THE MSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONGRATULATES ITS 2016 GRAND AWARDS WINNERS Distinguished Alumni Award Recognizes those who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest levels of professional accomplishments and who possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU. Distinguished Alumni Award Kim K.de Groh Kim Kay de Groh earned both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in the College of Engineering, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Her specialization is materials science. A student internship at NASA years ago opened the doors to her current, full-time position as a senior materials research engineer. She is based at the space agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. There, she designs and tests the durability of materials used in space crafts. She also mentors young aspiring scientists. In 2009, she was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame for her work with students and her contributions to engineering. Distinguished Alumni Award Reinhold Schmieding Reinhold Schmieding earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Natural Science, majoring in physiology, in 1977. He was hired by a medical company that made parts used in human joint replacements. After seeing numerous orthopedic surgeries, he developed an interest in perfecting and creating new surgical implements. Initially, he sketched and designed prototypes at home in the evenings. In 1981, he launched Arthrex, Inc. Its global subsidiaries produce more than 7,500 products for shoulder, knee and other joint operations. Arthrex employs 3,200 people. It was named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015 and 2016. He welcomes our student interns and is hiring Spartans. His entrepreneurial successes were recognized in the 2015 Forbes 400 list. Alumni Service Award Presented to those who have demonstrated continuing outstanding volunteer service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Recipients must possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU. Alumni Service Award Michael and Kathryn (Gardner) Bosco Michael Bosco, Jr., earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Social Science, majoring in social science, in 1957. Kathryn Bosco earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education, majoring in elementary education, in 1958. She went on to teach elementary school while he earned a law degree at University of Notre Dame. After that, he opened his own law firm. In 2014, they founded the MSU/MRS Careers Collaborative, a program that helps students with disabilities transition into the workforce through vocational training and specialized counselors. They recently donated $100,000 to the MSU Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities initiative to help further its research and to launch a second branch of the Early Learning Institute. Alumni Service Award Cheryl Gilliam Cheryl Gilliam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, majoring in packaging, in 1982. An All-American track and field star, she was the first Spartan to win four consecutive individual Big Ten titles. She boasts a 34-year career with experience at several innovative packaging companies. Presently, she is the senior packaging director for the Kellogg Co. She is also a vocal supporter of diversity and inclusion both in and out of the workplace. Her name is attached to both a college scholarship and an annual award for student athletes. In addition, she established an endowment for student-athletes through the MSU Varsity S. Club, of which she is a former president. Alumni Service Award Ingrid Saunders Jones Ingrid Saunders Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education, majoring in elementary education, in 1969. A former public school teacher in Detroit and Atlanta, she has long dedicated herself to community service. In 2013, she retired after a 30-year career leading the Coca-Cola Foundation where she oversaw philanthropic giving. An endowed scholarship in her name helps financially strapped students from the Detroit area attend MSU. She currently serves as chair of the National Council of Negro Women, based in Washington, D.C. Numerous colleges have honored her contributions with honorary degrees. In 1995, MSU recognized her with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. Alumni Service Award Merritt Lutz Merritt Lutz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, majoring in advertising, in 1965. In 1967, he earned his Master of Arts degree in the College of Social Science. As a student, he played with the Spartan Marching Band, where he co-created the nearly four-minute long percussion cadence still performed by the drumline. He enjoys visiting MSU to engage with today’s band members. He’s spearheaded scholarship funds, a travel fund, a summer Drum Corps International scholarship and much more. MSU ensembles and music faculty are frequent visitors to his New York City home. In addition, he is involved with the Eli Broad College of Business, where he lectures and advises a center dedicated to entrepreneurial finance. Young Alumni Award Presented to graduates 40 years and younger who have distinguished themselves through high levels of professional accomplishment early in their careers. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to MSU through outstanding continuous volunteer service on behalf of the university and/or participation and leadership in meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Young Alumni Award Dr. Richard Bryce Dr. Richard Bryce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Letters and graduated from the Honors College, majoring in Spanish, in 2003. In 2008, he earned his earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practices for the non-profit Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit. In addition, he directs medical care by Street Medicine Detroit, which sees Detroit’s most vulnerable people. In addition, he teaches in both the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. Young Alumni Award Bradley Dizik Bradley Dizik earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political theory in the James Madison College in 2006, and his Juris Doctor degree in MSU’s College of Law in 2009. In law school he captained the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board. Today, he is the founding president of both Tiberian Advisers LLC, a New York-based legal consulting firm, and his firm, Dizik PC. Earlier this year, he established a scholarship fund for students in James Madison College. Young Alumni Award Mathew Ishbia Mathew Ishiba earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in the Eli Broad College of Business, majoring in general management, in 2003. He played as a guard on MSU’s Men’s Basketball team, competed in three straight Final Fours and was a member of the 2000 National Championshipwinning Spartans. After a brief stint assisting MSU’s Basketball Coach Tom Izzo, he joined the Detroit area’s United Wholesale Mortgage as an account executive. Today, he is president and CEO of United Shore Financial Services, LLC, a wholesale mortgage lender. Young Alumni Award Ke “Coco” Zhang-Miske Ke “Coco” Zhang-Miske earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Engineering, majoring in electrical engineering, in 2007. She was originally trained in classical Chinese but later fell in love with math and science and enrolled at MSU as an international student from China. Her sophomore year, she landed an engineering internship with General Motors. Since then, she’s climbed the auto manufacturer’s ranks. Today, she is GM’s Global Technology Planning Manager for Buick automobiles. She mentors MSU freshmen and is the lead recruiter on campus for GM internships. In addition, she works with the College of Engineering and MSU to further international student engagement. Philanthropists of the Year Presented to individuals, families, associations, corporations or foundations with proven records of providing major, on-going financial support and leadership to MSU. The candidates will have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic responsibility toward MSU; their generosity encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy toward our university. Philanthropists of the Year Robert and Georgia (Hedges) Burgess Robert Burgess earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a major in packaging, in 1966. Georgia Burgess also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in the college, majoring in interior design, in 1967. He formerly served as president of the Eli Broad College of Business Advisory Board. Recently, the Burgess’ made a $4.5 million gift to the Eli Broad College’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Today, interior design majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources benefit from an enrichment fund that bears Georgia’s name. Philanthropists of the Year Craig and Vicki (Huber) 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 affliate 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. Honorary Alumnus Award Presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding continuous volunteer service to our university on a local, state, national or international level. Honorary Alumnus Award Twesigye “Jackson” Kaguri Twesigye “Jackson” Kaguri grew up in Uganda, attended MSU and worked in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a fundraiser from 2006 to 2010. After losing both a brother and sister to HIV/AIDS, he founded the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which assists children in Uganda who have lost parents to AIDS. It also operates two schools, a nutrition program, a medical clinic, clean water systems and a support program for grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time. A world-recognized human rights activist, he’s been named a CNN Hero, been recognized in Time Magazine’s Power of One series and has addressed the United Nations. The MSU Alumni Association recognized sixteen alumni in October as part of this year’s Alumni Grand Awards. These Spartans embody the values and ideals of Michigan State University, have achieved excellence in their chosen professions, and have made meaningful contributions to Michigan State University and their local communities. For more information regarding Alumni Grand Awards, please visit alumni.msu.edu/ programs/grandawards.
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