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MSU Greenline celebrates a year of achievement

Each Spring, employees of MSU Greenline and members of the University Advancement staff come together for awards, entertainment and food at the annual awards banquet. This event is a time to reflect on achievements from the past year, provide awards and recognition and to say thank you for a year of hard work.

This year, the program raised 2.3 million from more than 21,000 donors. One scholarship and 11 awards including "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Attitude" are given throughout the evening.

Employees are recognized for their years of service and if they are graduating. Students are also awarded if their fundraising efforts have met or exceeded $100,000 for the university. Five employees reached that milestone this year.

Many special guests celebrated with the Greenline employees. Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon made a speech honoring and thanking the students for their hard work.

Brian Keehner, a former Greenline emplyee, member of the Class of 2010 and current Development Associate for Michigan State University announced that a Greenline scholarship is in the works. The Marty Clark Scholarship is in memory of Marty Clark, who was passionate and dedicated to his job at Greenline. In his honor, this scholarship was developed to suppor the students who work each day to raise money for their peers. This scholarship is the first of its kind for the program, and only Greenline employees are eligible.

Dennis Dorogi, E-Services Manager at MSU Federal Credit Union, also attended to congratulate the students and to award the MSUFCU Scholarship. To qualify, applicants must have worked at Greenline for two full semesters and be a member of the credit union. This year, Nicole Baljet received the scholarship. She studies both Supply Chain Management and Applied Engineering while balancing work and extra-curricular activities.

"This scholarship is a reward for all of the hard work and dedication that I have put into my academics and my involvements on campus," said Baljet. "I wouldn't be who I am today without my Greenline family and I would like to thank every single individual who has helped me grow as a person throughout the past two years."

Later in the evening, Greenline training manager Brandon Moore was awarded "Manager of the Year." He is graduating this spring with a degree in marketing.

"I try to be as energetic and helpful as possible," says Moore. "When you love your job, it's easy. Greenline has opened a lot of doors for me so I want to make those opportunities available to those who come after me."

The last award of the evening is for Student Employee of the Year. Recipients demonstrate outstanding work ethic and dedication to both the Greenline program and to Michigan State University. Student Coordinator John Worth received the honor this year.

With summer semester quickly approaching, Greenline is gearing up to exceed goals set for this year. As employees graduate and leave Greenline, the room will welcome newly promoted staff in the coming weeks. Stay updated on events through our blog.