School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Student Awards

MPA

  • Heidi McPheeters - 2013
  • Jessa Dutton - 2012
  • Aaron Vis - 2011
  • Elizabeth Schrauben - 2010
  • Brian Flanagan - 2009
  • Jenny Frasco - 2008
  • Louis Canfield - 2007
  • Shannon McMaster - 2006
  • Dawne M. Bell - 2005
  • Angela Moris - 2004
  • Janet Winter - 2003

MHA

  • Molly Thompson - 2013
  • Bennett Samuel - 2012
  • Carolyn Faber - 2011
  • Dan Kuchan - 2010
  • Geraldine E. Vandreumel - 2009
  • Cynthia Swihart - 2008
  • Jacqueline DeBruler - 2007

Undergraduate

  • Amanda Harvey - 2013              
  • Marc Owens - 2011
  • Jon Schneider - 2010
  • Andrew Crosby - 2009
  • Kelli Schepers - 2008
  • Alyssa Vasquez - 2007
  • Jennifer Moore - 2005
  • Elizabeth Martin -2004
  • Pennie Alger - 2003

SPNHA Best Paper Award

  • Juliana Nahas, "Paris of The Midwest: How Detroit Can Use the Arts to Spur Neighborhood Revitalization" - 2013
  • Courtney Lawler for "Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities: Economic Impacts and Policy Solutions" - 2011
  • Nate Engle for "Understanding Rural Sprawl: A look at Osceola County, MI" - 2010
  • Susan Toman for "Using Transparency as a Regulator in the Age of Technology" - 2009
  • Tendai Masiriri for "The Effects of Managed Care on Social Work Mental health Practice" - 2008
  • Heidi DeRoo for "Recognizing the Paradox: Restructuring an Intentionally Multinational - North American NGO" - 2007
  • Rachel R. Ruser for "Analysis of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA)" - 2006
  • Barbara M. Taylor for "How Should a City Promote Minority Construction Contracting? A Policy Analysis" - 2005

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society that draws its members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities. Election to membership is by invitation only.

  • Dolores Catlin - 2011
  • Jared Cowan - 2011
  • Marenta Klinger - 2011
  • Nichole Rydahl - 2011
  • Timothy Scholten - 2011
  • Tom Gilson - 2010
  • Andrew Crosby - 2009
  • Jenna Thayer - 2009
  • Geraldine Vandreumel - 2009
  • Brian Flanagan - 2009
  • Patrick T. Morgan - 2009
  • Uma Thandapani - 2008
  • Jon Schneider - 2008
  • Jacqueline DeBrulerr - 2007
  • Jessica Elkins - 2007
  • Rafel Hejne - 2007
  • John Huebler - 2006
  • Alicja Boryczk - 2006
  • Natalia Giergiel - 2005
  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Goliasz - 2005
  • Rachael Voorhees - 2003

Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence

Outstanding Graduate in the Master of Public Administration

  • R. Michael Gouin-Hart - 2013
  • Kyle Van Strien - 2012
  • Angela Stumpo - 2012
  • Dolores Catlin - 2011
  • Andrew W. Crosby - 2011
  • Wesley Miller - 2010
  • Melissa Miller - 2010
  • Roberta Osipoff - 2009
  • Patrick Morgan - 2009
  • Michele Schallip - 2008
  • Craig Heerema - 2007
  • Louis Canfield - 2007

Outstanding Graduate in the Master of Health Administration

  • Rachel Dody - 2013
  • Amy  Jackson - 2012
  • Timothy Scholten - 2012
  • Carolyn C. Faber - 2011
  • Marenta Klinger - 2011
  • Daniel Kuchan - 2010
  • Brooke Wayman - 2009
  • Hillary Jackson - 2009
  • Richard Cline - 2008
  • Noel Vanness - 2007
  • Jacqueline DeBruler - 2007

