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Honoring Nyquist

Distinguished Service Award Speech: 2000

HONORING JODY NYQUIST
FEBRUARY 2000, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Paul A. Mongeau
Miami University

I am pleased to be here today to be able to present this award. First, I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their work: David Natharius (last year's award winner by the way) and Peter Andersen.

Second, I would like to recognize the members of the audience and those on the podium who have received this award in the past. I was wondering if you could stand and receive our acknowledgment one more time.

Looking at our award winner's vita made me feel positively lazy. This year's Distinguished Service Award winner has served WSCA on the:

~ Membership Committee

~ Placement Committee

~ Steering Committee

~ Nominating Committee

~ Nominating Committee for Executive Secretary

~ Task Force on K-12 Concerns

~ Public Relations Committee

~ As a Legislative Assembly Delegate at Large

~ Interest Group Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair

~ As second Vice President, First Vice President, President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President (for two years...and, yes, that is a hint)

This year's award winner has served other professional associations in a similar manner.

In addition to service to WSCA and the discipline, our honoree has made many conference presentations and published numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has received multiple teaching awards, top paper awards, received 30 grants totaling nearly two million dollars, and currently serves as her institution's Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and director of the Center for Instructional Development and Research. She has supervised student multimedia presentations many community groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers, March of Dimes, Northwest AIDS Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and WSCA. Finally, she has given scholarly addresses and keynote addresses in such exotic locales as Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, British Columbia, Alaska and other locales that might not be quite so exotic.

Does this person ever sleep?

The primary nominator says about this year's award winner:

"She really got things done and improved the professional experiences and preparation for so many graduate students and young faculty."

She goes on to reminisce about helping our winner put together the program for a WSCA conference. "I remember spreading out cards with all the program proposals on her dining room table and trying to help her develop a schedule that avoided conflicts between programs and people's assignments (I'm sure that the Association uses computer technology to do this now, but we didn't have that option back then!)"

Actually, if you look on the WSCA web site, you will see Dawn's "big board" and Buddy the proofreading beagle to see that things have not advanced that far!

Our honoree is also an avid skier, placing highly in national competitions. Peter Andersen says about our recipient,

"You can quote me on her skiing style "The woman does not stop and does not turn. She points the boards down the hill and goes for it. If you want to ski with her, you have to ski the same way."

This style is referred to these days as "extreme." It certainly appears that this adequately describes the professional life of this year's WSCA Distinguished Service Award winner, Jody Nyquist of the University of Washington.

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