This years winner of the AP Achievement Award is described as an endless source of knowledge and a person who does it all. This person is also known for being modest and maintaining a low profile.
Co-workers say this person is creative and innovative& and has expanded her scope of influence and expertise throughout her career. She has spent more than two decades working tirelessly to serve her department and division at the university.
As current director of Lab Support for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sandi Bacon does much more than that job role. She is co-director of Grand Valleys Science Olympiad competition and serves as an administrative assistant for the Chemistry Department. Among many accomplishments, Sandi oversaw the development and implementation of a chemical hygiene plan for the university.
Sandi has worked at Grand Valley for 22 years and will retire this summer. Congratulations Sandi.
The first winner is Harriet Singleton. Harriet is a head counselor in the Counseling and Career Development Center. She has been active in the department for more than 30 years. Harriet is active on many Grand Valley and community committees. She directs training sessions on diversity topics to promote awareness among faculty, staff and students.
Also receiving the Commitment to Diversity Award is Steven Lipnicki. Steven is the director of Pew Campus Student Services. He was instrumental in creating an awareness campaign to help the campus community recognize biased incidents and how to report them. He is a trained facilitator of workshops to combat acts of intolerance and he also organizes annual World AIDS Day observances for Grand Valley.
The winner of the Commitment to Students Award is Kate Stoetzner. Kate is the director of International Student and Scholar Services. Newly arriving international students count on Kate for advice and nurturing, but co-workers say Kate goes beyond that in many ways & from inviting students to help decorate her Christmas tree to driving them to medical appointments. Students describe her as approachable and loving & and someone who gives the best of herself.
The winner of the Innovation Award is Erin Babson. Erin is manager of Operations for Pew Campus and Regional Centers. Erin works closely with representatives from the Rapid to develop and improve our bus transit system. Her innovative marketing campaigns & from water bottles to gift cards to little chocolate cars & have helped increase ridership which has grown to more than 15,000 riders per day.
Members include: Marty Litherland, Lisa Miller, Leslie Bateman, Jan Robinson, Glenna Decker, Wanda Moreland, Steven Lipnicki, Ashley Nickels, Michelle Burke, Darlene Zwart, Ginger Lange, and Nick Viau.
This group operates as advocates for nontraditional adult undergraduate students. Some of the teams major projects include creating a nontraditional Web site, hosting events for Nontraditional Student Week in fall of 2007, and gathering data about the Grand Valley experience regarding nontraditional students through online surveys and focus groups. The group has increased dialogue and awareness of the needs of nontraditional students & and their Web site has already received nearly 6,500 hits.
The winner of the Service to Community Award is Steve Chappell. Steve is the grant administrator at WGVU. Co-workers say he's the driving force behind WGVU's community outreach and is always looking for new ways to reach out to minorities, high school and college students, and inner city kids. Steve has served as administrator for several projects, focusing on issues like childhood health, teen substance abuse, Alzheimer's disease, and love and forgiveness.