Division of Student Affairs

Division Awards & Honors

Student Affairs Annual Awards and Recognition.

The Division of Student Affairs staff awards program was established to give recognition to individuals, departments, and work groups displaying outstanding efforts.

Creating Experiences For Life

The Division of Student Affairs creed, "Creating Experiences for Life," promotes well-being, personal development, and commitment to the common good through transforming experiences. Staff and students are passionate about enriching campus life. Our community actively and reflectively engages in healthy interactions that respect the diversity of individuals and groups. We use emerging developmental theories, resources, and technology to thoroughly understand our students and their cultures. The Division of Student Affairs is a valued and integral partner in the academic process. We are a unique educational community fostering creativity and excellence.

The Awards Process

Each award is described below including previous award winners and criterion for the award. A committee composed of the prior year's recipient of the Friend of the Division Award and members of the university community, outside of the Division of Student Affairs will select award recipients. Awards will be announced at the Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Luncheon.

The Nomination Process

You may nominate yourself or other individuals for each award. If you would like to nominate a colleague for an individual award and need more information, contact the individual's supervisor or administrative support representative to receive appropriate information.

The selection committee will consider the quality of the nominations and how the individual meets the criteria for the award. If there is a question regarding your nomination, you will be contacted.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Justin Edwards via email.

Tips for Making a Great Nomination:

  • Please keep in mind that the selection committee is composed of members outside of our division.
  • Please provide specific examples of a nominee's service and/or achievements.
  • Fill out the nomination form and make sure you highlight the award for which you are nominating!
  • Please be detailed!
  • Email the form as an attachment to the designated Awards Committee staff person.
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.
  • Feel free to contact the nominee's supervisor for input/suggestions on writing a great nomination, especially if you are unfamiliar with all of the nominee's responsibilities.

Awards Descriptions


Student Affairs Service Award Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes outstanding service and exemplary leadership that embodies the characteristics listed below. This is the highest recognition within the division. The recipient of this award will also be nominated for the UNCW Award of Excellence. Recognition will be for one or more of the following:

  1. Demonstrates ongoing service to others within the Division of Student Affairs, campus and/or the community
  2. Maintains a consistent positive attitude
  3. Exceeds expectations and responsibilities in job performance
  4. Exemplifies a commitment to excellence
  5. Nurtures an environment of openness and acceptance
  6. Celebrates the unique qualities within the division and/or within the student population


  • Ryanne Miller, 2019-2020
  • Timothy Lewis, 2018-2019
  • Nicole Fedders, 2017-2018
  • Dr. Rebecca Rampe, 2016-2017
  • Tiffani Idol, 2015-2016
  • Amy Hector, 2014-2015
  • Jaime Russell, 2013-2014
  • Trisha Tinney, 2012-2013
  • Ann Glossl, 2011-2012
  • Will Wilkinson, 2010-2011
  • Thom Rakes, 2009-2010
  • Jennie McNeilly, 2008-2009
  • Carolyn Farley, 2007-2008
  • Rebecca Caldwell, 2006-2007
  • Brad Reid, 2005-2006
  • Diane S Reed, 2004-2005
  • Jeff Lesley, 2003-2004
  • Judy Bowers, 2002-2003
  • Andrea Dorow, 2001-2002
  • LaRonda Brewer, 2000-2001
  • Judy Bowers, 1999-2000
  • Amy Lanham, 1998-1999
  • Karla Carney, 1997-1998

(FKA Outstanding Achiever Award)
(0-2 years service in the division)

Outstanding Newcomer Award Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes exemplary commitment related to the department/division or field:
  1. Positively impacts, engages, and/or supports the UNCW community
  2. Continually strives for excellence in job performance
  3. Engages in professional development in ways such as attending and/or presenting at workshops/conferences, reading articles/journals, and participating in committees
  4. Excel in their services and exceed expectations in their less than 2 years service with the division as a new employee


  • Cierra Clark, 2019-2020
  • Holly Smith, 2018-2019
  • Ebony Woffard, 2017-2018
  • Amber Resetar, 2016-2017
  • Chelsea Smart, 2015-2016
  • Dr. Amy Cavanaugh, 2014-2015
  • Sonja Ardoin, 2013-2014
  • Stefanie Mancuso, 2012-2013
  • Adam Hall, 2011-2012
  • Jim Dolan, 2010-2011
  • Christina Logan, 2009-2010
  • Jennifer Smist, 2008-2009
  • Larissa LaCour, 2007-2008
  • Aimee Hourigan, 2006-2007
  • Dana McKoy, 2005-2006
  • Craig Wymer, 2004-2005
  • Shannon Hooker, 2003-2004
  • Jessica Burtt, 2002-2003
  • Kayj Okine, 2001-2002
  • Nicole Hinson, 2000-2001
  • Kate Temoney, 1999-2000
  • Teresa Lee, 1998-1999

(Administrative Staff Only)

Heather Smith Award Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes the involvement and/or leadership of the person(s) behind the scenes who:

  1. Contributes to the overall development of a department, program, division, or goals
  2. Goes above and beyond expectations
  3. Sets a foundation for events, programs, or activities by coordinating critical operations


