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UM-Dearborn Alumni Awards - Past Recipients

Each year alumni award recipients are honored during a ceremony, where their contributions and achievements are recognized and celebrated. 

Award categories with an asterisk (*) signifies the award category is current and continues to be presented each year.

  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - Kris Pfaehler, '77 B.B.A.
  • Young Alumnus of the Year - Jordan Brett, '11 M.P.A.
  • Alumni Service Award - Gary Heitman, '77 B.A.
  • College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumnus of the Year - Heather Buchanan, '04 M.A.L.S.
  • College of Business Alumnus of the Year - Nicolette Carlone, '84 B.S.A.
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Services Alumnus of the Year - Timothy Constant, '04 M.A.T.
  • ​College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumnus of the Year - Maria Welborne, '90 B.S.E.I.S.E.

Past Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year *
  • 1979  John Pazzanese, ‘67 CASL
  • 1980  Phillip Lavender, '68 CECS
  • 1981  Stuart Mahler, '67 COB
  • 1982  John McRae, '63, '65 CECS
  • 1983  Richard Rumohr, '67 CECS
  • 1984  Betty Elliott, '67 COB
  • 1985  Barbara Schalk, '81 CASL
  • 1985  Richard Schalk, '71 COB
  • 1986  Gary Rosenkranz, '62 CECS
  • 1987  Marion Smykowski, '73 CASL
  • 1988  James Ball, '71 COB
  • 1989  Carolyn Hawkins, '67 CASL
  • 1990  Keith Butler, '87 CASL
  • 1991  Stephen Economy, '65 CASL
  • 1993  Frank Hayden, '79 CASL
  • 1994  William Runco, '79 CASL
  • 1995  Susan Heintz Avery, '80 CASL
  • 1996  Dr. Marlin Thomas, '67 CECS
  • 1997  Mary Lore, ’79 COB
  • 1998  Dr. Morris White, ’77 CASL
  • 1999  Dr. James Downing, ’77 CASL
  • 2000  Dr. Peter Weber, ’82 CASL
  • 2001  Catherine Bean, '84 CASL
  • 2002  Thomas Stephens, '71 CECS
  • 2003  Eric Rasmussen, '94 CASL
  • 2004  Ralph Burrell, '68 COB
  • 2005  Patrick McQueen, ’69 COB
  • 2006  Eric Ridenour, ’80 CECS
  • 2007  James Giordano, ’79 COB
  • 2008  John Junge, ’64 CECS
  • 2009  Jeanette Schumacher, ’69 CASL
  • 2010  Ismael Ahmed, '75 CASL
  • 2011  James Brailean, '85 CECS
  • 2012  Lizabeth Ardisana, '84 CECS
  • 2013  Richard Haddrill, '74 COB
  • 2014  J. Terry McElroy, '76 COB
  • 2015  Mary Beth Kelly, '84 CASL
  • 2016  Dr. Mark Atkinson, '83 CASL
  • 2017  MaryAnn Wright, '84 CASL, '96 CECS
  • 2018  Edward Elliott, '67 COB
  • 2019  Kris Pfaehler, '77 COB
Alumni Service Award *
  • 1993  Timothy Morbach, '76 CASL
  • 1994  Mark Casmer, '88 CECS
  • 1995  William Rapai, '82 CASL
  • 1996  Pauline Migliore, '77 CASL
  • 1997  Ruth Ciocan, ’80 CASL, ’85 CEHHS
  • 1998  Scott Grimwood, ’86 CASL
  • 1999  David Dezsi, ’68 CASL
  • 2000  Livia Calderoni, ’87 COB
  • 2001  Gary Miotke, '84 IDS
  • 2002  Jane Ciocan-Hooper, '80 CASL
  • 2002  Diane Salton, '80 COB
  • 2003  Amy Bowen-Krane, '90 CASL
  • 2004  Darrell Donakowski, '91 CASL
