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2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Kyle Caldwell

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Kyle Caldwell

The Lansing Community College Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007 will be awarded to Kyle Caldwell, President & CEO of Connect Michigan Alliance (CMA). CMA is a statewide partnership that promotes a life-long ethic of service in Michigan and strives to increase service and volunteerism where Michigan residents live, work and learn.

The CMA partners include the Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Campus Compact and the Volunteer Centers of Michigan. Caldwell graduated from LCC in 1985 with an associate's degree and went on to receive a bachelor's and master's degree from Western Michigan University. Caldwell lives in Augusta, Michigan with his wife, Juliann and two children, Emma and Zachary.

As a student at Lansing Community College, Caldwell was actively involved in service and volunteerism, which has been a major emphasis of LCC since its inception, but even more so since LCC became a charter member of the Michigan Campus Compact over 16 years ago.

Caldwell's focus on local and state community service also includes serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations such as: Learning to Give-Michigan; Michigan Civics Education Coalition; MSU Extension and Experiment Station Advisory Board; National Service-Learning Partnership Advocacy Committee; Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center; Voices for National Service; and Western Michigan University School of Communication Alumni Academy.

The CMA is home of a number of innovative programs including Serve Michigan, Michigan's Promise and several national service programs including those supporting Governor Granholm's Mentor Michigan Initiative.

Prior to his appointment as President/CEO of CMA, Caldwell served both Governor John Engler and Governor Jennifer Granholm as the Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, a state agency that builds a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism.

Caldwell's leadership and commitment to service have been recognized at the national level with his election as Chair of the American Association of State Service Commissions, a national organization representing fifty-three governor-appointed service commissions and their more than 1,200 commission members.

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