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Award Winners


Joe Paul Rising Stars


2017 Recipient

Lydia Pierce, Coordinator for Conference Services

"Lydia has made a huge impact in a small amount of time. I am very confident she will only continue to flourish . . . [she] definitely embodies Joe Paul’s encouraging phrase to “Leave it Better Than You Found it.”  - Nomination Letter


2018 Recipient

Samantha DiMaggio, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator for Recreational Sports

“While we have been impressed with her first years of service as a graduate assistant, it is the past 9 months where Sam has made a significant impact on the students, colleagues and the campus community as a whole. . . . Her daily performance is top notch, her attitude is terrific and her organizational skills are unrivaled. I have no doubt that Sam embodies the spirit of the Joe Paul Rising Star Award.


Peter Durkee Superstars

2017 Recipient

Thomas Deus, Associate Director for Recreational Sports

"Not only is Tom a key contributor to the success of Recreational Sports, he is also a strong supporter of the mission, vision, and goals of the [Division] of Student Affairs. His mentorship continues to be a catalyst in the professional development of his employees and peers.” - Nomination Letter

2018 Recipient

April Broome, Assistant to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life

“April has become a stronghold of support. . . .There is never a question she cannot assist with; never a role she does not excel in. . . More than just getting the job done, April truly cares about the mission of the division and the institution as a whole which is why she goes above and beyond her “day” job duties as serves as Staff Council president as well as advises a sorority. . . . Many times you will find April behind the scenes—not asking for the accolades or recognition but truly working hard from her own intrinsic motivation to make a difference.


Pillars of Student Affairs

2018 Recipient

Rodger Jackson, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations for Housing and Residence Life

“[Rodger’s] do-it-yourself and can-do attitude is contagious and drives tradesmen and women to strive toward success. Extremely pleasant to work with, Rodger is committed to improving college students’ housing experiences at this university and, quite frankly, is incapable of having a bad day.


Distinguished Friend of Student Affairs

2018 Recipient

Julie Reid, PhD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs

“[As chairwoman of the VPSA Screening Committee, Julie was fully responsible for ensuring the committee members were organized, attended meetings, and asked thoughtful interview questions. She also collected and organized multiple rounds of feedback and created the committee’s final report to Dr. Moser. . . . The most commendable aspect is the fact that she approached this task with all the seriousness it deserved [and] she brought that disposition to every single interaction she had with this process.


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