Student Affairs 2016 - 2017
Staff Awards

Staff Success


Elizabeth Delaney

Graduate Assistant of the Year

Elizabeth "Liz" Delaney
“[Liz]has been an incredible role model whom I thoroughly enjoyed supervising, watched grow and develop, and who has become a friend. I can confidently say that not only is Liz a better person for having been at UGA the last two years, but the University of Georgia is all the better for it.”

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Travis Brown

New Professional of the Year

Travis Brown
"Travis has effectively balanced learning the job responsibilities with making functional changes to his area, all while developing himself as a brand-new professional. Travis has been dedicated to providing a true leadership experience for his student building manager …I am confident in saying that his enthusiasm and leadership have made a lasting impression on the staff."

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Jane Hillsman

Unsung Hero

Jane Hillsman
"[Jane’s] customer service is top notch, and the breadth of her knowledge regarding HR policies made my work with FLSA, new employee hiring, and FMLA much more efficient and as painless as possible. Her record keeping is impeccable and her attention to detail is great…I don't know the extent to which others…know how much she does for the Division, so that is why I think she is a fantastic candidate for the Unsung Hero Award."

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Dawg Camp

Outstanding Campus Collaboration

Dawg Camp
"These partnerships strive to educate the whole student and connect them to UGA in ways that they might have not been exposed to. They help to establishing relationships with partners to advance the mission of the division, establishing and strengthening academic partnerships that enhance learning environment, and strengthening partnerships across UGA Student Affairs and institution."

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Dr. Jan Davis Barham

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member

Dr. Jan Davis Barham
Dr. Jan Davis Barham was selected for this years award by the graduate students within the College Student Affairs Administration Program

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Rosa Arroyo Driggers & Wade LaFontaine

Friend of the Division

Rosa Arroyo Driggers & Wade LaFontaine
“They not only believe in our work, but also leverage their positions at the institution to shine light on the importance of these programs and the importance of involvement within the division of student affairs. They champion our programs and mission, as well as stress the importance of student engagement every chance they get."

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Rick Gibson

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Rick Gibson
“Rick’s passion about creating inclusive environments, awareness and understanding is not superficial. He truly walks the talk and cares about students, staff and the work he does. He recognizes the direct impact inclusion has on student engagement and retention. As such, Rick’s contributions toward this end have been significant and lasting.”

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Jackie Minus

Lee Anne Seawell Award for Service to Students

Jackie Minus
“Jackie's student support philosophy is admirable as she role models the "it takes a village" approach to supporting out students. Her selflessness and unwavering support for our students is present and observable every day.”

*Ms. Jackie Minus passed away on August 14 after a long, hard-fought, and inspiring battle with cancer. Through her 17 years at UGA, Jackie touched many lives through her compassion and love, and she will be greatly missed.

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Gerry Kowalski

Dwight Douglas Award for Service to the Division

Gerry Kowalski
“Gerry is a fantastic partner for the division, with an incredible depth of experience, insight, and dedication to UGA students, University Housing, and the student residential experience at UGA. He is a true national leader in the field, and a mentor and friend to so many.”

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A student veteran plants a flag in front of the Tate Student center on flag day

Living the Mission

Student Veterans Resource Center
The Student Veteran Resource Team’s Transition and Readiness Coaching programs are commendable examples of delivering programs that address the current and emerging student profile. After identifying the challenges that student veterans face during their transition to UGA and post-graduation, the SVRC Team designed the coaching programs to actively engage student veterans in co-curricular learning activities that posture them for a purposeful UGA experience and for success following graduation.

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Halsey & Lisha Wise

Leaving a Legacy Award

Halsey & Lisha Wise
“[Halsey & Lisha] committed $800,000 to endow a meal plan scholarship…. Since they wanted their philanthropy to have an immediate impact on UGA students, the Wise's decided to make available $100,000 of the gift to begin awarding scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. We know that this has allowed those students to allay the negative effects of hunger on their health, academic progress and persist at the university.”

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Jean Chin, MD, MBA, FACP

Vice President's Award for Distinguished Leadership

Jean Chin, MD, MBA, FACP
“Simply put, in my view, Jean is the best university health director in the country. We are blessed every day for her diligent leadership, vast knowledge, innovative spirit, and above all, the invaluable care she and her team provide for students, faculty, and staff at UGA.”

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