Star Award Nominees

Congratulations to the following Star Award nominees and winners. Thank you for all you do to make OVPC a great place to work. You are appreciated!


July 2020

Maya Kobersky
Star of the Month: Maya Kobersy
Reason for nomination: 

Maya has worked closely with OVPC’s ID standards and brand staff for many years. She was part of the original “logos committee” responsible for drafting most of the policies and guidelines around logos that are still in use today.

In the year since the brand team was created, Maya has been an indispensable resource for us. She has supplied us with wise advice and counsel on any number of subjects, from copyright protections to contract reviews. Knowledgeable and responsive, she is a pleasure to work with.

January 2020

Star of the Month: Patrick Springstubbe
Reason for nomination: 

For being a great resource and fine colleague to work closely with. His help was especially appreciated on the seamless transition of the format of the University Record website, allowing the process to be invisible to readers.

October 2019

Karl Cole receiving the Star Award
Star of the Month: Karl Cole (Michigan Media)
Reason for nomination: 

Karl went above and beyond on a very tight timeline to recruit a diverse group of students, faculty and staff to appear in President Schlissel’s welcome back video. To get the job done, Karl also coordinated locations, crews and other units to fulfill the technology-specific needs for each scene, as well as keeping collaborators informed throughout post-production editing – all while covering for staff out on family leave and vacations.

October 2019

Connor Titsworth at Michigan Social receiving the Star Award
Star of the Month: Connor Titsworth (#UMSocial)
Reason for nomination: 

Connor is a shining example of dedication to communicating the mission and vision of our organization and institution through creative and captivating imagery, video and written content. He works tirelessly to ensure the institutional accounts always put their best foot forward and that what is being said about us online is closely monitored and addressed. Connor is a critical component to our university collaborative efforts and an absolute delight to work with. His wit and wisdom have successfully contributed to the creation of some of the highest-performing content in the existence of our U-M social media properties and he continues to come to the office each day with more to give.

October 2019

Mercedes Mejia at Michigan Radio receiving the Star Award
Star of the Month: Mercedes Mejia (Michigan Radio)
Reason for nomination: 

Mercedes is the glue that holds the radio program Stateside together and makes sure things run smoothly. She helps corral five producers, a host, and multiple interns to get an hour of interesting conversation on the air. Every. Single. Day. She’s also a master at mixing audio and making us sound amazing on air. And when things blow up 45 minutes before our show airs, Mercedes always keeps a cool head and helps figure out how to solve the problem. She’s a great teacher, and always patient with interns and willing to help them learn new things. In conclusion, she’s great and we love her.

June 2019

Jamie Iseler as the Star Award. winner
Star of the Month: Jamie Iseler
Reason for nomination: 

Jamie is the bedrock of the University Record. He always is thoughtful and considerate in his handling of emergent issues. One recent weekend, he was on deck to get the print edition finished and off to the printer once Commencement finished. During this time, he was available to immediately receive and publish the governor’s remarks so that UM Social could use them. He also finished the digital edition in record time so that it could be linked from the Gateway. One never has to wonder whether Jamie will come through on a Saturday. He always does.

March 2019

Star of the Month: Kim Broekhuizen, Christopher Billick and Nikki Sunstrum
Reason for nomination: 

Kim Broekhuizen, Christopher Billick and Nikki Sunstrum worked tirelessly the weekend of March 16th during and after the false report of a shooting on campus. Together, they made sure that we had the facts, working hand-in-hand with our DPSS colleagues to develop an overall summary of the situation, then pushed it out across campus and to the news media and beyond. They kept our community informed during a chaotic weekend. They kept other team members informed, consulted quickly and made decisions in the heat of the moment, demonstrating the best of both commitment and professionalism. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition.

January 2019

Star of the Month: Greta Guest
Reason for nomination: 

Greta handles news and experts in business, economics and tech transfer, as well as coordinating stories for the Detroit Initiative. But perhaps equally valuable are her attitude and excitement that she brings to the newsroom. Always the team player, Greta never fails to participate in group activities, workshops and outings. She takes time to develop and lead media training sessions for faculty.

November 2018

Star of the Month: Margie Gonzales
Reason for nomination: 

Many of you may never know what Margie does behind the scenes, but this fall, she produced the all-staff meeting, and then, within a two-week span she coordinated the many location details for this year’s ESPN Game Day production on campus and for a Chinese group filming an alumni documentary. She has joined the DEI team and collaborates with others to do the impossible every day, all with a smile on her face.

October 2018

Star of the Month: Diane Tochman
Reason for nomination: 

The October Star award goes to Diane Tochman. She deserves recognition for managing this year’s Diversity Summit event. This event had a large scope, many moving parts, and an aggressive timeline. Diane collaborated with many people, within Michigan Creative, Michigan Media, Michigan Social, The Office of DEI and the Provost. The Office of DEI was very happy with the production, promotion and turn-out for the event, and we thank Diane for her leadership in this production. She is a star.

September 2018

Star of the Month: Sydney Hawkins
Reason for nomination: 

If you enjoy learning about arts and culture at Michigan through our portal,, you can thank Sydney. She collaborates across campus to bring us stories and events. Sydney also works with a number of students, sharing her expertise and giving them real-world experience in content marketing and social media. Most importantly, she is a positive force who lifts the spirits of those around her.