  • 2005  Corey Hilton,’87 CASL
  • 2006  Beverly Kuehn, ’83 COB
  • 2007  Donald Knapp, Jr., ’93 CASL
  • 2008  Dr. David Cunningham, ’82 COB, ’92 CEHHS
  • 2019  Gary Heitman, '77 CASL
Jeanette Schumacher Alumni Service Award
  • 2009  Anthony Allegrina, ’82 CASL
  • 2010  Joseph LaRussa, '99, '03 CECS
  • 2011  Tina Russette, ’93 CASL
  • 2013  David Stephens, ’04 CASL
  • 2014  Jerry Mollien, ’71 COB
  • 2015  Douglas Krizanic, ’81 COB
  • 2016  Eric Sadek, '04 CASL
  • 2017  Leah Johnson-Olajide, '11 CASL
  • 2018  Kevin Blue, '08 CASL, '09 COB, '12 CASL
Young Alumnus of the Year *
  • 2010  Christy Baas, ’01 CASL
  • 2010  Ledian Dibra, ’08 CECS
  • 2011  Tom Wille, ’10 CASL
  • 2011  Matthew Zelman, ’01 COB
  • 2012  Shanelle Jackson, '03 CASL
  • 2013  Veronica Grandison, '11 CASL
  • 2014  Salma Safiedine, '05 CASL
  • 2015  David Knezek, '12 CASL
  • 2016  Christopher Scott, '11 CECS
  • 2017  Kelly Steele, '10 CECS
  • 2018  Farah Harb, '10 COB
  • 2019  Jordan Brett, '11 CASL
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumnus of the Year *
  • 1994  Mary Ellen Finch, '83 IDS
  • 1994  William Rapai, '82 CASL
  • 1995  Anthony Allegrina, '82 CASL
  • 1996  Randall Ferguson, '91 CASL
  • 2003  Arthur Kochoff, '92, '96 CASL
  • 2008  James Barton, ’71 CASL
  • 2009  Kenneth Ross, ’90 CASL
  • 2010  Anthony Viscogliosi, '84 CASL
  • 2011  James Miller, '78 CASL
  • 2012  Lisa Murray, '83 CASL
  • 2013  Eric Ham, '95 CASL
  • 2014  Dr. Marie Lozon, '81 CASL
  • 2015  Honor Potvin, '05 CASL
  • 2016  David Spaight, '83 CASL
  • 2017  Jeffrey Golota, '85 CASL
  • 2018  David Norwood, '89 CASL
  • 2019  Heather Buchanan, '04 CASL
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Distinguished Service Award
  • 1997  Judith Buck, ’93 CASL
  • 1998  Douglas Keller, ’77 CASL
  • 1999  Dean Tuomari, ’76 CASL
  • 2000  Dr. Mary Pietrangelo, ’90 CASL
  • 2001  William Liebold II, '73 CASL
  • 2002  Sandra Winkler, '90 CASL, '93 CECS
  • 2003  Dr. Donald Cohen, '77 CASL
  • 2004  Beverly Coleman, '02 CASL
  • 2005  Karen Pikula, ’96, ’00 CASL
  • 2006  Dr. Eva Huseby-Darvas, ’78 CASL
  • 2007  Dr. Maya Hammoud, ’92 CASL
College of Business Alumnus of the Year *
  • 1994  Bryan Becker, '69 COB
  • 1994  GEN. Steve Martin, '65 COB
  • 1995  Betty Elliott, '67 COB
  • 1995  J. Terry McElroy, '76 COB
  • 1996  Robert Rosiek, '70 COB
  • 1997  Michael Porter, ’75 COB
  • 1998  Ben Schmidt, ’83 COB
  • 1999  David McWilliams, ’67 COB
  • 2000  Ian Daykin, ’83 COB
  • 2001  Douglas Krizanic, '81 COB
  • 2002  Dave Abdallah, '89 COB
  • 2003  Joseph Aoun, '84 COB
  • 2004  James Culkar, '71 COB
  • 2005  Jerry Mollien, ’71 COB
  • 2006  Daniel Paletko, '73 COB
  • 2007  Ronald House, ’66 COB
  • 2008  Thomas Bloom, ’75 COB
  • 2009  Gary Wagerson, ’63 COB
  • 2010  Ricardo Kisner, ’74 COB
  • 2011  Alan Schultz, '81 COB
  • 2012  Kevin McKervey, '77 COB
  • 2013  Ceehl Phillips, '05 COB
