SOUTHFIELD – Bridget Moricz and Steven Pascoe have been named the recipients of Lawrence Technological University’s 2016 Ed Donley Distinguished Graduate Awards. They were selected for the honor by the LTU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
The Donley Awards recognize not only academic achievement, but also participation in campus activities, employment while a student, and involvement in professional associations and the community.
Moricz, of Livonia, is graduating May 13 with a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cell biology. She also has minors in chemistry and economics.
Moricz is a standout student with a 3.77 GPA, and also held tutoring and group study sessions for other students. She was also a teaching assistant in LTU’s cell biology laboratory and a supplemental instructor for an introductory biology lab.
She is a member of several science student groups, including serving as vice president of the American Chemical Society’s LTU chapter, the Life Science Student Association and the American Society for Microbiology. She also founded the new LTU student chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was also an intern in the federally funded Microbiology Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at the University of Iowa last summer.
In the community, she organized a food drive at LTU for Forgotten Harvest, volunteered at Arts and Scraps in Detroit and made art packages for local schools, and has done science demonstrations at area elementary schools and the Detroit Zoo’s Zoo Boo.
Moricz was also a varsity athlete, serving as co-captain of the LTU bowling team for two years, where she was an Academic All-American and an NAIA Champion of Character Award winner.
Her future plans include a PhD in molecular biology.
Pascoe, meanwhile, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in audio engineering.
Pascoe, also of Livonia, assisted in the creation of a student organization to promote the arts, the LTU Music Society, and organized and ran events for the organization, including jam sessions, open mic nights and formal concerts.
He also created an educational website, https://www.facebook.com/ltuaudio/, an online community for the University’s audio engineering students. The site helps students build their professional network and lets them know about educational resources beyond the classroom.
Pascoe also launched a project to create an on-campus workspace and lab, the LTU Phono Lab, for audio engineering students. The lab, designed to meet the need of audio engineers, would allow students to conduct work such as acoustics testing, music mixing, or audio post-production with the convenience of an on-campus location. (LTU’s audio engineering program is housed in a recording studio in Plymouth, about 20 miles from campus.)
Pascoe is currently director of music and arts at the Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., and student assistant for the Department of Engineering Technology at LTU. He is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society.
Outside the university, he has volunteered with the homeless ministry of the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, and is a volunteer with Greening of Detroit and St. Alexander’s Church in Farmington Hills.
The LTU Alumni Association annually honors one male and one female graduating student for excellence in academic, community, and campus leadership. The awards were renamed the Ed Donley Graduate Achievement Awards in 2002, honoring the extraordinary leadership and philanthropy of Donley, BME’43.
Donley joined Air Products and Chemicals shortly after his graduation, and rose through the ranks, helping grow the company to Fortune 500 status as its chairman and president. He served on the LTU Board of Trustees 1984-94, received the LTU Alumni Achievement Award and an unprecedented two honorary degrees – the Doctor of Industrial Management in 1976 and the Doctor of Engineering in 1987. He has been a major benefactor to the University, with the total giving of Donley and his family exceeding $7.6 million for a variety of needs, including the University Technology and Learning Center, the Taubman Complex, and endowed scholarships. He has also encouraged others to give by personally matching other alumni gifts through challenge grants.
A former chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Donley was also a member of the boards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the National Assessment Governing Board, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Workforce Preparation and Quality Education (which he chaired 1989-93), Pennsylvania’s State Board of Education, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, and the REACH (Road to Education Achievement through Choice) Alliance.
Donley Award winner Bridget Moricz with Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil (right), LTU Alumni Association President Donna Bell, BSEE'89 (left), and Hsiao-Ping Moore, Dean of LTU's College of Arts and Sciences.
Donley Award winner Steven Pascoe with Lawrence Technological University president Virinder Moudgil (right), Nabil Grace, Dean of LTU's College of Engineering (left), and LTU Alumni Association President Donna Bell, BSEE'89.