Charles Ganzert (Communications and Performance Studies) and David Bonsall (Center for Student Enrichment, retired) were recognized by the Michigan Campus Compact at its 2014 Institute, a state-wide teaching and learning conference held on the campus of Grand Valley State University. Ganzert was given a Faculty Community Service Learning Award for his work in the community and the classroom. Bonsall received MCC’s Network Leader Award for his outstanding work at the NMU Center for Student Enrichment in support of service learning.
Each member campus of MCC has the opportunity to select one faculty or staff award recipient who uses modeling, influencing or instruction to engage or influence students to be involved in community service or service learning. Ganzert was nominated for leading his beginning audio production students in public service projects for agencies such as the American Association of University Women, Marquette Women’s Center, Diabetes Outreach Network, American Heart Association and the NMU Health Promotion Office. His advanced audio production classes have worked with WNMU-FM since 2001 on innovative music and interview shows featuring regional, national and international performers. Ganzert recently served as faculty liaison and chair of the NMU Academic Service Learning Advisory Board.
Bonsall is credited for moving Northern’s academic service learning initiative forward after an initial grant was received for that purpose in 2003. The ASL vision resonated with him and, since then, he and his staff at the Center for Student Enrichment have provided administrative, logistical and programmatic support. Bonsall’s goal was to make academic service learning a common and valued occurrence in students’ educational experiences. During 2012-13, 77 faculty members/adjunct instructors from 18 departments taught ASL-designated courses.