Recipients of AP Awards announced

Headshot: Daniel Hylen
Daniel Hylen, assistant facilities custodial supervisor, received the top honor: the AP Achievement Award.
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The AP Awards Committee named Daniel Hylen, assistant facilities custodial supervisor, as the recipient of the Administrative Professional Achievement Award. 

The AP Achievement Award is the highest honor awarded to an administrative/professional staff member, recognizing outstanding contributions to the university, profession and community.

In his nominations, many described Hylen as dedicated and hardworking. Cathy Headly, facilities supervisor, said, “Dan’s character traits represent a perfect combination of the inherent qualities that every prospective graduate of GVSU should strive for.” Hylen is described as having a passion for problem-solving, which earned him the nickname “Detective Dan.”

When the pandemic hit, Dan went above and beyond his normal duties. Timothy Thimmesch, who recently retired as associate vice president of Facilities Services, wrote in his nomination letter that Hylen “has been exemplary” this year, working hard to keep classroom space and offices clean and sanitized.

Other AP Award recipients are listed below.

  • Tamera DeFouw, senior academic advisor for Seidman College of Business undergraduate programs, received the Commitment to Students Award.
  • Loren Rullman, vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students, received the Commitment to Diversity Award.
  • Anthony T. Williams Jr., director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, received the Innovation Award for reviewing and updating the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Christina Hipshier, greenhouse supervisor for the Department of Biology, received the Service to Community Award.
  • The Virus Action Team and the Laker Academic Advising Network each earned the Outstanding Team Project Award.

The AP Committee will host a virtual AP Forum with the Senior Leadership Team on Thursday, May 13, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register online to receive a Zoom link.

-- written by Sheila Babbitt, student writer


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