• Jessica Conger

    Jessica Conger, Student Affairs Marketing & Communications

    February 2023

    "Jessica Conger has tirelessly provided much of the division's digital signage, T-shirt designs, social media graphics, cup and marketing items, logos, letterheads, and more. Jessica has crafted and maintained the very image of many of our divisional projects, deliverables and public-facing assets. She completed and single-handedly designed the Student Affairs Annual Report, the Family Engagement calendar, and the creation of the Cooking Health Smart title card and graphics. Jess is innovative with her creations, staying up to date on marketing trends and design. She is quick to respond to tasks and is dependable in reaching deadlines. Jessica is also a great mentor to student designers and helps set them on the path to professional careers. Jess is an unsung hero in Student Affairs, and we would not be the fun, diverse brand that we are without her artistic capability and passion."

    Joy Burrell

    Joy Burrell, Disability Support Services

    January 2023

    "Joy exceeds all expectations as the program coordinator for the Disability Support Services Office. Joy has exceeded her job duties and exceptionally manages events and testing.

    Joy has created events for students to learn more about accessibility checkpoints on campus and created a fun and calming activities that allow them to stress less. Many students, faculty, and staff have stated how much joy she brings to them, and they always feel better than when they leave. She always ensures that Disability Support Service students have a calming space to study and test. "

    Tiffany Holloway

    Tiffany Holloway, UAB Career Center

    December 2022

    "Tiffany Holloway joined the UAB Career Center team in June 2022 as Assistant Director and Career Consultant. Tiffany has hit the ground running, developing partnerships in the Schools of Education, Nursing, and Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center.

    Tiffany Holloway's efforts resulted in 37 scheduled classroom presentations last fall with an approximate reach of 1,200 students. In addition, Tiffany has ensured the students enrolled in all First Year Experience courses have student success resources that ensure they can connect their academic goals with career aspirations. Tiffany is working hard to ensure student success is foreseeable and achieved for the students at UAB."

    Sharifa Wip

    Sharifa Wip, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs

    November 2022

    Sharifa was recently named as SMDP’s Assistant Director. During her transition to the new role, the office experienced the previous director's leaving and the new director's beginning. Sharifa has been amazing in helping the SMDP office make the transition while taking on new responsibilities herself. She assisted in onboarding new staff members and the new director. In addition, she provided guidance in programming to make sure we continued to produce quality programs.

    Sharifa has been valuable in helping to plan the HPU conference coming to UAB. She has the ability to create events that provide exceptional experiences for staff and students. Sharifa is one of the most well-known people on campus and has a great reputation across the UAB Community.

    Jalan Cunningham

    Jalan Cunningham, Disability Support Services

    October 2022

    Jalan has played an integral role in expanding disability inclusion and awareness efforts through her leadership by creating innovative events that foster conversations about marginalized groups and trends as it relates to understanding of intersectionality.

    Brad Goggins

    Brad Goggins, Housing and Dining Facilities

    September 2022

    As associate director for Housing and Dining Facilities, Brad Goggins has been an integral member of our Student Housing and Dining team since arriving on campus in the spring of 2019.

    His leadership, kindness, empathy, tenacity, and tireless work ethic have propelled him to "rock star" status and earned him the respect and trust of his team, University administration, residents, parents, peers, and his family.

    He loves UAB. He embodies what a servant leader is all about.

    Caleb Mass

    Caleb Maas, University Recreation

    August 2022

    Ever since Caleb joined our team, he has been one of the key professionals working for our team. He immediately started to develop connections with our student employees across all areas and made many professional connections across the division. He has become one of the most effective leaders in connecting with the team and has become one of our leaders for collaborative efforts. He’s been key in leading one of our newest services, URec on the Go, that was utilized a few times over the past few months during events such as the Wellness Fair hosted by Wellness Promotion, and Student Health and Wellness retreat. Excellence is engraved into everything Caleb pursues. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and complete his tasks at hand to ensure the best possible experience for all of URec members and participants.

