Division of Student Affairs

2016 Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony

The 2016 inaugural Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony recognized some of the many important contributions to the Division of Student Affairs’ mission. Awards were presented to staff in the following categories. Please help us congratulate those recognized:

Outstanding Student Award - Amber Morczek

The Division of Student Affairs wishes to commend Amber Morczek and recognize her dedication by presenting her with the Outstanding Student Award. Amber Morczek is a Ph.D. Candidate at Washington State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Her research interests include violence toward women, rape culture, pornography, and institutional corrections. Amber currently works at Washington State University Violence Prevention Programs educating students, faculty, and staff about gender-based violence, and the importance of bystander intervention.

Outstanding New Staff (5 Years & Under)- Adam Jussel

This year’s Outstanding News Staff Award recipient is Adam Jussel. Jussel serves as the Assistant Dead of Students and the Director of Student Conduct. Before his current role, Adam represented WSU as an assistant attorney general. His clients included disability services, athletics, student affairs and student conduct.

The Student Affairs Pillar Award - Edwin Hamada

Edwin Hamada is a recipient of this year’s Student Affairs Pillar Award. Hamada has called WSU home since 2002 where he now serves as the Director of Residence Life. He has over 30 years working in housing and higher education in the Northwest, California, and Illinois and has served as an ACUHO-I STARS Faculty member and various university committees. He has worked with some outstanding leaders in the past and his current team provides the foundation for the excellent work being done in the halls.

The Student Affairs Pillar Award- Gail Casper

The Division of Student Affairs congratulates Gail Casper on receiving the Student Affairs Pillar Award. Casper directs the WSU Upward Bound programs in Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket and Oroville high schools, a program she started 13 year ago. She leads a team of four coordinators, a program assistant and two tutors in providing services to 110 low-income potentially first generation students each year. Together they support students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, motivation and personal confidence they need to graduate from high school, enroll in post-secondary and complete a post-secondary education.

Community Partner Excellence Award- Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

For over 35 years, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse has been serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. From an entirely grassroots volunteer hotline and safe houses to a professional staff with offices in Latah and Whitman Counties, a 17-bed shelter, and multiple support groups, ATVP supports the community with free, confidential and nonjudgmental services offered 24/7, year round.

Commitment to Diversity Award - Marcela Pattinson

The Division of Student Affairs would like to recognize the work of Marcela Pattinson in her role of Assistant Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Washington State University. Through counseling, teaching, programing and cultural heritage, Pattinson has a unique perspective on the dynamics of higher education from the eyes of a bi-cultural individual. She looks at each student as a whole, recognizing that not all students learn the same way, and that social, cognitive, personal and emotional development is different for each all of which have a direct effects on student learning and retention.