Graduate students, faculty recognized

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Dozens of graduate students and three faculty members were recognized during  at the Graduate Student Celebration on December 7.

Recognitions were made for academic excellence in a major, service to community, leadership and service, and outstanding final project, dissertation and thesis work.

Awardees included: 

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Academic Excellence in the Major

Michael K. Birkmeier, Master of Business Administration

Michele A. Booms, Master of Science in Accounting 

Emily A. Burrus, Master of Education - School Counseling

Michael K. Cardinal, Master of Science in Criminal Justice 

Mary L. Dougherty, Doctor of Nursing Practice    

Ramya Gunda, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Amy E. Jackson, Master of Health Administration

Holly R. Kaupa, Master of Arts in English   

Emily A. Sydloski, Master of Physician Assistant Studies 

Kyle S. Van Strien, Master of Public Administration

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Outstanding Thesis in the Major

David A. Baisch, Master of Science in Biology 

Thomas J. Parker, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Carrie L. Steenwyk, Master of Arts in English 

Ellen C. Zwarensteyn, Master of Science in Communications 

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Outstanding Dissertation in the Major

Barbara L. Hooper, Doctor of Nursing Practice  

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Outstanding Final Project in the Major

Michael K. Cardinal, Master of Science in Criminal Justice 

Rusheeswar Challa, Master of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology 

Vincent K. Sam, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems 

Kevin H. Wolf, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Service to the Community or Profession 

Dennis A. Bertch, Doctor of Nursing Practice 

Kelli M. Damstra, Doctor of Nursing Practice 

Noelle M. Kasa, Master of Arts in English 

Nicolas O. Lavalard, Master of Health Administration 

Stacey J. Trowbridge, Master of Public Administration 

Graduate Dean’s Citations for Leadership and Service to GVSU 

Michael J. Breon, Master of Health Administration 

Claire M. Harrison, Master of Public Administration 

Faculty Mentor Awards, presented by the Graduate Student Association 

Debra Ross, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 

Danielle Leek, Associate Professor of Communications 

Kimboko Inclusion Award, presented by the Graduate Student Association 

Cynthia Mader, Professor of Education