    Erica Johnson

    Erica Johnson, Student Counseling Services

    July 2022

    Erica has been an excellent therapist in her time in Student Counseling Services and none more this past month. She provides excellent clinical support to her clients that helps them reach their goals as a student. She promotes a high level of teamwork and professionalism in the office.

    By virtue of her role, Erica often sees students on some of their very worst days. Fortunately, she carries herself with warmth, compassion, and genuine care for every student and colleague who comes through her door. Erica's dedication to Student Counseling Services' mission also makes her a prime example of a UAB community member who embodies the values of a Health Promoting University.

    Rasheal Hunter-Owen

    Rasheal Hunter-Owen, Title IX

    June 2022

    "Rasheal is a driving force in the Title IX office. She consistently goes above and beyond in the quantity and quality of work she accomplishes. Rasheal is often the first individual people meet when coming to the Title IX Office, and she treats each individual with respect and dignity.

    I have observed numerous instances during which a person would be visibly nervous when stepping into the office. At that point, Rasheal would warmly and kindly greet them, and the nervousness would dissipate. Rasheal constantly strives to meet her own highly set expectations and meets those expectations daily.

    Rasheal is always willing to collaborate with others and learn new methods to best serve the students and staff with whom she interacts. When it comes to integrity, I can think of no one with whom I have worked that better exemplifies this quality. When Rasheal says she will do something, she does it."

    Julia Sanford

    Julia Sanford, Student Counseling Services

    May 2022

    "Julia is one of the most compassionate and skilled clinicians I have ever had the opportunity to work alongside. She exemplifies daily what it means to be an empathetic and knowledgeable practitioner. Her clinical skills are unmatched and whenever there is a difficult situation, she is always the first to jump in and use her expertise to ensure student needs are met swiftly and professionally."

    Columbia Young

    Columbia Young, Student Housing & Residence Life

    April 2022

    "Columbia has been a driving force in creating engaging, holistic programming for second-year students at UAB. In her first year at UAB, she has worked tirelessly to revamp the Second Year Experience program to cater to our students and their development. Her commitment to creating a supportive environment for students to grow and thrive at UAB is most impressive when considering her efforts to collaborate with other student affairs and academic offices. I think that her success in creating these partnerships and programs stems from her undeniable passion for her work and the care she has for our students. She is a great example of balancing care for yourself and care for your students, challenging the status quo, and advocating for those who aren't at the table. "

    Monica Merriweather

    Monica Merriweather, Student Health and Wellness

    March 2022

    "Monica has shown excellence during the pandemic by constantly adapting and changing based on guidelines and needs, and managing a high volume of work while often short staffed-- she has been exceptionally flexible in this way to keep the clinic running in order that we continue our mission of serving students."

    Catherine Buttrey

    Catherine Buttrey, Disability Support Services

    February 2022

    "Catherine has accomplished so much and has significantly contributed to the mission of Student Affairs and DSS through her continued collaboration with campus partners, her focus on creating an accessible student experience, and being a champion for disability inclusion."

    Wesley Peterson

    Wesley Peterson, Student Affairs Marketing and Communication

    Janurary 2022

    "Wes is always the first person that encourages our team to collaborate with each other and externally. He not only values our opinions and thoughts as colleagues but is open to changes we’d like to see or make within the department. Wes makes it manageable to produce the great work our department does, while also prioritizing our physical and mental well-being. Wesley looks for ways that our projects work and ways that we can improve. It is always a collaborative discussion, where ideas and suggestions are talked about both before, during, and after an event takes place. His work continues to make UAB the best version of itself it can be."

    Consuelo Click

    Consuelo Click, Student Counseling Services

    December 2021

    "Consuelo is a light of positive energy, a support to our staff, and a rock to the counselors in their clinical roles. Her determination to show up for students in distress and outreach work as a leader in the QPR Team are perfect examples of how Consuelo puts students first and finds way to empower the university as a whole."

