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Marburger awards recognize excellent service to Lawrence Tech

Release Date: May 4, 2009

At the annual Marburger awards ceremony in April, Dean of Students Kevin Finn and Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services Lisa Kujawa were recognized for their leadership roles in Lawrence Tech's $3 million "The Recovery Starts Here" initiative to help displaced workers.

Finn and Kujawa shared the Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award: Champion of Institutional Excellence and Preeminence, and the $1,000 honorarium that comes with it.

Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Excellence in Achievement Awards were presented to Bruce Annett, executive director of marketing and public affairs, as administrator of the year; Ruth Favro, professor of mathematics and computer science, as faculty member of the year; and Tamara Braswell of the University Housing office as the staff person of the year. The three awards also came with $1,000 honorariums.

In December Lawrence Tech announced its "Recovery Starts Here" program to provide 50 percent tuition grants through completion of a degree program for displaced workers or their dependent children. The university also planned a series of networking receptions and workshops for displaced workers with college degrees.

Kujawa and Finn were instrumental in putting together this initiative within a few weeks and then had responsibility implement the program.

Kujawa came to Lawrence Tech in 1999 to be admissions director and now oversees all aspects of the admissions process as assistant provost. She has more than 25 years of experience in admissions, recruitment and enrollment management.

Finn came to Lawrence Tech in 2001 to be director of career services. In 2007 he was promoted first to executive director of career services and international programs and then dean of students last year.

Annett started at Lawrence Tech in 1976 as public relations director. He soon took on a second job as alumni relations director, and held both positions until 1999 when he was promoted to his current position overseeing the university's marketing efforts.

Annett established the University archives that include the Spirit of Lawrence Tech experimental airplane designed and built in the 1940s by Lawrence Tech students that now hangs in the Buell building atrium. His book, the first history of Lawrence Tech, will be published later this year.

Favro has been teaching at Lawrence Tech since 1973. She has taught almost all the University's math courses as well as two computer science courses and has developed two courses, "Mathematical Modeling" and "Geometry in Art." She has been an active advisor and mentor to students.

Braswell came in Lawrence Tech as a temporary worker through Kelly Services Inc. and was hired full-time in 2003 in the University Housing office, where she has established a reputation for treating everyone as a customer who deserves good service.

Richard Marburger served as Lawrence Tech's president 1977-93. The awards were established upon his retirement as a lasting tribute to the Marburgers, who have also been major contributors to the fund since that time.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.