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WSU Division of Student Affairs Recognition


During the May all-staff meeting, the Division of Student Affairs recognized the work of three outstanding departments, each which embody one of the division’s models of practice: Student-Driven, Seamless Learning, and Academic & Student Affairs Collaboration.   

Student-Driven: Office for Access and Opportunity

The division recognized the efforts of the Office for Access and Opportunity and its focus on students historically underserved in higher education, particularly through its unique program, 1st Gen Abroad. Driven by student interest and need, the program empowers students by providing them with the additional financial and academic support they may require to study abroad for five weeks in the summer successfully. This opportunity enables students to exercise self-efficacy and gain confidence, leadership skills, and global awareness. 

To date, 1st Gen Abroad has provided study abroad experiences to 86 first-generation students and has received national recognition for innovation. The program is gearing up for the next cohort of 25 students to study abroad this summer in Seville, Spain.

Seamless Learning: Center for Community Standards

The Center for Community Standards was acknowledged for its commitment to developing and implementing best practices that contributed to building seamless learning experiences for students involved with the standards of conduct process. Overall changes to the department, implemented this past January, have resulted in stronger collaboration and shared initiatives between faculty, staff, and students which foster a supportive and positive environment for the entire campus community.

Furthermore, the Center for Community standards strengthened its partnerships with other campus units including Cougar Health Services, the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Residence Life and the Office for Equal Opportunity.

Academic & Student Affairs Collaboration: Center for Civic Engagement

With partnerships across the university, the Center for Civic Engagement was honored for its efforts in developing a shared educational mission and language concerning student learning and success through its service learning projects. The center collaborates with over 50 faculty annually to incorporate community engagement and connections into coursework to enhance students learning and increasing student success.

Additionally, this partnership has yielded data that shows significant associations between service learning intervention and academic success, illustrating, in part, the value of collaborative learning environments.

Read more about the Division of Student Affairs models of practice here.

Division staff also received an acknowledgment of institutional and national awards.

National Recognition

  • Sarah Chapman, Faculty/Staff of the Month for September 2018, National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH)
  • Neil Manning, Rodie-Keintz Outstanding Staff Mentor Award, Associated College Unions International (ACUI)
  • Dan Welter, Fraternity and Sorority Life Knowledge Community’s Distinguished Service Award, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

Campus & Local Recognition

  • Manuel Acevedo, Phil and Norma Duran Alumni Spotlight Award, WSU Latinx Alumni Association
  • Ben Calabretta, Service to Commission, City of Moscow
  • Kyle Cance, Partner of Distinction, TRIO Awards
  • Abby Howard, Staff Woman of Distinction, Washington State University
  • Kari Sampson, Crimson Spirit Award, WSU Human Resource Services



  • Student-Driven- Housing & Dining Maintenance
  • Seamless Learning- University Recreation
  • Academic & Student Affairs Collaboration - Gender Identity/Expression Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC)

National Recognition 

  • Andrew Beck, Washington State New Professional Award, NWACUHO
  • Berto Cerrillo, Shelley K. Bannish Award for Outstanding Staff Advisor, National Association for Campus Activities West
  • Mary Jo Gonzales, Pillar of the Profession Award, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Matthew Jeffries, Service to NASPA Award & Exemplary Program Award for the Undocuqueer Conference, NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community
  • Marcela Pattinson, Exemplary Program Award for the Undocuqueer Conference, NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community
  • Rudy Trejo, Outstanding Leadership Program of the Year Award for the Tier Three Leadership Program, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Campus Recognition 

  • Paula Adams, WSU President’s Employee Excellence Award
  • Kate Gannon-Cullinan, WSU Administrative Professional Contribution Award
  • Rochelle Dach, ASWSU Faculty-Staff Appreciation
  • Dominique Faga’autau, ASWSU Faculty-Staff Appreciation
  • Megan Harre, ASWSU Faculty-Staff Appreciation
  • Housing Custodial Services, WSU President’s Safety, Health, and Security Committee Award
  • Nicholas Hudson, ASWSU Faculty-Staff Appreciation
  • Jacqui LaCroix, WSU President’s Safety, Health, and Security Committee Award
  • Dan Maher, Pullman Walk of Fame - WSU President’s & Distinguished members of the WSU Community Pullman Chamber of Commerce
  • Michelle McIlvoy, WSU Vancouver Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award
  • University Recreation Risk Management & Safety Committee, WSU President’s Safety, Health, and Security Committee Award