2017-2018 Staff Awards


Tammie Martin

Support Staff Member of the Year Award

Tammie Martin, Disability Resource Center
“[Tammie] is able to handle difficult situations with efficiency and compassion, managing to reassure an upset student while simultaneously connecting them with the proper resource...She works steadily and efficiently throughout the day, and is able to handle the unexpected with aplomb.”

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Julia Buwick

Graduate Assistant of the Year Award

Julia Buwick, Student Care and Outreach
" At the end of each student meeting, Julia reflects about the problems or issues that a student is facing. Instead of reflecting about what she should have done, or how she should have shown up in a space, Julia begins to question how we work to address these issues from a systemic perspective...Student Care & Outreach and UGA as a whole have benefit greatly from Julia's thoughts, ideas, and actions. "

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Danni Keane

New Professional of the Year Award

Danni Keane, Tate Student Center
" It’s a testament to her commitment to the work and to the students that she knows the work she does can be more impactful if it includes others. I’m excited about her continued leadership within our office, her infectious positive attitude, and her serving as a resource to the students with whom she works directly and those who benefit from all of her hard work."

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Trisha Barefield

Emerging Leader Award

Trisha Barefield, Disability Resource Center
" Her genuine passion for the student population she serves, combined with her continual research of best practices and understanding of ADA policy, allows UGA to remain a national standard for providing accommodations...Trisha takes a collaborative approach in each situation and manages student and professional staff in a way that ensures professional growth and seamless transitions."

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Kristy Walker

Commitment to Excellence Award

Kristy Walker, University Housing
"Kristy excels at making sure processes are designed to address student needs...Kristy involves others in her operations as she recognizes the department is stronger when we all work together towards a common mission, to foster an environment where student personal growth and academic success are prioritized."

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Carla Dennis

Supervisor of the Year Award

Carla Dennis, University Housing
“Carla understands the importance of employees succeeding and feeling that their efforts within the department are meaningful and making a difference. The supervision Carla provides is priceless to the growth of the employees and their success. "

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Fred Reifsteck, III

Lifelong Learner Award

Fred Reifsteck, III, University Health Center
This award recognizes an individual in the Division who has made contributions to their profession. Contributions may include the promotion of lifelong learning through research or publication, presenting at a conference, service to a regional or national organization, or volunteer role(s) that advance their profession. This individual has positively represented the UGA Student Affairs in a local, regional, or national level through their engagement in and promotion of the lifelong learning and development of others.

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LGBT Resource Center Table in Tate Plaza

Commitment to an Inclusive Community Award

LGBT Resource Center Liaisons
Cat Ashe, Disability Resource Center, Samantha Adair, Disability Resource Center, Shannon M. Bowles, University Health Center, Katy Janousek, University Health Center, Heather LaBarbera, Student Athletics, Kali DeWald, Career Center, Kim Ellis, University Housing, Michael Husted, Recreational Sports, Rachel Peoples, College of Veterinary Sciences, Veronica Pennington, College of Veterinary Sciences, Rosa Arroyo Driggers, Undergraduate Admissions

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Members of the Transfer Student Experience receiving the award at the 2017 Student Affairs Staff Awards Ceremony

Leading the Way Award

Transfer Student Experience, Tate Student Center
Nicole McConnell, Allysa Clagett, Jan Barham, Taylor Cain

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Jennifer Erickson-Brown, Student Affairs Learning and Strategic Initiatives

Vice President’s Dwight Douglas Award

Jennifer Erickson-Brown, Student Affairs Learning and Strategic Initiatives
This award recognizes an individual who has a demonstrated commitment to the meaningful engagement, intellectual growth, and building the character of others so they may create thriving communities. The intent of this award is to acknowledge an individual who may or may not have direct contact with students but whose efforts have contributed to the success of the Division through making student experience a priority.

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Charisse Harper

Vice President’s Dwight Douglas Award

Charisse Harper, Tate Student Center
This award recognizes an individual who has a demonstrated commitment to the meaningful engagement, intellectual growth, and building the character of others so they may create thriving communities. The intent of this award is to acknowledge an individual who may or may not have direct contact with students but whose efforts have contributed to the success of the Division through making student experience a priority.

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