2017 Gloria Stragier Award for Dedicated and Creative Service


March 17, 2017

Eleven receive top honors during 27th Annual Engineering Awards Luncheon 

It was a celebration of teaching, scholarship, and service when members of the Michigan State University College of Engineering convened in the University Club on Thursday, March 16, at the 27th Annual Engineering Awards Luncheon. 

Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, greeted award winners and about 100 guests from the college during the annual spring ceremony.Eleven from the college received top honors March 16. Awards were presented (l to r), top row: Bradley Marks, Nathan Mellott, Anthony Ingle; middle row: Joshua Nahum, Ramakrishna Mukkamala, Peter Lillehoj, Geoffrey Recktenwald; front row: Kyle Foster, Jennifer Keddle, Gilbert Baladi, and Joyce Chai.

The Withrow Endowed Teacher/Scholar/Service Award Program was established by the Withrow family to recognize faculty of the MSU College of Engineering who have demonstrated excellence in instructional and scholarly activities and rendered distinguished service to the university and the student body. Jack Withrow earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MSU in 1954 and an MBA in 1971. He retired as executive vice president at Chrysler Corp. in 1988, and then served as president and chief operating officer at Lectron Products Inc., from 1989 to 1995. He received the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. Dottie Withrow earned a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy and elementary education from MSU in 1955 and a master’s degree in teaching from Oakland University. She was a special education teacher in West Bloomfield Schools for many years and published a children’s book that promotes responsible pet care and a second book that teaches children about opera.

Gloria Stragier Award for Dedicated and Creative Service – Jennifer Keddle
The Gloria Stragier Award for Dedicated and Creative Service is presented annually to a staff member in the College of Engineering to recognize exceptional and creative job performance and/or concerned and creative leadership.

Jennifer Keddle, an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, wears many hats. She is fiscal officer and research administrator for the department, managing accounts for department faculty members and major research centers. She is a coordinator of logistics for annual conferences, seminar speakers, and faculty candidates. And, she is a human resources facilitator for hiring, work authorization, and reappointment for faculty and staff, as well as hiring and tracking student employees. Keddle functions as fiscal officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and serves as the administrative assistant to its director. Faculty members from throughout the department praise Keddle’s professionalism. Professor Christine Chan wrote, “From my experience with individuals working on accounting and reconciliation of accounts, Jennifer is one of the best, if not the best, I’ve encounter thus far.”

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science