2023 GLVC Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Visionary Award

Professional Life Skills Development Program has been chosen as the 2023 recipient of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Visionary Award.  The award is presented annually to the GLVC institution that displays vision and exemplary programming to promote and advance the student-athlete experience.  The Professional Life Skills Development Program is supported by the Academy of Miner Athletics (AMA) and chaired by Diane Butrus, a 1985 computer science graduate and softball student-athlete.  AMA members mentor student-athletes by giving their time, sharing professional experiences, and encouraging them as they graduate and transition into their future endeavors. Topics include job interviews; evaluating and negotiating employment offers; preparing for the first day on the job, enrolling in employer-sponsored benefits and retirement plans; personal financial planning; the importance of maintaining health and well-being; identifying mentors, networking, and building key relationships for professional growth and career advancement; and strategies for starting a business, and earning advanced degrees and certifications.

This year’s event took place on April 5, 2023, and incorporated five alumni, including Butrus, Bryan Hogan (track & field, 2012), Joshua Sales (cross country/track & field, 2000), Scott Stephens (football, 1989), and David Vonarx (cross country/track & field, 1989).