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Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Retires; Receives Namesake Top Award

JUNE 2011 SAW THE RETIREMENT OF long-time Assistant to the Dean Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh, and the creation of one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon employees of the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters: the Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Non-Academic Staff Award.

The Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Award is named in honor of Jo-Ann, who served the College of Arts & Letters for more than 25 years in various staff positions. It recognizes the non-academic staff member in the College of Arts & Letters, each year, who best exemplifies the qualities displayed by Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh over her career, and whose attainment of excellence deserves this special recognition. Along with a citation and nameplate on the permanent award plaque in Linton Hall, the award recipient also receives $500.

A retirement celebration for Jo-Ann was held at the Kellogg Center in June, and attended by nearly 200 people from across campus, including former CAL deans, Jo-Ann’s three sisters, one of her brothers-in-law, and Jo-Ann’s husband, Bruce, MSU professor emeritus of advertising, who also retired from the University in 2011 after 32 years teaching.


Anna M. Davis, office supervisor, English Language Center, became the second recipient of the Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Award at the College of Arts & Letters Annual Awards ceremony held in June. Anna, her husband and two children were all present for the official award presentation by CAL Dean Karin Wurst at the Kellogg Center.

Banner photo: Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh listens to speakers' praise of her time with the College as her three sisters look on. Bottom photo: Jo-Ann congratulates Anna Davis, the 2012 recipient of the Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Non-Academic Staff Award.

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