Distinguished Staff Award: 2007

Craig Bowman

Cook/Culinary Coordinator, Center Ice Food Court

Craig Bowman's unique leadership style and mentoring of new Dining Service employees allows room for their development into productive and happy members of the Dining Services team. Bowman leads the members of Dining Services by embracing innovative practices to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of fellow employees. His accomplishments are well recognized and confirmed by presentations for off-campus entities, and his willingness to share personal experiences demonstrates Bowman's pride in his work at the University.

Craig has been active in the Ferris and local communities by being a supporter of sports and concessions at Morley-Stanwood Schools, serving on the Food Service Advisory Board at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, and participating in various leadership roles in his church.

Cindy Horn

Director, Student Leadership and Activities

Cindy Horn's colleagues have cited her as an outstanding member of the Ferris community and a fine representative of Ferris State University who always finds the best in every situation. Cindy works tirelessly to provide quality programs to the students of FSU outside of the classroom. She portrays a positive outlook when working with students and often becomes a confidant for the students as well as a mentor in a compassionate and supportive environment. Cindy also works closely with the University and local community providing students with volunteer opportunities. She promotes collaboration between student organizations and truly cares about what Ferris students are doing.

Cindy has been active in the Ferris and local communities by serving on the Mecosta County Human Services Collaborative Board and with her participation in recycling.

Judith Keith

Secretary, College of Technology

Judy Keith shows great initiative in the projects she pursues and has built a reputation for being conscientious and impeccable in her responsibilities. She continually demonstrates a caring and professional role when working with students and faculty, and creates a pleasant work environment for everyone around her. She gladly assists students and faculty and willingly shares her knowledge of the University and its programs.

Judy has been active in the Ferris and local communities by supporting Project Starburst and St. Paul's Parish with the donation of homemade items and providing hand-knitted hats to newborns at Mecosta County Medical Center.

Kristen Salomonson

Director, Institutional Research, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Services

Kristen Salomonson's colleagues have cited her as a prime example of someone who crosses all divisional lines and remains committed to ensuring that Ferris is the best place it can be. Kristen's interest in students is demonstrated by her teaching of FSUS 100 -- the First Year Experience Seminar class. She often goes above and beyond her normal job expectations to assist students, faculty, and staff. She is also known as an excellent planner and problem-solver who thinks outside of the box.

Kristen demonstrates enthusiasm and a positive attitude in all that she does and believes that everyone is an important component to the success of the University. Her expertise, demeanor, and performance are truly exemplary and magnified by her genuine interactions with faculty, staff and students. Kristen has been active in the Ferris and local communities by serving in various roles for the American Association of University Women, the Women's Professional Development Conference, and the Pet Rescue Organization.

Shelly VandePanne

Coordinator, FSUS and University College Registration

Shelly VandePanne's enthusiasm for Ferris State University is exemplified every time she reports to her office. She participates in the Select 60 program and still maintains contact with students that she has mentored over the year. She is always willing to do whatever it takes to make everyone's experience a good one. Shelly is very approachable by faculty, peers, students and their parents. Her demeanor is always pleasant and positive mixed with a sense of humor and humility which serves as a role model for co-workers and students.

Shelly has been active in the Ferris and local communities by participating in Boy Scouts, church activities, and supporting her local school district on many levels.