Inspiring Excellence - Staff Awards

Inspiring Excellence Student Affairs' Staff Awards

Staff attend the annual award in 2021

Each spring Student Affairs recognizes professional staff for their contributions to providing a safe and inclusive living and learning experience that inspires students to recognize and achieve their aspirations.

The six award categories that represent our values, integral principles that guide our daily operations and interactions. Those categories are:

  • Collaborate
    An award to recognize outstanding campus partners beyond Student Affairs who help to advance student learning, maximize resources and/or facilitate civic engagement.
  • Connect
    An award to recognize individuals who promote a sense of belonging through programs, words, behaviors, and model advocacy and social justice through their actions.
  • Cultivate
    An award to recognize individuals who nurture growth, learning and well-being and help develop a campus environment that encourages kindness, offers support, honors compassion, builds relationships and connects faculty, staff and students.
  • Innovate
    An award to recognize individuals and units who seek new and creative solutions to challenges facing our campus and community.
  • Include
    An award to recognize individuals who help foster diverse, accessible and caring communities that promote full and equal participation and respect each individual’s personal stories.
  • Lead
    An award to recognize individuals who embody inclusive leadership and further the development of ethical, responsible and collaborative leaders.

Colleagues annually can nominate staff for awards by detailing how this individual demonstrates this award category. Nominations are collected each spring with awardees being recognized during a reception in May.

Directors and AVC roles are ineligible to receive these awards.

Past Awardees

Collaborate

2022

  • Jenni Brost, New Student Enrollment

2021

  • Public Health Advocacy Team

2020

  • Facilities Planning & Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance & Operations

2019

  • Marnee Nelson, Education Abroad

Connect

2022

  • Dan Hudson, Residence Life
  • Brittany Meiners, Student Affairs Marketing & Communications

2021

  • COVID Care Team
  • Pat Tetreault, Women's Center & LGBTQA+ Center

2020

  • Cory Densberger, Nebraska Unions

2019

  • Zac Brost, Campus Recreation
  • John Goldrich, Counseling & Psychological Services

Cultivate

2022

  • Kenji Madison, Big Red Resilience & Well-being
  • Deb McConahie, Residence Life

2021

  • Isolation Housing Team
  • Lanie Stutz, Center for Advocacy, Response & Education
  • Melissa Wilkerson, Center for Advocacy, Response & Education

2020

  • Elizabeth Arthur, University Housing
  • Christopher Dulak, Student Affairs Marketing & Communication

2019

  • Joan Mendoza-Gorham, TRIO Upward Bound
  • Laura Shell, Big Red Resilience & Well-being

Include

2022

  • SA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

2021

  • Racial Justice Action Teams
  • Katherine Montoya, Residence Life
  • Melanie Skocy, Residence Life

2020

  • Sally Pfeiffer, Campus Recreation

2019

  • Kate Burger, University Housing
  • Marcus Gonzales, University Housing
  • Andrea Lopez, University Housing

Innovate

2022

  • Jeff Filberty, Student Affairs Business Services
  • Karen Standley, Student Affairs Business Services
  • Student Conduct & Community Standards

2021

  • Events Committee
  • Sharleen Roth, University Housing

2020

  • Campus Recreation
  • Center for Advocacy, Response & Education

2019

  • Linda Moody, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Dining Services

Lead

2022

  • Selma De Anda, TRIO
  • Abby Groth, Learning Communities

2021

  • Tony Rathgeber, University Housing
  • Callie Wilhite, UNL Children's Center

2020

  • Brent Freeman, Nebraska Unions
  • Kathryn Grier, Student Involvement

2019

  • Rob Andrews, Residence Life
  • Jordan Messerer, Campus Recreation

Vice Chancellor's Award for Campus Impact

2022

  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

2021

  • Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement

2020

  • Residence Life

2019

  • Services for Students with Disabilities