Previous Outstanding Alumni
- 2012: Kathleen McManus (class of 1974), Steven Rawlings (class of 1991), Timothy Young (class of 1982)
- 2011: Ruth Ann LaMott (class of 1966), Glenn Wolff (class of 1973)
- 2010: Ross Biederman (class of 1959), Susie Janis (class of 1967)
- 2009: Verna Bartnick (1960s), Bruce Byl (class of 1979), Tim Dunn (class of 1992)
- 2008: Todd McMillen (class of 1985)
- 2007: John Robert Williams (class of 1976)
- 2006: James DeLapa (class of 1956)
- 2005: Larry Inman (class of 1974)
- 2004: Jean M. Rokos (class of 1975)
- 2003: Jason Allen (class of 1983)
- 2002: Maurie Dennis (class of 1965)
- 2001: Student Government Association Presidents
- 2000: John Pelizzari (class of 1975)
- 1999: Walter J. Hooper (class of 1968)
- 1998: James Clancy (class of 1955)
- 1997: Richard Benedict (class of 1984)
- 1996: Lloyd V. Hackley (class of 1964)
- 1993: John & Gloria Lyon (class of 1979)
- 1991: Alexander Galligan (class of 1953)
- 1990: David & Sally Viskochil (class of 1964)
- 1989: Morris Thomas (class of 1964)
- 1988: Charles Kesner (class of 1959)
This honorary award was established in 1988 to recognize NMC alumni who are noteworthy for their:
- significant professional achievements; and/or
- exemplary leadership in community and professional activities.
The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient will be officially announced at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3.
Paul Britten, founder and CEO of Britten. The Traverse City-based company is the leading provider of creative production services, event signage, and large-format digital printing.
Britten took an unconventional path to NMC, literally. As a nine-year-old in the mid-1970s, he cut through the woods behind his home on Apache Pass to the then-new NMC Art Building to take pottery classes. The faculty he met shaped him and prepared him for a future as an entrepreneur in commercial art.
“I just spent basically an exorbitant amount of time in that Fine Arts building. I was this little kid that was always there,” Britten said. “I do believe today, 30 years later, that the culture of my company is partly a reflection of a lot of those wonderful years at NMC.”
He added that about one-third of Britten’s 220 employees are current or former NMC students.
Jonkhoff, who graduated from NMC in 1976, is co-owner and administrative director at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Prior to joining the family business full time in 1992, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ferris State University, the latter through NMC’s University Center. She also taught for five years in NMC’s business division.
"I am so proud of NMC. We are so fortunate to have such a valuable educational resource in our community," Jonkhoff said. "NMC enabled me to further my education yet continue to live, work and play in this area I am blessed to call home. To see NMC's evolution over time is most impressive."
Jonkhoff’s NMC pride continues in a second generation. Her daughter Lindsey Jonkhoff Rogers is on the NMC Barbecue Board, and son-in-law Chris Rogers is on the Scholarship Open committee.