Four Northern Michigan University alumni will be recognized for their achievements as part of the Homecoming 2008 activities. They are (from left): Heather Albrecht of Chicago, Outstanding Young Alumni Award; Mike Ross of Appleton, Wis., Alumni Achievement Award; and Larry Inman of Traverse City and Duane Vandenbusche of Gunnison, Colo., Distinguished Alumni Award.

            Albrecht is vice president of non-profit services for RuffaloCODY, the nation’s largest and oldest higher education fundraising consulting/software firm. Her areas of expertise are helping to design and oversee annual giving fundraising efforts for colleges and universities. Before graduating in 1996, Albrecht was NMU supervisor for telephone campaigns and oversaw the telemarketing program. She later was promoted to associate director of the annual fund and served as co-founder of the NMU Student Alumni Foundation.

            Ross is director of bands at Appleton West High School. His groups have been invited to perform at the Wisconsin State Music Convention in Madison and have done concert tours in Italy, Germany, France, England and Greece. Ross has held many positions in different orchestras and symphonies in the Midwest, including conductor of the Green Bay Youth Symphony and principal timpanist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. He played football at NMU from 1972-74, then played in the “Pride of the North” marching band for a year before graduating in 1976. He holds a bachelor’s degree from NMU and a master’s in music education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

            Inman is a retired vice president of Huntington National Bank. He serves as Traverse County Commissioner and has been instrumental in assisting with economic development for the county. He holds a number of positions on various local and state boards, including the State of Michigan Community Corrections Board. Inman served four years on the NMU Board of Trustees and recently began a term with the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees. He graduated from the university in 1976.

            Vandenbusche is a history professor at Western State College of Colorado and the author of six books. He also is a nationally recognized cross country and track and field coach, retiring from that role in 2007 after 36 years at WSCC. Vandenbusche coached 10 NCAA national championship teams, both men and women, and was a seven-time recipient of the national “Cross Country Coach of the Year” award. Vandenbusche was born in Detroit, but grew up on a farm in St. Nichols and graduated from Rock High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from NMU in 1959 and holds a master's and doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.

            The recipients will be honored at the Alumni Association Homecoming brunch on Saturday, Oct 4.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director