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.


Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized:

  • Be a current Division of Student Affairs employee. DSA directors are not eligible.
  • Be full-time and budgeted at least 50% time.
  • Have a minimum of six months of service, as of February 20, 2017, 5:00pm 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 (2014, 2015 or 2016).


  • 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
  • Two one-page letters of support

It is recommended that individuals compose the nomination letter in a Word document then cut and paste into the text boxes below. 

Nominations will not be accepted after February 20, 2017, 5:00pm CST.

The submission deadline has expired as of 5:00 pm February 20, 2017.

Past Award Recipients


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Travis Almany, Office of the Commandant
  • Sarah Edwards, Student Activities
  • Dianne Kraft, Multicultural Services
  • Steve Laube, Residence Life
  • Raye Leigh Stone, Memorial Student Center

Past J. Malon Southerland Award Recipients

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

2011-2012: Kelly VonDrehle, Recreational Sports