UMSI grads honored for achievements at 2017 commencement

Five University of Michigan School of Information graduates were honored for their academic achievements and leadership during the 2017 Graduate Recognition Ceremony at the Powers Center on the University of Michigan campus on April 28.

Receiving awards were Tim Yoo (MSI ’17), Katherine James (MHI ’17), Scott Kirycki (MSI ’17), Sarah Barnitt (BSI ’17) and Jessamine Bartley-Matthews (MSI ’17).

Tim Yoo received the Edmon Low Award, presented by the School of Information Master’s Association and nominated by fellow master’s students. The award is given to students who exemplify the qualities valued by professor Low, including dedication to service, empathy for others, confidence-building, industry, interpersonal acuity, responsibility and humor.

Yoo was described as “ingrained in the SI community, always willing to help anyone he can, and always there to share a laugh and good story.”

Katherine James and Scott Kirycki were each awarded the Margaret Mann Award, the first and oldest student award in the School of Information. The award is given to one or more students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and professional promise.

James was honored for her contributions to MHI seminars, where she excelled at preparation, planning and class leadership. She was praised as being bright, talented, hard-working, passionate about health-related social causes, smart and capable.

Kirycki was recognized for his strong student record, distinguishing himself with creative work and his dedication to the UMSI augmented reality app, the school’s contribution to the U-M bicentennial.

Sarah Barnitt, one of the first students to graduate in the social media path and the first BSI student to do a Twitter takeover for UMSI, received the John L. King Award, which recognizes an outstanding student in the undergraduate program. She was recognized as a stellar student, sharp and hard-working.

The Nikki Candelore Roda Award was given to Jessamine Bartley-Matthews, a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow and a former SIMA president. She was recognized for her leadership, community service and student engagement. The award, named after UMSI graduate Nikki Candelore Roda (MSI ’13), celebrates a student who has shown initiative and dedicated to service and has influenced the culture and climate of the school in positive ways.

The awards were presented by Elizabeth Yakel, UMSI senior associate dean for academic affairs.