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2020 Student Life and Enrollment Awards Recipients! 

 

2020 Student Awards

Emerging Leader

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment graduate assistant who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their postion in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to their office and the university mission. The 2020 Emerging Leader Award is presented to...

Dylan Fields, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Dylan is committed to providing an excellent level of work.  His postivie attitude and willingness to assist with projects has made him a valuable member of the FSL team. He brings a great sense of humor and is always willing to make connections with the other people in the room.  He always goes above and beyond doing his own personal research on a project, asks questions, and has amazing ideas.

Leading the Way

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment graduate assistant or student worker who has worked in a collaborative and/or innovative manner to contribute to the student learning environment.  Nominees for this award have shown initiative to create a solution that addresses a gap or need within their department or the division, in order to enhance the student experience.  The 2020 Leading the Way Award is presented to...

Noah Rutherford, Center for Academic Achievement - Learning Services.

Serving as an SI leader in the DFAA for three years, Noah was inspired to assist his peers through this role because he attended SI as a student and made many friends there. Collaborative learning is the foundation of being an SI leader, and he has developed multiple innovate strategies to help enhance the students' academic success.  

Commitment to Excellence

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment graduate assistant who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and exemplary service to students, staff, and the community. The 2020 Commitment to Excellence Award is presented to...

Shon Wheatley, Graduate Assistant for Student Activities & Organizations

Possessing a passion to see students succeed, Shon has masterfully coordinated and grown the campus student organizations over the last year. He is prompt to respond to every phone call or email inquiry from our 245 student organizations. His professionalism, work ethic, and ability to make efficient changes is incredible. He has worked diligently on bridging the gap between on campus student activities and other satellite campus activities. 

Exceptional Student Worker 

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment student worker (non-graduate assistant) who has worked in a collaborative manner to provide exemplary assistance in the day-to-day operations of their Division office. This individual is always willing to help with a multitude of office duties and does so while illustrating a commitment to the Division values of advocacy, diversity, learning, and stewardship.  The 2020 Exceptional Student Worker Award is presented to...

Jacob Norris, Campus Recreation 

Jacob has been an invaluable member of the Campus Recreation staff as a whole and specifically Outdoor Adventure.  he has served in all positions of the OA staff, including Climbing Wall Instructor, Challenge Course Facilitator, Trip Leader, BOA Staff, and most recently as Program Manager for the Climbing Wall and Challenge Course.  He took on some of the responsibilities in a vacant staff position and has been helpful during the COVID19 response. He takes initiative, shares creativity, and sincerely cares for the well-being of the staff he supervises, as well as the participants of our programs. 

Graduate Assistant of the Year 

This award recognizes a graduate assistant who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a manner that promotes the success, mission, and goals of the Division.  The 2020 Graduate Assistant of the Year Award is presented to...

Raina Wiseman, Student Media/East Tennessean

Raina Wiseman was the first ever graduate assistant for Student Media and has lifted the East Tennessean student newspaper to new heights by continuing its solid approach to journalism while also expanding the ET's footprint, from social media to campus events to the ET Echo collaboration with the student-run radio station, The Edge 89.5. She is a great ambassador to Student Media, as well as Student Life and Enrollment as a whole. 

2020 Professional Awards 

Emerging Leader

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment staff member who has, regardless of position or title, consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to student success through advocacy, diversity, learning, and stewardship. The 2020 Emerging Leader Award is presented to...

Caleb Bennett, Undergraduate Admissions 

Caleb has consistently demonstrated his desire to grow in the field and help others along the way.  Starting as an Admissions Counselor, he gained knowledge by gleaning from those with experience and putting that knowledge into practice. Caleb stepped up into the interim role of Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and met the challenge head-on. Now the Assistant Director, Caleb still works to help those he supervises in meeting their recruitment goals by offering assistance, ideas, contests, and knowledge when needed.

Leading the Way

This award recognizes an individual within Student Life and Enrollment who has worked in a collaborative and/or innovative manner to contribute to the student learning environment. Nominees for this award have shown initiative to create a solution that addresses a gap or need within their department or the Division, in order to enhance the student experience at ETSU. The 2020 Leading the Way Award is presented to...

Dr. Jeffrey Alston, University Career Services

Dr. Alston has brought new leadership and motivation to accelerate innovation in meeting the needs of students, alumni, faculty, and employers.  He has enlarged career outreach services, instituted career-ready skills mentoring for the Divison GAs and student workers, increased visibility of UCS as an integral service to the ETSU community, led the effort to encourage the use of Bucky's Closet, partnered with JC Penney and CBAT Careers to establish a "Suit-up Event" for ETSU students, works with many ETSU committees to better understand the needs of students and to meet their needs, and is actively pursuing accurate collection and reporting of First Destination Survey Data.

