Vanden Wyngaard receives Trailblazer award

Two women standing at podium
Cassonya Carter, background, presents Julianne Vanden Wyngaard with the Doris Rucks Trailblazer Award at the Positive Black Women Valentine's luncheon.
Image Credit: Jess Weal

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, pianist and university carillonneur, received the Doris Rucks Trailblazer Award from Positive Black Women at the organization's annual Valentine's Day luncheon in the Kirkhof Center.

Cassonya Carter, senior academic advisor for Kirkhof College of Nursing, presented Vanden Wyngaard with the award. Carter, who also directs the student gospel choir Voices of GVSU, called Vanden Wyngaard a mentor during the choir's formative years.

Vanden Wyngaard praised PBW during her remarks. The faculty and staff organization was established in 1994, and members have endowed a scholarship fund and presented more than $25,000 in scholarships.

"What a wonderful legacy you all have provided for me," Vanden Wyngaard said.

The award is named for Doris Rucks, former sociology faculty member.