AP Awards 2012

Congratulations to the Award Winners!

Commitment to Diversity
Amy Jasinski

In the College of Education, Amy serves as a member of the Inclusion Committee as well as the Advisory Committee for the Compass Program, an initiative created to increase the number of underrepresented populations interested in becoming teachers.
Amy has been an advisor of TRiO Educational Talent Search, and has also partnered with the Freshman Academy and Wade H. McCree Program through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Since 2004, Amy has attended, participated in, or taken courses in 36 documented instances of professional and personal development related to diversity and interculturalism. This includes Institute for Healing Racism, Summit on Racism, and Partners for a Racism Free Community.

Commitment to Students
Caroline Cascini

As a CLAS advisor, Caroline goes out of her way to find the latest relevant information for each students. She is an incredible resource for students and guides them in problem-solving. She is strongly committed to student growth and success and genuinely cares about her students as individuals. In addition to her advising duties, she presents workshops for students on preparing for the GRE and keeps up-to-date on graduate school requirements. In letters of support for her nomination, several students said it was Carolines guidance, support and caring heart that helped them remain at Grand Valley and graduate.

Innovation
Jo Ann Wassenaar

Jo Ann initiated the creation of the Career Services for Faculty and Staff Program. The program has helped participating faculty and staff members increase their productivity, develop better personal and professional self-confidence, and enhance their leadership skills. Jo Ann asked that the following faculty and staff be recognized for their contributions to the creation of the program: Jean Arnold, Erin Busscher, Connie Ingham, Cindy Laug, Katie Lewis, Kim Monaghan, and Scott Richardson.

Service to Community
James Rademaker

Jim is a board member of Malawi Connection, a non-profit founded by his family. The organization helps improve the quality of life for people in the rural villages of the District of Mangochi, Malawi. Jim has been a registered leader with the Boy Scouts of America since 2000, leading several troops and holding several positions over the years. Jim is a volunteer at Grand Rapids International Fellowship working with teenagers who come from socioeconomically challenged households. He is also a volunteer at Community Link & serving as an ELL tutor.

Outstanding Team Project
WGVU Engage
Brandon DeHaan, Jeffrey Marcinkowski, Damon Arnold, Connie Dang, Sean Huddleston, Kimberly Brummel, Stephen Chappell, Tim Eernisse, Bradley Gordon, Shelley Irwin, Michael Kluczyk, Ken Kolbe, James Marcusse, James Rademaker, Michael Walenta, Linda Kennedy, Steven Lipnicki
WGVU Engage was launched to work with outreach and community engagement programs to connect to the community. WGVU Engage covers 28 counties in West and Southwest Michigan. The Engage Committee is made up representatives from several departments throughout Grand Valley and the community & focusing on five key areas including Education, Diversity, Veterans, Health, and the Arts. The committee has worked with several programs and events, including the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding, God in America,Women & Girls Lead, and Freedom Riders.

AP Achievement Award
Bob Bero

This years AP Achievement award winner is described as professional in every way & a person who is always available to faculty, staff and students. This person is also described as a leader who goes the extra mile in helping and mentoring students. This person has surpassed 20 years with the university & assisting with programs like Science Olympiad, Super Science Saturday, STEPS, FIRST Robotics, Pinewood Derby and Baja Car Club. When the School of Engineering was just a small, two-floor department with a handful of faculty, he helped to build the department to what it is today. He has supported the growth and expansion of School of Engineering that now consists of two buildings, and has seen faculty and staff grow to more than 40 employees. Bob Bero has developed a very efficient system for keeping university shops open for students and for keeping our laboratories well stocked. Over the years, Bob has been the only staff person in charge of mechanical shops and labs. The program has grown enormously and we have added many tools- which all require support and Bob has been able to manage by his superior ability to equip and to manage student workers and to work with the faculty and other staff persons.