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Rising Stars

“Rising Stars” is a new feature making its debut in this issue of Reflections. It profiles Siena Heights University alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and who excel in their careers, occupations or community service accomplishments. To be considered for the “Rising Stars” piece in an upcoming issue of Reflections Magazine, please fill out the online form at Those who are selected to be included in an upcoming issue of the magazine will be contacted by the Reflections staff.

Chet Hesson

Graduation year: 2009

Current title/position: Assistant Athletic Director & Director of Compliance, Stetson University.

What Chet is doing: He is responsible for the administration and full oversight of a comprehensive NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference and Pioneer League rules compliance program at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. His primary duties include investigating and reporting rules infractions, administration of a comprehensive rules education program, preparation of waivers and releases, transfer evaluations, monitoring of playing and practicing seasons, recruiting, potential extra benefits, campus visits, social networking and the Stetson athletics website.

Favorite moment/story while a student at SHU was: My four years at Siena were very challenging between the academic rigor, working part-time, participating on two athletic teams, multiple surgeries and injuries that derailed me not only physically but mentally. But when it’s all said and done, that was the path that was laid out and it made me enjoy the successes, friendships created and resiliency needed to be successful and enjoy the simple things in life.

Favorite person at SHU was: History Professor and Advisor Sr. Jeanne Lefebvre.

Ultimate goal in life: Positively affect the lives of everything and everyone I come in contact with—a lofty goal, but that’s why we set goals, right?

Best advice for SHU students is: Work for a cause, not an applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. Also, college is a very impressionable time period, take the time to reflect while enrolled at SHU to feel the moment and who you are becoming. If you love yourself and who you are becoming, great; if you don’t like who you are becoming, change.

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Environmental Impact

Jeffrey Morisette ’90 Heads the North Central Climate Science Center

By Doug Goodnough

So, just what can you do with a degree in mathematics?

How about . . .

•  Work for NASA interpreting satellite data,
•  Map habitat from weather patterns and predicted changes in climate,
•  Bring a data-driven approach to earth and environmental sciences,
•  Run a multimillion dollar, multi-state science center for the federal government.

Dr. Jeffrey Morisette ’90 has accomplished all those things since graduating from Siena Heights University. Currently the director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center, Morisette works with multiple agencies and organizations to help development long-term strategies and forecasts for what he believes is a rapidly changing climate.

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Leadership Role Suits Kyle Bowman as Head of the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center

By Doug Goodnough

Kyle Bowman was content in his career with the Michigan State Police.

The former trooper had worked his way on to the security detail for then Governor John Engler.

Then Sept. 11, 2001 happened. Everything changed.

“That hit a lot of us very emotionally,” said Bowman, ’07 who also earned his master’s degree in Homeland Security from Siena Heights University in 2009. “That started it for me.” That “it” was his interest in taking more of a leadership role in law enforcement. Currently, Bowman is the director/commander of the MSP’s Michigan Intelligence Operations Center. This “fusion center” is one of 78 nationwide that oversees the planning, collection and sharing of public safety information and provides support for critical incidents in the state of Michigan.

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