The Awards Committee is proud to announce the following awards winners:
Travel Award to the National Meeting
Distinguished Service Award
Western Illinois University
Shannon Sutton, Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at Western Illinois University, is awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by NCURA Region IV. The Distinguished Service Award is for region IV members who have shown continuing and long-term contributions to NCURA, the region, and to the profession of research administration. Shannon was nominated for this award by both Diane Hillebrand (University of North Dakota) and Tricia Callahan (Miami University).
Shannon started in research administration in 1999 as a grant and contract administrator at Western lllinois University. Her experience in accounting and audits, as well as her ability to work collaboratively with others, has propelled her through several promotions. Shannon currently serves as the Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at Western lllinois, where she oversees all pre-award, post-award and compliance functions.
Shannon has served NCURA and Region IV for nearly a decade. Over the years, Shannon has presented numerous sessions and workshops at both the regional and national levels. She has served as the Region IV Treasurer, as well as served on the Financial Management Committee. She has published multiple articles in the NCURA magazine and has volunteered for NCURA wherever she is needed, on planning committees, at the registration desk, and as a session evaluator. Shannon's current service includes participation on the Educational Scholarship Committee, and as the Treasurer and member of the National NCURA Board of Directors.
While Shannon's resume speaks volumes to her contributions to the profession, her colleagues have more great things to say.
"...in her service as Treasurer for the region, she handled every aspect of the region's finances with the utmost in professionalism and confidence. She combined those attributes with her fine-tuned knowledge and strong work ethic and made every regional meeting run smoothly for the Chair-elects that she served under.”
-Sue Kelch, University of Michigan
"For as long as I have known her, Shannon has been a tireless volunteer, consummate professional, exceptional leader, and devoted wife and mother ... Shannon is one of those rare people that is able to be as kind and helpful as she is effective and productive. She is a genuine treasure - one that her institution, Region IV, and National NCURA are lucky to have."
-Bonniejean Zitske, University of Wisconsin - Madison
“Shannon has a wealth of knowledge about Region IV activities and has given her time for years to make Region IV a success ... Hardwork and leadership are two qualities Shannon shows in all she does for NCURA."
-Diane Hillebrand, University of North Dakota
“Shannon is exactly the type of person who deserves this recognition of Distinguished Service. Shannon's experience, knowledge, and dedication to research administration and to Region IV make her the ideal candidate for this award."
-Michelle Ginavan Hayes, University of Kansas
Congratulations, Shannon, and thank you for your long standing contributions to NCURA and especially to Region IV!