  • 2014  Dan Wakeman, '78 COB
  • 2015  Kevin Cunningham, '82 COB
  • 2016  Jeffrey Henning, '86 COB
  • 2017  Theodore Plafchan, '66 COB
  • 2018  Farhan Latif, '05 COB
  • 2019  Nicolette Carlone, '84 COB
College of Education, Health, and Human Services Alumnus of the Year*
  • 1994  Helen Van Tiem, '84 CEHHS
  • 1995  Janice Peterson, '76 CASL,'86,'88 CEHHS
  • 1996  Christine Boesen, '74 CASL,'77 CEHHS
  • 1997  Linda Hallick, ’83, ’88 CEHHS
  • 1998  Marietta Thomas, ’89, ’95 CEHHS
  • 1999  Suzanne Hall, ’89 CEHHS
  • 2000  Nancy Lemkie, ’91 CASL, ’94 CEHHS
  • 2001  Maureen Molloy, '85, '90 CEHHS
  • 2002  Kathy Anderson, '76 CASL, '92 CEHHS
  • 2003  Rev. Faith Fowler, '02 CEHHS
  • 2004  Toni Buzzeo, '79 CEHHS
  • 2005  Thomas Lareau, ’91, ’96 CEHHS
  • 2006  James Opfermann, ’99 CEHHS
  • 2008  Jennifer Bauer, ’94, ’02 CEHHS
  • 2009  Stephen Weatherholt,’98 CASL,'99,'01,'04 CEHHS
  • 2010  Toni Simovski, ’97 CASL, '01 CEHHS
  • 2011  Dr. Tracy Blakely-Thompson, '92 CEHHS
  • 2012  Youssef Mosallam, '05 CEHHS
  • 2013  Donovan Rowe, '99 CASL, CEHHS, '04 CEHHS
  • 2014  Julee Cowher, '95 CEHHS
  • 2015  Lou Ann Hamblin, ’05 CEHHS
  • 2016  Sandra Cicirelli, '82 CASL, CEHHS
  • 2017  Rashid Faisal, '05 CEHHS
  • 2018  Dr. Christopher Tremblay, '14 CEHHS
  • 2019  Timothy Constant, '04 CEHHS
College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumnus of the Year *
  • 1993  Timothy Leuliette, '71 CECS
  • 1994  Earl Koops, '65 CECS
  • 1995  Thomas Stephens, '71 CECS
  • 1996  Lewis Tann, '66 CECS
  • 1997  Robert George, ’71, ’74 CECS
  • 1998  Robert Jensen, ’72 ,’75 CECS
  • 1999  Chris Theodore, ’76 CECS
  • 2000  Susan Cischke, ’78 CECS, ’83 COB
  • 2001  Thomas Evans, '79 CECS
  • 2002  Timothy Manganello,'75 CECS,'81 COB
  • 2003  Richard Schaum, '71 CECS
  • 2004  Deborah Black, '81, '87 CECS
  • 2005  Angelo Dimitriou, ’65 CECS
  • 2006  Cathy Jensen, ’76 CECS, ’76 CASL
  • 2007  Philip Roussey, ’66 CECS
  • 2008  Dr. Grace Bochenek, ’92 CECS
  • 2009  Arnold Van Zanten, ’65 CECS
  • 2010  Janet Hall, ’68 CECS, '90 COB
  • 2011  Nancy Gioia, '82 CECS
  • 2012  Mark Sunday, '76 CECS
  • 2013  Mazen Hammoud, '93 CECS
  • 2014  Juman Doleh-Alomary, '98 CASL, '01 CECS
  • 2015  John Junge, '64 CECS
  • 2016  John Cole, '76 CECS
  • 2017  Ronald Modreski, '65 CECS
  • 2018  Brett Bilbrey, '82 CECS
  • 2019  Maria Welborne, '90 CECS
College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Service Award *
  • 1996  Gregory Pochmara, '74 CECS
  • 1997  Richard Anderson, ’76, ’82 CECS
  • 1998  John Dorset, ’78 CECS
  • 1999  Daniel VandenBossche, ’71,’73 CECS
  • 2000  Paul Ebaugh, ’78 CECS
  • 2001  Ronald Modreski, '65 CECS
  • 2002  Alan Amici, '85, '87 CECS, '93 COB
  • 2003  Thomas Davies, Jr., '69 CECS
  • 2004  Mark Steffka, '81 CECS
  • 2005  Teresa Shipp, ’88, ’92 CECS
  • 2006  Kevin Gagnon, ’89 CECS
  • 2007  Dr. Roger Klungle, ’65 CECS
  • 2008  Mark Chernoby, ’85 CECS
  • 2009  John Cole, ’76 CECS