Lifelong Learner 

This award recognizes an individual within Student Life and Enrollment who has made contributions to their profession. Contributions may include the promotion of lifelong learning through research or publication, presenting at a conference, service to a regional or national organization, or volunteer role(s) that advance their profession. This individual has positively represented Student Life and Enrollment in a local, regional, or national level through their engagement in and promotion of the lifelong learning and development of others.  The 2020 Lifelong Learner Award is presented to...

Maggie Darden, Fraternity & Sorority Life 

Maggie has consistently contributed to the professional development of both her colleagues and students in the field of Fraternity and Sorority Advisement.  For several years, she has held several positions with Sigma Kappa National Headquarters, and currently is serving as the Panhellenic Coordinator for District 5, coaching multiple chapters across the United States. Last August, she was featured in an episode of the organization’s podcast, The Low Down, for balancing career with enrollment in doctoral coursework and research.  Each year, Maggie facilitates the participation of (and travels with) local fraternity and sorority leadership to national conferences like the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) and the National Black Greek Leadership Conference (NBGLC).  She has also served as a facilitator twice for the North American Interfraternity Conference’s (NIC) Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute.  Last fall, she collaborated with colleagues from MIT, Tufts University and LaunchPoint Consulting to offer a workshop entitled “Are you smarter than a pledge master?” at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. 

Commitment to Excellence

This award recognizes an individual within Student Life and Enrollment who, regardless of position or title, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and exemplary service to students, staff, and the community.  The 2020 Commitment to Excellence Award is presented to...

Emily Goepel, Undergraduate Admissions 

As the Assistant Director for Communications, Emily is the super (amazing) glue that holds together all the prospective student-facing communication in the office.  The work and leadership she provides to her team of students aids in their professional development and supports their portfolios.  Her knowledge of communication (and wordsmithing) is an invaluable asset to the team.  She is continually adapting best practices and learning applications to produce the best possible product. In a recently held position on the board for the Johnson City Public Library, she provided support to library programs, materials, and staff, as well as produced their regular newsletter.        

New Professional of the Year

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment staff member with 1 to 3 years total professional experience within their field who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a way that enhances the success, mission, and goals of the Division. This person illustrates multiple Division values of advocacy diversity, learning, stewardship, and overall dedication to student success.  The 2020 New Professional of the Year Award is presented to...

Alexis Petrak, Student Activities and Organizations 

Lexi goes above and beyond in all her efforts and is such a value-add to every team she is on.  She excels in all expectations for a new professional.  She can be given any task, small or large, and she will see it through to completion with excellence and professionalism.  She truly cares about the students and all the colleagues that she works with.  Her GAs describe her as having pure determination every day that helps them set their own goals. There are few people that are as kind, thoughtful, understanding, diligent, and dedicated as she is. She has handled every challenge, every task, and every setback with optimism and an unshakable dedication to provide the best experience for students.         

Commitment to an Inclusive Community

This award recognizes an individual within Student Life and Enrollment who has contributed to a thriving community through the advancement and promotion of diversity and inclusion at ETSU.  The 2020 Commitment to an Inclusive Community Award is presented to...

Dr. Leah Adinolfi, Student Life and Enrollment 

Leah puts diversity and inclusion first when thinking about the roles and responsibilities of all the units that report to her. Leah’s commitment has shown in a number of ways by opening doors and being a tremendous support for the LGBTQ Resource Center, the National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza, and advocating for means of accessibility in the D.P. Culp Student Center design and construction project. In addition, she is constantly thinking of ways to serve our diverse student population by asking sometimes challenging questions about how a program or event may reach a broader audience or an audience that we have not been able to connect with. Others are always learning from her innovations and are impressed by her commitment to diversity and inclusion at ETSU.      

Supervisor of the Year

This award recognizes a Student Life and Enrollment staff member for outstanding supervision in a manner that contributes to the success of their staff and department as well as student success. Individuals nominated for this award must supervise staff, which may included undergraduate students, graduate students, part-time employees, and/or full-time employees. The 2020 Supervisor of the Year Award is presented to...

Carter Warden, Student Activities and Organizations 

Carter is often the first to be in the office and the last to leave.  He has a can-do spirit, makes work fun, and has the ability to allow for a collaborative work environment. It is impossible to think of ETSU without thinking of the abundance of students that have been influenced by Carter.  His determination and dedication are the heart and soul of Student Activities and Organizations. He goes beyond being a supervisor to being a mentor.  He serves as a positive role model to staff and student and offers guidance and leadership with the compassion he fosters.          

