2013 Inductees


Neil Hopp, class of 1967, Journalism Major, Earth Science Minor. Editor in Chief, CM Life, 1966.

Work HistoryDirector of Student Media, CMU; Managing Editor, Training & Development, The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Publisher, The Leader, Corning, N.Y.; Editor in Chief, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho; Editor in Chief, The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa.; Editor in Chief, News Editor and reporter Daily Times-News, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Awards, honors: Numerous awards by the Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi and press associations for news, editorial writing and design in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Idaho, New York. Four New York Distinguished Community Service Awards for news coverage. Named Corning, N.Y., Small Businessman of Year, 1990.

Other: President, Michigan Collegiate Press Association, 2005-2007. Writing theory cited in the book "Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists", 2010, by Mike Wallace and Beth Knobel.

KAMIDOIcolorWEB.jpgWayne Kamidoi, class of 1987. Editor in Chief, Managing Editor and Sports Editor, CM Life, 1983-87. Contributing writer, Chippewa Yearbook, 1983-84.

Work History: Currently Art Director of Sports The New York Times; Design Director and designer for the Detroit Free Press; Weekend Editor, Port Huron Times Herald, Port Huron, Mich.

Awards, honors: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Central Michigan University Department of Journalism, 2003; Society of News Design (more than 50 awards); Sportsdesigner.com (Sports Designer of the Year in 2007 and 2012); Society of Publication Designers; Print Magazine; Speaker at design seminars for Associated Press Sports Editors, Society of News Design and College Media Association; Guest faculty member at Poynter Institute and American Press Institute; Part of visual team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing; and “Punched Out,” which was a 2012 Pulitzer finalist for feature writing​.

Other: Lives in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., with wife, Katherine, and daughters, Mariko and Eve.

Tom Marquardt.jpgTom Marquardt, class of 1970. Editor in Chief, CM Life.

Work History: Former editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications, Annapolis, Md.; Managing Editor, The Capital, Annapolis, Md.; Editor in Chief and City Editor, Ypsilanti Press, Ypsilanti, Mich.; City reporter, Big Rapids Pioneer, Big Rapids, Mich.

Awards, honors: National Freedom of Information award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his 1991 involvement in changing Maryland's Open Meetings Act; Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Delaware DC Newspaper Association; Inducted into the press association's Hall of Fame; Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce; LAA's Distinguished Graduate Award in 2011; 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership in the community.

Other: Member of the board of directors of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, including two years as president. He also has been on the board of Leadership Anne Arundel for 8 years, two of which were served as its president. He is currently vice president of the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation.

MichelsKallie.jpgKallie Bila Michels, class of 1985. Reporter and News Editor, CM Life.

Work History: Has served as Associate Vice President for communications for the University of Michigan since 2008; also has been serving since March 2013 as interim Chief Communications Officer for the U-M Health System while a national search for a permanent CCO is under way; Director of Public Relations for the U-M Health System; served in various communications roles at U-M, including marketing, web and in the Cancer Center; Assistant Account Executive at Anthony Franco Public Relations in Detroit; Reporter, the Saginaw News, Saginaw, Mich.

Awards, honors:  MacEachern award for feature writing from PRSA; Gold and Silver CASE awards for writing; invited to participate in the Leadership Development Program, a joint program between the U-M School of Business and the U-M Medical School for emerging leaders.

Other: She has been happily married to Jim Michels since 1986. They met while working at CM LIFE. They have two children, Harrison, 20, who is a junior at CMU, and Madeline, 17, who is a senior at Plymouth High School. Zeus, a Golden Retriever puppy, is the family’s newest addition.