2002 Distinguished Service Award

Sidney M. Bolkosky, Professor of History

Sidney M. Bolkosky, professor of history, in the Department of Social Sciences, is recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. He joined the Social Sciences Department in 1972. He has directed the Honors Program for nearly two decades. He served with distinction as the chair of the most recent chancellor search committee, chair of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters dean search committee, chair of the history department, and as a member of the executive committee of the Social Sciences Department. He has contributed significantly to the strength of the history discipline, the department, and the first graduate program of the College. Professor Bolkosky has also distinguished himself locally, nationally, and internationally through his studies on the Holocaust. His research techniques not only involve gathering oral histories from Holocaust survivors but also providing videotapes for the interviewees to share with their families. This work has greatly benefited the Holocaust Memorial Center of Detroit. As a natural outgrowth of this work in the community, he has become the founder and director of the "Voice/Vision" Holocaust Oral History Archives housed on our campus.