Us Congressman John Kline (R-MN) honored Jeffrey Crepeau '85 with the "Star of the North" Volunteer Award for creating a discount card through his company, Fundraising Cards, LLC and donating proceeds from the card sales to Sew Much Comfort. Sew Much Comfort is a 501(c)3 Charity that sews adaptive clothing for injured service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Sew Much Comfort was recognized at a White House reception by President Bush and received Newman's Own 2006 highest award from Paul Newman's Foundation. To learn more about Sew Much Comfort and how you can help go to their website.
Star Henderson, a '97 STC and Army ROTC alum, is involved with projects to help the spouses of military men deal with the time their husbands are overseas. Army Wife Talk Radio, a weekly Internet broadcast, is now three years old, and Henderson, who works with the show's creator, Tara Crooks, "creates and coordinates future shows as well as co-writes for various publications," she says. "I host a weekly five-minute interview segment in the show called the 'Resource of the Week' from Field Problems, a Q-and-A website column by Tara and me."
Henderson and Crooks have also created a seminar series—Field Exercises—"to empower and rejuvenate military spouses," she says. "They deserve a night of appreciation and pampering, and they need information and an opportunity to meet other spouses in order to succeed in military life."
Henderson, who also has a master's in professional counseling, works from experience, having been stationed in Bosnia in the late 1990s, and her husband, CPT David Henderson, is a 1996 Tech math education graduate. "He has been on active status for the National Guard of Georgia since his first deployment to Bosnia in 2000 and through two 12—15-month tours for Iraqi Freedom," she says. "So, a lot of my motivation comes out of looking for resources, therapy, and relief for myself, my children, and my community."
The Hendersons have two children, Thomas, 11, and Tara, 4.
Moussa Sissoko, a 2004 civil engineering graduate, was selected as a Modern-Day Technology Leader in the 22nd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards and received the award in Baltimore this February. Modern-Day Technology Leaders are people of color who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology through outstanding performance and achievements that merit national recognition. Sissoko is a structural engineer at Black & Veatch Energy in Ann Arbor.
"Moussa is a self-starter, possesses a strong work ethic, and has a passion for continuous learning," says Black & Veatch Associate Vice President Darren Owens. "Receiving this national recognition is a testament to his contributions and skills that he brings to every project."
"Moussa's technical contributions benefit communities, clients, project teams, and our company, and he is truly deserving of this prestigious recognition from the BEYA Conference," says Dean Oskvig, president and CEO of Black & Veatch.