The Ambassador Award

The Ambassador Award honors an individual or group of individuals who has brought significant recognition to the University of Houston and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. He or she or the group is known and has been recognized as a leader in their professional field, or has received recognition for their contribution to the discipline in some substantial and significant way, thus serving as a model for Student Affairs staff/office/departments everywhere.


2013 - UH Wellness

Excellence in Innovation Award

The Excellence in Innovation Award honors an individual or group of individuals whose innovative ideas, products, or services have created significant change for students, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, or the University. This award strives to celebrate innovation in action, not only the creative idea, but also the impact that practical application of the idea has made on creativity in the use of resources, which includes people, budgets, and technology. Any individual or group of individuals who has demonstrated the ability to take initiative in developing a new or enhancing an existing product, program, or service to meet the changing needs of the students, Division, or University may be nominated.


2013 - Student Housing & Residential Life
2014 - UC Transformation Project

Outstanding Assessment Award
Individual

The Individual Outstanding Assessment Award is designed to provide recognition to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to utilizing assessment in order to encourage student success at the University of Houston. Recipients of this award will serve as models for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services with regards to assessment in terms of innovation, methodology, collaboration, and willingness to make improvements based upon assessment results.


2013 - Alison Von Bergen, Dean of Students Office
2014 - Jennifer Skopal, Children's Learning Centers

Outstanding Assessment Award
Department

The Department Outstanding Assessment Award is designed to provide recognition to a department that demonstrated a commitment to utilizing assessment in order to encourage student success at the University of Houston. Recipients of this award will serve as models for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services with regards to assessment in terms of innovation, methodology, collaboration, and willingness to make improvements based upon assessment results.


2013 - UH Wellness
2014 - Children's Learning Centers

Outstanding Professional Award of Excellence

This Outstanding Professional Award is presented to a staff member recognizing service, dedication, and contributions to the University beyond the requirements and expectations of the job. Characteristics of an employee’s performance which contribute to excellence include: superior job performance and a high degree of proficiency in their areas of responsibility; outstanding personal traits such as dedication, loyalty, reliability, courtesy, honesty, and initiative; continuous demonstration of service concepts necessary to support the Department, the Division and the University; initiative in making improvements to work methods, standards, or operations; or developing new programs, services, or cost savings which enhance or support the department of the university; and the ability to work cooperatively as a member of the work team.


2012 - Lawrence Daniel, University Centers
2013 - Matt Dulin, Student Media
2014 - Mackenzie Wysong, Student Housing & Residential Life
2014 - Lorraine Schroeder, LGBT Resource Center

Outstanding New Professional Award

This Outstanding New Professional Award is presented to a staff member with less than two years of service within the Division who has demonstrated exemplary performance promoting/addressing Critical Issues and Student Success Initiatives of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. This individual is one who has exemplified quality work and has made a significant impact on campus life, exhibited work beyond expectations, and developed outstanding relationships with students. This staff member is one who has demonstrated outstanding leadership through a willingness to help others and developed strong working relationships through collaboration with other departments within the Division. Nominees for this award must have joined the Division after May 1, 2011.


2012 - Micah Kenfield, University Centers
2013 - DuJuan Smith, Dean of Students Office
2014 - Kristen Ernst, Center for Student Involvement

Outstanding Administrative Assistant/Support Staff Award

The Outstanding Support Staff Award is presented to a Student Affairs staff member who portrays a collaborative and dedicated approach to promote the University’s and Division’s mission and is essential to the success of the department or office. This individual accepts responsibility, respects other’s time, and possesses a high degree of integrity.


2012 - Linda Jauregui, University Centers
2013 - Rosie Contreras, Student Housing & Residential Life
2014 - Cathy Cozine, University Center

The Transformational Leadership Award

The Transformational Student Affairs Leadership Award is presented to a staff member who transforms our students into the leaders of our community and beyond. The staff member exemplifies the leadership example we nurture our students to become. The staff member brings about transformation by creating a change in structure, appearance and/or character. The staff member is a leader in the development of a dynamic and diverse culture that facilitates learning and engages students. The staff member creates opportunities to spark transformation within students and Student Affairs staff.


