The Awards Committee is proud to announce the following award winners:
Travel Award to the National Meeting
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Travel Award to the Regional Meeting
Governors State University
John Philipps Regional Travel Award
University of Michigan
Peggy Colllins Luna
Distinguished Service Award
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Michelle Shoenecker, Senior Administrative Program Specialist in the Office of Research Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, is awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award by NCURA Region IV. The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to Region IV members who have shown continuing and long-term contributions to NCURA, the region, and the profession of research administration. Michelle was nominated for this award by Sue Kelch (University of Michigan), Patience Graybill Condellone (Washington University in St. Louis), and Marjorie Piechowski (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee).
Michelle has been working in research administration since 1999, when she began at Fiserv. She transitioned to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006 and became involved in NCURA. Her experience in accounting and audits, as well as her ability to work collaboratively with others, has propelled her through several different opportunities.
Michelle started volunteering with NCURA and Region IV when she joined the Communications Committee in 2007. She has served as a committee chair and member, volunteered at many NCURA Regional and National conferences, participated in several task forces, attended Regional Leadership and National Executive Leadership programs, and served on the Region IV Board as Secretary from 2010–2014.
While Michelle’s resume speaks volumes to her contributions to the profession, her colleagues have more great things to say:
"[Michelle’s] activities, accomplishments and genuine motivation set her head and shoulders apart from the rest. …she is well-respected in her region because of her knowledge and ability to share this knowledge so that others around her benefit and learn."
-Sue Kelch, University of Michigan
"Since I first joined NCURA in 2008, Michelle has stood out to me as one who contributes to the Region in a significant and sustained way. Her presence is ubiquitous, always part of the regional meeting presenter list, and often serving in significant roles on challenging committees. Her input is profound, as she dives into each task with a drive for excellence and thoroughness."
-Patience Graybill Condellone, Washington University in St. Louis
Over the years Michelle also has become involved at the national level as she has gained experience in research administration, sharing her knowledge on panels at national, as well as regional, meetings. She also willingly shares her research administration expertise on an individual basis with less experienced members. In recognition of her accomplishments and continued commitment to the organization, Michelle was selected to participate in the NCURA executive leadership development program. As the NC URA website states, this program "has been designed to bring together members who are ready for executive leadership roles at the national level, and train them in executive leadership principles, including recognized best practices of volunteer leadership."
"Michelle clearly demonstrates these qualities and her readiness for a larger national role, with her strong leadership skills and her deep commitment to NCURA."
-Marjorie Piechowski, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Congratulations, Michelle! Thank you for your longstanding contributions to NCURA and to Region IV!
Kevin Reed Outstanding New Professional Award
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kurt McMillen, Interim Assistant Director of Grants & Proposals in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at University of Wisconsin - Madison, is awarded the 2018 Kevin Reed Outstanding new Professional Award by NCURA Region IV.
The Kevin Reed Outstanding new Professional Award is awarded to Region IV members who have demonstrated a willingness to offer abilities, time, commitment and enthusiasm to the region.
Kurt was nominated for this award by Jim Maus (Washington University in St. Louis) with letters of support from Bonniejean Zitske (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Kathy Durben (Marquette University), and Patience Graybill Condellone (Washington University in St. Louis).
Over the past few years, Kurt has quickly and enthusiastically gotten involved with all things NCURA. He has been a presenter at Regional and Annual meetings and written articles for the NCURA Magazine. Kurt has served and continues to serve on committees, and he volunteers to help out in any way possible. He has quickly become a “go-to” resource and is known for his ability to complete any task with ease.
Kurt’s colleagues express their appreciation for his commitment, enthusiasm, and company:
"Having known Kevin personally I believe this award is named in his honor not so much for what he did but rather for the manner in which he did it. He did it with a passion for serving others and an undeniably infectious joy and a zest for life. Over the years I’ve watched many individuals work hard for our Region. Although a number of them have met the written criteria for this award it’s rare for me to meet someone with the spirit and enthusiasm that I experienced in Kevin. Kurt is one of these rare individuals who carry Kevin’s spirit."
-Jim Maus, Washington University in St. Louis
"I have worked with Kurt closely over the past several years and I am convinced that his commitment to the profession, his ability to think outside the box for solutions, and his dedication to NCURA Region IV make him an ideal candidate for this award."
-Bonniejean Zitske, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"[Kurt’s] energy, creativity and willingness to help have been a tremendous asset to Region IV. In addition to his stellar organization and communication skills, he is a genuinely nice person. Kurt willingly shares his abilities, time and enthusiasm and is extremely deserving of the Kevin Reed Outstanding New Professional Award."
-Kathy Durben, Marquette University
"In a field where everyone tends to feel overwhelmed, Kurt is the person one can count on to step up and volunteer for a task. But beyond this, Kurt shows an ambition to be engaged at every level within Region IV. From menial tasks to leadership positions, I envision Kurt McMillen as one to watch as an NCURA rising star and lead member of the region."
-Patience Graybill Condellone, Washington University in St. Louis
Congratulations, Kurt! Thank you for your enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to NCURA, and especially to Region IV!