  • Susan Smith, 2019-2020
  • Betsy Terkeltoub, 2018-2019
  • Lauren Auton, 2017-2018
  • Brenda Morse, 2016-2017
  • Curtis Bohnsack, 2015-2016
  • Becca Edens, 2014-2015
  • Gina Speight, 2013-2014
  • Tina Riley, 2012-2013
  • Cathy Murphy, 2011-2012
  • Lisa Boyd, 2010-2011
  • David Parker, 2009-2010
  • Becky Stancil, 2008-2009
  • Abby Knight, 2007-2008
  • Jason Davis, 2006-2007
  • Tina Strickland, 2005-2006
  • Bill DiNome, 2004-2005
  • Thomas Cone, 2003-2004
  • Peggy Hendrix, 2002-2003


Outstanding Program / Initiative Award Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes the individual or group that demonstrates one or more of the following:

  1. Supports current issues and interests of students and/or faculty and staff
  2. Provides a quality educational program/initiative with innovative ideas and goals
  3. Demonstrates a cutting edge style, a new initiative, and/or a new spin on an old program/initiative
  4. Goes above and beyond expectations in the planning and delivery of a program/initiative


  • Healthy Hawks, 2019-2020
  • Hawk's Harvest Food Pantry, 2018-2019
  • Supplemental Instruction Program, 2017-2018
  • UNCW Campus Art Walk, 2016-2017
  • Taking Flight, 2015-2016
  • Choose to Reuse Initiative, Housing & Residence Life, 2014-2015
  • Collegiate Recovery Community, Rebecca Caldwell, 2013-2014
  • Connecting Crossroads in NC, UNCW Presents, Shane Fernando, 2012-2013
  • Sophomore Year Experience Program Seahawk Crossing Residential Area, Lindsey McDaniel, 2011-2012
  • Junk to Funk, Shane Fernando, 2010-2011
  • The Jobs Project, Career Center & RU D15tracted?, Crossroads and Housing and Residence Life, 2009-2010
  • Mixed Messages: Alcohol, Sex, and Consent, Adam Tate, 2008-2009
  • Galloway Goes Green - Lindsey Cooper, 2007-2008
  • Tunnel of Oppression, Annahita Smedal, 2006-2007
  • Sound Mind in a Sound Body, 2005-2006
  • Campus Recreation, 2004-2005
  • Housing & Residence Life, 2003-2004
  • Crossroads, 2002-2003
  • Nicole Hinson, Wellness Services and Kayj Okine, Counseling Center, 2001-2002
  • Office of the Dean of Students, 2000-2001


Outstanding Team Award Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes the department, committee, or special project group for the following:
  1. Demonstrates exceptional group cohesiveness
  2. Displays a team effort that implements one or more of the following:
    • High quality outcomes
    • Professional development
    • Programs and/or creation of new programs
  3. Demonstrates overall service to the Division of Student Affairs, UNCW campus, and/or the community


  • Student Health Center, 2019-2020
  • Housing & Residence Life, 2018-2019
  • ELEVATE Leadership Summit Facilitator Team, 2017-2018
  • Conferences, Events & Reservations, 2016-2017
  • Violence Prevention Collaborative, 2015-2016
  • Competitive Sports Team, 2014-2015
  • CARE and CROSSROADS, 2013-2014
  • Reservations and Event Services Office, 2012-2013
  • Arts and Programs, 2011-2012
  • Office of the Dean of Students, 2010-2011
  • Student Health Center, 2009-2010
  • Health Promotion: Trisha Schleicher and Alice Merritt, 2008-2009
  • Housing & Residence Life Maintenance Staff, 2007-2008
  • Building Services, 2006-2007
  • Campus Activities & Involvement, 2005-2006
  • Office of Housing & Residence Life, 2004-2005
  • Activities & Involvement & Transition Programs, 2003-2004
  • Building Services, Union, 2002-2003
  • Career Services, 2001-2002
  • Campus Activities and Leadership, 2000-2001
  • Campus Recreation, 1999-2000


Friend of the Division Nomination Form

The Division of Student Affairs recognizes an individual outside of the division who:

  1. Provides consistent and continuous support to the division
  2. Contributes to the mission of the division in a variety of ways
  3. Goes above and beyond in providing assistance to staff and programs of the division


  • Sister Rosemary McNamara, UNCW Catholic Campus Ministry, 2019-2020
  • Justine Hollingshead, NC State, 2018-2019
  • Janine Iamunno, 2018-2019
  • Dr. Katherine Bruce, Honors College, 2017-2018
  • Siobhan Norris, Military Affairs, 2016-2017
  • Jemilia Davis, University College, 2015-2016
  • Sharon Boyd, Business Affairs, 2014-2015
  • Captain Christopher Padgett, UPD, 2013-2014
  • Office of General Counsel, 2013-2014
  • Thomas Cone, Office of University Relations, 2012-2013
  • Robert Warren, Landscape Services, Physical Plant, 2011-2012
  • Jermaine Bozier, ARAMARK, 2010-2011
  • Liz Grimes, Human Resources, 2009-2010
  • Bob Russell, Budget Office, 2008-2009
  • Art & Art History - Andi Steele, 2007-2008
  • Office of International Programs, Kara Pike, 2006-2007
  • Communication Studies: Chair Frank Trimble, 2005-2006
  • Eileen Goldgeier, 2004-2005

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