MSU Alumni Association Hosts 66th Annual Grand Awards Reception

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EAST LANSING — The 66th Annual Michigan State University Alumni Association Grand Awards reception will be held Oct. 11 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on the Michigan State University campus. 

Eleven individuals have been selected by the MSU Alumni Association Awards Committee to receive the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award, Philanthropist Award, Alumni Service Award and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. 

The following individuals will be recognized at the event: 

Distinguished Alumni Award: 

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishments and who possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU. 

Warrick Carter
President, Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

William Demmer
President and CEO, Demmer Corporation and Demmer Investments
Lansing.

Bonnie Knutson
Professor, The School of Hospitality Business
East Lansing.

Albert Ratner
Co-chairman Emeritus of the Board, Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio

Yuzo Yagi
President, Chairman and CEO, Yagi Tsusho, Ltd.
Osaka, Japan

Philanthropist Award: 

The Philanthropist Award is present to an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation with a proven record of providing major, on-going financial support and leadership to MSU. The candidates will have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic responsibility toward MSU; their generosity encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy toward MSU. 

Eli & Edythe Broad
Founders, The Broad Foundations
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Alumni Service Award: 

The Alumni Service Award is presented to MSU alumni who have demonstrated continuing outstanding volunteer service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Candidates must possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU. 

Mark Hooper
Founding Member and Partner, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC
Okemos.

James Tuman
Executive Director, Positive School Support Program
Royal Oak. 

Distinguished Young Alumni Award: 

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award is given annually to candidates who have distinguished themselves by obtaining a high level of professional accomplishment and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to MSU by continuing outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the university and/or participation and leadership in meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. 

Henry Balanon
Co-founder and Software Developer, Detroit Labs
Detroit.

Daniel Redford
Director of Operations, FirstPathway Partners
Beijing, China

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