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Recognition Awards Program - 2018 - Columbus State University

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Student Affairs

Recognition Awards Program - 2018

Partnership Award - University Support Services, Event Management

The Partnership Award is given to a campus or community individual, department, or organization who goes above and beyond to support and collaborate on programs and initiatives sponsored by Student Affairs.


Most Outstanding Student Leader- Joslyn Ellis and Lexus Whidby

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.


New Professional Award- Luz Bernal, Center for Career Development

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 Debby Mayo, University Police Department Joy Norman, Center for Accommodation and Access

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.


Campus Compact Award - Dana Larkin, Office of the Dean Of Students

The Campus Compact Award is given to an individual who demonstrates interdepartmental and campus support. This individual communicates and collaborates within their department, Student Affairs, the CSU campus, and local community. The recipient of this award will receive the rotating Campus Compact Award and present the trophy to next year's recipient.


Cougar Genius Award
The Cougar Genius Award is given to three departments who have implemented programs within the academic year that demonstrate student participation and components that assist within retention or graduation. This plaque will be displayed in the Vice President of Student Affairs office each year. This year we are able to recognize three programs ranked by Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels.
Gold: Orientation Program, Camp PROWL
Silver: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Pillars of Excellence Accreditation Program
Bronze: University Police Department, Health & Wellness Program.


Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award- Melissa Dempsey, 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.

Allyson Thompson recognized Joy Norman, Melissa Dempsey recognized Luz Bernal


Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez recognized Carol Mentz Sarah Secoy recognized Laura Beth Barrow


New Professional Institute Award- Eli Argueta, Fraternity and Sorority Life
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- Scott Lundgren, 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.


CSU Commitment Award
The CSU Commitment Award recognizes any staff member within Student Affairs that has served CSU for a minimum of 5, 10, or 20 years.

Recognized for 5 years of Service

  • Mcardle, Chloe
  • Barrow, Laura Beth
  • Bryant, Lee
  • Hilderbrand, James

Recognized for 10 years of Service

  • Stewart, Michael
  • Reese, Chip

Recognized for 20 years of Service

  • Larkin, Dana
  • Rose, Dan
  • McDaniel, Ellen F



Special Recognition:
Thank you to Joy Norman for over 17 years of work and dedication to CSU. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement!

Thank you to the Committee:

  • Melissa Dempsey
  • Dr. Adrienne Craig
  • Marie Grandison
  • Dana Larkin
  • Chloe Mcardle
  • Lashica Thomas
  • Bobby Lindsey
  • Lyn Riggsby-Gonzalez

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