  • 2010  Dr. Robert Lust, ’78 CECS
  • 2011  Henry Hojnacki, ’81 CECS
  • 2013  Robert Matsura, ’72 CECS
  • 2014  Keith Talbot, ’80 CECS
  • 2015  Mark Ritz, ’75 CECS
  • 2016  Cardi DeMonaco, '11 CECS
African American Alumni Affiliate Alumnus of the Year
  • 1997  Sylvia White, '90 CASL
  • 1998  John Shelby, '95 CASL
  • 1999  Kathryn Lynch, '82 CASL
  • 2000  Rev. Horace Sheffield III, '95 CEHHS
  • 2003  Maria Welborne, '90 CECS
  • 2004  Lanier Phillips, '94 CASL
  • 2005  Keila Walton, '85 CECS
  • 2006  Marcus Haynes, '89 CASL
  • 2007  Anthony Luckett, '89 CASL
Alumni Recognition Award
  • 1986  Bryan Becker, '69 COB
  • 1987  Robert Judd, '64 CECS
  • 1988  Douglas Keller, '77 CASL
  • 1989  William Freehan, '66 CASL
Community Service Award
  • 1989  June Crosson-Crawford, '78 CASL
  • 1990  Michael Hayes, '78 IDS
  • 1991  Stacy Biggers-Harris, '76 CASL
  • 1993  Ismael Ahmed, '75 CASL
  • 1994  Denise Radtke, '74 CASL
  • 1995  Umesh Rohatgi, '82 CECS
  • 1996  Dr. Kay McGowan, '82 CASL
  • 1997  Richard Sheffield, ’76 COB
  • 1998  Laura Toy, ’75 CASL
  • 1999  Marshall Hunt, ’69 COB
  • 2000  Lori Cook-Caeti, ’80 CASL
  • 2001  Gary Kuhlmann
  • 2002  Louis August, '81 COB
  • 2003  Vincenza Mueller, '87 CASL
  • 2005  Kim Klaft, ’78 CASL
  • 2006  George Darany, ’78 CASL
  • 2007  Lee Morris
  • 2008  Gregory Hooper, ’81 CECS
  • 2009  Michael Berry
Professional Growth and Scholarship Award
  • 1990  Patricia Cameron, '72 CASL
  • 1991  Dr. Mary Vartarasian, '83 IDS
  • 1993  Dr. Gayle Thomas, '78 CASL
  • 1994  Colonel U. S. Adolph II, '87 CASL
  • 1994  Dr. Raymond Salah, '83 CASL
  • 1995  Dr. Marie Lozon, '81 CASL
  • 1996  Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, '81 CASL
  • 1997  Douglas Hicks, ’70 COB
  • 1998  Dr. John Duncia, ’76 CASL
  • 1999  Douglas Baker, ’69 CASL
  • 2000  Dr. Anthony Tersigni, ’71 CASL
  • 2001  Dr. Michael Kilbourn, '75 CASL
  • 2002  Sandra Cicirelli, '82 CASL
  • 2003  Dr. Joseph Musial III, '87 CASL
  • 2004  Dale Weighill, '93 CASL
  • 2005  Michael Desjarlais, ’89 COB
  • 2006  Dr. Martin Hershock, ’85 CASL
  • 2007  Maureen Cotter, ’83 CASL
  • 2008  Dr. William Schneider, ’86 CASL
  • 2009  Kevin McKervey, ’77 COB
Faculty Member of the Year
  • 1993  Prof. Bernard Klein, CASL
  • 1994  Prof. Richard Potts, CASL
  • 1995  Prof. Keshav Varde, CECS
  • 1996  Prof. Jane Romatowski, CEHHS
  • 1997  Prof. Richard Czarnecki, COB
  • 1998  Prof. Gerald Moran, CASL
  • 1999  Prof. Jerry Lapides, CEHHS
  • 2000  Prof. A. Adnan Aswad, CECS
  • 2001  Prof. Aaron Ahuvia, COB
  • 2002  Prof. Marilynn Rosenthal, CASL
  • 2003  Prof. Orin Gelderloos, CASL
  • 2004  Prof. Swatantra Kachhal, CECS
  • 2005  Prof. Raymond Kettel, CEHHS
  • 2006  Prof. Richard Straub, CASL
  • 2007  Prof. Joseph Cepuran, CEHHS
  • 2008  Prof. Mary Trepanier-Street, CEHHS
  • 2009  Prof. Brian McKenna, CASL

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