Recognition & Awards2018-09-06T12:47:04+00:00

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

The Department of Residence Life honors the diverse contributions of students, employees, and alums through various recognition programs and scholarship opportunities. In addition to this, we have many staff members and student leaders recognized for their contribution to Texas A&M University, the larger housing profession, and higher education community.

Whether honoring former student leaders, friends of the Division of Student Affairs, or current students and staff, we value each person’s unique contributions to the Division of Student Affairs and Texas A&M University. It is through opportunity and the extraordinary accomplishments of many that we lay the foundation for future Aggies.

This website was created in Spring 2016 and does not adequately capture historical awards and recognition even though an effort has been made to include some.

Abbreviations used below:

  • ACPA – American College Personnel Association
  • ACUHO-I – Association of College and University Housing Officers-International
  • AASHE – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • NASPA  – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (formerly the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators)
  • NRHH – National Residence Hall Honorary
  • RHA – Residential Housing Association
  • SAAHE – Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education
  • SWACUHO – Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers
  • SWACURH – Southwest Affiliate of College & University Residence Halls
  • TRACS – Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability

Awards & Recognition

Michelle Alvarez – Student Sustainability Champion, Office of Sustainability, 2018

Carol Binzer – Staff Sustainability Champion, Office of Sustainability, 2018

Carol Binzer – Member, ACHUHO-I Sustainability Committee

Kristianna Bowles – Inductee, Tho Phi Lambda, the National Honor Society for recreation, parks, and tourism students and professionals, April 2018

Neha Christy – RHA Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion ACE Student Programming Award, Diveri-Tees, 2018

Debra Duffee – 25 Years of Service

Blanca Flores – T-Camp Namesakes, 2018

Alee Frappier – Advisor of the Year, RHA, Texas A&M University, 2018

Alee Frappier – Advisor of the Month for April, NRHH, Texas A&M University, 2018

Alee Frappier – Graduate of the National Housing Training Institute through ACUHO-I, hosted at Michigan State University, 2018

Dustin Grabsch – Editorial Board Member, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, NASPA, 2018-2021

Dustin Grabsch – Co-chair, New Professionals & Graduate Students Community, NASPA, 2018

Maggie Guzman – Secretary, SWACUHO, 2017-2019

Katelynn Kellogg – Supervisory Essentials, 2018

Dorothy Kopecek – Inaugural SWACUHO Spotlight Winner, 2018 SWACUHO Annual Conference

Chad Lawhorn – Member, SWACUHO Assessment Committee

Chad Lawhorn – Member, SWACUHO Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Sara McCoy – Co-Chair, Newsletter & Communications Committee, SWACUHO, 2016-present

Sara McCoy – Editor, SWACUHO Newsletter, SWACUHO, 2018-present

Kyle McCracken – Division of Student Affairs Assessment of Student Learning Award, Texas A&M University, 2018

Kyle McCracken – ERASE Outstanding Diversity Educator – Staff, Texas A&M University, 2018

Kyle McCracken – Chair, Research, Assessment, and Information Committee, SWACUHO, 2018-2020

Kyle McCracken – Chair – SWACUHO Research, Assessment, and Information Committee, 2018

Kyle McCracken – Member, ACUHO-I Internship Committee, 2016-2020

Bonnie McDonough – Top 5 Program Award, SWACUHO Annual Conference, 2018

Bonnie McDonough – Member, SWACUHO Awards and Recognition Committee, 2018-2019

Dan Mizer – Namesake Honor: The Dan Mizer Award for Excellence in Facilities Maintenance was established and announced at the SWACUHO annual conference in March 2018. It is one of 7 other named awards presented by the Association. The winner of the Dan Mizer Award for Excellence in Facilities Maintenance is someone who has created programs and initiatives that have had a positive impact on their housing facilities/ custodial / grounds maintenance program. In addition, this facilities professional has enhanced their skills through training, educational opportunities and learning on the job. This person also exhibits traits and characteristics that foreshadow and reflect a successful career in student housing

Craig Rotter – Howdy Camp Namesake, Texas A&M University, 2018

Jennifer Smith – Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace, 2018

Nico Smith – Advisor, Entertainment for the SWACURH Regional Business Conference, 2018

Nico Smith – Member, SWACUHO Assessment Committee, 2018

Jen Sommers – Award of Distinction,Texas A&M University, 2018

Jen Sommers – Professional Development Committee, SWACUHO, 2018

Jen Sommers – Newsletter & Communications Committee, SWACUHO, 2018

Jen Sommers – Fish Camp Namesake, 2018

Dana Stupka – Constructive Communication in the Workplace, 2018

Gabrielle Tharp – Member, SWACUHO Diversity and Social Justice Committee, 2018-2019

Gabrielle Tharp – Member, SWACUHO Program Committee, 2018-2019

Christine Thoorsell – Program Review Coordinator, ACUHO-I, 2018 Annual Conference & Exhibition

Carly Zeiger – Member, SWACUHO Social Justice & Diversity Committee, 2018

Brandon Carlson – Finance Committee Chair, Alumni Board of Directors, University of the Ozarks, 2017

Department of Residence Life – Texas A&M University State Employees Charitable Campaign Gratefully Recognizes Department of Residence Life “Super Hero for a Day” as one of the Most Creative Fundraising ideas, 2016-2017

