2018 Alumni Achievement Award
David Takitaki, Class of 2005
A political science faculty member at Ferris State University, David Takitaki earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Within the Muskegon community, Takitaki wrote and hosted educational TV shows, founded and fronted the music group Beyond Awaits, was a fundraiser for Harbor Hospice of Muskegon, was a newspaper columnist, moderated debates for Muskegon Mayoral and City Commission races. He taught political science at MCC for more than a decade.
2017 Alumni Achievement Award
Rudy Bartels, Class of 2007
A successful climatology researcher with the Southern Regional Climate Center, he has conducted grant study work at Western Michigan University, Louisiana State University, and the University of North Florida. He has also completed research for Homeland Security and at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and has presented his research at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. At Muskegon Community College, he was a founding member, secretary and treasurer of the GEO Club.