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Reading List - 2021 Spring Convocation Award Winner Recommendations

Books to encourage reading, exploration, creativity, and cross-disciplinary discovery

Spring Convocation & MSU Award Winners

About Spring Convocation

In recognition of their award and in gratitude for their work at MSU, the library asked award winners to recommend a book to encourage reading, exploration, creativity, and cross-disciplinary discovery. Recommendations were displayed in Bobcat Browse, a popular reading collection located in the library’s atrium, at the beginning of the spring semester.

Recommended books were given a book plate listing the award winner, their department, college, or office, award name, and year awarded. 

2021 Award Winners

For the second year, MSU Library presented an award at Spring Convocation. The Excellence in Open Education award recognizes a faculty member for their work in making Open Educational Resources available to students. This year's winner was Stacey Hancock, assistant professor of statistics.

Dr. Hancock is the course supervisor for STAT 216 (Introduction to Statistics), one of the largest courses on campus with over 30 sessions each year. For the course, Dr. Hancock adopted and adapted an open source textbook, created in-class activities and case studies, course videos, and writing R functions for simulation-based inference. With over 1,500 students per year in STAT 216, availability of a free, open access software has a tremendous impact on MSU students.

MSU Library offers congratulations to Dr. Hancock and to all the award winners. You can read more about each winner by visiting the Spring Convocation webpage.

Katie Bark, Health & Human Development
Excellence in Innovative Service

Rebecca Belou, Office of Planning & Analysis
President's Commission on Status of University Women Award

Alix Byrd, MilTech
Excellence in Outreach Award/ Staff

David Claudio, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Academic Advising Award/ Faculty

Susanne Cowan, Architecture
President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning

Hannah DelCurto Animal & Range Sciences
Teaching Innovation Award

Donald Demetriades, History & Philosophy
Phi Kappa Phi Anna K. Fridley Award- Non-Tenure

David Dickensheets, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity

Ann Ewbank, Education
Phi Kappa Phi Anna K. Fridley Award- Tenure

Michelle Flenniken, Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Excellence in Outreach Award/ Faculty

Stacey Hancock, Mathematical Sciences
Excellence in Open Education

Sharlyn Izurieta, Computer Science
Academic Advising Award/ Staff

Marilyn Lockhart, Education
Women's Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award

Jennifer Luebeck, Mathematical Sciences
Provost's Award for Exemplary Land Grant

Nicolas Lux, Education
Excellence in Online Teaching

Stephanie McCalla, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Vice President for Research's Meritorious Technology/Science Award

Carrie Myers, Education
Provost's Award for Graduate Research/Creative Mentoring

Molly Todd, History & Philosophy
Betty Coffey Award

David Varricchio, Earth Sciences
Cox Faculty Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching

J. Mitchell Vaterlaus, Health & Human Development
James and Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence

Maria Velazquez, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
President's Excellence in Teaching Award

Robert Walker, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Fox Faculty

2021 Award Winner Book Recommendations

Reading Recommendations

The titles found below were recommended by 2021 Spring Convocation award winners. 
They are available for checkout through MSU Library.

Recommended by Katie Bark
Health & Human Development 

Recommended By Rebecca Belou
Office of Planning & Analysis

Recommended By Alix Byrd

Recommended By David Claudio
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Recommended By Susanne Cowan

Recommended By David Dickensheets
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Recommended By Ann Dutton Ewbank

Recommended By Michelle Flenniken
Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology

Recommended By Stacey A. Hancock
Mathematical Sciences

Recommended By Sharlyn Izurieta
Computer Science

Recommended By Marilyn Lockhart

Recommended By Jennifer Luebeck
Mathematical Sciences

Recommended By Carrie Myers

Recommended By Molly Todd
History and Philosophy

Recommended By David Varricchio
Earth Sciences

Recommended By Mitch Vaterlaus
Health & Human Development

Recommended By Maria A. Velazquez
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Recommended By Blake Wiedenheft
Microbiology & Immunology