Maki Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Phyllis Maki of Marquette is just the second person in the university’s 108-year history to receive the NMU President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was honored at a dinner on March 24. Pictured during the presentation are (from left): Les Wong, Maki and former NMU presidents Judi Bailey and Mike Roy.
“This evening is not just about a special person, but it is about a special person who remains a significant force in the growth and maturity of our university,” Wong said. “I can not think of a single person who has given more to make this university so special. Not one.”
The citation recognized Maki for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her community and NMU. She has served the latter as a distinguished member and past president of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees, an honorary alumna and – along with her husband, Carlo – a generous contributor.
Maki’s daughter, Debbie Veiht, spoke on behalf of the family after the award presentation.
“In a way, mom is sad that her involvement with NMU is waning,” Veiht said. “Yet she knows she has left her footprint at NMU. For well over 20 years, she has given of her time, talents and treasures to this university and the community. Never once did she feel taxed handling any of the projects set before her. Looking back, Mom’s leadership not only helped Northern in so many ways; it also expanded her purpose for being involved and opened the doors for her to help many others. Northern is thanking mom for her contributions, yet she in turn is thanking them for the opportunity to practice and carry out the skills in fund raising, leadership and mentorship.”
The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1999 to coincide with Northern's centennial celebration and was presented to former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld. It recognizes "men and women whose lifetimes are marked by a rich and enduring body of work in any number of endeavors that: enrich the human condition; ennoble the human spirit; advance a particular field of study, discipline or art form; exhibit service to the community; and serve as an inspiration to others."