​​The Celebration: 2023 alumni honorees announced​

College of Communication Arts and Sciences to honor outstanding alumni during the annual Celebration this April at Michigan State University

Each year, the Alumni Board of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences recognizes an esteemed roster of Spartan graduates for their passion and contributions to their chosen professions. This year marks the 51st class of outstanding individuals honored at The Celebration. 

Throughout the event, five alumni will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award — an honor recognizing ComArtSci graduates who have obtained the highest level of professional or academic achievement and demonstrated service to the college and community. One alumnus will receive the college’s Rising Star Award for their strong record of accomplishment and service to the community.

This year’s Outstanding Alumni honorees join 239 alumni and industry professionals recognized by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences to date. The 2023 ComArtSci Alumni Award honorees include:

Outstanding Alumni

Gary M. Cates

B.A. Journalism 1981

Chief Philanthropy and Government Relations Officer

Marti K. S. Heil

B.A. Advertising 1976

Vice President Emeritus 
University Advancement, Michigan State University

Chadwick "Niles" Phillips

B.A. Communication 2006

The Avant Garde LLC

Michael E. Roloff

M.A. Communication 1974, Ph.D. Communication 1975

Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies
Northwestern University

Gary Frederick Stewart

B.A. Communication 1975; M.A. Communication 1982

Retired Communication Manager, Practitioner and Teacher 

Rising Star

Tom Staudt

M.A. Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media 2012

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
ARK Invest

The Celebration will take place April 15, 2023, at the WKAR Studios inside the Communication Arts and Sciences building.

More information about this free event and a link to register will be available soon.

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— Jessica Mussell