    Alex Bushery

    Alex Bushery, Student Invovlement & Leadership

    November 2021

    "Alex identifies student challenges, addresses issues directly, and advocates on their behalf when processes or policies do not align with organization operations. Alex collaborated with three FYE instructors to provide involvement presentations through her oversight of the Pathfinders program. She worked diligently with the instructors to ensure the presentation content met their expectations. Nearly 90% of the participants reported they felt the presentation was 'very helpful' as a result."

    Aydrian Miles

    Aydrian Miles, Student Health and Wellness

    October 2021

    "Aydrian has broad responsibilities for all lab processes and much of the daily COVID reporting to leadership, information critical to decision-makers, and she accomplishes this with consistency, efficiency and accuracy 7 days a week. Her responsibilities have been a large piece of the success story of keeping the UAB campus safe during this pandemic."

    Division of Student Affairs

    The Division of Student Affairs

    March 2020 - September 2021

    “Members of Student Affairs worked diligently throughout the coronavirus pandemic, providing support and ensuring the safety of students. For their dedication and innovation, we recognize all our division staff.”

    Christian Dollar

    Christian Dollar, Student Health and Wellness

    January 2020

    “Christian Dollar serves as an exemplary employee in both her work and spirit. In work, Christian is committed to student advocacy through her continued efforts to ensure students understand their health and what is needed for improved outcomes.”

    Dino Martinez

    Dino Martinez, UAB Career Center

    December 2019

    “From assisting in the construction of the Student Affairs parade float to simply being a springboard for ideas, Dino exemplifies service, hard work, and dedication (all with a smile and level of care that will never cease). ”

    Alli Underwood

    Alli Underwood, Marketing & Communications

    November 2019

    “In a time of calm and/or chaos Allison is (and has been) a team player with a capital T, a breath of fresh air and one of the best employees on our team. She works diligently to make sure that our clients' needs are met and goes well beyond the call of duty.”

    Jennifer Liptrot

    Jennifer Liptrot, Title IX

    October 2019

    “Jennifer has set high expectations both personally and professionally to improve services provided by the Title IX Office.”

    Maggie Tucker

    Maggie Tucker, Student Involvment & Leadership

    September 2019

    “Maggie is always willing to support any program or initiative whether it's a part of her job description or not...Maggie is consistently willing to go above and beyond the duties of her assigned role.”

  • Employee of the Month Rubric
      Rankings N/A - not addressed in nomination Likert Scale of 1 to 5 (A score of 1 indicates the nomination addresses the employee as exhibiting this value in some way, to a score of 5 in which the nomination indicates the employee exhibits this value in a specific and substantial way.)
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Accountability: Taking responsibility for achieving personal and professional development; setting high expectations, and enacting changes based on data analysis. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Collaboration: Creating intentional partnerships for the shared purpose of supporting student success and achieving university goals. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Equity and Inclusion: Upholding the principles of fairness equity and social justice by creating an environment where students feel welcome across and at the intersections of their social identities. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Excellence: Pursuing the highest standard of quality in how we engage with others, manage resources, support our staff, develop ourselves, and contribute to student success. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Innovation: Striving for and advancing impactful services and programs which generate contributions of distinction. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated Integrity: Committing to honesty, transparency and consistency by modeling and teaching ethical behavior. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
    Does the nomination speak to how the nominee demonstrated commitment to Wellbeing: Championing a holistic culture of resiliency, mental and physical health that improves the long-term health of our communities. N/A      1       2       3       4       5
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  • UAB Student Affairs Employee of the Month Nomination Form

    Each month we will recognize a Student Affairs Employee as the division's Employee of the Month. Use this form to nominate Student Affairs staff members for this award. We encourage you to review the nomination rubric before you begin your nomination. If you would like to nominate more than one person you will need to complete an additional form.

    Deadline for submissions: Second Friday of the month

    Winners will receive $50 in Blazer Bucks and be featured on the website and digital signage.

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