Every year, Central Michigan University recognizes exemplary alumni and corporate partners at the annual CMU Alumni Awards ceremony. Many award recipients have shaped the various programs that contribute to student success, research and university athletics.
The following six awards will be given at the Sept. 22 event:
Distinguished Alumni Award
Gary Dunbar, '76, is the John G. Kulhavi Professor of Neuroscience and director of the neuroscience program and the
Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience Center. Dunbar helped start the neuroscience program at CMU in 1987. Over the years, the program grew in size and stature, and CMU became the first university in the state of Michigan to offer a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience. In 2008, Dunbar added a master of science and doctoral program in neuroscience. The undergraduate program was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2013.
Future Alumni Leader Award
Senior Benjamin Moxon is a marketing and logistics major in the
College of Business Administration. Moxon worked at the CMU Phonathon as a student caller and is the fourth-most-successful student fundraiser in Phonathon history, having secured nearly $200,000 in pledges and gifts. He was recognized for these contributions by President George E. Ross and Vice President of Advancement Robert Martin at the spring 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. Moxon, who will graduate in December, is an intern with Whirlpool Corp.
Corporation Partner Award
Covenant HealthCare offers a broad spectrum of programs and services. Serving 20 counties across northeast and central Michigan with more than 560 physicians. The Covenant trauma/emergency care center is the largest health care employer in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Covenant invested in the development of the Saginaw Education Building and contributed $1 million to the
Central Michigan University College of Medicine for a simulation center within the Saginaw Education Building. The ongoing CMU partnership with Covenant will bring long-term and sustainable academic affiliation for medical students and residents.
Alumni Service Recognition Award
Dan Digmann, '15, and Jennifer Digmann, '13, of Mount Pleasant embody two sides of multiple sclerosis. Jennifer was diagnosed in 1997 and has secondary-progressive MS; Dan was diagnosed in 2000 and has relapsing-remitting MS. They are district activist leaders and members of the government relations committee for the National MS Society in Michigan. The Digmanns have raised more than $65,000 in the past 12 years through Michigan Walk MS events. Their award-winning blogging and social media posts generate great exposure of National Multiple Sclerosis Society policy issues. In November 2013, the couple received a "Declaration of Special Tribute" from the Michigan Senate, signed by the governor. In 2016, they were inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Volunteer Hall of Fame. Dan is an assistant director of communications in CMU's University Communications office, where he has worked for 18 years.
Honorary Alumni Award
Dr. Malcolm Field, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, is the medical director of the
St. Mary's of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute in Saginaw, Michigan. In 2001, Field and FNI established the Field Neuroscience Laboratory for Restorative Neurology by providing a $250,000 gift to initiate research into using stem cells and devising new ways to treat brain injury and disease. Field has allowed CMU students to shadow him during surgeries or in clinics and meets with students to review and discuss research projects. Field's professional office has provided internships and jobs for graduates. He has volunteered his services in helping to launch CMU's College of Medicine and is devoting a great deal of time and effort in helping to launch a new School of Neuroscience at CMU. Field serves as an adjunct faculty member in the CMU College of Medicine and serves as a volunteer advisor to CMU's program in neuroscience.
Dick Enberg Commitment Award
David Keilitz, '64, '65, '75, '05, has served CMU in many roles, from student athlete to head coach of the baseball team and athletic director for 10 years. Retiring as executive director of the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2014, Keilitz is a part of six different halls of fame. He is a member of the CMU Advancement Board and the National Campaign Steering Committee for the Fire Up For Excellence campaign. He also is a member of the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation.
In addition, the 2017
10 within 10 recipients will be recognized at the CMU Alumni Awards ceremony.