UNCG Student Affairs Announces Annual Staff Excellence and Service Awards

Greensboro, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro Division of Student Affairs announced its annual award winners in its End of Year Celebration on Wednesday, May 16. The event included recognition of the staff excellence and service award recipients while celebrating the end of a successful 2017-18 academic year.

The list of 2018 staff excellence award recipients follows:
Partnership Award: Dr. Julie Mendez Smith (Psychology Department)
Unsung Hero Award: Dr. Will Dodson (Housing & Residence Life)
Team Player Awards: Charles Clency (Housing & Residence Life) and Elliott Kimball (Office of Intercultural Engagement)
Graduate Assistant of the Year: Candice Johnson (Campus Activities & Programs)
Rookie of the Year: Lindsey Vega (Dean of Students Office)
Culture of Care Award: Terri Spears (Student Health Services)
Legacy of Excellence Award: Dr. Mary Anderson (Dean of Students Office)
(See below for more information on each recipient.)

Service awards were given for five, 10, 15, 20 25 and 30 years of service as follows:

Megan Evans (SHS) 30 Years
Michelle Parson (DSA) 25 Years
Tami Rich (OARS) 25 Years
Jodi Barber (CSC) 20 Years

The 15-Year Service Awards were presented to Linda Alexander (EUC), Quang Lam (SHS), Kimberly Pettiford (SHS), Amelia Smith (CSC), Regina Zanin (SHS).

The 10-Year Service Awards were presented to Angela Brown (SHS), Philip Byerley (OARS), Lori Hinsley (SHS), Shelley Queen (SHS), Allen Rogers (DOS), William Webster (SHS), Bradley Wrenn (VRC).

Five-Year Service Awards were presented to Ian Aitken (HRL), Joscelyn Bartely (HRL), Charles Clency (HRL), Mary Davis Jones (HRL), Tenika Foster (SHS), Wayne Michaux (HRL), Kenneth Norris (RecWell), Theresa Parrish (HRL), Sharisse Robinson (CSC), Coretta Walker (DSA).

 

2018 Staff Excellence Award Winners

 

2018 UNCG Student Affairs Staff Excellence Awards

Partnership Award: Dr. Julie Mendez Smith (Psychology Department)
This award is presented to a person or department outside of Student Affairs for their collaborative efforts with Student Affairs.

Dr. Julie Mendez Smith is receiving this award because she has worked with Student Affairs on creating and implementing a program, assisting with a crisis or community event that affected the campus and providing Student Affairs with opportunity to learn about new trends in the field of higher education through research or teaching.

Unsung Hero Award: Dr. Will Dodson (Housing & Residence Life)
The Unsung Hero Award is given to an individual who works quietly behind the scenes for the good of Student Affairs and UNCG and, while not being publicly celebrated, demonstrates leadership through dedication and service.

Dr. Will Dodson has gone above and beyond for the benefit of the students and staff he works with. As a residential College Coordinator, he builds a sense of community in his residence halls that encourages inclusion of all students and involvement of his hall councils. He strives to make his communities feel like home and pays attention to details like knowing the names of all of his residents.

Team Player Awards: Charles Clency (Housing & Residence Life) and Elliott Kimball (Office of Intercultural Engagement)
The Team Player Award is given to a Student Affairs employee who treats other team members with respect. They consider the ideas and opinions of others, share information, are willing accept to responsibility and work beyond their office and/or department. They utilize strong interpersonal skills, work towards maintaining harmonious relationships while enhancing team productivity and broader university collaboration.

Charles Clency is someone who works well with his entire department, not just those in his functional area. He has developed a family atmosphere among his team by treating everyone as people first and employees second. He is actively involved in committees and activities across campus and encourages and supports his staff to do the same while also building positive and collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Division and campus.

Elliott Kimball is passionate about his job and shows it by lending his expertise about intercultural engagement, preventing sexual violence and diversity and inclusion to any office willing to collaborate. He is a regular part of fun events and activities that involve multiple departments. As was stated in his nomination, “I don’t believe I have seen anyone collaborate with more offices than Elliott!”

Graduate Assistant of the Year: Candice Johnson (Campus Activities & Programs)
The Graduate Assistant of the Year is an award recognizing a student serving in a graduate assistantship in Student Affairs who has displayed exemplary performance both in their own position as well as in service to the division, university, and/or community beyond their assigned duties.

Candice Johnson is someone who brings a positive attitude to everything she does, going out of her way to greet staff and students with a smile and a helping hand. She was intentional in her efforts to reach out to other departments, offices and organizations to get them involved in so many of the events she worked with to cultivate collaboration. In addition to her duties in Campus Activities & Programs, she was a safe zone and transzone facilitator and completed an internship with the EUC reservations team.

Rookie of the Year: Lindsey Vega (Dean of Students Office)
The Rookie of the Year is an award recognizing a Student Affairs employee who is in their first year of employment and has displayed exemplary performance in both the employee’s own responsibilities as well as service to the division, university and community beyond assigned duties.

Lindsey Vega has engrained a culture of care into her daily activity with students, meeting with them to provide support that enables them to continue being safe and successful at the University, but also going above and beyond to each of them that she cares about them as a person. She has also contributed to the overall culture of care within the division and across campus, serving on task force to advocate for victims of sexual violence, organizing a collection for hurricane victims and raising money for the Walk to Defeat ALS. As was started in her nomination, “her commitment to students, the Division of Student Affairs and the University community and beyond epitomizes what ‘creating a culture of care’ is all about.”

Culture of Care Award: Terri Spears (Student Health Services)
The Culture of Care Award recognizes a Student Affairs employee who has made a significant difference in the life of one or more students, by being an example of providing a culture of care and going above and beyond to impact.

If you have ever met Terri Spears, you have experienced first-hand the Culture of Care she effortlessly provides and you have seen how she radiates kindness and a genuine compassion for the best interests of her students. She has worked tirelessly to build the Spartan Recovery Program (SRP) from a handful of students to more than 50 students who know that they can count on her to be in their corner to help them through the recovery process. She never gives up on them which can make the difference between life and death for someone battling addiction. She has also set out to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and spread the word that recovery is possible. She has paved the way for SRP students to find amazing success personally and academically and is their biggest advocate in sharing the news of that success.

Legacy of Excellence Award: Dr. Mary Anderson (Dean of Students Office)
The Legacy of Excellence Award is presented to an employee who has created a legacy of excellence, supported student success and provided outstanding contributions to the division and the University for a minimum of seven years. The candidate should have answered the University’s call to Do something bigger altogether.

Mary Anderson is the “Absolute Best” at her job. She always seems to know the right thing to say to students and works to cultivate that same knowledge in her staff. She challenges students, takes time to hear out their concerns and then works with them to develop a plan for success. In addition to her role as Associate Dean of Students, she serves on countless committees and is an active presenter and author in the field. Whether teaching a class, mentoring a colleague or meeting with a student who is struggling with college life, be assured Mary Anderson is taking her time and giving space to the needs at hand – through her attention to detail, she IS doing something bigger altogether!