Greater Lansing Community Champions

Community--Champion-logoThe Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is proud to acknowledge local individuals who assist the GLCVB in securing meetings, conventions or other events for the Greater Lansing region. The name and theme of the special program is: Greater Lansing Community Champions; Hometown Meetings Make Good Cents!

The Community Champion program is intended to appeal to the civic pride of local residents by providing well-deserved recognition to the individual and their organization as well as educating area residents on the positive economic impact to the local area.

"Our hope for this program is that it will shed light onto the significant efforts being made by community stakeholders to keep their hometown of Greater Lansing in the forefront as host-city for key meetings and events throughout the year," said Jack Schripsema, President and CEO of the GLCVB. "When events are held in Greater Lansing the local economy gets a big boost. That impact generates $602 million in spending and supports over 11,000 local jobs. This program is a small way of saying thank you to those who champion our many local resources."

See our list of recent honorees below.


Huey-Wen Lin, Ph. D.

Huey-Win Lin, Ph. D. (pictured with GLCVB President Jack Schripsema)

GLCVB 2017 Community Champion Huey-Wen Lin, Ph. D.

Alexie Bazavov, Ph. D.

Alexei Bazavov, Ph. D.(pictured with GLCVB President Jack Schripsema)

2017 GLCVB Community Champion Alexei Bazavov, Ph. D.

Andrea Shindler, Ph. D.

Andrea Shindler, Ph. D. (pictured with GLCVB President Jack Schripsema)

Andrea Shindler, Ph. D. accepts Community Champion Award

Huey-Wen Lin, Ph.D., Alexei Bazavov, Ph.D., Andrea Shindler, Ph.D. - International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory
The 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory will be held at the Kellogg Center in July, 2018 and will bring over 500 people from around the globe to our community. The Annual Lattice Conference is the premier conference for lattice gauge theory. The latest developments and results in lattice gauge theory are reported in this conference, and attendees get to know the state-of-the-art of lattice calculations around the world. Thanks to the members of MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy Huey-Wen Lin, Ph.D; Alexei Bazavov, Ph.D. and Andrea Shindler, Ph.D. for hosting this prestigious event in our region.

Shannon Schmoll, Ph. D.

Shannon Schmoll, Ph. D. (pictured with GLCVB President Jack Schripsema)

Shannon Schmoll, Ph. D. accepts her Community Champion Award from Jack Schripsema

Shannon Schmoll, Ph.D. - Great Lakes Planetarium Association
The very first meeting of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association took place in East Lansing in 1964 and we’re honored they have selected East Lansing for their conference in October, 2018. Dr. Shannon Schmoll, the Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, will host 200 of her colleagues at the Henry Center and showcase MSU’s newly enhanced planetarium. The Great Lakes Planetarium Association is a professional organization dedicated to supporting astronomy or space science education through planetaria.

James Tiedje, Ph. D.…

Shannon Manning, Ph. D. accepting the Community Champions award for James Tiedje, Ph. D.

Shannon Manning, Ph. D. accepting the Community Champions award for James Tiedje, Ph. D.

James Tiedje, Ph.D. (Accepted by Shannon Manning, pictured) - International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance
The threat of antibiotic resistant pathogens has long been recognized by scientists but only recently has the threat of multidrug resistant strains become broadly recognized to motivate action by leaders in governments as well as by the public. The Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR) Symposium has been held on three previous occasions in Canada, China and Germany, bringing international researchers together to collaborate and share findings. In August, 2017, East Lansing and MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics will welcome 250 global researchers to discuss the most recent research and the implications for human health. Thank you to Dr. James Tiedje, the Director of MSU’s Center for Microbial Ecology for hosting and chairing EDAR4 here this summer. 

For information regarding the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) Community Champions and award winners, visit the GLSA website here.