Three named Outstanding Alumni

TRAVERSE CITY — Alumni from three different decades have been named as NMC's 2012 Outstanding Alumni.

The three are:

  • Kathleen McManus, who earned a nursing degree in 1974 and is now executive vice president and chief operating officer at Munson Medical Center;
  • Steven Rawlings, a 1991 aviation alumnus who is now regional manager of corporate and government affairs for DTE Energy; and
  • Timothy Young, a 1982 graduate who is founder, president and chef of Food For Thought, Benzie County-based creators of organic and wild-harvested gourmet specialty foods.

Created in 1988, the Outstanding Alumnus award recognizes alumni for professional achievement, community and professional leadership and/or donations of time, talent and resources to NMC. The three were named the 2012 recipients at NMC's annual Commencement ceremony on May 5.

McManus, of Traverse City, said she considers her nursing education and the patient care she went on to do post-graduation "foundational" to the leadership position she now holds.

“There have been so many experiences associated with having that good foundational work," she said, adding that growing up with four other siblings in a single-income household, simply having NMC accessible was a critical starting point for her career. "Then you could use that as your platform," she said.

As an alumnus, McManus has served on NMC's nursing advisory board. She and Munson have also actively supported NMC's advocacy for legislation to allow Michigan community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing.

Rawlings, of Kingsley, is a second-generation NMC student. After earning an aviation degree at NMC, he pursued his bachelor's at Ferris State University through the University Center, and then earned a master's from Michigan State. He now serves as regional manager of corporate and government affairs for DTE Energy.

"NMC has just as rigorous and challenging, if not even more challenging classes than either of the universities I’ve attended," Rawlings said.

In his capacity at DTE Rawlings has secured corporate support for NMC's Water Studies program, the Dennos Museum Center, and scholarships and programs. He is halfway through a two-year commitment as co-chair of NMC's Annual Campaign.

“I take the community service seriously, and I’m very grateful I have an employer that not only encourages its employees to become engaged but supports its employees to connect with the communities in which we live,” he said.

Young, of Honor, recalled being enrolled at the University of Detroit school of architecture when he decided he didn't really want to study architecture.

“What I really got out of NMC was a space to grow and mature," Young said. While he went on to study internationally and earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree, "I look back most fondly at NMC as the most formative years of my life.” He founded Food for Thought in 1995 and is extensively involved in humanitarian and environmental activism.

Young is currently a member of both NMC's Foundation Board and Barbecue Board. Three years ago, he was among the leaders of a move to initiate composting at the annual NMC Barbecue and significantly increase recycling.

Release date: May 7, 2012

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