $1 million dollar commitment, on top of the $2 million they had previously committed. Significant collectors in their own right, they also donated two major works of art to MSU for the permanent collection of the Broad. Beyond his financial impact, Minskoff's skills and expertise in real estate development proved invaluable to the entire process. He passionately drove the project through contract negotiations and provided guidance to the architectural design and engineering staff. As a life-long friend and alumnus of MSU, Minskoff's passion for giving back has been apparent throughout the community and beyond.

Young Alumni Award

Ms. Lauren Kendall Aitch

Ms. Tania Chopra

Mr. Ryan Patrick Sullivan

Mr. Benjamin James Williams