Three named Outstanding Alumni

TRAVERSE CITY — Three alumni were named the 2019 winners of Northwestern Michigan College’s Outstanding Alumni award at commencement ceremonies May 4.


Terry BeiaTerry Beia, 1983 - Petroleum Engineering Technology. In 1998 Beia made his first real estate investment in downtown Traverse City. In the two decades since the investment, he’s been an active booster and backer of downtown. Download a high-resolution photo »

Frank DituriFrank Dituri, 1979 - Parks and Recreation Management and Biology. A highlight of Dituri’s career in both private and public sectors is serving as chairman of the Boardman River Dams Implementation Team, tasked with the restoration of Traverse City’s Boardman River. Download a high-resolution photo »

Dr. Marie SochaDr. Marie Socha, 1983 - Pre-med studies. After earning both a master’s and PhD., Socha went on to a career in public health as an epidemiologist, serving agencies from the Centers for Disease Control to the Department of Homeland Security. Download a high-resolution photo »


Established in 1988, Outstanding Alumni award recipients are chosen for significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. Applications for the 2020 Outstanding Alumni award will be sought in January.

Release Date: May 16, 2019

For more information:

Cameron Penny
Director of Alumni Relations
(231) 995-2825


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