Division of Student Affairs

DSA Spring Award Winners

On Tuesday, April 23rd the Division of Student Affairs held their Annual Spring Awards Program in the BTSU Grand Ballroom. Congratulations to all of those recognized, and thank you to everyone in the Division for all of their hard work during the 2012-2013 academic year!

Milestone Staff Members
5 Years of Service
Sharon Fairchild- 5 years of service
Mike Freyaldenhoven- 5 years of service
Garrett Gilmer- 5 years of service
Cynthia Hesterman-5 years of service
Donna Majewski- 5 years of service
Ann Resiner-5 years of service
Faith Yingling- 5 years of service

10 Years of Service
Micha Alt- 10 years of service
Lisa Bowen- 10 years of service

15 Years of Service
Peggy Dennis-15 years of service
Michael Hatchel-15 years of service
Gary Layne- 15 years of service
Elizabeth Lucas- 15 years of service
Connie Weaver-15 years of service
Peggy Dennis-15 years of service

20 Years of Service
Deborah Chamberlain- 20 years of service

25 Years of Service
Craig Vickio-25 years of service
Susan Marlowe-25 years of service
Glenna Rufo- 25 years of service

Outstanding Collaborative Effort
The Award for Outstanding Collaborative Effort recognizes staff groups and/or departments that have worked in partnership with other departments within the Division or across Divisions to create and implement programs, services, and initiatives designed to enhance student development and learning. The team being recognized this year consists of members of Office of Multicultural Affairs, TRIO, and Residence Life who came together to bring the 17th Annual State of the State Conference back to BGSU.  This year’s conference had the largest number of participants since its inception in 1997, with more than 300 attendees. The conference featured two prominent keynote speakers: Tim Wise, anti-racist writer and educator, and Michelle Alexander, associate professor at The Ohio State University.  The team collaborated with various entities across campus such as Office of Equity and Diversity, Career Center, Department of Theater and Film, and School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Additionally, the collaborative effort extended beyond the borders of campus to multiple universities, civic organizations, and corporate sponsors.  
Congratulations to the members of the State of the State Planning Team, Dr. Emily Monago; Shelia Brown, Ray Plaza; Dr. Krishna Han; Connie Weaver; Yolanda Flores; Claire Semer; and Mya Jordan, who received this year’s Award for Outstanding Collaborative Effort.  

Outstanding Student Employee Award
This year we added a new award to honor the outstanding work of our student employees across the Division.  This award recognizes a student employee that has gone “above and beyond” the position requirements and demonstrated exemplary service to the Division. This year’s recipient played an integral role in developing a new position within the Office of Residence Life and returned for a second year to develop policies and procedures and train nine of his peers.  His nominator states, “He’s one of the most professional, mature, and genuine student staff members” along with being “a very proud Falcon and one of the best student representatives that BGSU has working for them.”Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Award for Outstanding Student Employee, Christopher Welenc.  

Outstanding Graduate Assistant
This year’s Outstanding Graduate Student award is presented to a second year College Student Personnel graduate assistant.  The recipient has the ability to build genuine relationships with the students she mentors and advises.  She is the first to volunteer to help and has constantly reached above and beyond the status quo, not only in her assistantship but throughout the Division.  Her nominator writes, “she has been instrumental in helping us challenge our community to provide a more values-based experience that has resulted in more meaningful member development programs, and a more positive, safe fraternity/sorority experience.” Congratulations to the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Liz Rader.

Outstanding New Professional
The Award for Outstanding New Professional is presented to someone who has worked in the profession for fewer than 5 years. The year’s recipient began his career at BGSU in 2011. He is often a consultant to faculty and staff due to his expertise and frequently collaborates with multiple departments in Student Affairs and other Divisions. He has designed numerous new initiatives that promote retention and inclusion across campus, while simultaneously serving as a mentor and advisor to many students and five student organizations. His creation of weekly sexuality and identity support groups has had positive impacts on the lives of LGBT students and allies.  Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding New Professional, Tobias Spears.

Outstanding Classified Staff
The Award for Outstanding Classified Staff is presented to someone who has consistently demonstrated his or her commitment to the BGSU learning community through such efforts as voluntary campus and community involvement, exemplary service, development of innovative and efficient programs or services, and going “above and beyond” their position requirements. This year’s recipient is described as “team-player, creative thinker, and problem-solver.”  Her nominator wrote, “what is most impressive is the time she devotes to the student employees at the Perry Field House and Intramurals.  When she finds a problem or an error, she doesn’t jump to conclusions or place blame.  Instead she takes the time to teach our student employees the proper process.  The recipient does an amazing job of imparting practical learning and leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom while contributing to the fun environment of the Field House.
Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Classified Staff, Jaye Baum-Gangwer.

Outstanding Administrative Staff
The Award for Outstanding Administrative Staff is presented to someone who has consistently demonstrated his or her commitment to the BGSU learning community through such efforts as voluntary campus and community involvement, exemplary service, development of innovative and efficient programs or services, and going “above and beyond” their position requirements. The recipient of this award is described as “going ‘above and beyond’ in her tireless devotion to student learning and development.”  In the short time since the Center for Leadership’s conception, her exemplary leadership has guided a department that now offers comprehensive leadership development opportunities, grounded in relevant leadership and student development theory, to the entire campus community.  Her nominator wrote, “she never lacks for new ideas or the effort and dedication to see these ideas into successful ventures.  In fact, the standing joke in the office is that she cannot have any more ideas until we’ve implemented her last few.  Not only is she an “idea person”, her attention to detail and ability to carry out a vision is remarkable.  She’s an incredible mentor, always willing to offer support, advice, or challenge you when it’s needed, and extremely deserving of this recognition.”
Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Administrative Staff Member, Julie Snyder.

Timothy D. King Friend of Student Affairs Award
Throughout the Division, we emphasize collaboration and cooperation, not just within Student Affairs, but across the University.  With this in mind, we recognize a faculty or staff member who has supported our work and helped us do our jobs each day.  This Award, renamed three years ago to honor the memory of our colleague Dr. Timothy D. King, is given to someone who has provided continued support for Student Affairs programs, services, and initiatives; who has served as a resource for Student Affairs staff; whose actions have supported an understanding of the mission and philosophy of Student Affairs; and a person who has placed the concerns of students as a priority.  The winner of this Award will hereafter be considered an honorary member of the Division of Student Affairs.
Congratulations to BGSU’s Director of Business Operations Andy Grant, the winner of this year’s Timothy King Friend of Student Affairs Award.