Congratulations to our 2013 NMU Alumni Award Winners!

NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch will be streamed live and archived. View video stream here.

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce four award winners for the 2013 year:  William Stark ‘73, Paul LeVeck ‘77, Diane Husic ‘81, and Daryl Vizina ’01.   

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Awards celebrate excellence: Northern alumni who have received an associate, bachelor, masters or educational specialist degree. They have been a positive influence on their professions or on their communities and distinguished themselves through achievements, both personal and professional, which not only set them apart in their field and social circles, but define them as true leaders. They will be honored during the NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch on September 21st. 

To nominate alumni you know for an award, or to read about past winners, please visit: http://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/node/6. Nominations can be submitted by friends, family, faculty and staff.

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award recognizes an NMU alumnus/alumna who has notable professional achievements on a regional or local level. Other factors include contributions to their community and documented leadership at the regional or local level.

William “Bill” Stark ‘73
Cheboygan, Michigan

An educator for 36 years, Bill has strived to offer innovative and unique learning opportunities for his students.  One of his hands-on learning approaches was to include an in-classroom incubator to hatch chicks.  Later, Bill became involved in the Leader Dog for the Blind Program.  Bringing puppies to class allowed students to take an active role in teaching simple commands and socialization as well as learning about an important organization serving the public.  In addition to mentoring several student teachers, Bill has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Anchor Bay School District Elementary Teacher of the Year, Michigan Education Association Distinguished Service Award and Macomb Daily/Oakland Press Media in Education Teacher of the Year. 

ALUMNI CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARD

An NMU alumnus/alumna whose volunteer service to his/her community has been outstanding for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall have made significant contributions to the quality of life in his/her community.

Paul LeVeck ‘77
Berkley, Michigan

Paul has taught band and orchestra to thousands of Detroit Public Schools students for over thirty years.  He has given his time and talents freely for the benefit of others.  In addition to being active in numerous community bands and orchestra, he is a longtime member and Knights of Columbus officeholder, instituting a program within Veteran’s hospitals to ensure “no vet is forgotten” during the holidays.   Additionally he was a Boy Scouts of America Scout Master, Clawson Lions Club member, helping with activities for the blind.  One of his favorite projects was finding homes for band uniforms destined to be thrown away by a neighboring school district.  Through his efforts, a school in Ludington, Michigan received their first band uniforms ever.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

This award recognizes an NMU alumnus/alumna who is outstanding in his/her profession and has made significant contributions to society and/or profession. Other factors include demonstrated leadership and/or honors received that clearly sets them apart from their peers; a person who is distinguished by his or her achievements.

Diane Husic ‘81
Kunkletown, Pennsylvania

Diane is Chairperson and Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at Moravian College.  Working with a group of citizens, Diane helped convert several hundred acres of a Superfund site into a wildlife refuge, nature center and place for environmental education and passive recreation.  The former wasteland is now home to a thriving habitat, enjoyed by wildlife and visitors alike.  She has taught courses on climate change, environmental science, biochemistry, and sustainability to students of all levels.  For 25 years her research has included undergraduate students as collaborators.  Her strong interest in providing undergraduate research opportunities grew from her own experience at NMU.  She also served on Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Adaptation Working Group on Natural Resources.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD

This award recognizes an NMU alumnus/alumna under 36 years of age, as of Dec. 31 in the year submitted, who has demonstrated achievements in service to NMU, professional success, civic involvement, business, political arenas or other notable activities that clearly set the individual apart from his or her peers.

Daryl Vizina ‘01
Cheboygan, Michigan

After four years practicing law in the private sector, Daryl Vizina won a contested election to become Prosecuting Attorney for Cheboygan County, Michigan at the age of 31. With a felony caseload of over 200 cases annually, Mr. Vizina also manages four attorneys and office staff.  Daryl initiated community and youth programs on the topics of bullying and drug awareness.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Cheboygan County Drug Court and volunteers his time with the Community Action Coalition.  He is Chairman and Founder of the 100 Club of Cheboygan County, member of the Knights of Columbus, and member of the Cheboygan County Gun Board.  Daryl was the featured speaker as part of the NMU Alumni Association’s inaugural WildCATS: Connecting Alumni To Students initiative.

Homecoming 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 20 & 21.  Check out the schedule here.