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  • 1.  Staff Awards

    Posted 12-15-2021 13:29

    We are re-evaluating our division of student affairs awards programs.  We currently only recognize outstanding staff members in classification categories (i.e. exempt, non-exept, administrative, service) and are looking at other models of recognition.  Also, how are awards selected?  Would appreciate anything you can share! Thank you very much.

    Lanita Legan
    Associate Director, LBJ Student Center
    Texas State University
    San Marcos TX

  • 2.  RE: Staff Awards

    Posted 12-16-2021 09:00

    Hi Lanita,

    We do awards for professional staff (we do not have different awards for categories of employees), collaborations including at least two offices, and student awards. Annually a selection committee of 8-10 is appointed to review submissions and select winners.

    For more information:

    I have found this work to always be a bit challenging, often hard to recognize individuals while trying to support the whole division. Lots of unsung heroes in our work.

    Nicholas Rau
    Executive Director, Student Center Complex
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables FL

  • 3.  RE: Staff Awards

    Posted 12-16-2021 16:15

    At Illinois State we have,

    STAR Awards in the Division of Student Affairs - Staff That Are Remarkable.

    Promotion of Diversity
    Innovation by a Team
    Excellence in Assessment
    Outstanding New Program, Project, or Use of Technology
    Outstanding Civil Service Staff Member
    Outstanding Administrative Professional Staff Member
    Outstanding New Staff Member
    Outstanding Graduate Assistant
    Outstanding Mentor
    STAR Moment of the Year (out of monthly STAR Moment winners)

    Neal R. Gamsky Quality of Student Life Award

    It's the highest honor in the division.

    For student affairs alumni,

    Outstanding Service to the Student Affairs Profession Award

    Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame

    Redbird Proud Award

    Kate Piper
    Assistant Dean, Student Activities
    Illinois State University
    Normal IL

  • 4.  RE: Staff Awards

    Posted 12-17-2021 09:41



    Our Division has 4 awards that are handed out each year,


    • Joe Paul Rising Stars: new professional award (no more than 2 – 3 years of service)
    • Peter Durkee Award: highest award for service rendered
    • Pillars of Student Affair: someone who is in a support role (clerical, maintenance, custodial, etc.)
    • Distinguished Friend of Student Affairs: someone who is not employed in the Division


    These awards have been around for about 4 years, before that there really were not any formal awards that were consistently handed out. Let me know if you want to connect with the individual who oversees this or have any additional questions.



    Stephen R. McCay, Ph.D. 

    Associate Director for Operations | Union Department

    The University of Southern Mississippi

    Thad Cochran Center, Room 212

    118 College Drive #5067 | Hattiesburg, MS 39406

    Office: 601-266-4220 | Fax: 601-266-5870




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