Congratulations to the Award Winners!
Achievement Award - Christine Scott
This years winner of the AP Achievement Award is described as a person that is focused on approaching technical challenges in a way that makes the process easier for the students rather than making it easier for her. The Financial Aid Office must rely heavily on technology in order to effectively and efficiently serve the growing student body.
Chris has no problem collaborating with other departments & universitys to improve and expand the automation of their office. Because of her commitment, the office of Financial Aid is ahead of many other institutions in the complex world of Banner.
Chris is very efficient, working with financial aid, and federal professionals, to insure swift and easy delivery of grants, scholarships, and loans for students.
Some of Chriss affiliations are:
(MSFAA) Michigan Student Financial Aid Association.
(NASFAA) National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
She is a regular attendee of SCT and various Financial Aid conferences where she brings back regulatory updates and tools to streamline all processes.
Chris spends a great deal of her free time volunteering within the community, including Habitat for Humanity, and Rays of Hope for Haiti.
Sustainability is an important component in the FAO. Chris encourages all staff members to reduce paper waste, bring in dishes, and use recycle bins.
Chris has devoted her entire career to Grand Valley. She began over 30 years ago as a work study student, and has worked her way up to Associate Director of Systems and Technology.
The Financial Aid Office and Grand Valley State University would not be the same without her skills and abilities
Commitment to Diversity Award- Monica Johnstone
Monica is the Director of Communications and Advancement for CLAS (College of Liberal Arts, and Sciences).
She has completed training as an Inclusion Advocate, and currently sits on two search committees.
Monica also drafted the CLAS Inclusion Plan, and serves on the CLAS Grassroots Inclusion Taskforce.
Monicas colleagues commend her for her global, open-minded perspective and considerable talents for bringing people together in productive, positive ways.
Commitment to Students Award- Michelle Burke
Michelle is the Associate Director in the Office of Student Life.
Michelle is known on campus for her contagious passion for student development and genuine commitment to students. Her natural student focused mindset and style, greatly impact every service and program within the Office of Student Life.
Despite Michelles busy schedule, she goes out of her way to be accessible to students, and is available to assist and support students far beyond normal office hours. She is known as an approachable resource for students, and a go-to person on campus. (especially in relation to supporting the efforts of student programming).
One of Michelles many student accomplishments was taking a National Leadership Honor Society (Omicron Delta Kappa) with only 2 members, and developing them to an impressive roster of over 70 members. She saved the organization from extinction, and turned it in to a highly honored organization of distinction..
Innovation Award- Aaron Perry
Aaron has constructed a database that has been adopted by the Chemistry, Biology, and Biomedical Science departments, for the purpose of keeping track of chemical inventory. Items in the database are linked to chemical safety notes and can also produces ordering information.
This program would have cost the University several thousand dollars to purchase a similar program, and would not be the customized version that Aaron developed.
Outstanding Team Project Award- The Laker Turf Building Team
Brad Wallace, Bob Brown, Dave Feenstra, Jeff Marcinkowski, Gloria Myaard, Jerry Baltes, Lisa Sweany, Bob Gildersleeve, Laura Kennett, Jodi Kuyt, John Rosick, and Bob Stoll.
This project meets their goal of successfully building the Laker Turf Building, and integrating it into the Campus community within the first year that it was open.
As the Laker Turf Building is a widely used, multipurpose, shared facility, there were many discussions and planning meetings held between departments such as Athletics, Campus recreation, Facilities Planning, Student life, and Facilities Services to make certain that they could meet everyone's programming needs.
The benefits to the University are enormous. The Laker turf Building has met an immediate need for additional programming space for Movement Science classes, Intramurals, Campus Recreation, Club Sports, and Laker Athletic teams. The Laker turf Building has become one of the many reasons why GVSU is Grand. Our campus community can enjoy using the Laker turf Building through organized activity or scheduled drop in Recreation times.