Outstanding Leadership in Service to GVSU

  • Jennifer A. Jordan -  2013
  • Michael Breon - 2012
  • Claire Harrison - 2012
  • Alyson Dondzila - 2012
  • Ashlee Cunningham - 2012
  • Justin Ott - 2011
  • Todd B. Workman - 2011
  • Matthew Mokma - 2011
  • Selma Tucker - 2011
  • Mike Soltis - 2010
  • Connie Dang - 2009
  • Gwen DeGraf - 2008
  • David Vander Sloot - 2008
  • Anthony Phillips - 2007
  • David Bleckley - 2007

Outstanding Leadership in Community or Professional Service

  • Benjamin W. Grostic - 2013
  • Nicolas Lavalard - 2012
  • Stacey Trowbridge - 2012
  • Julie Scholten - 2012
  • Kevin Lignell - 2012
  • Mike Goorhouse - 2011
  • Emily Martin - 2011
  • Brandon Seng - 2010
  • Toni Jones - 2010
  • Joshua Meringa - 2010
  • Megan Sall - 2009
  • Lucius Hawkins - 2009
  • Natalie Hirdes - 2009
  • George Wietor - 2008
  • Linda Miskovetz Falstad - 2007
  • David Bleckley - 2007

Excellence in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion at GVSU

  • Olubunmi Parks - 2012
  • Rachael DeWitt - 2011

Outstanding Project

  • Meghan Cochran - 2012
  • Kristin Linscott - 2011
  • Conrad Venema, Kevin Wisselink, & Nicholas Monoyios - 2009

Outstanding Thesis

  • Dina Grabareva - 2010

Outstanding Publication

  • Kamil Makiela - 2010
  • Bridgette Bassford - 2008

Other University Awards

  • Alyssa Tierney won a 2011 Thomas M. Seykora Award for outstanding contributions to university life
  • Rachael Voorhees won the 2004 Glenn A. Niemeyer Awards for striving to excel in all aspects of a well-rounded academic experience
  • Pennie Algera won the 2004 Glenn A. Niemeyer Awards for striving to excel in all aspects of a well-rounded academic experience
  • Rachael Voorhees won the 2004 Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award
  • James Lightfoot won the 2003 Thomas M. Seykora Award for outstanding contributions to university life
  • Robert Bacik won the 2003 Thomas M. Seykora Award for outstanding contributions to university life

External Awards

  • Jason S. Escareno received a 2013 Michigan Local Government Management Association Fellowship
  • Cory Jackson received a 2012 Commitment To Service Award from Michigan Campus Compact 
  • Matt McNamara and Iwona Gruszka were half the GVSU team that placed first in THE PROJECT 2012, a Project Management Institute collegiate competition involving six Michigan colleges and universities: Aquinas, Davenport, Kalamazoo College, Michigan Tech and University of Phoenix.
  • Cory Jackson received a 2011 Heart and Soul Award from Michigan Campus Compact
  • Michael VandenBerg received a 2010 Michigan Local Government Management Association Fellowship
  • Reggie Oates received a 2007-08 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Scholarship
  • Bob Lafave received a 2007 Michigan Local Government Management Association Fellowship
  • Roger Belknap received a 2007 Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship
  • Kimberly Langley won the 2006 "ASPA Capital Area Scholarship Award" for her paper "The Budgetary Process of Michigan State Parks"
  • Irma Garcia won a 2005 "Outstanding Adult Learner" from Grand Rapids Higher Education Network
  • Michal Kubicki won the 2003 "Student of the Years" from West Michigan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration

Julie Scholten, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2012

Matt McNamara, Iwona Gruszka and teammates at THE PROJECT 2012

Susan Toman, Best Paper, 2009

Mike Goorhouse, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2011

Heidi McPheeters (outstanding MPA student) at Grand Valley's Annual Awards Celebration, 2013

Juliana Nahas, Best Paper, 2013

Dolores Catlin, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2011

Kevin Lignell, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2012

Nic Lavalard, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2012

Michael Breon and Claire Harrison, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2012

Olubunmi Parks, Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, 2012

 

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