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Central Michigan University recognizes outstanding alumni

Annual Alumni Awards ceremony Friday, Sept. 12

Contact: CMU News


Central Michigan University will recognize seven alumni and one foundation at the annual CMU Alumni Awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 12.

The CMU Alumni Association will recognize the following:

Thomas Crean, ’89, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Crean is Indiana University’s men’s basketball coach, leading the Big Ten with 15 regular season wins. He also has served with distinction at Michigan State University and Marquette University. Throughout his coaching career, Tom has received numerous awards from his peers and the media.

Robert Van Deventer, ’74, will receive the Community Recognition Award for his commitment to advancing the connection between the Great Lakes Bay Region and Central Michigan University. Van Deventer is the CEO/president of the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce and has acquired four-star accreditation with the U. S. Chamber.

Keith Goodwin, ’74, will receive the Alumni Commitment Award. Goodwin recently served as the 2014 executive-in-residence for the CMU College of Business Administration. He also impacted students through teaching, mentoring and guest lecturing. Goodwin presented at the New Venture Competition kickoff and served as a finals judge. In addition, he served as a mentor to the students who won first place at the 2014 Alpha Kappa Psi regional competition in Chicago.

Nathan Tallman, ’07, ’09, will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He served as the first president of the CMU Young Alumni Board and now serves at the national level. Tallman also was instrumental in chairing the development of the strategic plan for the CMU Alumni Association. His continued effort and support for CMU includes speaking at multiple events, including two commencement addresses. Currently, he works as the corporate development director for Metro Wire & Cable.

Bryan Wieferich, ’02, will receive the Chapter and Club Service Award. Wieferich has served on the CMU Honors Program Alumni Board for more than 12 years, 11 of those as president. During that time he helped develop and raise funds for an endowed Honors Program Alumni Scholarship awarded to top junior and senior students. As a result, the Honors Program Alumni Board has given out $500 to $1,500 in scholarships each year since 2003.

Laura Cochrun, ’09, will receive the Outstanding Recent Graduate Alumni Award. She serves as the community development specialist for the Arajuno Road Project, an organization that supports the children and families living along Ruta Arajuno in the Upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador. Cochrun also served as an English language instructor in Argentina in 2013.

Mark Stansberry will receive the Honorary Alumni Award. He owns and operates Mountain Town Rehab, a physical therapy clinic in Mount Pleasant. Stansberry serves as an adjunct faculty member for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and is on the physical therapy admissions board.

The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation received the Foundation Partner Award for its support of the university. The foundation is the namesake of the only named college at CMU and has given nearly $9 million in support of several colleges on campus. Among the foundation’s most notable gifts are $5 million in support to the College of Health Professions Building, $500,000 in support of the College of Health Professions’ Mobile Medical Unit, $2.5 million in support of the College of Science and Technology’s Dow Science Complex and $500,000 in support of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Griffin Endowed Speaker Series.

The Alumni Association also will recognize Emily Pontz, ’09, M.A. ’11, who received the 2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate, and Richard Cassle, the 2013 Honorary Alumni Award recipient.

The CMU Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, in the Powers Hall Ballroom. Reservations are $15 per person. To RSVP, click here.


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