For nearly 40 years, UM-Dearborn has honored outstanding alumni for their contributions to the University and community.

These men and women are "difference makers" who have continued the University's legacy of leadership in their lives and careers.  On October 4, the University once again recognized several distinguished alumni at its annual awards celebration.  The following CASL alums were honored as 2018 UM-Dearborn "Difference Makers" at the event:

  • College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters Alumnus of the Year: David Norwood, '89 B.S.

    David Norwood (’89 B.S.) is the sustainability coordinator for the City of Dearborn where he is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating the city’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the city's Initial Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Plan, and energy efficiency projects.

    He is committed to growing leadership among young people and guides the Dearborn Youth Commission, mentors UM-Dearborn students who intern with the city and has hosted Public Allies student interns in his office. He works with the Healthy Dearborn coalition with Beaumont Health and the Dearborn Public Schools to drive community-based solutions to chronic diseases and encourage healthy lifestyles. He is co-chair of the national Urban Sustainability Directors Network and a founding member of the Michigan Green Communities Network. Working with the Michigan Council on Government on walkability audit, he spearheaded the creation of the crosswalk spanning Evergreen Rd., connecting our north and south campuses.

  • Jeannette Schumacher Alumni Service Award: Kevin Blue, '07 B.A., '09 B.B.A., '12 M.P.A.

    Kevin Blue (’07 B.A., ’09 B.B.A, ’12 M.P.A.) brought stability and great ideas to the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Affiliate when he served the group as vice chair and then chair. He has been to countless events, including Move-in Day, Maize and Blue Bowl, MLK Day of Service, Dodgeball, Commencement and the Recent Graduate BBQ, at which he has been the grill master multiple times (and has the apron to prove it). Blue and his wife, Julie, also generously helped fund the 2017 Giving BrewDay Trivia competition. He continues to remain involved with GOLD, bringing new and fresh ideas to meetings and still volunteering his time.

    When he is not volunteering behind the grill, Blue supports IT processes and corporate project services at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he has worked for 10 years. Before that, he supported IT at Ford Motor Company.

Previous CASL Alumni Award Recipients

Since 1994, CASL alumni award recipients have been honored at an annual event, where their contributions and achievements were recognized and celebrated.

  • CASL Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year
    • 1994:  Mary Ellen Finch, '83 and William Rapai, '82
    • 1995:  Anthony Allegrina, '82
    • 1996:  Randall Ferguson, '91
    • 2003:  Arthur Kochoff, '92, '96
    • 2008:  James Barton, '71
    • 2009:  Kenneth Ross, '90
    • 2010:  Anthony Viscogliosi, '84
    • 2011:  James Miller, '78
    • 2012:  Lisa Ilitch Murray, '83
    • 2013:  Eric Ham, '95
    • 2014:  Marie Lozon, '81
    • 2015:  Honor Potvin, '05
    • 2016:  David Spaight, '83
    • 2017:  Jeffery Golota, '85
    • 2018:  David Norwood, '89
  • CASL Distinguished Alumnus/a Service Award
    • 1997:  Judith Buck, '93
    • 1998:  Douglas Keller, '77
    • 1999:  Dean Tuomari, '76
    • 2000:  Dr. Mary Pietrangelo, '90
    • 2001:  William Liebold II, '73
    • 2002:  Sandra Winkler, '90, '93
    • 2003:  Dr. Donald Cohen, '77
    • 2004:  Beverly Coleman, '02
    • 2005:  Karen Pikula, ’96, ’00
    • 2006:  Dr. Eva Huseby-Darvas, '78
    • 2007:  Dr. Maya Hammoud, '92
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