posted October 26, 1999

Roger Nemeth Honored

Dr. Roger Nemeth, professor of sociology at Hope College, received the Marvin Olsen  Memorial Award from the Michigan Sociological Association on Saturday, Oct. 23, during the group's annual meeting.

          Nemeth was recognized "for distinguished service
  to sociology in Michigan" during the meeting, which was held
  at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday,
  Oct. 22-23.  Since arriving at Hope in 1983, he has been
  actively involved in the programs and administration of the
  Michigan Sociological Association (MSA), serving as
  treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president, and as a
  member of the Board of Governors.
          Marvin Olsen was a member of the faculty at
  Michigan State University and was an MSA board member with
  Nemeth for many years.  "Professor Olsen was a significant
  leader in promoting sociology throughout higher education,
  and I was proud to count him as a friend and colleague,"
  Nemeth said.  "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by
  my colleagues with this award named for someone I admired so
          The Marvin Olsen Award recognizes both service to
  the profession and success as a scholar-teacher.  Nemeth has
  been a regular contributor to journals and conferences in
  the areas of the sociology of religion and population
  studies.  In 1989, the MSA presented Nemeth with the
  Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for undergraduate