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2017 DSL Award Winners – Staff

Title: Friend of the Division

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, or department outside of the Division of Student Life

Description: This award will go to a faculty member, staff, member, or department outside the Division of Student Life who demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the division; partners with or supports programs, committees, and initiatives within the division; and serves as an advocate to various division departments.

Winner: MOIRA BINDER, Parking & Transit Services

Title: New Professional of the Year

Eligibility: Professional staff employed within the Division of Student Life with 3 years or less in the field of Student Affairs (not including graduate school)

Description: This professional utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community through their role as a staff member.

Winner: JORDAN SMITH, Center for Student Engagement

 

Title: Outstanding Professional of the Year

Eligibility: Professional staff employed within the Division of Student Life with 4 to 9 years in the field (not including graduate school)

Description: This professional utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community through their role as a staff member.

Winner: JENNIFER PIERCE, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life

 

Title: First-Year Graduate Assistant of the Year

Eligibility: 1st year graduate student employed by a department within the Division of Student Life

Description: This graduate assistant utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community in a short period of time through their role as a graduate assistant.

Winner: SHAUN McCOMAS, Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

Title: Second-Year Graduate Assistant of the Year

Eligibility: 2nd year graduate student employed by a department within the Division of Student Life*

Description: This graduate assistant utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community through their role as a graduate assistant.

Winner: MARY KATE MISAK, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life

Title: Civic Engagement

Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life

Description: The recipient of this award will be actively engaged in the Knoxville community. This could mean serving on a board, committee, or organization; or regularly volunteering with local or national organizations. This person balances their campus engagement with their commitment to the community and their chosen field.

Winner: ALICIA PRICE, Center for Leadership & Service

Title: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life

Description: This award embodies the division’s commitment to educate and/or advocate for the importance of valuing and appreciating difference, similarities, and uniqueness within our community and beyond. The award will be given to a staff member or graduate assistant who is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.

Winner: TATIANA LEAVITT, Center for Career Development

Title: Unsung Hero

Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life

Description: This award will be given to someone who typically does not receive the recognition they deserve. This person goes above and beyond without expecting praise.

Winner: ERIN BENNETT, Center for Career Development

Title: Service Excellence

Eligibility: Non-exempt staff members within the Division of Student Life

Description: This award will go to the non-exempt staff member who goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service to all guests of their department. Nominations for this award must include specific examples to show the extent of the nominee’s dedication to service excellence.

Winner: INEZ ROYSTON, Center for Student Engagement

Title: Healthy Vol Award

Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life

Description: This award will be given to someone who embodies holistic wellness and/or engages others in wellness management through awareness, resources, or education. This person maintains a healthy work-life balance.

Winner: JESSICA WILDFIRE, Center for Leadership & Service

Title: Innovative Program of the Year

Eligibility: Department within the Division of Student Life

Description: This award honors excellence in the development and implementation of an original program. Recognized programs demonstrate: 1) the growth of students and enhancement of campus life, 2) new ideas, methods or programs which result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.

Winner: ONLINE ADVISOR TRAINING, Center for Student Engagement

Title: Journey Award

Eligibility: Department within the Division of Student Life

Description: This department shows a commitment to consistently improving their practices, programs, initiatives, and/or internal structure. If the department has undergone a Program Review, they have actively implemented many changes based on the results.

Winner: CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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