The University Record, February 07, 2000


Four LS&A staff members honored

Four staff members were honored with excellence awards at the Annual LS&A Staff Reception held in the fall. Those recognized are Jeanette Diuble, recently retired academic secretary, Department of History; Marysia Ostafin, program associate, Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES); William Sanders, vertebrate preparator, Museum of Paleontology; and Evans Young, assistant dean of undergraduate education.

LS&A Dean Shirley Neuman commended each person for their contributions:

  • Diuble was recognized for the high standards she had for her own work, her professional manner and good humor, and her knowledge of the history department as a 30-year employee.

  • Ostafin was nominated by her colleagues for her “exceptionally high standard of performance” and “devotion to institutional accomplishment” within the University, LS&A and CREES.

  • Sanders was described as “professional, courteous, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable” about his profession, making a positive impact on his colleagues and the Museum.

  • Young was honored for his efforts beyond his working title and his “compassion and caring” for others that is a source of inspiration and support for students and co-workers.

    Each staff member received a certificate and $750.

    Housing designers receive AUID awards

    Two Housing Design team members from University Housing recently received awards from the Association of University Interior Designers (AUID).

    Mary Waite was awarded first place in the $50,000–$150,000 category for the Yuri Kochiyama Lounge in the South Quadrangle Residence Hall. The lounge, which celebrates Asian-American cultures by incorporating Asian themes and motifs, includes space for meetings, receptions and study.

    Second place went to Kelly Comfort for the Lawyers’ Club Main Lounge. Working with a large room inside a Tudor/Gothic-style building that has arts and crafts features, Comfort emphasized these themes through the furnishings, large area rugs and window treatments.

    Comfort also received a second place award in the more than $150,000 category for housing administration offices renovations. The offices, which feature a Mondrian color/design scheme, were updated and made more functional.

    Linda Nyrkkanen, a former interior designer for Housing Design, collaborated with Comfort on the housing administration offices and Lawyers’ Club projects.

    Gahagan receives Wyeth Lederle grant

    Sheila Gahagan, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and assistant research scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development, received a Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant, awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics and funded by Wyeth Lederle Vaccines. Gahagan, one of two pediatricians in Michigan to receive a CATCH grant this year, will use the award for a program focusing on the prevention and early identification of nutritional problems in infants and young children up to age 5.

    The project will be coordinated through local obstetric, pediatric and family medicine practices, the County Health Department, Head Start, WIC, Early On, local churches and parent organizations.