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The Division of Student Affairs held its annual awards ceremony yesterday (May 1), designed to recognize faculty and staff members who routinely go above and beyond for the students of Texas A&M University. These awards are funded by The Association of Former Students. This year’s recipients:
Randy Matson Association of Former Students Award
Kristen Harrell, Associate Director, Office of the Dean of Student Life
Sikirat Kazeem, Student Development Specialist IV, Department of Recreational Sports
Melissa Shehane, Assistant Director, Department of Student Activities
Awards of Distinction – Individual
Alicia Guevara, Student Development Specialist II/Accommodations Counselor, Disability Services
Susan Kimbrough, Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Student Life
Cord McLean, Student Development Specialist II, Mulitcultural Services
Dayna Ford, Community Director, Residence Life
Joani Groce, Administrative Coordinator, University Center Complex
Award of Distinction – Graduate Assistant
Chris Shemanski, Graduate Assistant, Student Activities
Award of Distinction – Team
LaKisha Anderson, Allan Baron, Risa Bierman, Jessica Bowers, Justin Ellis, Dayna Ford, Kristen Harrell, Susan Kimbrough, Jill Kinison, Kyle McCracken, Lisa Minjares, LJ Moore, Lyndon Pryor, Dennis Reardon, Meredith Simpson
J. Malon Southerland Award
Gary Booth, Assistant Director, Office of the Dean of Student Life
John J. Koldus III Faculty and Staff Award
Don Lewis, Instructor, Mays Business School
For a description of each award, visit http://studentaffairs.tamu.edu/awards.
David W. Parrott, executive associate vice president for Student Affairs, was awarded the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) 2013 Donald D. Gehring Award for sustained exceptional individual contributions to the field of student conduct administration.
With more than 2,000 members representing over 1,000 institutions, ASCA has served the needs of campus student conduct officers throughout higher education since 1986. The Donald G. Gehring Award, named after ASCA’s founder, is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing:
- Significant contributions to the mission, vision, and goals of ASCA and other affiliated organizations
- Contributions to the field of conduct administration through program presentations, leadership, new innovations, research or publications
- Support and promotion of conduct administration through mentoring and positive role modeling for other professionals
- Significant contributions to the nominee’s institution
A past president of ASCA, Parrott has also served on the faculties of the Gehring Academy, the national training academy for student conduct officials, and the Student Organization Institute, which provides training for those who supervise or train advisors for student organizations. He currently serves as chair of the ASCA Foundation. Here at Texas A&M, Parrott teaches EDAD 610, Higher Education Law and chairs the Student Rules and Regulations and Expressive Activity Committees.
The Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M has long been known for its impact on the national stage. A case in point: NASPA, the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, has just released a new book entitled Learning is Not a Sprint: Assessing and Documenting Student Leader Learning in Cocurricular Involvement, and the exciting fact is, everyone involved in the book—from the author of the foreword to the chapter authors to the editors—has a connection to Texas A&M University. What’s more, the majority of the book is informed by the award-winning Student Leader Learning Outcomes Project (SLLO) that began in the Division of Student Affairs.
According to the book’s jacket, “Student affairs professionals are increasingly being asked to provide evidence that students are learning and growing through their experiences on campus… The task of assessing and documenting student learning outside the traditional classroom presents a unique set of challenges: there are no grades given at the end of the experience, the skills developed may not fit into one academic area, and there are no national standards or summative curriculum.”
Former and current staff who worked on the book include:
- Dean Bresciani, currently president of North Dakota State University, formerly the vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M;
- Sharra Durham Hynes, recently tapped as director of volunteer and service learning at the University of Central Oklahoma, formerly an associate director in the Department of Student Activities;
- Peggy Holzweiss, currently assistant director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, formerly of Student Life Studies;
- Matt Starcke, program coordinator in Student Activities’ Leadership and Learning Center;
- Adrien DeLoach, currently associate director of diversity education and training in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, formerly a program advisor in the Department of Multicultural Services
- Katy King, program coordinator in the Memorial Student Center;
- Krista Jorge Bailey, associate director in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life;
- Sandi Osters, director of Student Life Studies;
- Darby Roberts, associate director of Student Life Studies; and
- Kathy Collins, currently director of Campus Living Services and Residence Life at Michigan State University, formerly an associate director of Residence Life at Texas A&M.
Hynes, Holzweiss, King, Bailey, Osters and Roberts were among the founders of the Student Leader Learning Outcomes Project, which now includes more than forty Texas A&M student affairs professionals and student organization advisors.
Learning is Not a Sprint is a resource for staff working with students as advisors, supervisors or even mentors. Staff who also teach classes will find resources they can use, too, including theoretical background and real-life examples and suggestions. You can find out more or purchase the book here.
The Division of Student Affairs recently recognized 11 Texas A&M staff members for routinely going above and beyond in their service to students. Awards given included three Randy Matson ’67 Association of Former Students Awards; six Awards of Distinction (five individual, one graduate assistant); the J. Malon Southerland Award; and the John J. Koldus Award. Award descriptions are available online. A list of 2012 recipients is online. The nomination videos and photos of the recipients are also online.
The 2012 Diversity Awards nomination form is now available online.
The Diversity Awards acknowledge and honor the efforts of students, faculty and staff who strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms at Texas A&M University. The award categories include the Diversity Service Award, Gary Gray Memorial Student Recognition Award, Partners in Learning Award of Excellence, Rainbow Award and Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award. Five Diversity Service Awards will be given in the categories of student, faculty, staff, team and student organization and winners will receive $300. Nominations are due March 5 at 5p.m.
The 2012 Diversity Awards ceremony will be held on April 19 at 3p.m. in Koldus 110/111 with reception immediately following. This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Department of Multicultural Services, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, the Department of Disability Services, and Aggie Allies.
For more information regarding the award process contact Tonya Driver, Associate Director, Department of Multicultural Services at (979) 862-2000.