2012 - Sherry Howard, Children’s Learning Centers
2013 - Alicia Garcia-Valero, University Centers
2014 - Bill Schwehr, University Center Leisure Services

Students First Award

The Students First Award recognizes special, unique or extraordinary efforts on behalf of students that reflect a "Students First" mentality. These individuals or groups offer what we do best in the best possible way, while thoughtfully balancing educational needs and customer service. Nominees endeavored to make procedures, services, facilities, programs, and/or the general collegiate learning environment welcoming, efficient, and of exceptional quality in order to enhance student success. Others, especially students, may comment on the helpfulness, professionalism and assistance of these individuals or group and on their willingness to create a positive, active and inclusive learning community.


2012 - Keith T. Kowalka, Student Affairs – Student Life
2013 - Cassandra Joseph, Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
2014 - Kyle Stehling, Student Affairs IT Services
2014 - CAPS Group Program

Graduate Assistant/Student Award of Excellence

The Graduate Assistant/Student Award of Excellence will recognize a graduate student who has gone above and beyond expectations or honors a special, unique or extraordinary effort he or she has made within an assistantship or position. He or she demonstrates strengths in areas such as instruction, advising and assisting students, research and creative activity, and outreach and/or service to the University, community and/or profession. Nominees must be a graduate student in good standing with the University and employed by a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.


2012 - Courtney Reynolds, Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
2013 - Mara Washington, Center for Student Involvement
2014 - Abbey Hartgrove, Center for Student Involvement

Student Employee Award of Excellence

The Student Employee Award of Excellence will recognize an undergraduate student who has gone above and beyond expectations or honors a special, unique or extraordinary effort he or she has made within a student employee position. He or she demonstrates strengths in areas such as customer/customer service, exhibits a positive attitude, has dedication to their office/unit/department, and has made a positive impact on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.


2012 - Ngoc Tran, University Centers
2013 - David Hendry, University Centers
2014 - Andres Garcia, Center for Student Media

Cougar Spirit Award

The Cougar Spirit Award recognizes the individual or group who best exemplifies the true "Cougar" spirit of the University, Division, and Community. The individual or group's "spirit" is demonstrated through positive attitude, acts of University loyalty, teamwork, creativity, and cooperation. He or she is the "Heart of UH," demonstrating integrity, respect and dignity of all individuals, and concern for the welfare of others. His or her life serves as a model that demonstrates what it means to take pride in the University of Houston.


2012 - Children’s Learning Centers
2013 - Family Weekend Committee, Dean of Students Office
2014 - Terence Turner, Student Housing & Residential Life

3C Award

The 3C Award recognizes the guiding principles of Collaboration, Communication and Community and is presented to an individual, group, department or committee in Student Affairs who best exemplifies the notion of being a "team player." These recipients work to create, support or strengthen an environment of collaboration, communication, community, encouragement and understanding across the Division. This person or group of persons exemplify the teamwork, inclusion, and consensus-building required to achieve common goals and objectives.


2012 - Cat’s Back Program
2013 - Caleb Wells, Campus Recreation
2014 - Teeba Rose, Student Housing & Residential Life

Diversity Award

The Diversity Award is presented to an individual or group that demonstrates a commitment to services and/or programs that promote a spirit of pluralism and helps to build an environment of inclusivity. Diversity includes all aspects of human difference including: race; culture; ethnicity; religion; age; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; and ability. Nominations for individuals or groups whose jobs do not routinely provide opportunities to address these issues, but who have made a significant effort to do so, are especially encouraged.


2012 - Daniel Gray, Center for Student Involvement
2013 - Council of Ethnic Organizations, Center for Student Involvement
2014 - Thomandra Sam, Counseling & Psychological Services

DSAES Outstanding Committee Member Award

The DSAES Outstanding Committee Member Award recognizes the dedication, hard work and commitment of a member of one of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Standing Committees. He or she has gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of a division activity, program, event or initiative that is managed by one of the Division Standing Committees.


2012 - Theresa Cyr, University Career Services
2012 - Matt Dulin, Student Publications
2013 - Alicia Whitmire, Student Housing & Residential Life
2014 - James Mable, University Career Services

Friend of the Division Award

The Friend of the Division Award recognizes a faculty member or lecturer who has participated in co-curricular activities or a staff member from any division outside Student Affairs. Nominees should have in some way contributed to the overall advancement of our Division.


2012 - Dona Cornell, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
2013 - Dr. Simon Bott, Chemistry
2014 Recipient - Jerry Bogna, Facilities Management