Goodwin Receives Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award

July 20, 2021

Robert GoodwinPlease join the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences in congratulating Robert Goodwin on receiving a Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award. Goodwin is a Senior Geospatial Analyst with the RS&GIS Research and Outreach Services, a unit that serves as the point of contact for geospatial technology services at Michigan State University. In the unit, Goodwin authorizes outreach project proposals and budgets, is the lead trainer for workshops offered by the department, a regular consultant to the University, and a manager of analysts, technicians, and developers. Goodwin’s colleagues had this to say about him:

“If Bob has ever asked himself if he made a difference in someone’s life, he no longer has to wonder. The way Bob communicates with his peers and clients is unlike anything I have seen. The experience I gain simply listening to him in a meeting cannot be measured. He is a true mentor and someone we can all learn a thing or two from.”

“I have had the distinct pleasure of being both a colleague and a supervisor for Bob Goodwin. At his core, Bob is an entrepreneur, critical thinker, and problem solver. Working at RS&GIS, a self-supporting research unit, these skills have been critical to the success of the organization’s research and outreach mission. He is always seeking continuous improvement and pushing an innovative spirit throughout the team.”

The Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Awards honor six University support staff members annually. These individuals are nominated by their colleagues as demonstrating the qualities of Jack Breslin, who served MSU as a student leader, honored athlete, top administrator, and steadfast advocate, personifying the “Spartan Spirit.” Award honorees display overall excellence in job performance, supportive attitude and contributions to their unit and the University. Goodwin joins Allyson Cole-Strauss, Genevieve Cotrell, Peter Murray, Aaron Walworth, and Kim Williams as this year’s awardees.

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