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