Six alumni are being honored by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences with the Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have obtained the highest level of professional or academic achievement and demonstrated service to the college and community.
The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are Susan Dalebout, Rick Gosselin, Mary Grealy, Stephen Schram, Mike Sheldon and Ken Winter.
The awards will be presented at "The Celebration," the college's annual awards dinner and ceremony, on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in WKAR Studio A, located in the CAS Building.
Tickets to The Celebration are now on sale and can be purchased through The Celebration web page. Cost is $50 per ticket. The deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, April 25.
B.A. '74, M.A. '75 Audiology and Speech Sciences
Dalebout is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Education at Michigan State University. In this role, she oversees functions related to academic advising, admissions, summer orientation, commencement, data management and data reporting for the college. However, her most important work involves resolving problems that threaten the success of individual students at MSU. As Certification Officer for the university, she also is responsible for ensuring that all candidates recommended for certification as teachers or administrators have successfully met requirements.
Before returning to MSU, Dalebout was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Communication Disorders program at the University of Virginia. As Director of the Adelman Auditory Research Laboratory, she explored the use of auditory evoked potentials in the identification of children with learning difficulties. Her work received a number of honors.
Dalebout was a member of MSU's Honors College and is proud to have earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Audiology and Speech Sciences (now CSD) in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The education she received at MSU enabled her to earn a Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences at The Ohio State University. While spending decades at other highly regarded institutions, she remained a Spartan at heart and was delighted to return to MSU in 2008.
B.A. Journalism '72
In his career, Gosselin has covered two summer and one winter Olympics, five World Series, four Final Fours, the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs, a World Cup and 31 Super Bowls.
He worked for United Press International for two years in his hometown of Detroit on the state desk, then transferred to New York City in 1975 to cover the New York Giants and coordinate NFC coverage for the wire service. He transferred to Kansas City in 1977, spending nine years as UPI's Midlands Sports Editor, before moving to the Kansas City Star in 1986. He covered the Chiefs and the NFL for four years there before moving to The Dallas Morning News in 1990.
At The Dallas Morning News, he covered the Cowboys from 1990-91, then served as the newspaper's NFL columnist from 1992-2010 until his appointment as a general sports columnist in August 2011.
Gosselin has won writing awards from The Associated Press, The Professional Football Writers of America and The Dallas Press Club. He serves on the national advisory board of the John Wooden Award and also votes on both the major league baseball and pro football Halls of Fame.
B.A. Audiology and Speech Sciences '71
Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation's leading health care companies and organizations. She was appointed to the position in August 1999 and has an extensive background in health care policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, Medicare reform, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
From 1995 until she began her tenure at HLC, Grealy served as Chief Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing all types of hospitals, health systems and health care networks. And from 1979 to 1995, she was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals and health systems. She coordinated legislative and regulatory policies as well as lobbying activities for the Federation.
Grealy is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.
B.A. Television and Radio '75
Schram is an established industry leader in electronic media management and marketing. In his more than 35 years of media management assignments, he has held senior management positions in multiple business units, with responsibility for revenue generation, marketing, expense control and personnel negotiations. His knowledge of the electronic and digital media business includes in-depth experience with research, programming, advertising and client solutions.
Schram currently serves as Director of Broadcasting and General Manager for Michigan Public Media at the University of Michigan, overseeing Michigan Radio - WUOM, an NPR news station broadcasting on FM signals in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Flint. Under his direction, the station has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally with significant journalism awards for news reporting, documentary production and special programs, including multiple Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in journalism.
Schram's extensive career experience in senior media management includes earlier roles as Senior Vice President/General Manager of CBS Radio's WOMC 104.3 and WYCD 99.5 as well as Director of Sales for its six leading radio stations in Detroit; Senior Vice President for America Online/AOL, directing their Web Properties programming and content operations for brands such as Netscape.com and CompuServe; Market Executive & Vice President for Clear Channel Radio Detroit; and Director of Marketing for WJBK-TV Fox 2, Detroit.
B.A. Advertising '82
Sheldon is the agency founder and CEO of Deutsch LA advertising agency. Under his leadership, Deutsch LA has grown from four people and one payment-challenged client to a 490-person, $1.7 billion, full-service agency that does advertising, media planning and digital marketing.
Sheldon has twice been named Leader of The Year by LA's advertising association, ThinkLA, where he has served as president. He has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS Super Bowl Preview, CNN, CNBC and NPR, as well as in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
Prior to Deutsch, he spent time at TBWA\Chiat\Day and Y&R. He also built a $70 million investment firm over four years during the late 80s.
B.A. Journalism '72
Winter has given a lifetime of commitment to the highest standards of journalism - from being a 14-year-old reporter to becoming publisher of one of northern Michigan's largest daily newspapers, the Petoskey News-Review.
Winter's newspapers have repeatedly been judged the best in their circulation category in national and state contests. He set a standard for aggressive, yet compassionate, community news coverage. He insisted that his newspapers hold public officials accountable for their actions. Yet, he also recognized the importance of public service leadership. For his dedication, he twice served on nominating juries for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.
Winter also has distinguished himself in the field of education as an instructor for Michigan State University and North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. He received the 2010 Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
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