Community Impact

This award recognizes an individual within Student Life and Enrollment who has worked in a collaborative and/or innovative manner to expand the student learning environment outside the classroom. This person fosters a commitment to serving the ETSU community and beyond by service leadership, consistent volunteering, and consistent recruiting of other to join volunteering efforts.  The 2020 Community Impact Award is presented to...

Don Armstrong, Student Media 

Don Armstrong has worked in a collaborative manner by consistently coming up with ways that Student media can collaborate with area media partners to present the Media Monday program each week to the student body.  He volunteers with programs such as Alternative Breaks and goes above and beyond in the means of the Professional Development Team with the Divison of Student Life and Enrollment. 

Support Staff Member of the Year

This award recognizes a support staff member who consistently and effectively performs their duties in a manner that enhances the work environment. Without this individual, an organization or department would not be able to function as efficiently or effectively.  The 2020 Support Staff Member of the Year Award is presented to...

Theresa Marlow, Student Life and Enrollment

Theresa goes above and beyond to make sure things are done correctly the first time. She is a problem solver and described as an unsung hero by her coworkers. She has been instrumental in helping coworkers transition to Student Life and Enrollment. She goes out of her way to help everyone.  This year, she put together a Support Staff Group, meeting at least once per month, where she addresses concerns and allows for networking with each other. Theresa is the glue that holds Student Life and Enrollment together. 

2020 Bedrock Award

Student Life and Enrollment Bedrock Award

The Division's highest award, presented to a person or entity outside of the Division of Student Life and Enrollment and for the support of the Division and our students.  The 2020 Student Life and Enrollment Bedrock Award is presented to...

Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU President

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic response, the ETSU community has turned to and leaned on Dr. Noland for his outstanding leadership. He has presented such an excellent level of guidance to our ETSU family.  He portrays the foundational values of Student Life and Enrollment, offering support to the Divison and every single ETSU student. Dr. Noland is more than deserving of the SLE Bedrock Award. 

  


  

 Past Award Recipients

Leading the Way Student Award

2019 - Raina Wiseman, East Tennessean

2018 - Brittney Stubbs, Alternative Spring Breaks

Commitment to Excellence Student Award

2019 - Anthony Walls, Student Organization Resource Center

2018 - Demmy Adedoyin, Student Organization Resource Center

Exceptional Student Worker Award

2019 - Nick Baxendell, Campus Recreation

2018 - Madison Gump, Campus Recreation

Emerging Leader Student Award

2019 - Danielle Humphrey, Career Services

2018 - Ashley Smith, Roan Scholars

Commitment to an Inclusive Community Student Award

2019 - Tedra Bennett, Multicultural Center

2018 - Leon Humphrey, Preview and Orientation Leader Organization

Community Impact Student Award

2019 - Cassidy Carter, East Tennessean 

2018 - Alexis Petrak, Student Organization Resource Center

Graduate Assistant of the Year Award

2019 - Ashley Smith, Roan Scholars

2018 - Daniel Wedding, Disability Services

Emerging Leader Professional Award

2019 - Jonathan Blake Hopson, Financial Aid

2018 - Trish Caughran, East Tennessean

Leading the Way Professional Award

2019 -  Kelly Mitchell, Disability Services 

2018 - Laura Terry, Multicultural Affairs 

Lifelong Learner Professional Award 

2019 - Dr. Jeffrey Alston, University Career Services

2018 - Jennifer Adler, Roan Scholars

Commitment to Excellence Professional Award

2019 - Carter Warden, Student Organization Resource Center

2018 - Jennifer Rice, Adult Commuter and Transfer Services

New Professional of the Year Award

2019 - Savanna Moeller, Campus Recreation

2018 - Jake Allen, New Student and Family Programs

Committment to an Inclusive Community Professional Award

2018 - Theresa Marlow, Student Affairs Office

Supervisor of the Year Professional Award 

2019 - Don Armstrong, East Tennessean

2018 - Catherine Morgan, Financial Aid

Community Impact Professional Award

2018 - Adrianna Guram, Housing and Residence Life

Support Staff Member of the Year Professional Award 

2019 - Lisa Odum, Student Life and Enrollment Office

2018 - Janice Gilbert, Student Affairs Office

Bedrock Award 

2018 - Kelvin Tarukwasha, SODEXO Dining Services

 

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