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Recognition Awards Program - 2019 - Columbus State University

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Student Affairs

Recognition Awards Program - 2019

Partnership Award - Alumni Engagement

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.

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Special Recognition- Lt. Duk and Sgt. Jon Erickson


Most Outstanding Student Leader- Zoya Johnson, Lauren Davis, and Taylor Bischoff

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- Lauren Jones, Center for Accommodation and Access

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-

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.

Sarah Floyd, Center for Accommodation and Access


Sgt. Michael Stewart, Campus Police

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Campus Compact Award- Robin Peacock, Residence Life

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: Student Life & Development, Fraternity & Sorority Life Affiliation Education Program


Silver: Student Life & Development, Cougar Leadership Conference


Bronze: Center for Career Development, Career Studio

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Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award- Oula Weaver, Counseling Center
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.

  • Chris Hovel recognized Michelle Dorrill
  • Allyson Perry recognized Marie Grandison
  • Alexis Knox recognized Eli Argueta
  • Michael Speight recognized Lashica Thomas
  • Michelle Dorrill recognized Chris Hovel
  • Lorena Metzger recognized Luz Adriana Knecht
  • Marie Grandison recognized Allyson Perry

Mid-Manager Institute Award- Chris Hovel, 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
Carlos Pagan-Gilette
Ashley Cook
Melissa Dempsey

Recognized for 10 years of Service
John Teasley

Recognized for 20 years of Service
Marie Grandison

Thank you to the Committee:

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

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