We are pleased to announce that our very own Lisa Bottomley has been selected to receive the Michigan State University Distinguished Academic Staff Award. This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievements of academic professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to MSU and their communities. Lisa’s leadership in the mentoring side of Michigan 4-H is evidence of exactly that.
Lisa began her career with Michigan State University Extension in 2000 as an Extension educator in Ottawa County, providing leadership for the 4-H Journey Youth Mentoring Program. She currently serves as a senior Extension specialist with responsibilities for 4-H mentoring programs. Lisa provides training and support to mentoring professionals in MSU Extension and other partner organizations. She has designed and implemented statewide face-to-face and distance training opportunities that are valued by professionals across the state and nation.
Julie Chapin, director of MSU Extension’s Children and Youth Institute, nominated Lisa for the award, and many colleagues from MSU Extension and other organizations submitted letters of support.
“It’s an honor, but it’s also surreal to be honored with an individual recognition when we work in teams so much at MSU,” Lisa said. “We brainstorm and create with peers, so while I’m incredibly honored, everything I’ve accomplished has been through the help and support of my colleagues.”
Lisa will receive this prestigious award on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, during the Awards Convocation that will follow President Lou Anna K. Simon’s State of the University Address at Wharton Center.