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!

Current Winner

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.

Previous Winners

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.

August 2018

Star of the Month: Bill Buswinka
Reason for nomination: 

For going above and beyond every day with a positive, resourceful determination to solve problems. Bill has been known to assist three people simultaneously, remotely and on his day off. Now that’s dedication and service.

July 2018

Star of the Month: Shannon Hill
Reason for nomination: 

Shannon Hill is certainly a star. The Freedom of Information Act office wouldn’t run smoothly without her help. She works diligently to complete the high volume of requests the office has received this year on time and with care. She is smart, insightful and consistently puts in the extra effort to get the job done.

June 2018

Star of the Month: Danielle Seering
Reason for nomination: 

Her high level of support for her team at Michigan Radio. She shares great ideas, oversees social media, supports eNews and makes sure sponsors are well served. Her style is the glue that makes her department a positive place to work.

May 2018

Star of the Month: Deborah Holdship
Reason for nomination: 

Her consistent efforts to build the reputation of the University of Michigan and our Vice President for Communications staff, especially by preparing nominations of her coworkers for the annual Case Awards.

April 2018

Star of the Month: Hanna Quinlan
Reason for nomination: 

Helps to foster a fun and supportive work culture.