NatSci's Carolyn Sekedat receives MSU Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award

Published April 18, 2017

Carolyn Sekedat

Carolyn Sekedat, office assistant for the College of Natural Science’s (NatSci) Office of Academic Student Affairs, is one of six Michigan State University staff employees to receive the 40th annual Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award.

The $2,500 award is presented annually to university support staff members selected by the Distinguished Staff Awards Selection Committee. The award honors the late Jack Breslin, a student leader, honored athlete and former MSU vice president. Recipients of the award show overall excellence in job performance, supportive attitude and contributions to the unit or university that lead to improved efficiency or effectiveness, and valuable service to the university.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor and I am grateful to the people who nominated me and to those who selected me,” Sekedat said. “The College of Natural Science has provided me with the means to cultivate new skills and to contribute to, and collaborate on, the work we do in our office. I am fortunate to have amazing coworkers who have helped me to grow as a person and who are dedicated to providing a better experience for the students we serve. These co-workers are a part of my family; we work hard but we laugh hard, too! They continue to challenge and engage me, and make it a joy to come to work every day.”

“For more than a decade, Carolyn Sekedat has been the person most responsible for making the NatSci undergraduate advising office run so smoothly,” said Mark Voit, NatSci associate dean for undergraduate studies. “She serves with great attention to detail as both the welcoming committee and the coordinator for all students who enter our office. Her dedication to MSU students is exemplary and unsurpassed.”

Individuals who nominated Sekedat for the award are: Debra Dotterer, assistant dean for university advising at MSU; Mo Gerhardt, NatSci Office of Academic Student Affairs advisor, College of Natural Science; Kelly Millenbah, associate dean and director for academic and student affairs, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Joi Rencher, independent living skills coach/coordinator, Mentorship Access Guidance in College (MAGIC) program, Eastern Michigan University.

Sekedat and the other honorees will receive their awards at a reception on May 15.