2018 Alumni Achievement Awards

WMU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Awards logoThe College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University is proud to announce the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award winners and to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by these 20 influential alumni. They were recognized at our Alumni Achievement Awards reception on Friday, Oct. 5.


Departmental Awards

Susan ReichertSusan Reichert, MA '16, Quality Program Manager, Kellogg North America Snacks Research and Development
Department of Anthropology

Gary J. Pierce
Dr. Gary J. Pierce, MA '74
(Posthumously), Botanist and Wetland Scientist
Department of Biological Sciences

Jack ManisDr. Jack J. Manis, BS '70, Retired Pharmaceutical Research Scientist and Manager, Pfizer, Inc.
Department of Chemistry


Michael Steele

Michael Steele, BS '74
, President and Chief Executive Officer, Advantage Communications, Inc.
School of Communication



Dr. Dustin ByrdDr. Dustin J. Byrd, BA '00, MA '06, Associate Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Arabic, Olivet College
Department of Comparative Religion



Emily KastnerEmily Kastner, BA '05, Children's Author, Illustrator; Co-founder, Read and Write Kalamazoo
Department of English



Roger SteiningerDr. Roger C. Steininger, BS '64, Consulting Geologist, Steininger Consulting
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences



Diana BergwinDiana R. Bergwin, BA '06, Staff Director, Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
Global and International Studies program


Alan Holck

 Alan Holck, BA '68, Vice President, Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc.
Department of History



Nicholas ScovilleDr. Nicholas Scoville, BS '03, MS '05, Joseph Beardwood III Chair of Mathematics, Ursinus College
Department of Mathematics



Mark RochonMark Rochon, BS '80, Partner, Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC
Department of Philosophy



Ryan FindlayRyan Findlay, BA '04, Chief Executive Officer, American Soybean Association
Department of Political Science



Dr. Iser DeLeonDr. Iser "Willie" DeLeon, MA '93, Professor of Psychology, University of Florida
Department of Psychology



Judith HuthJudith Huth, BA '75, MPA '79, Retired Executive Director, Volunteer Kalamazoo
School of Public Affairs and Administration



Dr. Kevin FuchsDr. Kevin Fuchs, MA '02, Foreign Language Faculty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Department of Spanish



Loren HeunLoren Heun, BS '66, MS '72, Master Faculty Specialist, Western Michigan University
Department of Statistics



Sarah MurraySarah J. Murray, BA '09, Associate Director, Office of International Development, Indiana University
Department of World Languages and Literatures



Pillar Awards

Dr. William WallerDiscovery Driven

Dr. William Waller, BS '78, MA '79, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Department of Economics

Dr. Theresa CrimminsGlobally Engaged

Dr. Theresa Crimmins, BS '97, MA '99, Assistant Director, USA Phenology Network; Associate Research Scientist, University of Arizona
Department of Geography

Kathy MirakovitsLearner Centered

Kathy J. Mirakovits, MS '98, K-12 Educator, Forensic Science
Mallinson Institute for Science Education

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Dr. James OlsonDr. James M. Olson, BS '84, Brain Cancer Researcher
Department of Biological Sciences


Edward Gordon III


Edward L. Gordon III, BS '82, Journalist and Broadcaster
School of Communication