The University Record, May 22, 1995
By Jared Blank
The Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities (MAGB) honored two faculty members and two undergraduates at the Outstanding Students and Distinguished Faculty Awards Convocation in April.
Bruce Karnopp, professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, "has a long and distinguished history in the College of Engineering, particularly because of his dedication to providing the best possible educational experience for undergraduate students," wrote Engineering interim Dean Glenn Knoll in his nomination. Karnopp has been working to improve the undergraduate experience in the College. He helped to create the University Mentorship Program, is involved in the PTP Summer Program for incoming minority engineering students and served as assistant dean for undergraduate students for six years.
Joyce Lindeman, associate professor of kinesiology, also has been actively involved in improving the quality of undergraduate teaching. She has initiated a monthly teaching forum and often visits classrooms to advise on teaching strategies. She also has promoted the increased use of instructional technology in the classroom. In addition, while on the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics, she transformed into learning experiences disciplinary hearings that before had simply punished students.
Julie A. Neenan, a senior in English, has had a major impact on the University as president of the Michigan Student Assembly. In her nomination, LS&A Dean Edie Goldenberg wrote that "her ability to galvanize students across organizational lines, to nurture relationships, to break down racial barriers and to establish strong communication among diverse groups of students has created a more open and trusting environment. Julie's gift to the University community has been the courage of her convictions." Neenan also served as president of Sigma Kappa sorority.
"Julie is that rare student who has ventured to go where many other students would not," Goldenberg wrote.
David Garcia, a senior in political science, worked to improve the academic and non-academic lives of undergraduates. He was a co-coordinator of the Michigan Leadership Institute where he helped introduce leadership development into the curriculum. Garcia also worked for reform in the Greek system. He researched, developed and drafted an anti-hazing statute which he submitted to the state Legislature. He also provided leadership development training for officers in the Greek system.
While pursuing his bachelor's degree in political science, he co-authored articles in the Journal of Engineering Education.