The Celebration: 50 years honoring outstanding alumni

Each year, the Alumni Board of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences recognizes an esteemed roster of Spartans for their passion and contributions to their chosen professions. This year we are elated to recognize our 50th class of outstanding individuals.  

Alumni, family and friends of ComArtSci are invited to save the date for the 2022 in-person Celebration on April 9, 2022. The Celebration is free and more information about the event can be found on the ComArtSci website.

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 his strong record of accomplishment and service to the community. One will receive the Honorary Honoree Award for someone who is not a ComArtSci graduate but demonstrates outstanding and continued support to the College.

This year’s slate of exceptional honorees joins 234 Outstanding alumni and industry professionals recognized by the MSU College of ComArtSci to date. The 2022 ComArtSci Alumni Award honorees include:

Outstanding Alumni 

Mark Bellissimo (B.A.1986  Advertising), Chief Executive Officer, the JRT agency, CG

Dr. Norma Fay Green (Ph.D. 1993 Mass Media; B.A. 1969 Journalism), Professor Emerita of Journalism, Columbia College

Aisha Howard (B.A. 2007 Journalism), News Anchor, 11 Alive News

Jacqueline (Jack) Howard (B.A. 2003 Journalism), Senior Director of Wealth Advisors Operations, Ally Invest

Arun Sinha (M.A. 1984  Advertising) Global Chief Marketing Officer

Rising Star Award

Darien Harris (B.A. 2015 Journalism) Director of Player Engagement, Michigan State University Football

Honorary Alumni Award

John Zaffarano (B.A. 1987 Hospitality Business), Head of Global Integrated Creative Production, Amazon Prime Video

The Celebration will take place on April 9, 2022.