Recognition and Appreciation Committee

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

2023-2024 Recognition and Appreciation Committee Members

The Division of Student Life is grateful to the members of the 2023 Awards Selection Committee for their time and energy to select the most exceptional nominated candidate for each award. This year’s committee members include:

  • Laura Thomas, Professional Development, Committee Chair
  • Kayla Ballard, University Programs
  • Julie Salter, Student Media
  • Debbie Fish, Women and Gender Resource Center
  • Allison Espey, Center for Service and Leadership
  • Maria Pickren, Blackburn Institute
  • Teneshia Arnold, Student Involvement
  • Anna McJenkin, VPSL
  • Carlo Spalloni, University Recreation
  • Kristen Dubose, University Recreation
  • Scot Kirby, Housing and Residential Communities
  • Kelsey Atchison, SL Communication
  • Abby Wallace, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Joshua Brown, Professional Development

Employee Appreciation Day 2023

The Recognition and Appreciation Committee also offers appreciation events throughout the year and helps the division of student life staff celebrate each successful year. In 2023, the R&A committee hosted the inaugural Student Life Employee Appreciation Day which included events such as a staff cornhole tournament, a facilitated mindful/wellness walk, Staff Bingo and a family-friendly pool party. Please see below for some photos of the great day! Look for more updates and announcements in Weekly Newsletters for this year’s activities.

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