Student, Faculty and Staff Awards

Submit a colleague for CARE recognition! 
CARE Recognition
CARE is an ongoing recognition for Committed, Accomplished, Responsive, and Engaged Division of Student Affairs staff. Basically, it is a great way to send kudos to a colleague for a job well done! Staff submitted for recognition may be included in the Division newsletter, social media, and at events. Please submit your recognition below. An email will be sent to the person you are recognizing and their supervisor. Questions can be sent to Jenny Pollard at pollard@iastate.edu. Thank you!

Division of Student Affairs presents awards each year at its April Divisional Meeting to staff, students, and faculty. Awards and criteria are described below. To nominate a student, staff or faculty member, please complete the online nomination form and be prepared to submit the following information about the nominee:

  • Which award they should be considered for
  • Name, contact information and affiliation 
  • Supervisor information
  • How they exemplify the particular criteria for the award above and beyond their scope of work (share examples to support your case.)

Please use the online application to submit your nominations. For more information, please contact Jenny Pollard at pollard@iastate.edu or 515.294.0322.
The review committee may take libertities in moving nominees into award categories where a nomination may be better suited based on criteria, nomination content, or opportunity for selection. 

2019 Award Nominations Are Closed

STUDENT AFFAIRS STAFF AWARDS

Ted Maakestad Distinguished Service Award
This award is in honor of Ted Maakestad, who touched many lives while he was employed in the Office of Student Financial Aid from July 1991, until his retirement in January 2008. Ted was a humble and kind man, who served as an outstanding mentor to both students and co-workers. He was often the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave and demonstrated daily that his work at ISU was not just a job to him. Ted never met a stranger and enjoyed interviewing a wide range of people. He was most happy when working with students and families, and students often returned to Ted for advice. Ted lost his battle with cancer on July 7, 2011, but will remain forever in our hearts.
Criteria for award:

  • Any staff member from the Division of Student Affairs is eligible to be nominated.
  • This award is to honor Ted’s memory by choosing an individual who typifies Ted’s upbeat attitude, genuine caring nature, and exemplary service to all.

Merit Staff Excellence Award

Eligibility: All Merit staff are eligible for the award regardless of position or tenure at the university or in Student Affairs.

Nominated based on 1 or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates efforts that are timely and relevant to current priorities.
  • Demonstrates efforts that are innovative and creative in fulfilling assigned responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates efforts that resulted in major contribution(s) (no more than two) that exemplify a contribution to the program/office.
  • Demonstrates effort made for continual personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrates efforts that exemplify high standards of public service.


Outstanding New Professional and Scientific Staff Member
Criteria for award:

  • Worked at ISU for 3 years or less in a professional capacity within student affairs.
  • Demonstrated innovation and creativity in accomplishing position responsibilities;
  • Established a pattern of reliability or responsibility;
  • Made an effort to continue personal and professional development;
  • Exhibited excellent service to the department/university community;
  • Continually fostered a spirit of cooperation; or exhibits potential for future contributions to the department/university community.

Outstanding New Merit Staff Member
Criteria for award:

  • Worked at ISU for 3 years or less in a merit position within student affairs.
  • Demonstrated innovation and creativity in accomplishing position responsibilities;
  • Established a pattern of reliability or responsibility;
  • Made an effort to continue personal and professional development;
  • Exhibited excellent service to the department/university community;
  • Continually fostered a spirit of cooperation; or exhibits potential for future contributions to the department/university community.


SVPSA VALUES AWARDS 

Eligibility: All Merit and P&S staff are eligible for the Values Awards regardless of position or tenure at the university or in Student Affairs.

Gold Standard Award
Outstanding Staff supporting Student Development & Engagement
Criteria for award:

  • Demonstrates outstanding work in supporting student growth & development through leadership/involvement opportunities and engagement experiences;
  • Promotes and enhancing accessibility and responsiveness to current and prospective students and families, and minimizing barriers inhibiting effective learning and access.

