Excellence

Celebrating achievements by students and staff in life at UD
Outstanding Students
2020 Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Leaders
Benjamin Aghajanian, Yaw Aidoo, Ethan Kempner, Kendra Knopp, Samantha Laba, Julianna Lubbe, Joe Marchese, Valerie Pascale, Melissa Rosales, Kaitlin Shorr, Angel Townsend, Mallory Wettengel
2019 George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award
Nana Ohemaa Asante ’21 received the 2019 George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award from the Office of the Dean of Students for embodying the We Are Blue Hens values of respect, openness, engagement, mentorship and innovation.
2019 Grossman Memorial Award
Ilana Valins ’19 received the 2019 Grossman Memorial Award from the University Student Centers for outstanding contributions to campuswide, co-curricular programs. The recipient must demonstrate a high quality of leadership and organizational ability in helping plan and present outstanding campus programs and activities.
2019 Grossman Memorial Award
Taurence Chisholm Jr. ’19 received the 2019 Grossman Memorial Award from the University Student Centers for outstanding contributions to campuswide, co-curricular programs. The recipient must demonstrate a high quality of leadership and organizational ability in helping plan and present outstanding campus programs and activities.
2019 Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Leaders
These top ten senior fraternity and sorority leaders made positive change within their organization, council, or community, role modeled behavior for other students, and advanced the mission of their respective organization or council:

Allan Carlsen, Victoria Cappadora, Courtney Cowger, Alexa Craig, Tyler Dvorak, Sarah Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Spencer Lawson, Andrea Ludman, Jillian Solomon, Malachi Walker

2018 George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award
Adolphus Fletcher ’20 received the 2018 George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award from the Office of the Dean of Students for embodying the We Are Blue Hens values of respect, openness, engagement, mentorship and innovation.
Outstanding Staff
2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Scott Mason received a 2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for championing many new program initiatives, as well as advising and mentoring hundreds of students throughout his tenure with the University Student Centers.
2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Sharon Lee received a 2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for her many contributions, creativity, and social justice work in the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Heather Maginnis received a 2019 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for her strategic, successful and collaborative contributions to the expansion of resources in Student Diversity and Inclusion.
2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Adam Helgeson received a 2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for his profound impact on Residence Life and Housing through relationship building, cultivation of expertise, steadfast commitment for student success, and unmatched capacity to build mutually beneficial relationships.
2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Lisa Sweder received a 2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for her professionalism, calm demeanor, kind voice and caring spirit in working with students through the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award
Nicole Long received a 2018 Student Life Outstanding Service Award for supporting collaborative assessment efforts that have enabled the Division of Student Life to better communicate the value of our work, and enhanced academic support for the University’s NCAA student-athletes.
Departmental Achievements
Office of Student Conduct, recognized with 2020 Spotlight Award by Fraternity and Sorority Leadership & Learning

Sexual Offense Support (SOS), SWHP, honored with 2019 Wellness Leadership Award in Emotional Wellbeing by Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Student Wellness & Health Promotion, awarded 2019 Impact Award by EVERFI for sexual assault prevention efforts

Student Health Services, achieved Gold Campus 2019 designation for the University of Delaware through Exercise is Medicine

Fraternity and Sorority Leadership & Learning, College Panhellenic Council recognized for excellence and achievement in 2018 operations by National Panhellenic Conference

Student Services for Athletes and Student Wellness & Health Promotion, awarded 2018 NCAA Choices Grant for alcohol abuse prevention efforts

Student Wellness & Health Promotion, awarded 2018 Impact Award by EVERFI for alcohol abuse prevention efforts

Presentations
Leveraging Public Data Through Automated Collection for Program Assessment and Improvement
Presented at to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) by Anna Holtzman, UD Career Center

Leveraging Public Data Through Automated Collection for Program Assessment and Improvement [PDF]

First-Gen Network: Creating Community Based on Assets
Presented at the 2018 annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education by Jaishel Linch Bennett, Jessica Jackson, Jade Carcamo, Danielle Barefoot and Adam Cantley
Diversity and Assessment Partnerships: Exploring the Metrics of Student Success
Presented at the 2018 annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education by Nicole Long and Stephanie Chang

Diversity and Assessment Partnerships [PDF]

