2013 Alumni Achievement Awards Winners Announced

Achievement Awards Announcement

College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award Reception
Friday, Oct. 11 (as part of WMU's Homecoming celebration weekend)
Bernhard Center
4:30 p.m.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University is proud to announce the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award winners. This year's impressive group of alumni represent 22 CAS academic units and have 28 degrees from WMU. Their expertise expands between leadership in legal, scientific and education fields and they are bestselling authors, culinary experts, executives, community leaders and artists. This year's worthy recipients prove that with an educational background in liberal arts, WMU graduates are able to make an impact in any industry. For full biographies and pictures please visit the Alumni Achievement Award printable booklet.

Matthew Burian ‘92 (Philosophy), President and Partner, Millennium Restaurant Group, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mary Burke ’00 (Mallinson Institute for Science Education), 7th grade Instructional Specialist, Vicksburg Community Schools, Vicksburg, Michigan.

Dr. George Cooper ’82 (Chemistry), Principal Investigator, NASA-Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California.

Monique Coyne ’55 ’66 (French), Educator, retired, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Dr. Kimberly Crimin ’93 ’02 (Statistics), Director Statistical Scientist, Novartis, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jim Farnsworth ’80 (Geosciences), Cobalt International Energy, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Richard Ferguson ’66 (Mathematics), Chairman, Higher Education Holdings, Iowa City, Iowa.

James Griffioen ’99 (English), freelance writer and photographer, Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Hedy Habra '84 ’89 '93 ’07 (Spanish), Instructor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dr. Susanne Homant ’06 (Public Administration), President and CEO, The Able Trust, Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Mark LeSage ’92 ’96 (Psychology), Senior Investigator, Department of Medicine, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kate McCallum ’80 (Communication), Producer, Transmedia Consultant, Writer, Founder of Conscious Creativity, Los Angeles, California.

Richelle Mead ’01 (Comparative Religion), Author, Seattle, Washington.

Cara Mroczek ’02 (Environmental Studies), Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, District of Columbia.

Shirley Ort ’78 (History), Associate Provost and Director, Scholarships and Student Aid, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Morella Petrozzi ’89 (Gender and Women’s Studies) Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director, Lima, Peru.

Jon Robinson ’74 (Economics), Vice President and Deputy Counsel, Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan.

Dr. Barbara Romzek ’72 (Political Science), Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, District of Columbia.

Dr. Daniel Sayers ’95 ’99 (Anthropology), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University, District of Columbia.

Major General Richard Stone ’73 (Biology) Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army, Arlington, Virginia.

Hugh Van Brimer ’52 (Physics), Founder, Trident Inc., retired, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dr. Kris Wernstedt ’80 (Geography), Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Capital Region campus, Alexandria, Virginia.