MAUSER HARMONY WITH NATURE FOUNDATION
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
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