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THE 
FOUNDATION

SCHOLARSHIPS.

MAUSER HARMONY WITH NATURE FOUNDATION
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Beginning in 2000, the Foundation has awarded an annual scholarship to a junior, senior, or graduate student in the Wayne State University, School of Business, Detroit, Michigan. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Ferdinand F. Mauser, Professor of  Marketing Emeritus and Former Chair, School of Business Administration, Wayne State University. It recognizes full-time business students who are personally, professionally and/or academically involved in environmentally sustainable activities.

YEAR

RECIPIENT

2020    Harold S.Wilcox

2019    Naabia Romain

2018   Giselle Gaitan

2017   Henry Weyand

2016   Holly Linton

2015   No award presented

2014   Anna MacDonald

2013   Steven Kudla

2012   Liang Downey

2012   Lisa A. Pollard

2011  Daniel Kurzawski

2010  Amanda C. Carnagie

2009  Amanda C. Carnagie

2008  Joseph C. Pietron

2007  Joseph C. Pietron

2005  Bella Moreyn

2004  Nadia M. Vlachos

2003  Katharine A. Maziarz

2003  Marc Bayram

2002  Rachel E. Maness

2001  Geoffrey J. Diamond

2000  J. Alexander Smith

WHO WAS DR. MAUSER?

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As early as the 1970s, Professor Mauser was actively involved in the movement to raise environmental consciousness and awareness.

Professor Mauser was an educator, teacher, scholar, author, and internationalist who circled the globe numerous times. He was a trailblazer and a true pioneer in advocating the need for sustainability, especially regarding business. Sustainability is, as defined by the Brundtland Commission, “meeting the needs of the present while not compromising the ability of the future to meet its own needs." He devoted over three decades to teaching, writing, and introducing a broad audience to the new ideas of “biodegradability” and living “in harmony with nature,” what we refer to today as environmental sustainability. 

 

It was common for Professor Mauser to plan scavenger hunts for his students. The list of objects to search for could include a certain flower or rock in the shape of “something.” Afterward, everyone would meet at his cottage in Canada to pick a winner, but more importantly, to study and share their finds. The ensuing discussion provided Professor Mauser’s students a place to socialize and enjoy nature with a touch of healthy competition. The true lesson, however, was in observing, interacting with, and admiring our natural world.

Professor Mauser taught and wrote extensively about ways to protect our environment.

A required text for one of his 1970 business courses was A Sand County Almanac, a 1949 book of essays by ecologist Aldo Leopold. In 1980, while having lunch at Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents Club, a group of professional photographers selected Professor Mauser as the most photogenic person present. The photographers wanted to interview a “respectable-looking occidental older gentleman with impeccable professional credentials to provide a role model for young readership” of Japan’s Playboy magazine. This chance interaction resulted in a full-page photo and interview in Playboy. The public exposure led to many more magazine and TV ads promoting shoes, cameras, cars, clothing, walking canes, travel, and food. He was also featured in documentaries and TV commercials.

PROF. FERDINAND MAUSER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the memory of scholar, author and internationalist, Dr. Ferdinand F. Mauser. He devoted more than two decades to teaching and writing at the School of Business Administration, Wayne State University. This Scholarship is managed and awarded by the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

YEAR

RECIPIENT

2020   Harini Patel 

2018   Sangita Sciram 
2018   Kaila K. Hooks
2017   Kaila Hooks
2016   Christina Winkler
2015   Stephanie Cyburt
2014   Sarah Goodlaxson
2013   Jessica Baird
2012   Alexis Anderson
2011   Tanja Michael
2010   Chioke McRae

PARTNERS & AFFILIATIONS

We have collaborated with the following organizations to provide education, scholarships, financial support and training focusing on environmental sustainability.

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SEMINARS.

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (SEMCOG)

“SUSTAINABLE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT”- November 2005, 2004 and October 2003

Attendees included city planners, architects, engineers, and community leaders.  The focus was learning how sustainable stormwater practices can meet their stormwater regulations, protect water resources, and be attractive amenities to a site and community.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

“MARKETING PRODUCTS IN HARMONY WITH NATURE”- October, 2000

This seminar focused on learning how business and personal decisions can have a positive affect on preserving the integrity of our environment. Speakers included guests from Patagonia, Inc., Toyota Technical Center USA, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC.

“JAPAN-U.S.-CANADA: FOCUS ON MARKETING

The goal was to bring educators, business people, students, and expert speakers together in an educational forum to discuss business opportunities between Japan, United States and Canada. This seminar considered the marketplace from the cultural and economic perspectives of Japan, The United States, and Canada, and focused on business opportunities between these three countries. Presenters from University of Michigan, Consulate General of Canada at Detroit, Michigan Japan External Trade Organization, Michigan Economic Development Corp. 

DONATIONS

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY   Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Asian Art Objects, Custom-built mahogany bookcase, Ninety six vintage business books dating back to the 1700’s, Sixteenth Century wood cut print (Hanseatic League), Primrose Annuals (Purdy Library)

MEMBER   Anthony Wayne Society-The Heritage Society 

TOM AND JUDIT WELACKY   Tom, a Field Crops Biologist, developed and managed Prof. Mauser’s land and apple orchard in Canada. Prof. Mauser and the Welacky family were lifelong friends. The Foundation donated two acres of Prof. Mauser's land to Tom, a member of the Canadian Chestnut Council, and his wife Judit, to grow American Chestnut trees.

DETROIT TRAINING CENTER   Landscape training scholarships in environmental sustainability 

SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART   Six Buddhist Sculptures and 4 Ceramic art objects

JAPAN AMERICAN SOCIETY   Meadowbrook Annual holiday celebration and auction, Two Monte Nagler photographs

MICHIGAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY   Educational programs, “Living with Cougars In Michigan” brochure, construction of Dr. Ferdinand F. Mauser Nature Trail, Sponsored guest lecturers at the Fall Festival: Chad Kister, award winning environmental journalist and Wayne L. Jackson, Native American elder, who spoke about endangered species     

EARTH CIRCLE ASSOCIATION   Marin County, CA Native American sweat lodge ceremonies

HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL   Livonia, MI, Fourth grade student recycling project

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY   Mount Clemens, MI Building Improvements to ReStore

HENRY FORD HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER   Detroit, MI, Department of Medical Genetics

The Foundation funded genetic research equipment and lab projects which were headed by Charles E. Jackson, MD, a colleague of Prof. Mauser. One of the projects looked for possible links between environmental toxins in the work place and cancer.

MEMBER   The Corporate Partners President’s Circle

OAKLAND LAND CONSERVANCY   Rochester, MI, Contribution for land purchase

AUSABLE BIG WATER PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION   Grayling, MI, River clean-up project

ECO-ENCORE   Sustainable recycling

THE GREENING OF DETROIT   Camp Greening, one of the most successful environmental camps in Detroit teaches about water cycles, animal habitats, plants and their functions 

USGBC-LEED   Workshop sponsorships

MICHIGAN INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT CONFERENCE   Sponsorships

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL   Scholarships to green educational programs, annual membership, resource materials

GREENING THE HEARTLAND CONFERENCE   Detroit, MI  Program contributions 

DETROIT FREE PRESS   Michigan Green Leaders Awards Breakfast and Expo

SISTERS, SERVANTS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (IHM)   Monroe, MI, Green Advantage Certification Training Program

MIDWEST GREEN BUILDING CONFERENCE   Detroit, MI  Sponsorships   

THE UM/ULI REAL ESTATE FORUM   Ann Arbor, MI, Annual Real Estate Forums and initiative sponsorship