2019 - 2020 Student Affairs Staff Awards

Student Affairs Award Trophies

Congratulations to the 2019 - 2020 Student Affairs Staff Award Nominees!

The April 30th Recognition program has been postponed - please keep an eye on the Staff Development Calendar for updates.

To learn more about the awards and their nomination criteria, click on the award titles below.

The Division of Student Affairs believes that our staff make an incredible impact in the lives of students, UGA, and the surrounding community. Each staff member plays an important role in the Division accomplishing its mission. As such, it is a priority of the Division to acknowledge the creativity, innovation, and significant contributions our staff make through the annual Staff Awards process. We ask that you take a moment to nominate a colleague, or yourself, for any of the applicable awards located below!

  • Eligible recipients of the award must be staff members within the Division of Student Affairs at time of the nomination.
  • Nominations are welcome and encouraged from a variety of sources such as students, staff within the nominee's department, staff throughout the Division, or personnel throughout UGA. 

 

Interested in learning more about the Student Affairs Awards process and awards? Click here to learn more about the selection process. Have a question about the awards process or any other questions about UGA Student Affairs Staff Awards? Contact Staff Development at ugasastaff@uga.edu or 706-542-8229.


Support Staff Member of the Year Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Mildred Anderson, University Housing
  • Lamar Campbell, Tate Student Center
  • Chandler Carey, Greek Life
  • Randi Davis, University Health Center
  • Jason Flowers, University Housing
  • Matthew Fortunato, Tate Student Center
  • Gloria Lumpkin, University Housing
  • Linden Mathis, International Student Life

Recipient: Individual

Do you know someone who works behind the scenes to ensure their department is successful? Do you want to help them get the recognition they deserve?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member serving in a support role (administrative support, building/facility services, security, etc.) who positively contributes to their department’s success and enhances the work environment.

 

Graduate Assistant of the Year Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Macon Betts, University Housing
  • Savannah Jacobs, Tate Student Center
  • Maya Mapp, University Housing
  • Taylor MItchell, Tate Student Center
  • Montse Molas, Recreational Sports
  • Jackie Phillips, Tate Student Center
  • Jordan Robinson, Recreational Sports
  • Ena Walker, Center for Leadership & Service
  • Melvin Whitehead, Center for Leadership & Service

Recipient: Individual

Is there a graduate assistant in your department that was crucial to achieving your goals this year? Have a classmate that you feel should be recognized for their work in their assistantship?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs graduate assistant who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a manner that promotes the success, mission, and goals of the Division.

 

New Professional of the Year Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Heather Arnold, Recreational Sports
  • Tevin Duncan, Recreational Sports
  • Jessica Keever, University Housing
  • Jimmy Lim, Disability Resource Center
  • Paige McDaniel, Recreational Sports
  • Sam Sego, Center for Leadership & Service
  • Chris Serpa, University Health Center
  • Amanda Torrence, Center for Leadership & Service

Recipient: Individual

Have a new professional in your department that exceeds expectations? Are you a newer professional and feel like you have gone above and beyond?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member with 1 to 3 years total professional experience within their field (not only at UGA) who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a way that enhances the success, mission, and goals of the Division.

 

Emerging Leader Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Rosendo Alvarezarmenta, University Housing
  • Taylor Ashe, Disability Resource Center
  • Charles Clark, Tate Student Center
  • Brad Erbesfield, Disability Resource Center
  • Missy Jackson, University Health Center
  • Hannah Mountford, University Housing
  • Marty Mullis, Recreational Sports
  • Kaitlyn Shepard, Center for Leadership & Service
  • Alicia Talbird, University Health Center
  • Tori Whitaker, Disability Resource Center
  • Monica Williams, University Health Center
  • Lisa Williamson, Recreational Sports

Recipient: Individual

Do you have a staff member with enormous potential? Are you someone that isn’t “new” but feel that you continually exceed expectations?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member who has at least 3 years of professional experience, not all of which have to be in UGA Student Affairs. This staff member, regardless of position or title, exceeds the responsibilities of their position in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to student success.

 

Commitment to Excellence Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Kara Fresk, Student Affairs Learning & Strategic Initiatives
  • Amanda Hales, Disability Resource Center
  • Libby James, Recreational Sports
  • Bill Kemper, University Health Center
  • Julia Nelms, University Health Center
  • Beau Seagraves, Student Care & Outreach

Recipient: Individual

Do you know someone that has been here for 10 or more years and want to recognize that person for their hard work and commitment? Does a name come immediately to mind when you think of someone who is dedicated to the success of UGA Student Affairs? 

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member who has contributed at least 10 years of service to UGA Student Affairs. This staff member, regardless of position or title, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and exemplary service to UGA students, staff, and the community.

