Student Affairs staff honored at Inspiring Excellence Awards

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Student Affairs staff honored at Inspiring Excellence Awards

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Students awarded at annual Inspiring Excellence Awards.

During an afternoon reception, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Laurie Bellows recognized more than 20 staff members for their outstanding contributions over the past year.

Hosted at Willa Cather Dining Center on May 20, the annual Inspiring Excellence Awards celebrated individuals and teams for their efforts to cultivate student success through engagement, well-being and a commitment to diversity.

The following individuals and cross-functional teams were recognized:

Award Recipients


Recognizes an individual, group or organization that is not part of Student Affairs but who has partnered with our units in a significant manner and made meaningful contributions.

Jenni Brost (Director, New Student Enrollment)


Recognizes individuals or groups who promote a sense of belonging through programs, words, and behaviors, and by modeling advocacy and social justice through their actions.

Dan Hudson (Residence Director, University Housing) Brittany Meiners (Digital Communications Coordinator, Student Affairs Marketing and Communication)


Recognizes individuals or groups 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.

Kenji Madison (Associate Director, Big Red Resilience and Well-being) Deb McConahie (Assistant Director of Residence Life, University Housing)


Recognizes individuals or groups who help foster diverse, accessible and caring communities that promote full and equal participation and respect each individual’s personal stories.

Student Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council


Recognizes individuals and/or units who seek new and creative solutions to challenges facing our campus and community.

Jeff Filbert (Financial Analyst, Student Affairs Business Services) Karen Standley (Senior Business Manager, Student Affairs Business Services) Student Conduct and Community Standards


Recognizes individuals who embody inclusive leadership, and further the development of ethical, responsible and collaborative leaders.

Selma De Anda Gallegos (Eductional Specialist, TRIO) Abby Groth (Assistant Director, Learning Communities)

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Campus Impact

Recognizes a Student Affairs unit for its significant impact on students and the campus community.

Counseling and Psychological Services

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