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Adjunct BME lecturer receives award

The Toppel Career Center honored nine people, companies, and organizations that are promoting and encouraging professional development among themselves and others with the inaugural 2016 Toppel Awards.

Roberta Goode, an adjunct lecturer in the College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department, accepted the Excellence in Career Education Award for her outstanding work in mentoring students and preparing them to enter the workforce.

Goode, who founded a course to help students transition from the theoretical world of engineering into the practical, real-life biomedical field, said the honor was very personal to her.

“After graduating from UM 18 years ago, I found myself struggling in my first job because I did not know FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations or laws that govern the practice,” she said. “I was given the chance to teach a course (Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices) to UM students, and now they’ll never struggle the way I did.”

During the awards luncheon February 4, each winner received a plaque with an inspirational quote designed by Gapingvoid, the agency that created the inspirational cartoons that grace Toppel’s walls.

“It is clear that career education does not only happen within the walls of a career center,” said Christian Garcia, associate dean and executive director of the Toppel Career Center. “It happens across campus, inside classrooms, at internship sites, and more.”

Garcia also recognized the invaluable contributions of Patricia and Harold Toppel, whose generous donations established the Center and allowed it to transform into one of the nation’s leading career centers.

The Toppel Awards were judged by a selection committee made up of students, University staff and faculty, and recruiters who could provide unbiased reviews of the nominees.

The following is the complete list of Awardees:

Excellence in Career Education: Ms.Roberta Goode, Biomedical Engineering Department

Distinguished Administrator: Susie Picar, UM assistant director of student employment

Student of the Year: Marian Li (BS Health Science ’15)

Student of the Year (Graduate): Alexander Kreymerman

Student Group of the Year: Student Government

Internship of the Year: Estefan Enterprises

Recruiter of the Year: Steve Hunsicker, from the Peace Corps

Private Employer of the Year: Nielson Company

Employer of the Year (Not-for-profit/public): U.S. Marine Corps