Alumni Awards Ceremony
and Strolling Dinner
5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
Each Spring, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding alumni, faculty and friends at "The Celebration," an evening of dinner, networking and high praise.
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Outstanding Alumni Award Cary Benson
Cary Benson is president and chief executive officer of Palliser Furniture, one of the largest furniture manufacturers in Canada. Benson has been with Palliser since March 2010, first as president of sales and marketing, and then promoted to president of the company in January 2013. He added CEO responsibilities to his duties in January 2015. Before joining Palliser, Benson was president and CEO of Natuzzi Americas, which managed sales and distribution in North and South America for Natuzzi of Italy-the largest leather furniture producer in the world. He got his start working in the furniture business at Steelcase, the world's largest office furniture manufacturer, where he held a variety of sales, product development and management positions from 1982 through 1994. Also, for nine years, Cary was an equity partner and the president and chief marketing officer of American Leather, LLP, a manufacturer of leather and fabric upholstered furniture.
Outstanding Alumni Award David Buller
David Buller is a senior scientist and director of research at Klein Buendel Inc., a health communication research company in Golden, Colo. After earning his Ph.D. from MSU, he was hired as an Assistant Professor for Texas Tech University's Department of Speech Communication. In 1986, he joined the faculty in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona where he was promoted from assistant to associate to professor of communication. In 1997, he moved to Colorado to become a senior scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center (1997-2002) and later the Harold Simmons Senior Scientist for Health Communication at the Cooper Institute (2002-2005). He moved to Klein Buendel Inc. in 2005. Buller's health communication research focuses on improving sun protection, dietary behavior and physical activity, and reducing the use of tobacco and alcohol using interpersonal, media and technology-based interventions.
Outstanding Alumni Award Mary Klein Buller
Mary Klein Buller is the owner, president and CEO of Klein Buendel Inc., a health communication research company she co-founded in 2002 in Golden, Colo. Her career started at the University of Arizona's Arizona Cancer Center as a chemoprevention research trial coordinator, where she was introduced to the rising rates of skin cancer and began a lifelong passion for skin cancer prevention. In 1997, Buller moved to Colorado to join the AMC Cancer Research Center's Partners for Health Systems (PHS), eventually becoming its president. While at PHS, she was awarded her first large NIH-funded research project to create a series of multimedia programs to teach elementary school children how to be safe in the sun. Since then, she has been the principal investigator on several NIH- and CDC-funded projects. Much of her research has been in skin cancer prevention and nutrition education.
Outstanding Alumni Award Michael Irvine
B.A. '67; M.A. '69
A job fair at MSU helped launch Michael Irvine's career when he was hired for the accelerated account executive program at Foote Cone and Belding Advertising in Chicago. Then in January 1974, Irvine became an account executive for WXYZ-TV in Detroit, which began his 40-year career with ABC Broadcasting. Irvine was promoted several times within the ABC organization before becoming vice president of the Southwest Region, a job he retired from in 2014. During his time in Dallas, Texas, Irvine four times won the Best National Sales Manager in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market from the American Women in Radio and Television (now called American Women in Media). That same organization awarded him the Silver Award of Excellence in 2004, a lifetime achievement award he received for hiring and promoting women in the business.
Outstanding Alumni Award Linda C. Stone,
Speech and Theater
Dr. Linda Stone is a medical educator, served patients in Columbus, Ohio, as a family physician for more than 25 years. She currently serves as special assistant to the dean for humanism and professionalism at The Ohio State University, and in 2009, founded OSU's College of Medicine Humanism in Medicine program, which she continues to direct. She was the predoctoral education director for OSU's Department of Family Medicine where she began a number of student programs, and before her retirement, she served as associate dean for student affairs for OSU's College of Medicine. She is a founder of the Elizabeth Blackwell Center for Women's Health at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus and served as a vice president at Ohio Health and executive vice president of the Medical Group of Ohio. Dr. Stone received the Professor of the Year award from OSU in 2004 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from MSU in 2010.
Honorary Alumni Award KC Crain, Jr.
Crain Communications Inc.
KC Crain Jr. is executive vice president and director of corporate operations for Crain Communications Inc., overseeing the technology, knowledge management, audience development and digital teams for the entire organization. He also is the group publisher of Crain's Chicago Business, Crain's Detroit Business, Crain's Global Polymer Group and Crain's Automotive Group, which includes Automotive News. Active in a number of civic and business activities, KC serves on the boards of the Detroit Children's Fund, the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Young Presidents Organization, and sits on the steering committee of the College for Creative Studies.KC was instrumental in launching Crain Communications' partnership with MSU's School of Journalism in September 2015 to support high school journalism programs in Detroit. By helping students find their unique voice, The Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Program enriches the educational experiences, critical thinking abilities, and writing skills of students in Detroit high schools.
Faculty Impact Award Amol Pavangadkar
Senior Producer and Specialist
Department of Media and Information
Amol Pavangadkar is the director of sandbox engagement and a senior producer with the Department of Media and Information. He has produced and directed more than 50 media projects, working with a range of international collaborators and federal and state agencies. His productions range from promotional, training, educational, and music videos and films, delivered on a broad range of platforms. Some recent projects include human trafficking awareness, PTSD training for law enforcement agencies, food systems innovations in Africa and India, accident response in India, a diabetes monitoring app for teens, mercury poisoning outreach efforts and climate change communication. Pavangadkar teaches a range of courses in film, video and audio production, and client-based media management, and leads a study abroad program in India. He is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious faculty seminar fellowship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Rising Star Award Brian T. Murray
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
Brian Murray is an eight-time Emmy Award winning and Cannes Lion award winning director of photography with more than 10 years of cinematic experience. He was the director of photography of HBO's hit show "Hard Knocks," for which he won the Emmy for Best Cinematography. He was also director of photography for ESPN's "30 for 30," Funny or Die's "Between Two Ferns," and the wildly successful Pepsi Max commercial, "Uncle Drew." After graduating from Michigan State University, Brian devoted eight years of his career working with the cinematographers at NFL Films where he honed his craft filming hundreds of football games, documentaries, commercials and television opens. Currently, he is the creative director of EA Sports' "Madden" and has helped usher "Madden" and EA into the cinematic future of gaming.
WKAR Media Master Award Steve McGowan,
B.A. '82; M.A. '83
Steve McGowan is the vice president of research for PBS, based in the company's Arlington, Va., headquarters. He directs all corporate and television research efforts as well as provides market-intelligence and consumer trend analysis for the company. Previously, he served 16 years as the senior vice president of research at Discovery Communications in Washington, D.C., where he directed all research efforts for the company's U.S. cable networks. He also was the senior vice president for insights for The Nielsen Company from 2003 to 2009. McGowan assisted in Nielsen's efforts to measure consumer use of digital video recorders (DVRs) and video on demand. He also was the project manager for Nielsen's effort to track usage of portable media devices. From 2005 to 2012, he served on the board of American Public Television.
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