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Recognition Awards Program - 2016 - Columbus State University

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Student Affairs

Recognition Awards Program - 2016

New Professional Award - Scott Lundgren, Residence Life

The New Professional Award is presented to the most driven and productive new employee hired within the last two years. Showing expertise in their field, exceptional customer service and team mentality, this recipient will receive a 1 year membership to Young Professionals.


Customer Service Award

  • Laura Beth Griffin - Residence Life
  • Bobby Lindsey - Student Recreation Center
  • Peggy McCollum - Student Health Center

The Customer Service Award is presented to two individuals that exhibit the most customer and student-friendly personality. These individuals exhibit excellent customer service in responding to students, parents, and peers in a timely and courteous manner; solving customer service problems/concerns quickly and innovatively; developing new ways to benefit students and parents while promoting the mission of the Division of Student Affairs. Because of a tie, this year THREE individuals were recognized.


Campus Compact Award - Center for Career Development And Office of Community Outreach

The Cougar Genius Award is given to the department with the HIGHEST NUMBER of IMPLEMENTED IDEAS within the academic year. This plaque will be displayed in the Vice President of Student Affairs office each year. Recognized programs will demonstrate effective initiatives that contribute to student involvement, retention or graduation.


Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award - Johniqua Williams, Student Life and Development

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award is presented to a professional staff member who has exceeded the expectations of what is in his or her job description. This recipient has served CSU for at least 3 years, excels in job performance and significantly contributes to CSU's mission. The recipient will also receive sponsored attendance to the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum.


Peer to Peer Recognition

The Peer to Peer Recognition award will be presented to team members in the division who have made an impact on another team members professional life. An individual can nominate another staff member that they feel is the most deserving of recognition for the year.

Britney Kelley recognized Johniqua Williams


Kirsten Pratt recognized Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez


Sgt. Geeslin recognized Officer Spivey


Office of Dean of Students recognized The Counseling Center


Cougar Commitment Award

The CSU Commitment Award recognizes any staff member within Student Affairs that has served CSU for a minimum of 10 years.

Recognized for 10 Years of Service

June Battiato Lori Bernardo Estel Bouyer
Rus Drew James Geeslin Christopher Gilliland
Marie Grandison Debby Mayo Ellen McDaniel
Carol Mentz Joy Norman Robin Peacock
Jeremy Reddish Ruthie Jowers Dana Larkin
Mark Lott Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez Dan Rose
Sarah Secoy Deborah Skinner Joshua Smith
Michael Speight Jeremy Stanelle Tessie Taylor
Oula Majzoub-Weaver Cheryl Yatsko Jason Youngblood


Recognized for 20 Years of Service


Dr. Gina Sheeks - VP of Student Affairs
Rebecca Tew - Student Health Center

New Professional Institute Award - Kirsten Pratt, Center for Career Development

NPI is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south. NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers.


Mid-Manager Institute Award - Sarah Secoy, Residence Life

MMI is a unique professional development experience presented by a partnership between SACSA and NASPA Region III. It offers an opportunity for mid-level professionals to enhance and develop the skills, relationships, and dispositions that distinguish them in the profession and enable them to make more meaningful contributions to the people and programs they serve.


Most Outstanding Student Leader - Carlie Hinson, Student Life and Development; Brittany Reeves, Center for Career Development

The most outstanding Student Leader Award is presented to two student leaders who have been nominated by a staff member at CSU. These students have a GPA above 2.5 and have worked within a department for at least one semester. These nominees possess traits including leadership and interpersonal skills, campus involvement and commitment to their position. The recipients of the Most Outstanding Student Leader Award will receive the opportunity to shadow an Administrator of their choice.


Recognition of Dr. Kimberly McElveen for her years of service and dedication in Student Affairs!


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