The Division of Student Life celebrates the achievements and service of its staff and students, without whom we could not accomplish all we do.
The goal of the Awards and Recognition Committee is to create continuous recognition opportunities for staff and students within the division. The committee responsibilities will include managing and selecting divisional awards, enhancing the transparency of processes around award selection, encouraging participation in other awards throughout campus and our community and celebrating the constant achievements of our staff.
Any questions, comments or concerns may be directed to Laura Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates for awards may be nominated by anyone within the Division of Student Life and will be evaluated based on the information provided in the nomination form. Honorees will be selected in accordance with the award criteria listed below, based upon the degree of demonstrated excellence and the impact of the honoree’s actions as outlined in the nomination letter. Strong nominees may exhibit several of the characteristics listed below. The Awards Committee prefers nomination letters under one page in length and values quality over quantity. All submitted materials will be confidential.
Thank you for your interest in submitting an award nomination. Nominations are currently closed. Please check back in February 2023 to submit a nomination for the 2022-2023 awards.
The Division of Student Life is grateful to the members of the 2022 Awards Selection Committee for their time and energy to select the most exceptional nominated candidate for each award. Last year’s committee members include
The Division of Student Life Mission Excellence Award recognizes those staff who embody and exemplify the mission of maximizing student’s learning experiences through the focus of the strategic priorities established periodically. The recipient(s) of this award will reflect service leadership in promoting and enhancing strategic priorities to the enhancement of the campus community.
The Knopke Award is named for Dr. Harry J. Knopke, Vice President for Student Affairs from 1990 to 1997. This award is presented to Student Life outstanding office, technical, and clerical employees (formerly non-exempt employees) whose service to all our constituents is of an exceptional nature.
The Baier Award is named for Dr. Jack Baier, former Vice President for Student Affairs. This award is presented to Student Life outstanding managerial and administrative employees (formerly exempt employees) whose service to all our constituents is of an exceptional nature.
The Lawrence Award is named for Molly Lawrence, who retired as associate vice president for Student Affairs in 2016. To celebrate her 45-year long career at the Capstone, this award was created in her honor in 2020. Lawrence was known throughout her career as an intelligent and creative problem solver. With her calm and steadying presence, she is devoted to The University of Alabama and its students. This award is presented to individuals or teams within the Division of Student Life who have demonstrated outstanding internal collaboration and whose service to the University, Student Life, and our students is of an exceptional nature.
The Penny Allen Award was established in 1983 to honor Professor Emeritus Sara B. Penny Allen’s selfless service, unfailing commitment, leadership and contributions to student life at UA. She was a social worker for many years at Bryce Hospital, a teacher at The School of Social Work at UA, and chair of the University Union Board of Governors. She valued the Union, now The University of Alabama Student Center, because of its role in unifying campus and bringing diverse populations together. The award is given to one faculty or staff member at UA.
This award is given to Student Life undergraduate and graduate student(s) whose service to all our constituents is of an exceptional nature. Awards will be given in three (3) categories:
The Todd Award is named for Dr. Sybil Todd, Vice President for Student Affairs from 1998 to 2003. This award is presented to individuals or organizations outside of the Division of Student Life who have demonstrated excellence in partnership and whose service to all our constituents is of an exceptional nature.