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Distinguished Staff Award: 2015

 
Janelle Hemingway

Janelle Hemingway

Executive Director, Flint/Midland Region
Extended and International Operations

Janelle Hemingway's positive and engaging personality has made her an outstanding advocate for Ferris State University and the students she serves. As executive director for the Flint and Midland region, Hemingway's position requires increasing positive awareness for Ferris.  She has consistently ensured delivery of qualified student services and has forged partnerships with Delta College and Mott Community College with diligence and compassion, going "above and beyond" on a daily basis.

Janelle's dedication to Ferris and her giving nature is evidenced by her decision to serve as interim academic advisor for Early Childhood Education students at Delta College for two years to ensure their needs were met and to help improve student services. In addition, she has volunteer in her local community by raising funds for the Old Newsboys of Flint and being an active member of the United Way of Bay County. 

 
Fernando Labra

Fernando Labra

Assistant Director, University Recreation

Fernando Labra's positive attitude about Ferris and his dedication to the students and employees of the university has led his colleagues to cite him as an outstanding member and representative of the Ferris community.

Fernando's collaborative student-centered approach, can-do attitude and Bulldog Pride are reflected in his daily service to Ferris.  His commitment to excellence is demonstrated by the student-learning outcomes and assessment initiatives utilized for the university’s intramural and club sports programs.  

Fernando serves on numerous campus committees for events such as Bulldog Beginnings and Meijer Madness.  He also volunteers for leadership roles and works countless hours in his tireless efforts to serve the students of Ferris State University. Fernando's friends and co-workers know him as a humble employee of the university who downplays compliments but is quick to recognize the efforts of others.

 
Angela Morris

Angela Morris

Marketing Coordinator, Extended and International Operations 

Angela Morris has excelled at her duties at Ferris by working diligently and professionally to execute marketing strategies that enhance statewide and online programs along with other departments in Extended and International Operations.  From organizing events such as open houses, blitzes, online scavenger hunts and information sessions to coordinating marketing materials, Angela's project management and organizational skills shine.  She can be counted on to always focus on the Ferris message, and her meticulous attention to detail has earned Angela the nickname "Eagle Eye." 

Angela's work in her local community includes her role as a committee member for the Humane Society of West Michigan, organizing events such as Paws, Claws and Corks, and participating in charity events such as Nana’s Run for ALS.  

Velislav Pavlov

Velislav Pavlov

Information Technology Security Analyst, IT Services

Velislav Pavlov has demonstrated excellent commitment to self-improvement since joining Ferris by acquiring specialized certifications in his technical field and earning his master's degree while remaining positive and energetic.

Velislav has coached the university's Cyber Collegiate Defense Team, donating his time on weekends and during vacations. The student team has earned second place at the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network Invitational the past two years.

His dedication to customer service and teaching students to look at challenges in a positive manner are commendable. Velislav has brought his professional discipline to life by helping to bridge the gap between the end-user and technology and utilizing industry experts in his classroom. 

 
Cinthia Vander Sloot

Cinthia Vander Sloot

Assistant Director, University Recreation

Cinthia has proven to be  an outstanding member and representative of the Ferris community with her enthusiastic attitude about Ferris and as a champion for the betterment of students and employees of the university.

Cinthia's commitment to health and wellness is exemplified in her role as assistant director of University Recreation, as a former member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and as a pioneer of the university’s Wellness Program. As a certified fitness instructor, she has positively impacted the overall well-being of the campus community as well. 

Her commitment to diversity is reflected by the funding she secured for adaptive exercise equipment for the Student Recreation Center. Cinthia's support of lifelong learning is evidenced through her teaching of academic classes.  Her volunteer work with the Big Rapids High School Athletic Department and community soccer teams shows that her commitment to health and wellness extends beyond the campus.