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Memorialís student services sweep Atlantic awards ceremony

Clockwise from left: Zaren Healey White, Andrew Harvey, Erin Dorey and Travis Perry.
By Mandy Cook

Student Affairs and Services (SAS) at Memorial were recognized for excellence in the Atlantic region recently.

SAS swept the award ceremony at the Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services’ (AACUSS) annual spring conference in Saint John, N.B., from May 30-June 2.

Of the four award categories, Memorial claimed three prizes, and was also awarded two different grants.

Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services, said the devoted staff in her division has created their own success.

“The student service professionals at Memorial embrace innovation,” she said.

“Upbeat, responsive and energetic, they invest their talents in developing programs that recognize what students need to make the most of the Memorial experience.”

Staff members from the Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB), the Off Campus Housing Office and the Residence Life Office have been recognized with both individual awards and grants – valued at $500 a piece.

The SVB garnered the AACUSS Award for Excellence in Student Services. The honour is given annually to a member of AACUSS or a department within Student Services at a member institution that has demonstrated excellence over the previous year. As one of only a handful of student-run resource centres at a Canadian university, the bureau was recognized for its energy and drive – as well as its valuable programs and services such as the longstanding annual Volunteer Day ceremony and the Volunteer Incentive Program.
Off Campus Housing co-ordinator Andrew Harvey was singled out for the Dr. Richard Papenhausen Award for New Professionals. The award recognizes outstanding new professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to serving students and to the development of skills and knowledge in the student services field.

Erin Dorey, an officer with the Residence Life Office, garnered a travel grant and the St. John’s Off Campus Housing office was awarded a special projects grant to hire an off campus helper who will welcome new students during the fall semester. He or she will be a liaison between the students and the programming, support and services made available to them at Memorial.

And rounding out the sweep was an award for the dean herself. Dr. Walker was honoured with the Award of Merit – the highest honour the association can give to one of its members. As an SAS employee, Mr. Harvey said the dean’s presence in the division is “inspiring.”

“I know that I will be supported in offering innovative and creative ways to reach out and connect to students at the Off Campus Housing office,” he said. “Dr. Walker, and her infectious enthusiasm and passion for helping students, permeates the division and makes its way into my own work and that of my colleagues. Her resilience and attitude is an inspiration to me personally, and professionally.”