Commencement introduces new award for BSI program

At the 2015 Graduate Recognition Ceremony of the School of Information on May 1, Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason introduced a new student award for the school’s newest program, the Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI). This award, he announced, will be named in honor of John L. King, a former dean of the school and the director of the undergraduate program.

Jenna Werner, the first student to graduate from the BSI program, is the first recipient of the John Leslie King award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates the pioneering spirit of the new degree. At the ceremony, Jenna reflected on her undergraduate experiences at Michigan and in the program.

Other students honored at the ceremony were recipients of the Edmon Low Award, the Margaret Mann Award and the Nikki Candelore Roda Student Impact Award.

The recipient of the Edmon Low Award, named in honor of Professor Edmon Low, is chosen by the executive committee of the School of Information Master’s Association (SIMA). This year’s winners were Jackie Wolf, president of SIMA, and Setsuko Yokoyama.

The Margaret Mann Award, awarded annually since 1941, honors graduating students who show exceptional promise of professional development. The winners were Adam Levick and Anna Vantsevich.

The Nikki Candelore Roda Student Impact Award is awarded to a student who has shown initiative and dedication to service and influenced the culture of the school while a student. The award was presented to doctoral graduate Devan Donaldson.

In addition to Devan Donaldson, six other students who received doctoral degrees in the past academic year were honored at the ceremony: Matt Burton, Ayse Buyuktur, Tao Dong, Trond Jacobsen, Grace YoungJoo Jeon, and Adam Kriesberg. The school also acknowledged 164 master of science in information graduates, 17 master of health informatics students, and 16 bachelor of science in information students.

Daniel Atkins, professor and founding dean of the School of Information, presented the commencement address.

Posted May 4, 2015