From Alternative to First Choice: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Successful Late Night Weekend Programming
Presented at the 2018 annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education by Meaghan Davidson, Cara White and Nicole Long

From Alternative to First Choice_ Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Successful Late Night Weekend Programming [PPT]

Undocumented and DACAmented Students: Creating Connections to Support Success
Presented at the 2018 annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education by Adam Cantley and José-Luis Riera

Undocumented and DACAmented Students: Creating Connections to Support Success [PPT]

Proactive, Educationally-Centered, and Innovative Student Affairs and Campus Police Collaborations
Presented at the 2018 annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education by Adam Cantley and José-Luis Riera with Chief Patrick Ogden and Captain Jason Pires of UD Police

Proactive, Educationally-Centered, and Innovative Student Affairs and Campus Police Collaborations [PDF]

★ Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training: A New Program for International Scholars
Awarded best session at the 2017 regional, and presented at the 2018 annual conference for NAFSA: Association for International Educators by Matthew McMahon with Naomi Murphy of UD’s Office for International Students and Scholars

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Education for International Scholars [PPT]

Publications
The Curricular Approach to Student Affairs
by Kathleen G. Kerr, Keith E. Edwards, James F. Tweedy, Hilary Lichterman and Amanda R. Knerr
The Journal of College and University Housing
A Framework for Increasing Housing and Residence Life Staff Capacity and Confidence to Develop and Implement a Residential Curriculum (May 2019)
by Christina Stauffer and Dillon Kimmel
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Scholar-Practitioner Finds His ‘Home’ in Residential Life (December 2018)
featuring Jim Tweedy
Trans* Policies & Experiences in Housing & Residence Life
Edited by Jason C. Garvey, Stephanie H. Chang, Z Nicolazzo and Rex Jackson
Foreword by Kathleen G. Kerr
Older Publications
The Social Change Model: Facilitating Leadership Development
Chapter 3: Applying the Social Change Model of Leadership Development through the Use of Case Studies
by José-Luis Riera and Matthew L. Creasy
Service
Association of Recovery in Higher Education
Jessica Estok, assistant director for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, elected to the inaugural Advisory Council of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education
NASPA | Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Lucy Delgado, program coordinator for Student Diversity and Inclusion, elected 2020 Region 2 Representative for the Gender and Sexualities Knowledge Community
AAEE: American Association for Employment in Education
Cindy Holland, assistant director of UD Career Center, elected 2019 president of AAEE (three year term)
NODA: Association for Orientation • Transition • Retention in Higher Education
Heather Maginnis, director of Orientation and Transition Programs, elected 2019 president of NODA (three year term)
Christian Williams, Orientation and Transition Programs, selected by editors of The Advocate to represent Delaware as a 2020 Champion of Pride

Lucy Delgado, Student Diversity and Inclusion, honored with 2020 Staff Triangle Award from UD Pride Caucus

R. Lynn Sydnor-Epps, UD Career Center, served as a panelist on the Exploring Difference: Bachelor’s and Master’s Transitions 20 Years after Bologna Panel Discussion for the German American Fulbright Commission

Nathan Elton, UD Career Center, served as a panelist on the the Closing the Mentoring Gap Panel Discussion for the 2019 American Council on Education Annual Meeting

Angela Seguin, SWHP, awarded 2019 Visionary Voice Award by National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Tierra Fields, RLH, named 2019 Outstanding Experienced Professional [PDF] by American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Ryan Taylor, RLH graduate assistant, named Outstanding Graduate Student Staff Member by ACPA: American College Personnel Association

Jay Patel, USC, honored with Staff Service Award by Hispanic Latino Graduate Student Association and UD Office of Graduate & Professional Education

Jennie Maslow, SWHP, recognized for Excellence in Continuing Education by the National Board for Certified Counselors

Joyce Henderson, CSC, awarded 2018 UD Diversity Ambassador Award

Vincent Jackson, OSC, awarded 2018 Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Founders’ Award by ACUI: Association of College Unions International

Susan Luchey, USC, named to 2018 Inter-association Leadership Education Collaborative representing the Association of Leadership Educators

Amne Harrington, FSLL, selected as 2018 Editor of Essentials for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors

