MARQUETTE – Three Northern Michigan University alumni will be recognized for their achievements as part of Homecoming 2004 activities. Steven Mitchell of West Bloomfield will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, Troy Huggett of Battle Creek will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Bobby Glenn Brown of Marquette will receive the Alumni Service Award.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Mitchell is CEO of Mitchell Research & Communications Inc., a national public relations, marketing research, political polling and consulting company based in East Lansing and West Bloomfield. He founded the company in 1985 after working for U.S. Senator Bob Griffin, the House Republican staff and Phil RuppeÂ’s U.S. Senate campaign, and on the national staff of the Reagan-Bush 1984 campaign.

His company has worked in more than 40 states for corporate, media, governmental, education and association clients. Political clients have included Gov. Kay Orr of Nebraska, Congressmen Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.), Nick Smith (R-Mich.) and Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.), former Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus and several Michigan state senators and representatives.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Mitchell graduated from NMU in 1967. He was president of Delta Sigma Phi, president of the Inter-fraternity Council, president of the Senior Class Cabinet and treasurer of the Student Government Association.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Huggett began his own personal fitness training/massage-bodywork business, Troy HuggettÂ’s Fitness Pros, in the Upper Peninsula upon graduating from NMU in 1992. He still manages the business and has taught fitness programs at the high school and collegiate levels. Huggett has worked as volunteer fitness director at a senior center for seven years and is part of the Michigan State Special Olympics medical staff. He has also written two books, produced an exercise video, and contributes weekly fitness columns to the Battle Creek Shopper News.

In addition to graduating from NMU, Huggett has a masterÂ’s degree in physical education from Emporia State in Kansas, a teaching certificate and an American Council on Exercise master practical training degree, and is a licensed emergency medical technician.

Huggett has hosted several NMU alumni events in the Battle Creek area, including the annual Wildcat Night Across the Country party for the past four years. The gathering brings Wildcat fans together to watch Wildcat hockey on television and reminisce about their days on campus.

Brown graduated from NMU in 1987 and served as a graduate artistic intern at Forest Roberts Theatre for two years. He later earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Brown remains actively involved with the NMU theater program. He assists with student productions, has directed the annual presentation of “Scrooge” five times, and volunteers as an actor for several student-directed projects.

He is also active in the theater booster club, the First Nighters. Brown served seven years on its advisory board, three years as president and four years as secretary. He also worked to organize the clubÂ’s Cabaret Night and Silent Auction and has been responsible for producing the First Nighters newsletter.

Brown has performed in more than 500 stage productions and has produced a variety of youth theater projects in the U.P. He has worked with performing artists in local schools and conducted workshops for K-12 teachers. In 2003, the Marquette Arts and Culture Committee presented Brown with the Outstanding Performing Artist Award. This award is given to a working performance artist who has consistently made an impact in a youth artistic discipline.

The three award recipients will be honored at the annual alumni awards breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman