The Division of Student Affairs is composed of a diverse and devoted staff that encourages its members to aspire to new and exciting feats. We are honored to have so many committed workers recognized for their accomplishments.
The Division of Student Affairs is proud to announce the following award winners:
Community Impact Award
The Atlanta Community Food Bank has awarded the office of Civic Engagement for their role in helping eradicate hunger in Atlanta. ACFB uses more than 1,700 volunteers each month to distribute over 60 million pounds of food annually to their 600 nonprofit partner agencies. Many of these volunteers come from Georgia State, including Atlanta Based Learning participants who are coordinated in partnership between Civic Engagement and Undergraduate Studies. In addition to providing volunteers, Civic Engagement has been recognized for going above and beyond to bring awareness about hunger issues to the GSU community by hosting an annual Hunger and Homelessness Week on campus. Each November, students engage in service projects, panel discussions, networking events and city walks that deepen their understanding of the issues so many people in Atlanta face daily.
Innovations in College & University Counseling Centers Award
The Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center received the Innovations in College & University Counseling Centers Award this year from the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). Our colleagues were selected for their innovation of a stepped-care model of service delivery that includes mind/body intervention with the menu of services offered after a same-day initial consultation. Student satisfaction data and student learning outcomes were considered. Six counseling center leaders nationally were chosen to present their Center’s innovation in student counseling services at the AUCCCD conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2015. The institutions recognized are: Arizona State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Georgia State University, Ithaca College, Loyola University, Chicago and Rutgers University.
Tonya Cook: Carl V. Patton President’s Awardee for Outstanding Faculty or Staff Award
The President’s Awards are based on the university’s statement of commitment, which identifies unifying principles for the university community to follow. On May 4, 2015, this noteworthy award was presented to Tonya Cook, Program Specialist for the Multicultural Center. Her commitment to community efforts such as a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Stork’s Nest Blitz, National Black Arts Festival, GSU Alumni Association and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation were showcased at the award ceremony via video presentation.
Spotlight Programs Board
Phillip Smith: Outstanding Campus Activities Professional Award
Presented annually at the NACA South Conference, this award goes to an NACA South staff member who best represents outstanding achievement in the area of campus activities advisement. Phillip was recognized for his dedication, hard work, initiative and strong positive relationship with the student body. As director of the Spotlight Programs Board, Phillip and his staff have brought some of the world’s most renowned speakers, educators, and performers to Georgia State’s campus. Philip’s passion for creating a more engaged and involved student body has made him the most deserving of this award.
Lesia M. Chandler: 2015 George M. Sparks Award
The George M. Sparks Award is designed to recognize Georgia State University’s extraordinary faculty, staff and students. This award is received by those who go the extra mile, persevere through challenges and maintain good humor, qualities of former university president Dr. George McIntosh Sparks, who served from 1928 to 1957. Lesia has been recognized for her superb customer service, spirit of volunteerism and impactful relationship with her student staff.
Best Practice in Preparation Activities for Fire Safety Module
Best Practice in Educational Activities
NASPA awards these to members of the NASPA Campus Safety Knowledge Community for best practices in activities related to keeping students safe on campus. University Housing received Best Practice in Preparation Activities for Fire Safety Module for creating a fire safety module in which student housing residents must view a brief video and take a short quiz on the information, requiring a minimum score to pass. They received Best Practice in Educational Activities for their Housing Safety and Security Week program for the week of September 8 – 12, which included fire safety, extinguisher use, dialogue with GSUPD and Panther Ambassadors, active shooter training, suicide awareness and safety reflections.
Rebecca Moreau: Peach Award for Advisor of the Month
The Georgia Residence Hall is an organization dedicated to awarding the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations on campuses across Georgia. Rebecca currently serves as the Assistant Hall Director of Patton Hall, a community for first year students within Georgia State’s University Housing. As the advisor of the Patton Hall Council, she worked with student leaders to create programs and find ways to advocate for residents of the hall. Rebecca’s dedication and encouragement helped the hall council succeed in reaching their goals and objectives for the year.