Faculty and Staff Awards

Acorn Award

Call for Nominations

The Division of Student Affairs has established an annual award program to honor the outstanding accomplishments of members of our division. Awards have been designed to reflect the division’s strategic goals through the 2012-2018 strategic plandoc icon

Please help us recognize and reward those division members who have provided outstanding service to our students, division or university community in the 2016–2017 academic year.

This year we will be using an online form to collect the nominations. Deadline for nominations is July 17, 2017.


Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients

  • Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Campus Community Award—Tavianna Williams – Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Program Award—Kelsey O’Hara, David Andrews, and John Lemaire – Hokie Wellness
  • Partnership Award—Eleanor Finger, Ken Belcher, Bill Hess, Anthony Purcell, Rial Carver, Joe Edens, Tanushri Shankar, Amelia Smith, Denny Cochrane, Steve Mauras, and Emily Schosid – Dining Services, Housing & Residence Life, Student Government Association, and the Office of Sustainability
  • Service Award—Courtenay Mullins – Housing and Residence Life
  • Networked Society Award—Rachel DeBusk, Joe Pahl, and Holly Paulette – Communications and Innovative Technologies


Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Campus Community Award

The Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Campus Community Award

Presented to the DSA employee or group of employees that promotes the development of community. This award relates to the division’s strategic goal of Fostering Globalization and Inclusive Excellence. Criteria or qualities may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

  • Builds inclusive, supportive, caring, just, and diverse communities, either locally or at a global level
  • Exemplifies the Principles of Community
  • Promotes cultural and multi-generational awareness
  • Values and celebrates diversity
  • Demonstrates respect and compassion for others
  • Contributes to a welcoming environment in the department, division, and/or university


Program Award

The Program Award

Presented to the DSA employee or group of employees that plans and executes an outstanding learning-focused program. Nominations for this award should include information on the nature of the experience or event and learning outcomes achieved. This award relates to the division’s strategic goal of Impacting Learning Environments. Criteria or qualities may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

  • Assists students to develop coherent values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes servant leadership development and citizenship
  • Engages students through experiential options, individual and group conversations, and/or reflections that promote personal and professional knowledge, skill and character development
  • Supports the Principles of Community in thoughtful and engaging ways that encourage inclusive excellence
  • Develops broad and successful relationships with public, private, and non-profit organizations to increase student experiential learning opportunities
  • Enhances understanding of the importance of student health and overall wellness by maintaining a healthy balance academically, physically, emotionally, nutritionally, professionally, and socially
  • Creates spaces that promote and encourage academic engagement and student success in integrated ways
  • Contributes to first year student experiences as a collaborative partner to enhance the learning process


Partnership Award

The Partnership Award

Presented to DSA employee or group of employees that succeeds with a collaborative effort or partnership across the division or university. This award relates to the division’s strategic goal of Creating a Culture of Collaboration and Organizational Efficiency. Criteria or qualities may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

  • Adheres to professional standards and demonstrates ethical behavior
  • Serves as a steward for the Division of Student Affairs
  • Fosters new or expands and builds upon existing dynamic collaborative relationships that advance student engagement and/or learning
  • Enhances communication across the DSA
  • Streamlines and strengthens programs and services
  • Exemplifies teamwork and collaboration across department, division, university, or local/global communities
  • Enhances efficiency, effectiveness across different departments
  • Utilizes resources collaboratively to achieve institutional missions and goals


Service Award

The Service Award

Presented to the DSA employee or group of employees that is dedicated to providing high quality service to students or contributes to a service or administrative function that directly or indirectly enhances student life. This award relates to the division’s strategic goal of Enhancing Our Facilities. Criteria or qualities may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

  • Models and communicates a service orientation
  • Enriches the quality of campus life by providing facilities that offer a welcoming environment
  • Addresses the needs of our differently-abled students
  • Enhances services to students by suggesting more efficient or effective ways in which to perform work
  • Solicits and utilizes feedback from students in order to improve services
  • Supports our commitment to sustainability
  • Maintains, promotes, and improves the condition of facilities, providing clean safe campus environments


Networked Society Award

Networked Society Award

Presented to DSA employee or group of employees that integrate technology and digital fluency into our programs and services to enhance service delivery or better engage students in learning. This award relates to the division’ s strategic goal of Embracing a Networked Society. Criteria or qualities may include, but are not limited to, one of the following:

  • Contributes to a better understanding of the role of technology within the organization and its economic, social, and cultural impacts
  • Maintains the “human touch” in technological advances or applications
  • Harnesses technology to improve access to or quality of programs or services offered
  • Expands and enhances services or programs offered to distance learning students
  • Provides opportunities for students and staff to fully embrace technology or to participate in digital communities
  • Enables division employees to effectively utilize or engage in dialogue about technology
  • Provides students and staff with the skills to understand, engage and critically analyze social media environments