2020 - 2021 Student Affairs Staff Awards

Student Affairs Award Trophies

Congratulations 2020 - 2021 Student Affairs Staff Award Recipients!

 


 

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

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Justin Adams, University Health Center
  • Rhonda Bolton, University Health Center
  • Kristin Bryant, University Health Center
  • Chandler Carey, Greek Life
  • Russell Doster, University Housing
  • Kim Felker, University Housing
  • Becki Garrett, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Robert "Rod" Hooper, University Health Center
  • Sarah Kesler, Disability Resource Center
  • Carol Kraemer, Disability Resource Center
  • Veronica Monroy, University Housing
  • Jennifer Spradley, LGBT Resource Center
  • Glenda Wheatley, University Housing
  • June Windate, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Chunhua Zhao, Recreational Sports

Congratulations to this year's winner, Rhonda Bolton! Read more about Rhonda here.

 

Graduate Assistant of the Year Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Darby Atkinson, Recreational Sports
  • Ricardo "Ricky" Belizaire, LGBT Resource Center
  • Logan Bell, Recreational Sports
  • Christina Lawler, Greek Life
  • Lillian Le, University Housing
  • Gabe Mendez, International Student Life
  • Alexandra Mastorakis, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Katie Rappold, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Dionne Williams, University Housing

Congratulations to this year's winner, Ricky Belizaire! Read more about Ricky here.

New Professional of the Year Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Heather Arnold, Recreational Sports
  • Staci Belcher, University Health Center
  • Zachariah Brumfield, University Housing
  • Josh Hudson, Tate Student Center
  • Helen Kim, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Allison Miller, University Health Center
  • Jackie Phillips, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Emily Walters, University Health Center
  • Matt Weido, University Housing
  • Sayre Weir, International Student Life

Congratulations to this year's winner, Matt Weido! Read more about Matt here.

 

Emerging Leader Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Trish Barefield, University Testing Services
  • Staci Belcher, University Health Center
  • Steven Brown, University Housing
  • Robert Brown, University Health Center
  • Becki Bury, University Housing
  • Whitney Cain, Tate Student Center
  • Tevin Duncan, Recreational Sports
  • Molly Dunn, University Health Center
  • Molli Goggin, Disability Resource Center
  • Erin Hill, LGBT Resource Center
  • Jessica Keever, University Housing
  • Marty Mullis, Recreational Sports
  • Suzanne Reichner, University Housing
  • Caroline Resop-Bowman, University Health Center
  • Kelly Truesdell, University Health Center

Congratulations to this year's winner, Becki Bury! Read more about Becky here.

 

Commitment to Excellence Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Carla Dennis, University Housing
  • Amanda Hales, Disability Resource Center
  • Kathryn Hall, University Housing
  • Libby James, Recreational Sports
  • Shannon Kuykendall, University Health Center
  • Suzanne Reichner, University Housing
  • Brad Upchurch, University Health Center

Congratulations to this year's winner, Carla Dennis! Read more about Carla here.

 

Supervisor of the Year Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Carolyn Arnold, Disability Resource Center
  • Courtney Brown, Recreational Sports
  • Kim Ellis, University Housing
  • Maggie Fitzsimmons, Recreational Sports
  • Melanie Gibson, University Health Center
  • Chad Mandala, LGBT Resource Center
  • Veronica Monroy, University Housing
  • Tim Smith, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Donnie Smith, University Health Center
  • Josh Stewart, Recreational Sports
  • Amanda Torrence, Engagement, Leadership, and Service

Congratulations to this year's winner, Carolyn Arnold! Read more about Carolyn here.

 

Lifelong Learner Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Ben Cecil, International Student Life
  • Jessica Keever, University Housing

Congratulations to this year's winner, Ben Cecil! Read more about Ben here.

 

Commitment to an Inclusive Community Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Karis Hill, Engagement, Leadership, and Service

Congratulations to this year's winner, Karis Hill! Read more about Karis here.

 

Innovation Award

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.

This year's nominees are:

  • Housing Assignments Office, University Housing
    • Kim Ellis
    • Kim Felker
    • Sara Griffin
    • Shamika Howard
    • Suzanne Reichner
    • David Roberts
  • Housing IT, University Housing
    • Jonathan Chin
    • Darrel Hormeku
    • Andrew Shover
  • Missy Jackson, University Health Center
  • Justin Jeffery, International Student Life
  • Kevin Karneboge, Disability Resource Center
  • Jodi Kearny, University Health Center
  • Nicole McConnell, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Pivot to Online Learning Collaboration
    • Taylor Ashe, Disability Resource Center
    • Stephen Bridges, Office of Online Learning
    • Toby Graham, University of Georgia Libraries
    • Kevin Karneboge, Disability Resource Center
    • Erin Leach, University of Georgia Libraries
    • Whitney Voyles, Disability Resource Center
  • Recreational Sports Team, Recreational Sports
    • Tevin Duncan
    • Ryan Edwards
    • Emilee Howard
    • Michael Husted
    • Jason James
    • Montse Molas
    • Dave Rector
    • Cathy Stedman
    • Nuri Tory
    • Chelsea Watson
    • Lisa Williamson
    • Justina Young
  • Student Activities Team, Engagement, Leadership, and Service
    • Drew Baker
    • Alexandra Mastorakis
    • Nicole McConnell
    • Shicoyia Morgan
  • Lori Tinnell, University Health Center
  • The University Health Center Staff
  • The University Housing Staff

Congratulations to this year's winner, the University Health Center! Read more about the Health Center here.

 

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.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Dr. Garth Russo!

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Staff Awards Descriptions

Additional information about each Student Affairs Staff Award

Previous Award Winners

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.

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