Spirit Awards

2017 Alumni Achievement Awards

Each year, the University honors one alumnus from each of its schools and colleges for an Alumni Achievement Spirit Award. These honorees are leaders in their fields and have made their marks in other ways, too.

The 2017 Spirit Awards will be honored at a special event on Friday, April 28 in the Student Center Ballroom. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 and the presentation at 8. The recipients of this year's Spirit Awards are:

Michael J. Brenner '67 — College of Business Administration

Michael J Brenner

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Related Companies

Brenner joined Related Companies in 1996 and is responsible for overseeing Related’s accounting, treasury, information systems, risk management and human resources functions. He has maintained his relationship with the University as a speaker and Advisory Board member and was inducted into the CBA Hall of Honor in 2010.

Charles E. Lucas, M.D., '59 — College of Engineering & Science

Charles Lucas

Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University

Lucas is well known for his work in the fields of shock, trauma and acute care surgery. He has contributed to the surgical literature by co-authoring more than 350 articles, many of which are regularly cited and have led to improved patient care.

Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM, '49 — College of Health Professions


Retired Chief Nurse Executive, Catholic Healthcare Association

As a Sister of Mercy with a nursing degree and a master’s degree in hospital administration, Sr. Sengelaub has been a pioneer, visionary and inspiration to colleagues in the Catholic health ministry for more than 60 years. She is the retired chief nurse executive for the Catholic Healthcare Association. A graduate of Mercy College of Detroit, Sr. Sengelaub worked to improve healthcare for underserved populations in the American South.

John P. Hayes '71 — College of Liberal Arts & Education

John Hayes

President/Owner, Third Avenue Media, LLC

Hayes has extensive experience in radio station management and ownership in North America and Europe. He is known for his innovations in transparency with advertisers and in ethics in the radio industry. Hayes has long maintained his relationship with the University and in 2016 was a guest speaker at an Institute for Leadership and Service event.

Rainy Hamilton, Jr. '78, '79 — School of Architecture

Rainy Hamilton

Founder/Owner, Hamilton Anderson Associates

Hamilton established his own Detroit-based architectural firm in 1993, and has expanded over the years to include more than 65 employees. Hamilton Anderson Associates’ mission is to contribute to the positive evolution of urban environments and progressive social cultures. He has served on the Michigan Board of Architects and the Michigan Board of Land Surveyors. He is a member of the School’s Advisory Board.

Carl E. Misch, D.D.S. '73 — School of Dentistry

Carl Misch

Retired president, Misch Implant Institute

Misch is the founder of the Misch International Implant Institute, a one-year continuum for implant education, with locations across the world. The program is the primary implant education forum for six dental school specialty residencies and he has trained more than 4,500 dentists in the hands-on yearly forum in implant dentistry. He is the 2014 winner of the American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award.

Charles R. Rutherford '53, '57 — School of Law

Charles Rutherford

President, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and Retired Of Counsel, Dykema Gossett, PLLC

Rutherford received his J.D. in 1957 after earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His major contributions to the legal profession have been recognized by the Catholic Lawyers Society and Detroit Mercy Law, where he was given the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. 


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