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Awards & Recognition Team

Overview and Mission

Each year the Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Team is charged with planning and coordinating the Annual Awards Ceremony.

The Awards & Recognition Team will be hosting the Student Affairs Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2017.

Nominations for the 2017 Student Affairs Awards are now open and can be submitted online.

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Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms

The nomination deadline is announced during each spring semester. Recipients of awards will be recognized at the Student Affairs Awards Ceremony, which normally occurs near the end of the spring semester. Additionally, all recipients shall meet the following award criteria and cannot be self-nominated.

New for 2017, all nomination forms are filled out and submitted online via an electronic form (we no longer use PDF forms). You will receive a confirmation email for each nomination you submit.

The award descriptions and individual form links are listed below. You may also view this information in a mobile-friendly format at http://utsa.edu/students/awards.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employee Award (Online Nomination Form)

Criteria

  • Must be a current UTSA undergraduate student.
  • Currently enrolled in at least 12 hours.
  • Is in academic good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Demonstrates success in his or her role as a student or employee either through longevity or improved work performance.
  • Reflects a professional and positive attitude and displays strong customer service skills (i.e., punctuality, attendance, and customer friendliness).
  • Not a UTSA full-time staff member.

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Outstanding Graduate Student Employee Award (Online Nomination Form)

Criteria

  • Must be a current UTSA graduate student.
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 hours.
  • Is in academic good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Demonstrates success in his or her role as a student or employee either through longevity or improved work performance.
  • Reflects a professional and positive attitude and displays strong customer service skills (i.e., punctuality, attendance, and customer friendliness).
  • Not a UTSA full-time staff member.

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Outstanding New Professional Staff Member Award (Online Nomination Form)

The Outstanding New Professional Staff Member Award is presented to a Student Affairs staff member who has been employed full-time for less than three years in the Student Affairs profession (whether that be at UTSA or another institution).

Criteria

  • Must be a benefits eligible employee with less than 3 years in the Student Affairs profession.
  • Have a high degree of integrity and loyalty to the mission.
  • Performs all aspects of his or her job in an exemplary manner.
  • Promotes and maintains professionalism in his or her position.
  • Provides the highest level of service to Student Affairs and the university and willingly goes the extra mile.
  • Demonstrates strong, progressive leadership and accepts responsibilities with a positive attitude.

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Outstanding Support Staff Award (Online Nomination Form)

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.

Criteria

  • Must be a classified benefits eligible employee.
  • Promotes a positive environment and encourages collaboration within the office/department.
  • Accepts responsibility, respects other’s time, and possesses a high degree of integrity.
  • Provides exceptional service and support beyond normal job requirements which contributes to the success of the department’s work and to the UTSA community.
  • Demonstrates a professional attitude and excellent customer service, and participates in continuous training.

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Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award (Online Nomination Form)

The Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award is presented to a Student Affairs staff member who has been employed for three years or more in the Student Affairs profession (whether that be at UTSA or another institution).

Criteria

  • Must be a benefits eligible employee with 3 years or more in the Student Affairs profession.
  • Demonstrates high level of dedication, initiative and cooperation in their job responsibilities.
  • Shows commitment to programming and/or process improvement that contributes to the development of students and the division.
  • Displays a professional demeanor with students and staff.
  • Collaborates with other departments to create synergy across the division and university.
  • Directors and above are not eligible for this award.

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Outstanding Team Award (Online Nomination Form)

The Outstanding Team Award is presented to a unit or area that has exceeded normal job duties to offer the best customer service and/or programming to its constituents.

Team Criteria

  • Consists of at least 2 staff members who are benefits eligible employees in a unit or area.
  • Operates as a cohesive unit that works extremely well together, supporting the needs of each other including those outside their area, thereby creating strong personal and professional relationships.
  • Exhibits the ability to make sound decisions (as empowered) and operates with a high level of autonomy. Please cite example(s).
  • Provides exceptional service and support beyond normal job requirements which contributes to the success of the UTSA community and the team.
  • Is proactive. Their work recognizes the need for a program or process enhancement and puts forth the effort to make it happen.
  • Works collaboratively with other areas across the UTSA community.

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Outstanding Supervisory Award (Online Nomination Form)

This award goes to an individual whose leadership has directly impacted divisional/departmental development through their supervisory style. This award is given to an individual in a supervisory capacity. It is designed to acknowledge the leadership/guidance of a Supervisor/Manager serving as a catalyst for his or her staff to directly contribute to better serve the UTSA community.

Criteria

  • Leadership and management style contributing to the office/department or division goals or mission.
  • Measurable changes/accomplishments your office or department has achieved as a result of the nominee’s leadership (e.g. budget, programs, initiatives, etc.).
  • Track record for accepting responsibility at all levels (administrative, support, customer service, etc.).
  • Established rapport with all team members.
  • Professional demeanor.
  • Collaborative, positive attitude.
  • Invested in their role of the mission to make UTSA a top tier institution.

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Transformational Leadership Award (Online Nomination Form)

The Transformational Leadership Award is presented to a staff member who transforms our students into leaders of our community and beyond. The staff member exemplifies the leadership example we nurture our students to become by the commitment they have to UTSA and their years of exemplary service.

Past recipients include:

  • 2009 - Jan McKinney, Student Judicial Affairs
  • 2010 - Eliot Howard, Campus Recreation
  • 2011 - Barry McKinney, Student Activities
  • 2012 - Yvonne Pena, Student Leadership Center; Inclusion & Community Engagement Center
  • 2013 - Jennifer Ehlers, Undergraduate Admissions
  • 2014 - Lara Crouch, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
  • 2015 - Jamie Trevino, Student Recruitment Information Systems
  • 2016 - Cié Gee, Registrar

Criteria

  • Brings about transformation by creating a change in structure, appearance and/or character.
  • Shows commitment to UTSA students and the division through their actions throughout the years.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Student Affairs core values of dignity, respect, diversity, empowerment and innovation.
  • Enhances and innovates the quality of work in ways that significantly increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Is a leader in the development of a dynamic and diverse culture that facilitates learning and engages students.
  • Seeks to make interactions with students and colleagues intentional and meaningful.
  • Creates opportunities to spark transformation within students and Student Affairs staff.
  • Encourages colleagues to become transformational leaders.
  • Nominees should have at least 5 years of professional Student Affairs or Higher Education experience at UTSA or combined with another university or college experience.
  • This is the highest honor that a UTSA Student Affairs staff member can receive for their dedication to the division.

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Membership

Chair

  • Evelyn Betancourt-Martinez

Members

  • Virginia Getz
  • Nigel Harris
  • Nicholas Hernandez
  • Renee Hopkins
  • Audrey Magnuson
  • Samia Mansour
  • Georgina Martinez
  • Jennifer McDaniel
  • Teresa Parke
  • Vincent Perez
  • Amanda Perez
  • Kendra Pittman

Contact

Please contact Renee Hopkins if you're interested in joining the Awards and Recognition Team or have any questions or comments.

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