Auburn University Spirit of Excellence Award

PDWG seeks to provide recognition opportunities for staff members’ hard work within Student Affairs. The committee oversees the Student Affairs Awards nominations and selection process.  Additionally, PDWG manages the nominations process for submitting Student Affairs staff members as potential recipients for the university-wide Spirit of Excellence Award each month. PDWG invites you to nominate a colleague for the Auburn University Spirit of Excellence Award. Please submit your nominations to Trey Lightner by the 10 of each month by emailing him a completed version of this nomination form.  PDWG will review all nominations and submit a nominee, from each of the appropriate personnel categories to AU HR.  The award categories include: Service/Maintenance; Secretarial/Clerical; Technical; and Administrative/Professional.

Student Affairs Award Program

Student Affairs awards will be presented at the end of the academic year at the Spring Summit and are intended to recognize employees who have demonstrated excellence in performing their jobs as well as showing great teamwork and collaboration with others.

Any Student Affairs employee can submit a nomination form for someone they think should be considered for an award. Award nominations forms should be filled via our online submission form in Qualtrics or via email. All handwritten submissions should be fully completed and legible. All submissions are due to the Student Affairs HR Manager, electronic or via email, no later than the second week of April and should include the accomplishments of the employee that justify the award they are being nominated for. The nominee forms will be presented to a committee made up of employees who are not assigned to Student Affairs but may have knowledge of the Student Affairs mission. The HR Manager will also be part of the committee but only as the facilitator and serves as an ex officio member.

The Senior Vice-President of Student Affairs or his/her designee will present the Student Affairs awards at the Spring Summit.

Click here for the Student Affairs Awards Descriptions and printable forms.

All submissions are encouraged through the online Qualtrics form

Please contact Trey Lightner at with any questions.

2018-2019 Award Recipients

Legacy of Success: Darren Chamlee, Student Center

Outstanding Support Staff: Patricia Furr, Student Center

Outstanding Service Staff: Jeffrey Gunter, Student Center

Mover & Shaker: Markie Pasternak, Health Promotion & Wellness Services

Campus Partner: Academic Support and the Office of the Registrar

Program Administrator: Lexy Payne, University Housing

Outstanding Division Partnership: Campus Dining

Service to Students: Katherine Hettinger, Auburn Cares

Commitment to Culture and Care: Melissa Sawyer, Health Promotion & Wellness Services

Rookie of the Year: Mary Davis Kennedy, Undergraduate Admissions

Unsung Hero: Teresa Carden, Development

Most Valuable Player:

Nathan Waters, Student Development

Bob Webb, Student Engagement

Paula Stokes-Clark, Campus Living

Ashley Darabaris, Enrollment Services

Tim Gore, Student Affairs Administration

Andrea Brothers, Student Affairs Administration

Graduate Assistant: Presley Townsend, Student Involvement

Supervisor of the Year: Margaret Shirah, Campus Recreation

Student Affairs Senior Vice President Award for Excellence: Velda Rooker, University Scholarships

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Last modified: 09/18/2019