Cardinal Connection Award
Outstanding Staff supporting Connection, Collaboration & Communication
Criteria for award:

  • Demonstrates outstanding work in building relationships within and external to the campus community to promote ISU services, programs, and opportunities; and/or
  • Improves and promotes equitable access to learning and involvement.

Equity & Inclusion Award
Outstanding Staff supporting Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice
Criteria for award:

  • Demonstrates outstanding work engaging students in creating and promoting a respectful, responsible, and welcoming community; and/or
  • Enhances cultural awareness and intercultural competence of ISU community members.

Health & Wellness Award
Outstanding Staff supporting Holistic Health, Wellness, and Safety
Criteria for award:

  • Demonstrates outstanding work in promoting an environment that is safe
  • Encourages wellbeing of staff and students

Values Team Award
Criteria for award:

  • Team of staff who have made a significant contribution to the values of the Division of Student Affairs (Values: Student Development & Engagement; Connection, Collaboration & Communication; Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice; Holistic Health, Wellness, and Safety)
  • Special attention will be given to those teams that involved interdepartmental efforts
  • Begin with a statement including the purpose or goals of the team, the success(es) of the team and a brief bio of each team member, including their contribution to the team’s success(es).

GreenDot Change Agent Award

This award highlights a transformational leader who inspires others to follow a vision. This agent for change uses their actions to create opportunity for everyone to see a role in addressing the safety, support and success of our campus community.
Criteria for award:

  • Leadership & Initiative: How has the nominee exceeded what was expected of them, and delivered a significant contribution and role-modeled outstanding leadership to others? How has the nominee led by example, set the tone around mobilizing and motivating students, peer groups and colleagues to contribute to building a culture of change?
  • Impact: How has the nominee’s efforts affected significant change and improved success, safety, and support within their team, department or campus community? How did they shift culture and management to become more inclusive and aware of culture change?
  • Innovation: How has the nominee taken a new approach culture change around success, safety, and support of campus in new ways to innovate and affect change?


UNIVERSITY FACULTY & STAFF AWARDS

Wilbur L. Layton Faculty Recognition Award
This award is named for Iowa State University’s first Vice President for Student Affairs, Wilbur Layton, who served from 1967-1976.
Criteria for award:

  • Faculty members who have collaborated with Student Affairs to serve students and who have been strong supporters of student success.
  • Special consideration is given to faculty members who have had a sustained relationship with the division. 

Thomas B. Thielen Award
The Thomas B. Thielen Award, first awarded in 1998, is named for the man who served as Iowa State University’s Vice President for Student Affairs from 1977-1997. Under the twenty years of Dr. Thielen’s leadership, the Division of Student Affairs enjoyed national prominence, and ISU students thrived in a tradition of involvement in campus events, issues, and organizations. 
Criteria for award:

  • Faculty or staff member outside the Division of Student Affairs
  • Has been a strong supporter of student success


UNIVERSITY STUDENT AWARDS

Unsung Hero
The Unsung Hero Award was created to recognize a student who has worked behind the scenes, assisted others, achieved his or her personal best or overcome obstacles. An unsung hero displays dedication, integrity, initiative, perseverance, generosity and character.

Above and Beyond
This award recognizes any student who has achieved unusual accomplishments demonstrating their commitment to excellence in academics, leadership and/or service.

Outstanding Challenger
The Outstanding Challenger Award recognizes a student or faculty member who has consistently challenged and inspired others.

GreenDot Change Agent Award

This award highlights a transformational leader who inspires others to follow a vision. This agent for change uses their actions to create opportunity for everyone to see a role in addressing the safety, support and success of our campus community.
Criteria for award:

  • Leadership & Initiative: How has the nominee exceeded what was expected of them, and delivered a significant contribution and role-modeled outstanding leadership to others? How has the nominee led by example, set the tone around mobilizing and motivating students, peer groups and colleagues to contribute to building a culture of change?
  • Impact: How has the nominee’s efforts affected significant change and improved success, safety, and support within their team, department or campus community? How did they shift culture and management to become more inclusive and aware of culture change?
  • Innovation: How has the nominee taken a new approach culture change around success, safety, and support of campus in new ways to innovate and affect change?