The Applied Learning Center has been deeply impacted by the work of a wide variety of people at MSU Denver. The Hall of Distinction celebrates some of the people who have had a particularly important impact on the growth and development of experiential learning at MSU Denver.
Dr. Graham Ignizio has been the Faculty Associate for Service Learning for 3 1/2 years. When he joined us, the Service Learning Program had an infrastructure in place. He took that starting point and built faculty awareness and momentum for service learning. His enthusiasm and support for the program has been a key factor in the growth of service learning at MSU Denver.
Dr. Sheryl Zajdowicz started her involvement with the Undergraduate Research Program by helping coordinate the inaugural Undergraduate Research Conference. Since then she has increased her involvement and has been the Lead Faculty Associate for the past several years. She has truly embraced the mission of the Applied Learning Center and has become a valuable member of the staff.
Dr. Randyl (Randi) D. Smith, was a co-founding director of the Center for Urban Connections and was instrumental in developing the Service Learning program for the university. Dr. Smith has now turned her energies to the 1Book/1Project/2Transform initiative incorporating a campus-wide book selection with an author visit and service project.
Dr. Pamela Ansburg was one of the founding Faculty Associates for the Undergraduate Research Program. It was her vision and leadership that defined the program. She was instrumental in the development of the highly successful campus-wide research conference and is currently a member of the Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Council.
Applied Learning Center Awards
Each year we honor people who have contributed to the success of MSU Denver students through the work of the Applied Learning Center. Our awards banquet has been moved to spring for 2018/19 so nominations will open in early 2019.
Faculty and Staff Award for Exceptional Achievement in Community Engagement - An MSU Denver faculty or staff member will be honored for providing campus leadership that encourages the acquisition of knowledge while addressing community needs.
Community Partner Award - A community agency will be honored for notable contributions to and/or participation in service learning courses, service projects, internship programs or community-based research.
Student Award for Exceptional Achievement in Community Engagement - A student or student group will be honored for contributions to the community in service learning, service projects, internships and/or research.
Undergraduate Research Leadership Award - MSU Denver faculty members who have influenced undergraduate research through research and leadership activities.