ComArtSci Announces Distinguished Alumni to be Honored in April, Ceremony Canceled

Please note: The ceremony has been canceled to protect everyone's safety during the health pandemic.

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Will Be Recognized During The Celebration

A slate of exceptional Spartans will be honored by the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences in April for their extraordinary achievement, professional success, and commitment to the greater good.

Each year, the College recognizes a new class of alumni honorees selected by the ComArtSci Alumni Board and also faculty, staff and industry professionals at “The Celebration” awards ceremony and strolling dinner.

Six 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 alumna will receive the College’s Rising Star Award for her strong record of accomplishment and service to the community.

“Each and every day, ComArtSci Spartans are making a difference and affecting complex and critical issues,” said ComArtSci Alumni Board President and telecommunication alumnus Jeff Genthner. “We are proud to recognize this class of alumni for their creativity, innovation and research, and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments in April.”

2020 ComArtSci Alumni Award honorees include:

Outstanding Alumni

  • Dr. Kerry J. Byrnes - M.A. ‘68 Communication; B. ‘67 Sociology
    Retired, Agriculture Development Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Kenzie A. Cameron Ph.D., MPH, FACH - Ph.D. ‘98 Communication, M.A. ‘96 Communication
    Research Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Peter Collman - B.A. ‘98 Telecommunication
    Senior Technical Writer, Broadcom Inc.
  • Coleen M. King - B.A. ‘83 Communication
    President and Founder, King Media
  • Roger L. Martin - B.A. ‘81 Journalism
    Partner and President, Martin Waymire
  • David Thuma - B.A. ‘83 Advertising
    EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, PNC Financial Services Group

Rising Star Award

  • Jazmin Bailey - B.A. ‘11 Journalism
    Morning Anchor, WESH 2 News

Honorary Alumni Award

  • Richard E. Wiley
    Chairman Emeritus, Wiley Rein LLP

Additional faculty and staff honorees will be announced in February 2020.

Alumni, family and friends are invited to The Celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the WKAR Studios in the ComArtSci Building, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing, Michigan. Online registration for the event will open in March 2020. For more information, visit:

The Celebration is one of several events that will be held during ComArtSci Awards Week, April 16-18, 2020. 

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is the premier sponsor of the event, reflecting their commitment to MSU alumni, the pursuit of excellence and community engagement.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Rachael Ruis, ComArtSci Assistant Director of Alumni Relations: or 517-432-7207. 

By Ann Kammerer

The Celebration