The Michigan State University Alumni Association recognized 11 of its top-achieving alumni and donors worldwide at the annual Grand Awards Gala at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
“It was a privilege to honor this group from the many deserving members of the Spartan Nation, not only for their outstanding achievements, but for the far-reaching impacts they have on the lives of others and our world,” said Bob Thomas, interim associate vice president for alumni relations. “The 2018 Alumni Grand Award recipients exemplify how Spartans put their innate talents, entrepreneurial spirit and world-class education to work for a better tomorrow.”
Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include alumni who have differentiated themselves by achieving the highest level of professional accomplishment. They included Dr. Roger N Beachy, Patricia Geoghegan, Dr. David Patrick Kelly, Gloria Santos and Manoj Kumar Saxena.
Alumni Service Award recipients include alumni who have demonstrated service to MSU and/or commendable public service on a local, state, national or international level. They were Marc Sherwood Conlin and Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Shanahan.
Young Alumni Award recipients include alumni under age 40 who have distinguished themselves through a high level of professional accomplishment. They were Jennifer Heemstra and Shannon L. Wilson.
Honorary Alumni Award recipients include those non-alumni candidates who have made an outstanding impact on behalf of MSU. The recipient this year was Sandra Elaine Pierce.
Philanthropist Award recipients include those individuals, families, associations, corporations or foundations that have generously demonstrated ongoing financial support and leadership to MSU. The recipient this year was Dr. John Reed Koza.