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SLIS Students and Alumni Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

May 7, 2010

Bernath Auditorium was filled as the School celebrated the accomplishments of its students and alumni at the Annual Recognition Ceremony on May 7. Scholarship and award winners, Beta Phi Mu initiates, Student Group officers, Graduate Student Assistants and 2009-2010 graduates were recognized during the program.

The School also presented its Professional Service Award to Kathleen McBroom, Media Specialist at Dearborn Public Schools and SLIS Adjunct faculty member. McBroom spoke of how her enthusiasm for languages, technology and learning ultimately led her to K-12 education, “where the real action is”. She encouraged graduates to seek not just a job and not just a career—but to seek to find their passion. 
SLIS presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Diane Vogt- O’Connor. Vogt-O’Connor has served as a senior manager for conservation activities at the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution and is currently the chief of the Conservation Division at the Library of Congress. She described a tremendous 35 year career which began at Wayne State with masters degrees in library science and art history and graduate certificates in archives and in museum studies.  The ability to convince people of ideas, Vogt-O’Connor emphasized, is the wellspring of achievement.  Surveying a career rich in professional accomplishment, she stressed the joy found in attaining mastery in one’s skills. In keeping with the tradition of offering graduates words of advice, she encouraged students to make friends with their co-workers—for they will be the ones who help them find their next jobs.   
Congratulations to everyone on a fabulous year!
Please see a complete list of scholarship winners below.

Beta Phi Mu Initiates
Svetlana Aksenova
Lynn Heitkamp
Heidi Blanton
Elizabeth Heitsch
Katrina Byrne
Mallory Heslinger
Anna Couzens
Jessica Kay-Oosterhouse
Ibrahim Farah
Alicia Piggott
Paul Gallagher
Sara Quimby
Mary Jane Heaney
Timothy Utter
Graduate Professional Scholarship (2009-2010)
Alicia Allen
Lisa Rickey
Emily Cone-Miller
Michelle Rubenstein
Paul Doran
Sarah Zawacki
Kristin LaLonde
Jennifer Zimmer
Susan O’Brien

Carolyn R. Williams Endowed Scholarship - Michelle McKinney

Dean’s Merit Scholarship - Jean Lewis; Leah Martin; Kimberly Miller

Diane M. Rockall Scholarship - Lesley Chan

Edith B. Phillips Endowed Scholarship - Malcolm McBryde; Sarah Norris  

Gloria A. Francis Memorial Endowed Scholarship - Tracy Singer

H.W. Wilson Scholarship - Colter Frazier; Catherine Van Auken; Jennifer Roby; Malisie Hubbard; Talena Horton

Judith J. Field Scholarship - Susan Spencer

LIS General Scholarship - Erika Brock; Lynette Lenn; Jennifer Mitchell; Erin Van Heuveln; Faye Van Ravenswaay

Margaret Hayes Grazier Endowed Scholarship - Joseph Miller; Susan Murphy; Halli Zalesin; William Zunich

Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group - Orien Duda; Jana Luckey Thompkins

Miriam T. Larson Memorial Endowed Scholarship - Andrea Kepsel

Peter & Jane Spyers-Duran Scholarship - Hilary Maurin

Robert L. Sherwood Scholarship - Kimberly Essenburg

Roger S. and Muriel A Pepper Scholarship - Mercedes Miramontes

Sallie Ellison Memorial Endowed Scholarship - LaDonna Levy

Student Travel Award - Tarri Ryan

Student Writing Award - Catherine Gibson; Tracy Singer

Patricia B. Knapp Award - Rebecca McLean