 

Supervisor of the Year Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Carolyn Arnold, Disability Resource Center
  • Heather Arnold, Recreational Sports
  • Trisha Barefield, Disability Resource Center
  • Joshua Garrett, Tate Student Center
  • Jen Rentschler, Center for Leadership & Service
  • Kaitlyn Shepard, Center for Leadership & Service
  • Carrie Smith, Student Care & Outreach
  • Josh Stewart, Recreational Sports

Recipient: Individual

Is your supervisor amazing? Are you committed to the success of your employees?

This award is designed to recognize a UGA Student Affairs staff member who excels at supervising their staff and department. Individuals nominated for this award must currently supervise staff, which may include undergraduate students, graduate students, part-time employees, and/or full-time employees.

 

Lifelong Learner Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Stevie Stigler, University Health Center
  • Amanda Torrence, Center for Leadership & Service

Recipient: Individual

Work with someone who is always trying to learn something new? Are you someone that loves to tie in learning with your work?

This award recognizes an individual in the Division who has made an effort to invest in the growth of themselves and others through volunteer role(s) on campus, service to a regional or national organization, conference presentations, research or publication. This individual has positively represented UGA Student Affairs at a local, regional, or national level through their engagement in, and promotion of, lifelong learning and development.

 

Commitment to an Inclusive Community Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • CAPS Mulicultural Services Committee, University Health Center
    • Krista Garrett
    • Maggie Gibbs
    • Erin Higgenbotham
    • Deonna Kitwana
    • Lauren Pucci
    • Kevin Rowland
    • Fengkan Zhu
  • Chad Mandala, LGBT Resource Center
  • Minority Status Stress Workgroup, University Health Center
    • Sandrine Bosshardt
    • Shannon Bowles
    • Liz Cheely
    • Michael Creech
    • Krista Garrett
    • Angie Hahn
    • Dawn Healy
    • Erin Higgenbotham
    • Lauren Pucci
    • Kevin Rowland
    • Monica Williams

Recipient: Individual or Group

Do you have a coworker who strives to make their work more inclusive of others?  Did you collaborate with another department/area to enhance a program or service to ensure it was more accessible for others?

This award recognizes an individual or a group of individuals within UGA Student Affairs who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion in consideration of affordability, ability, identity, and access.

 

Innovation Award:

2019 - 2020 Nominees

  • Brent Betz, University Housing
  • Bulldog Bash Planning Committee
    • Callie Cole, College of Education
    • Hilary Hilgers, Alumni Association
    • Kaitlyn Shepard, Center for Leadership & Service
    • Sam Sego, Center for Leadership & Service
    • Tori Tanner, New Student Orientation
  • Campus Case Management Team
    • Carolyn Arnold, Disability Resource Center
    • Maggie Blanton, Division of Academic Enhancement
    • Cheri Bliss, Graduate School
    • Kara Freskw, Academic Partnerships & Initiatives
    • Julia Bulter-Mayes, Office of the Vice President for Instruction
    • Taylor Cain, Tate Student Center
    • Molly Dunn, University Health Center
    • Adam Fouche, UGA Police
    • Michael Gantt, Office of Financial Aid
    • Jennifer Hester, University Health Center
    • Scott Patton, University Housing
    • Dominque Quarles, Office of Institutional Diversity
    • Carrie Smith, Student Care & Outreach
  • Embark@UGA, Student Care & Outreach
    • Britney Deaver
    • Ansley Long
    • Beau Seagraves
    • Carrie Smith
  • UHC Behavioral Health Integration Team, University Health Center
    • Heather Buffington
    • Hannah Craswell
    • Michael Creech
    • Jennifer Hester
    • Alicia Talbird
    • Ash Thompson
    • Finbar Woitalla

Recipient: Individual or Group

Do you have a coworker who embodies innovation and creativity in their work? Are you someone that is actively developing new solutions to help students succeed?

This award recognizes an individual or group of individuals that utilized a creative approach to advance the work of UGA Student Affairs. Nominees for this award have shown initiative to innovate and create solutions that address a gap or need within their department or the Division.

 

Vice President’s Dwight Douglas Award:

Recipient: Individual

This award recognizes an individual who has a demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of UGA Student Affairs. Recipients may or may not have direct contact with students but their efforts significantly contribute to the success of the Division. Staff members selected for this award are chosen directly by Vice President for Student Affairs, Victor K. Wilson.

Know someone that you think would be a great candidate for this award? Submit their name for Vice President Wilson’s consideration.

The Vice President’s Dwight Douglas Award for is named in honor of the University of Georgia’s first Vice President for Student Affairs. During a quarter-century as Vice President, Dr. Douglas helped create a highly trained, professional division that places student success at the center of its mission.

Staff Awards Descriptions

Additional information about each Student Affairs Staff Award

Previous Award Winners

Photos from the 2019 Annual Student Affairs Celebration

Staff Awards

The Student Affairs Staff Awards, given to deserving staff across the division and the University, recognize outstanding accomplishments and leadership in student affairs at the University of Georgia.