Michelle Decker Named 2016 Cohen Award Winner

Michelle Decker, MLIS '16, Wins Cohen AwardThe GSLIS Helen Cohen Outstanding Student Award is given each year during spring Commencement activities to an MLIS student who is enrolled in the spring semester and has completed at least 12 credits or who has graduated within the last two semesters. The winner receives a certificate and a $500 honorarium. The "Outstanding Student" is one who demonstrates academic excellence, Caritas and Veritas, commitment to the profession, a service orientation, intellectual curiosity, and a collaborative spirit. The 2016 winner, Michelle Decker, exemplifies these criteria through her high academic achievement and outstanding work with the children she serves at Farragut Elementary School in Joliet, where Michelle currently works as a library paraprofessional. She will graduate with her MLIS in May 2016.

The selection committee specifically cited her communication skills, effectiveness as a group leader, generosity of intellect, and dedication to the profession not only at Farragut but also during her internship at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library as a photograph cataloging intern.

“Michelle is a dedicated student who works well with others,” says Mary Pat Fallon, assistant professor in GSLIS and member of the GSLIS Honors and Awards Committee. “She is extremely organized, a diligent worker, gifted creatively and is committed to the field of library and information science.” Cecilia Salvatore, associate professor and coordinator of cultural heritage and archives, also served on the committee.