Alumni Notes

April 29, 2014
Hank Bullough

Hank Bullough (left) with Duffy Daugherty. Photo courtesy of University Archives.

Henry “Hank” Bullough, BA 56 (Physical Education), was inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, joining an elite group of athletes and leaders who have played a part in MSUs rich athletic history. Bullough is considered by most to be a football legend, playing under infamous Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and later serving as assistant coach at MSU. Bullough spent more than 20 years coaching various teams throughout the NFL, and is still involved with Spartan football.

Alumnus Raymond W. Cross, PhD ’91 (Educational Administration), became president of the University of Wisconsin System in February 2014. Previously, Cross served as chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, and his responsibilities included academic, development, administrative and financial aspects of both institutions.

Johnny Edwards Jr., MA ’04 (Education), ACRT ’07, (Elementary/Secondary Principal), formerly principal of Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been promoted to director of secondary education for Kalamazoo Public Schools. Edwards taught middle school mathematics in the Lansing School District while earning his master’s degree. Previously, Edwards was an assistant principal in the Saginaw school district for four years, three of those at the high school.


Alumna Laurel Hills, BA ’80 (Education), has been added to the technical support team at MBI, a nonprofit company that collaborates with university researchers, government agencies and corporate partners to develop bio-based technologies. The company is based in Lansing, Mich., and works in partnership with Michigan State University.

Amanda Jansen, PhD ’04 (Educational Psychology), received the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) 2014 Early Career Award. Jansen is currently an associate professor in the School of Education at University of Delaware. Given annually, the Early Career Award recognizes a mathematics teacher educator who, early in their career, has made distinguished contributions. Those selected have shown exceptional potential for leadership in the areas of teaching, service and research.

Junqueira-BookEduardo S. Junqueira, PhD ’07 (Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy), has co-authored a book titled, “New Literacies, New Agencies? A Brazilian Perspective on Mindsets, Digital Practices and Tools for Social Action In and Out of School.” Educators and linguists in Brazil contributed research related to several issues surrounding the overlap of new media and social action, collaborative writing online and avatars as teachers. 

William Katip, PhD ’86 (Higher Education Administration), was recently inaugurated as the sixth president of Grace College and Seminary. Katip began his career at Grace College in 1974, and spent 24 years in leadership positions at other institutions. He returned to Grace College in 2005 and was elected to its board of trustees. In 2007, he was selected to serve as provost. Grace College is a faith-based institution in Winona Lake, Ind.

Curtis Lewis, BA ’00, MA ’03, PhD ’11 (Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Policy), has received the Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes young leaders making decisions that equip Detroit to thrive in a global market. An accomplished urban educator, Lewis is principal at Detroit’s Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School, which he helped found in 2012.

Alumna Deborah Loewenberg Ball, BA ’76, MA ’82, PhD ’88, was recently named recipient of the 2014 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education, given by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The award recognizes distinguished service to the teacher education community for the development and promotion of outstanding practices. Ball is dean of the School of Education at University of Michigan.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, PhD ’74 (Administration and Higher Education), received an honorary degree of laws from University of Michigan last December. She was selected by U-M’s Honorary Degree Committee for focusing the university’s strengths on finding solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

Stiggins-BookAlumnus Rick Stiggins, PhD ’72 (Educational Psychology), has written a book titled, “Productive Classroom Assessment in College Courses,” which focuses on helping college professors improve their teaching through assessment. It also emphasizes the best ways to involve students in self-assessments that can improve learning. All royalties from the book’s sales will go directly to an endowment he set up in the MSU College of Education to promote quality classroom assessment.

Three graduates of MSU serve as leaders of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, an organization supporting more than 43,000 retired school employees. They are: President Robert W. Wiles, BA ’64, MA ’67 (Agricultural Education), Past President Leslie Nixon, BA ’66 (Health and Physical Education), and Treasurer Paul Lerg, BS ’68 (Zoology).