Awards of Distinction/J. Malon Southerland Award 2017-06-27T14:54:18+00:00

Awards of Distinction / J. Malon Southerland Award

Award of Distinction (Individual) / J. Malon Southerland Award

Criteria

Recipients are recognized for their outstanding individual contributions on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.

The selection committee considers, but is not limited to the following criteria:

  • Contributions toward job excellence – demonstrating performance on the job that is consistently outstanding and frequently outside the normal scope of prescribed duties.
  • Innovation – demonstrating independent action and resourcefulness; encouraging new ideas and creativity; exhibiting leadership qualities within the context of position responsibilities; demonstrating other skills that exceed work expectations.
  • Utilization of the Division’s commitments of responsibilitywellbeing, self-discovery, and diversity and inclusion to guide their practice.

Eligibility

Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized:

  • Be a current Division of Student Affairs employee. All staff below the DSA Department Directors are eligible.
  • Be full-time and budgeted at least 50% time.
  • Have a minimum of six months of service, as of March 8, 2018, 11:45pm CST, in current department or any other department within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Not have received a Division-level award at any of the previous three DSA Awards ceremonies (2015, 2016 or 2017).

Recognition

  • J. Malon Southerland Award: the highest scoring award recipient will be awarded a $1000 cash award and memento
  • Award of Distinction (Individual): up to five individuals will each be awarded a $500 cash award and memento

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination Form (A separate nomination form is not required)
  • Two one-page letters of support

Failure to follow nomination requirements exactly will result in a disqualified nomination. No exceptions will be made.

The nomination form will be open for submissions November 1, 2017 – March 8, 2018, 11:45pm CST.

Submit a Nomination

Past Award of Distinction (Individual) Award Recipients

2016-2017:

  • Joseph Hartsoe, Disability Services
  • Paul Harwell, Disability Services
  • Jerrod Jackson, Recreational Sports
  • Alyssa Leffall, Offices of the Dean of Student Life
  • Christine Thoorsell, Residence Life

2015-2016:

  • Amanda Flores, Memorial Student Center
  • Cory Arcak, Memorial Student Center
  • Jerod Wilson, Recreational Sports
  • Shanna Wright, Memorial Student Center
  • Stephanie Bullick, Disability Services

2014-2015:

  • Paul Sikes, Music Activities
  • Sherry Nesbitt-Vallejo, Residence Life
  • Gerald Harris, Student Activities
  • Lauren Dorsett, Offices of the Dean of Student Life
  • Keith Joseph, Recreational Sports

2013-2014:

  • Sarah Jaks, Offices of the Dean of Student Life
  • Brandon Carlson, Residence Life
  • Kathryn Sturtevant, Student Activities
  • Kelly Cox, Student Life Studies
  • Lynne Isbell, Recreational Sports

2012-2013:

  • Alicia Guevara, Disability Services
  • Susan Kimbrough, Offices of the Dean of Student Life
  • Cord McLean, Multicultural Services
  • Dayna Ford, Residence Life
  • Joani Groce, University Center Complex

Past J. Malon Southerland Award Recipients

2016-2017: Elizabeth Daggers, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

2015-2016: Emily Ivey, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

2014-2015: John Whittemore, University Center & Special Events

2013-2014: Jean Stanley, Music Activities

2012-2013: Gary Booth, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Award of Distinction (Team Award)

Criteria

Teams are recognized for their outstanding contributions on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.

The selection committee considers, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Contributions toward team excellence – demonstrating collaboration and cooperation as a team leading to performance that is consistently outstanding and frequently outside the normal scope of prescribed expectations.
  • Independently and cooperatively, team members demonstrate: resourcefulness; encourage new ideas and creativity; exhibit leadership qualities within the context of position responsibilities; skills that exceed expectations.
  • Utilization of the Division’s commitments of responsibility, wellbeing, self-discovery, and diversity and inclusion to guide their practice.

Eligibility

Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized:

  • Be current Division of Student Affairs employees. All staff below the DSA Department Directors are eligible.
  • Be full-time and budgeted at least 50% time.

Recognition

  • Individual plaques
  • Team members will share a total cash award of $500
  • One team awarded

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination Form (A separate nomination form is not required)
  • Two one-page letters of support

Failure to follow nomination requirements exactly will result in a disqualified nomination. No exceptions will be made.

The nomination form will be open for submissions November 1, 2017 – March 8, 2018, 11:45pm CST.

Submit a Nomination

Past Award of Distinction (Team) Award Recipients

2016-2017: Becky Gates Children’s Center: Martey Heard, Andrea Powers, Sandra Gilbert, Jesslyn Myers

2015-2016: Student Conduct Office Team (Dayna Ford, Alyssa Leffall, Deb Griffin, Lori White, Joshua Isringhausen, Markisha Motton, Leslie Lowry)

2014-2015: New Student and Family Programs Team (Meredith Malnar, Erin Parks, Libby Daggers, Emily Ivey, Megan Higginbotham, Beth Hopkins, Chloe Toohey)

2013-2014: ACUI Region 12 Conference Host Team (Amanda Dyer, Amber Acosta, Amber Hopkins, Bill Cox, Cord McLean, Cruz Rios, Daisy Enggina, Dave Salmon, Doug Burns, Joani Groce, Katy King, Lyndon Pryor, Marisa Suhm, Melissa Lucas, P.J. Jones, Rick Greig, Stephen Senkel)

2012-2013: Back on TRAC Staffing Team (LaKisha Anderson, Allan Baron, Risa Bierman, Jessica Bowers, Justin Ellis, Dayna Ford, Kristen Harrell, Susan Kimbrough, Jill Kinison, Kyle McCracken, Lifa Minjares, LJ Moore, Lyndon Pryor, Dennis Reardon, Meredith Simpson)

Award of Distinction (Graduate Assistant)

Criteria

Recipients are recognized for their outstanding individual contributions on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.

The selection committee considers, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Contributions toward job excellence – demonstrating performance on the job that is consistently outstanding and frequently outside the normal scope of prescribed duties.
  • Innovation – demonstrating independent action and resourcefulness; encouraging new ideas and creativity; exhibiting leadership qualities within the context of position responsibilities; demonstrating other skills that exceed work expectations.
  • Utilization of the Division’s commitments of responsibility, wellbeing, self-discovery, and diversity and inclusion to guide their practice.

Eligibility

Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized:

  • Be a current Division of Student Affairs graduate assistant.
  • Be full-time and budgeted at least 50% time.

Recognition

  • $500 cash award and memento
  • One individual awarded

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination Form (A separate nomination form is not required)
  • One one-page letter of support

Failure to follow nomination requirements exactly will result in a disqualified nomination. No exceptions will be made.

The nomination form will be open for submissions November 1, 2017 – March 8, 2018, 11:45pm CST.

Submit a Nomination

Past Award of Distinction (Graduate Assistant) Award Recipients

2016-2017: Mara Schaffler, Multicultural Services

2015-2016: Zach Granger, Recreational Sports

2014-2015: Waylon Hastings, Student Activities

2013-2014: Tearney Woodruff, Residence Life

2012-2013: Chris Shemanski, Student Activities