2017 Division of Student Affairs Recognition Awards

The DSA Recognition Awards highlight the great work of individuals throughout all areas and levels in the Division of Students Affairs at VCU.  In keeping with the Core Values of Quest for Distinction, the Division seeks to recognize full and part-time members (non-student) of our many departments no matter what level or position. We hope that many of you will seek to uplift your colleagues throughout the Division by nominating them.  We will recognize all nominees as well as those selected for the awards at the DSA Conference on May 25th during lunch.

General Awards

Ram Spirit Award

This award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies what it means to be a “Ram” and embraces the spirit of the university. This individual has demonstrated this through their work to help students create a community on campus, university loyalty, teamwork in their department and the Division of Student Affairs. This individual lives out the mission of the university in all aspects of their work and is an example to others of what it means to take pride in VCU.

Innovation Award

This award honors an individual who has strived this academic year to develop innovative ideas that have made a positive impact on the student of VCU. This award honors an individual who through their leadership has strived to develop new programs and opportunities to enhance the student experience, initiate new aspects to an existing program, and/or found new ways to creatively use the resources of their department already in existence. 

Campus Partner Award

This award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has partnered with the Division of Student Affairs or one of its departments in a significant manner.  The Campus Partner shares our values of collaboration. inclusion, excellence, and learning through student-centered programs or services shared with the Division. We seek to recognize those individuals, groups or organizations which, through their collaboration with the Division, have enhanced the student experience at VCU. 

Outstanding Program Award

This award recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity, leadership, and innovation.  This program must embody the values of the Division exemplifying student centered collaboration. inclusion, excellence and learning.  New programs will be recognized for their ability to bring change to the campus environment.  Continuing programs will be recognized for sustained contributions to the quality of student life. 

Commitment to Developing Others

This award recognizes t​he efforts of Division professionals who actively mentor students, colleagues and other members of the VCU community. This award acknowledges the time, sacrifice and dedication Student Affairs members devote to students or fellow professionals fostering the personal, academic, or career development of students and colleagues. These awards allow the Division of Student Affairs to honor and celebrate the valuable efforts of our professionals who embody the spirit of mentoring. 

Service to Diversity Award

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a commitment to the promotion and celebration of diversity here at VCU. This individual embraces the Division’s mission to develop students to be “contributing citizens in a global and diverse society.” This commitment should be demonstrated through work that provides educational opportunities to students and staff about topics of diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual/gender orientation, ability, age, religion, and socioeconomic status.

Professional Contribution Award

This award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in their service to a professional organization (NASPA, ACPA), publishing research or a paper, involvement in a state organization (VASPA), etc. - that contributes to the profession of student affairs. This individual not only is committed to their professional development in these areas, but also helps to develop and educate the division though their experiences and expertise.

Service Awards

Outstanding New Employee Award

This award recognizes an individual with l​ess than five years of service ​within the Division who has demonstrated superior job performance and has made a significant impact on campus life through the development of students and outstanding leadership in their department and in the Division of Student Affairs. This individual has embraced the mission of the Division and displays it through their daily work. 

Dedicated Service Award

This individual is to be recognized for t​heir service and leadership for more than 5 yet not more than 10 years in their department ​and/or in the Division. The person exemplifies a commitment to their position and goes above and beyond all expectations and responsibilities. This individual maintains an example of excellence and strives to provide the best opportunities and service to the students of VCU.

Distinguished Service to the Division of Student Affairs

This individual is to be recognized for their s​ervice and leadership for more than 10 years i​n their department and/or in the Division. The person exemplifies a commitment to their position and goes above and beyond all expectations and responsibilities. This individual maintains an example of excellence and strives to provide the best opportunities and service to the students of VCU.