Awards ceremony will recognize staff members

woman at podium
Jennifer Palm, assistant to The Graduate School, received the 2017 Maxine Swanson Award. The 2018 Celebrating Women Awards will be held March 29.
Image credit - University Communications

Recipients of the Celebrating Women Awards have been announced. The annual event recognizes students, faculty and staff members who make significant impacts on the lives of women and girls.

The event is set for Thursday, March 29, beginning at 3 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. RSVP online at

The following awards will be presented by the Women's Commission:

• Maxine Swanson Award to Melissa Peraino, director of educational outreach, Center for Adult and Continuing Studies

• Women’s Community Impact Award to Casey Thelenwood, director of administrative services, College of Education

• Unsung Hero Award to Jeffrey Rollins, database and technology specialist, College of Education

• Unsung Hero Award, Sarah Clark, director of the Chemistry Success Center

• Emerging Professional Award to Jessica Tuzinowski, GVSU club synchronized skating coach

The event is sponsored by the Women's Commission; Positive Black Women; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the Center for Gender and Equity.


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