Litton earns AP Achievement Award

Jo Ann Litton, center, is pictured with President Thomas J. Haas at the AP Awards luncheon April 21. Betty Schaner, who nominated Litton for the AP Achievement Award, is at right.
Jo Ann Litton, center, is pictured with President Thomas J. Haas at the AP Awards luncheon April 21. Betty Schaner, who nominated Litton for the AP Achievement Award, is at right.

Jo Ann Litton, assistant director for pre-professional advising, received the AP Achievement Award April 21 at the annual luncheon in the Kirkhof Center.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a staff member to the university, professional field and community. In her nomination letter, Betty Schaner, assistant dean of Advising and Student Services and director of the CLAS Advising Center, said Litton illustrates the spirit of the award throughout her work.

Schaner said Litton puts the student at the center of her decisions and focus. "Her depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with Grand Valley and her absolute commitment to the university mission serve as the foundation to her outreach and support of our students," Schaner wrote.

Other award recipients are listed below.

Commitment to Students Award: MarcQus Wright, director of TRIO Student Support Services

Commitment to Diversity Award: Michael Messner, assistant vice provost for Student Success

Innovation Award: Karen Burchard, IT academic systems specialist

Outstanding Team Project: "It’s On Us Campaign," Theresa Rowland, Bobby Nielson, Keri Becker, Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Nick Viau, Aaron Haight, Brandon DeHaan, Renee Freeman, Bart Merkle, Santiago Gayton, Ashley Schulte, Doug Lipinski, Aubrey Dull (graduate student), Nancy Crittenden, Elizabeth Vanderheide, Bernadine Carey, President Thomas J. Haas, Michelle Jokisch Polo (graduate student).

Service to Community Award: Patricia “Pat” Waring, community relations director

Medallions were presented to Teri Losey, Paul Plotkowski, Kathleen VanderVeen and Cynthia Winowiecki for 25 years of service to Grand Valley.