Comcast HR Manager Named State Volunteer of the Year: Comcast Corp. Wednesday announced that Kimberly Vernon, manager of human resources in Flint for Comcast’s Michigan Region, was named “Volunteer of the Year” at the 2010 Governor’s Service Award ceremony. The awards ceremony, held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, was co-hosted by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern. The Volunteer of the Year award honors an individual who strives to improve the lives of neighbors by giving back to the community where they live and work. Vernon, a 10-year employee, has been volunteering since she was in high school, including dedicating herself to Comcast’s various volunteerism programs. For example, she has served many years as a Comcast Cares Day volunteer coordinator, which benefits neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations and schools through the company’s annual national day of giving. Vernon has also given time as part of the annual United Way campaign for Comcast. Outside of work, she has participated in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica effort and March for Babies. In total, Vernon has given more than 1,350 hours of recorded community service and helped raise thousands of dollars for various causes. The Governor’s Service Award recipients were selected from finalists in eight award categories. Friends, relatives, and colleagues submitted more than 130 nominations to pay tribute to individuals, organizations and businesses who exemplify the spirit of volunteer service. An objective peer review panel and the board of the Michigan Community Service Commission, the organization that manages the awards ceremony, selected this year’s finalists and winners. The Governor’s Service Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, and organizations to acknowledge their commitment to solving issues through volunteerism.

Wayne State Law Library Director to lead state association: Wayne State University Law School announced that Arthur Neef Law Library Director Virginia C. Thomas had been elected vice-president/president elect of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL). She will hold the position for the 2010-11 term. As vice-president/president elect, Thomas will serve as a member of the MichALL executive board and chair MichALL’s education committee, which is responsible for planning the organization’s annual meeting programs and other activities that advance continuing education of Michigan law librarians. She will become president of MichALL for a one-year term at the close of the 2011 annual meeting. MichALL, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, was formed in 1979 to promote law librarianship, foster a spirit of cooperation among members of the profession, and develop and increase the usefulness of law libraries. Thomas joined Wayne Law and the Wayne State University Library System as the Arthur Neef Law Library director in February 2009. As director, Thomas is responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s 30 largest legal collections. Prior to her current role, she was employed as Law Library and Information Technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she also served as an adjunct law professor. Previously, Thomas held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Thomas received a B.A. in philosophy and German language and literature from DePaul University, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She has taught, lectured and coordinated instructional support in law and is currently developing a course in empirical legal research. The author of numerous publications and presentations, Thomas is active in professional and community service activities and organizations.

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