Outstanding Student Groups
Lucy Delgado, Outstanding RSO Advisor 2020

Pi Beta Phi, Excellence in Community Service/Philanthropy 2020

Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion 2020

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Outstanding Educational Program 2020

Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Impact Award 2020

James Smith/Thomas McKean residence halls, Outstanding First-Year Community 2019

Cannon Hall Ground Floor and 1st Floor, Outstanding Upper Division Community 2019

DE Repertory Dance Company, Social Media / Outstanding Photo 2019

Hola, Social Media / Outstanding Event Flyer 2019

Alpha Pi Omega, Social Media / Outstanding Instagram 2019

Synergy Fashion Group, Social Media / Outstanding Use of Video 2019

Harrington Theatre Arts Company, Social Media / Outstanding Website 2019

Alpha Phi Omega, Social Media / Overall Achievement 2019

DE African Student Association, Cultural RSO, Overall Achievement 2019

The Rubber Chickens, Performing Arts RSO, Overall Achievement 2019

Puppy Raisers Organization at UD, Service RSO, Overall Achievement 2019

Hola, Outstanding Cultural Awareness Program 2019

Asian and Pacific Islander Student Association, Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion Program 2019

SCPAB, Outstanding Performing Arts Program 2019

E-52 Student Theatre, Outstanding Innovative Program 2019

Active Minds, Outstanding Campus Impact Program 2019

Alpha Phi Omega, Outstanding Community Service 2019

Assistive Medical Technologies, 2019 Udance Philanthropy 2019

The New, Outstanding New RSO 2019

The Lavender Programming Board, Outstanding Lecture 2019

Hillel, Outstanding Wellness Program 2019

SCPAB, Outstanding Programming Series 2019

Jewish Religious Life, Outstanding Collaborative Program 2019

Engineers Without Borders, Academic RSO Overall Achievement 2019

Staff Certifications and Degrees
Allison Banbury, Center for Counseling and Student Development, became the first Certified Koru Teacher in the state of Delaware through The Center for Koru Mindfulness

Jessica Estok, Student Wellness and Health Promotion, achieved certification for Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from International Association of Trauma Professionals

Lindsey Baltz, Rachel Coppola, Amber Ridgeway, and Rachel Stargatt, all of UD Career Center, achieved certification in Strong Interest Inventory Certification from The Myers-Briggs Company

Lindsey Baltz, Rachel Coppola, Nichole Hitchner, Amber Ridgeway, and Rachel Stargatt, all of UD Career Center, achieved certification in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) from Myers & Briggs Foundation

Gabriela Coleman, UD Career Center, achieved certification in Graphic Design from Wilmington University

Jen Laird and Amber Ridgeway, UD Career Center, achieved certification for Career Coaching from National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)

Karen DeMonte and Joe Bozzo, RLH, achieved certification for Analytics: Optimizing Big Data through UD Professional & Continuing Studies

Joe Bozzo and Lisa Sorantino, RLH, achieved certification for Associate Professional in Human Resources through HRCI: HR Certification Institute

Ivet Ziegelbauer Tweedy, RLH, achieved certification for Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through HRCI: HR Certification Institute

Sierra Grayson, RLH, achieved certification for Business Essentials through UD Professional & Continuing Studies

Melissa Bader-Huesgen, RLH, achieved certification for Utilization of active learning methods to increase engagement, enhance retention, and improve performance through NASAGA: North American Simulation and Gaming Association

Lauren Zahour, RLH, achieved certification in Gehring Academy through Mary Beth Mackin Foundations of Professional Practice Track

Melissa Bader-Huesgen, RLH, achieved certification for LEAD Ally through UD Office of Equity & Inclusion

Melissa Bader-Huesgen, RLH, achieved certification for Provisional Level, National Advocate through NACP: National Advocate Credentialing Program

Heather Tansley, CSC, graduating in 2019 with Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware

Aylin Kaya, CCSD doctoral intern, graduating in 2019 with Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland

Alyssa Quenzel, CCSD doctoral intern, graduating in 2019 with Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University

Tamaki Silver, CCSD doctoral intern, graduating in 2019 with Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University

Ge Song, CCSD doctoral intern, graduating in 2019 with Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University

Kristin Rolnick, RLH, graduating in 2019 with MBA from the University of Delaware

Celia Foster, CSC, graduating in 2019 with Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware

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