Grad students receive Deans Citation Awards

Jeffrey Potteiger, dean of Graduate Studies
Jeffrey Potteiger, dean of Graduate Studies
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Graduate students were honored with Dean’s Citation Awards during the Graduate Student Celebration December 6 in Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The students were recognized for outstanding academic performance. Each recipient was given a certificate of recognition and a graduate honors cord.

Graduate students can be nominated by faculty and staff, advisers, a graduate program director, a department chair or a school director. The nominees are reviewed by the dean of Graduate Studies, in consultation with others involved in graduate education; final selection is made by the dean.

Academic Excellence in the Major

Seidman College of Business
• Jill R. Schutte, accounting
• Laura A. Gentry, business administration
• Michelle S. Andrews, taxation

College of Community and Public Service
• Jacqueline B. Stevens, criminal justice
• Danielle L. Montag, health administration
• Samantha M. Leonard, public administration

College of Education
• Jaclyn F. Timmer, school counseling

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
• Shravya Yeragani, computer information systems

College of Health Professions
• Maribeth A. Fisher, physician assistant studies

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Jared J. Homola, biology
• Shawna M. Tanner, biostatistics
• Marian J. Testori, cell and molecular biology
• Skyler S. Latshaw, English    

Kirkhof College of Nursing
• Mariah C. Hockin, nursing   

Outstanding Master’s Thesis

College of Education
• Reba L. Oguntokun, College Student Affairs Leadership

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Jared J. Homola, biology
• Marian J. Testori, cell and molecular biology

Outstanding Master’s Final Project

College of Education
• Karri L. Sanders, education
• Emily M. Parrott, special education  

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
• Joshua N. VerHage, engineering

College of Health Professions
• Danielle C. Boloven, Angela E. Fiorillo, and Maribeth A. Fisher, physician assistant studies

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Angela K. Peavey, communications

Kirkhof College of Nursing
• Michelle A. Smith, nursing

Excellence in Service to the Community or Profession

College of Community and Public Service
• Shane W. Scherer, public administration

College of Education
• Kristin A. Mier, instruction & curriculum

College of Health Professions
• Megan F.  Springstead and Lauren W. Toro, physician assistant studies

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Stephanie L. Celano, cell and molecular biology

Excellence in Leadership and Service to GVSU

College of Community and Public Service
• Elle G. Teshima, criminal justice
• Jason Escareno, public administration

College of Education
• Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl, college student affairs leadership

MAGS Distinguished Thesis Nominee
Outstanding Thesis 2013

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) calls for nominations for the annual Distinguished Thesis Award. Each school is allowed to nominate one student thesis for the award competition. The thesis representing Grand Valley is selected by a committee of faculty members from multiple disciplines and approved by the dean of Graduate Studies.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• April D. Best, Master of Arts in English (graduated April 2013)  

Graduate Student Award Outstanding Faculty Member Award
• Gregory Wolffe, professor of computer science
• Donald Mitchell, Jr., assistant professor of education
• Brandon W. Youker, associate professor of social work