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Alumni Awards Banquet


Alumni Awards Banquet
Friday, October 25, 2013
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Program
Oakland Center Banquet Rooms

Join Oakland University alumni and friends at the 19th annual Alumni Awards Banquet to honor those who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and more. The celebration will also include special recognition of previous alumni award recipients. 

Tickets are $100 per person . Table sponsorships are available for $1000 (10 seats).

Contact Information:                                                   
Christina Simon                                                            
Assistant Director of Executive Events                                        

The 2013 Alumni Awards recipients are listed below.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Bernard Kent, CAS '71
Financial Advisor, JD CPA PFS

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award is Oakland’s highest alumni honor.  It recognizes peerless volunteer leadership in service to OU or its alumni association.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Joseph A. Helpern, CAS '88
Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina

Michael Kenny, CAS '77
Partner, Alston and Bird, LLC

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement or contribution to the community.

Odyssey Award
Jeffrey Frankowiak, SEHS '04, '07, '12
Principal, Waterford Kettering High School

The Odyssey Award honors alumni whose lives exemplify Oakland University’s motto to “seek virtue and knowledge.”

Spirit Award
Thomas Mittelbrun, III, SBA '88
Benefits Director, National Electrical Contractors Association

The Spirit Award recognizes exemplary volunteer service to the university.

Alumni Community Service Award
Judith Hoppin, SEHS '78
Volunteer, Adult Career Counseling Center, Oakland University

The Alumni Community Service Award recognizes distinctive service of a humanitarian nature or citizenship through community, public, or OU service activities.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Alexis Collins, CAS '05
Dance Educator, Detroit Country Day School

Rick Williams, SBA '06
Co-owner, Burn Rubber Shoes and Founder and Creative Director, The Distinct Life

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated the worth of their education through their post-college achievements and, generally, have graduated within the last ten years.

Honorary Alumni Award
Dr. Judith Brown
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Oakland University

The Honorary Alumni Awards are given to individuals who have not graduated from OU, but who have given outstanding service to the university