When the CAS Alumni Board convened for its fall meeting last Friday, Dean Pamela Whitten initiated a big round of applause for our own Roger Tremblay. Tremblay earned both bachelor's ('70) and master's ('71) degrees in Advertising and serves on the CAS Alumni Board.
The night before, Tremblay received the MSU Alumni Association's Alumni Service Award, along with fellow CAS alumnae Lauren Aitch, a 2010 Advertising and Design graduate who received a Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
The honors were part of the 2013 MSUAA Grand Awards. These awards are presented to 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."
Tremblay, who grew up in the Detroit area, spent more than 35 years in the media industry working in sales management and general management for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Chicago Magazine and the Media Networks division of Time, Inc. He later partnered to form Kelly/Tremblay & Company, which became the largest single-office independent representative firm in the United States. He joined Allen Austin Global Executive Search in May 2008, establishing a successful practice in marketing communications, advertising and media. In 2013, he formed PointClear Search with partner David Dietze, formerly of Google and AOL
Tremblay has served on the executive board of directors of the Texas Travel Industry Association, the board of the Dallas chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the board of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the MSU Alumni Association and is the past president of the Dream Fund, a southwest-based charity that serves the advertising and media communities. He is also a tireless mentor of CAS students, working closely with our CAS Career Services team to ensure our students are well positioned to succeed upon graduation.
While at MSU, Lauren Aitch followed in her father's footsteps by playing basketball from 2005 until 2010 when she graduated with her bachelor's degree. Upon receiving her master's degree in Public Relations, she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to continue playing basketball as a professional. That's also where she began designing her first line of clothing, Lady Aitch Copenhagen. Her clothing line made its runway debut at the first annual Aitch Foundation Hidden Key Fashion Show held at Spartan Stadium.
The Aitch Foundation generates funding for research into early detection devices for all forms of cancer. Most recently, The Aitch Foundation partnered with MSU to begin a $15,000 match program for creation of a $30,000 grant to fund an Aitch Fellow at MSU. The fellowship will be awarded to graduate students whose work will expand hidden cancer detection research, or research in a related field. Today, Aitch runs The Aitch Foundation, as well as Lady Aitch Designs and Our Own Products, both Lansing-based businesses.
Congratulations to both Roger Tremblay and Lauren Aitch for exemplifying Spartans Will!