Molnar wins Ferrari Award
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor
Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:48
A "quiet leader" at Bowling Green State University was honored by her peers Wednesday with the top award given annually to administrative staff.
|Connie Molnar speaking after she received the Ferrari award in the Grand Ballroom of the of the BGSU student union. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Connie Molnar, director of the Center for Online and Blended Learning at BGSU, was given the Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award.
"I can't believe it's me," Molnar said as she accepted the award. "I'm stunned and truly honored."
Molnar was given the award by Ferrari himself, who returned to campus for the 30th anniversary of the award.
"You've made it even more special for being here," Molnar said to Ferrari.
Molnar was nominated for the award by Michael Kudela, instructional designer for the Center for Online and Blended Learning. He noted Molnar's personal and professional traits that made her worthy of the honor.
"She always puts everyone else's needs before her own," Kudela said. "She touches everyone's lives."
Since taking over as director, Molnar "has been a champion and advocate for building and promoting quality online education," Kudela wrote in his recommendation.
As director, Molnar creates online classes that traditional and non-traditional students take as part of their curriculum, according to John Ellinger, BGSU chief information officer.
"Faculty will always see Connie as an enabler to doing their job better," Ellinger wrote in his letter of support. "Students will never see Connie because she is so quiet." They will just see her work, he explained.
Molnar "has been a supportive and informative resource, working to assist faculty and students in becoming premier teachers and learners in the virtual world," wrote Savilla Banister, acting director of the BGSU Center for Excellence for 21st Century Educator Preparation.
Molnar helped bring the Quality Matters program to BGSU, which seeks to improve the quality of online education and student learning through the adoption of best practice based standards, evaluation tools and faculty training, Kudela said.
"Her leadership in this area has been invaluable," Banister stated.
Molnar has also gone beyond her basic job duties by volunteering her time serving on various committees and authoring grant proposals.
Molnar said she believes in serving.
"What you give is what you get in life," she said.
Also at Wednesday's Administrative Staff Council gathering, Jill Carr was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Carr, who started at BGSU as a residence hall director in 1976, is now senior associate vice president and dean of students. She was recognized as being a "strong advocate" for administrative staff for more than 30 years.
"Administrative staff are the backbone of the campus. We are here all the time," she said.
Carr explained the history of the Administrative Staff Council, which was created after several summertime backyard meetings where it was decided the staff needed a "unified voice."
Even after the formation of the council, it took several more years for the organization to be granted a voice at BGSU Board of Trustees meetings.
"It took us six years," she said.
Carr was presented a piece of art created by BGSU art students.
"It has been nothing but a pleasure to work with administrative staff," she said.
Other employees nominated for the Ferrari Award were: Andy Alt, Craig Bell, Dr. Julie Snyder and Sarah Waters.
Awarded for "BG Best Awards" were Donna Dick and Jeff Kegolis. The "Rookie of the Year Award" was given to Holly Cipriani.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:50