Award of Distinction (Graduate Assistant) 2017-06-30T09:51:37+00:00



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.


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.


  • $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.

This form is not yet available.

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

2012-2013: Chris Shemanski, Student Activities

2011-2012: Noor Mobeen, Residence Life