Dustin Grabsch – President’s Meritorious Service Award, 2017

Dustin Grabsch – President’s Meritorious Service Award – Co-chair, New Professionals & Graduate Students Community, NASPA, 2016-2017

Dustin Grabsch – Level 1 Google Educator Certification, Google, 2017

Mike Krenz – President’s Meritorious Service Award, 2017

Bonnie McDonough – TAMU Employee and Organizational Development Certificate Program: Microsoft Advanced

Bonnie McDonough – TAMU Employee and Organizational Development Certificate Program: Constructive Communication in the Workplace

Dan Mizer – 35 Years of Service

Heidi O’Neal – 25 Years of Service

Jennifer Smith – 25 Years of Service

Christine Thoorsell – Division of Student Affairs Awards of Distinction, 2017

Christine Thoorsell – Division of Student Affairs, Award of Distinction Texas A&M University, May 2017

Carly Zeiger – Advisor of the Month, Texas A&M University, NRHH, 2017

Publications

Muller, K., Grabsch D. K., & Moore, L. L. (2018). Factors influencing student affairs professionals’ attainment of professional competencies. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.55(1): 54-64. doi:10.1080/19496591.2017.1345755.

Grabsch, D. K., Hill, L., Dana, M., Moore, L. L., & Robinson, T. (2018, March). Using community cultural wealth: An asset-based approach to persistence of on-campus Black and Latino students. Conference preceding at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Moore, L. L., Grabsch, D. K., & Hernandez, C. (2018, March). Student research team in student affairs: Documenting integrated learning through reflection. Conference preceding at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

McCoy, S.H. (2018). Engage with SWACUHO through social media. SWACUHO Pre-Conference Newsletter (38).

McCoy, S.H. (2018). Tips for submitting job applications. SWACUHO Pre-Conference Newsletter (44-45).

Myricks, S. L., Grabsch, D. K., Muller, K & Moore, L. L. (2017) Student affairs self-reported professional development needs by knowledge community membership. NASPA Knowledge Community Online Publication. Washington, D.C.

Meents-DeCaigny, E., O’Brien, J. Du, C., Haywood, H., Freeman, J., Glass, M., Grabsch, D. K., Martin, J. K., Pina, J., & Schneck, K. ACPA/NASPA professional competency rubrics. ACPA/NASPA. Washington, D.C.

Sommers, J. (2017). SWACUHO-U 2017. SWACUHO Newsletter, (18-21). SWACUHO, Denton TX.

Degrees Earned & Certifications

Kyle McCracken – Certification – Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs – Colorado State University (Online), 2018

Gabrielle Tharp – M.ED., Educational Administration with an emphasis in SAAHE, 2018

Grants

Kristianna Bowles – Water Bottle Filling Stations IV, Aggie Green Fund Grant, Texas A&M University, $40,000

Dustin Grabsch – AFAM/Aggie Familia, DSA College Completion Grant, Texas A&M University, $12,500, 2017-2018

Brandon Carlson – Sustainable Residence Hall Energy Management, Aggie Green Fund, Texas A&M University, $23,250

Dustin Grabsch – Aggie Familia/AFAM, DSA College Completion Grant, Texas A&M University, $12,500, 2016-2017

Program Presentations

Woods, C.J. & Binzer, C.D. (2018, April). Empowering Responses: A Multilayered Approach to Incidents of Campus Racism. Re-Presented as part of the Texas A&M Enhancing Diversity Series.

Bowles, K. (2018, March). Aggie Eco-Reps: Engaging Students in Sustainability Initiatives. Presented at the TRACS Conference, Stephenville, TX.

Campbell, K.F. (2018, February). The Unicorn in the Room. Presented at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Professionals, San Marcos, TX.

Campbell, K.F. (2018, February). Diversity in the Media. Presented at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Professionals, San Marcos, TX.

Campbell, K.F. & Burks, T.G. (2018, July). It’s All New: Making the First-Year of a Living-Learning Program Successful. Presented at the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, Denver, CO.

Depue, C., Grabsch, D. K., & Moore, L. L. (2018). Developing predictive analytics to improve resident GPA. Program presented at the Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Hernandez, C., Crawford, T., Moore, L. L. & Grabsch, D. K. (2018). Faculty fellows programs: Bringing expertise together. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored session by Academic Affairs Partnering with Student Affairs Knowledge Community.

Grabsch, D. K., Moore, L. L., Hernandez, C., Crawford, R., Roberts, D., & Natarajarathinam, M. (2018). Mind the Gap: Strategies for Bridging Student and Academic Affairs. Pre-conference presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Hellman, P., Grabsch, D. K., Myricks, S., Allen, E., Woodruff, T., Pinkerton, C., & Matthews, B. (2018). A different kind of homecoming: Working at your alma mater as a new professional. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored session by New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community.

Grabsch, D. K., Delgado, G., Ramirez, C., Conley, K., Savoy, W., Parks, K., & Jenkins, M. (2018). Professional competencies: Students determining professional development for #SApros. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored session by Professional Standards Division.

Guzman, M.K. & Pelton, K.D. (2018, February). So You Want to be Mid-Level? Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Guzman, M.K. & Pelton, K.D. (2018). It’s Not Just a Man’s World. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Guzman, M.K. (2018, February). Risk Management Roundtable. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Odle, C.L., Guzman, M.K., Gordon, D.R., Luna, E.E., & Thompson, A.J. (2018, February). A Future Beyond ResEd. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

McCoy, S.H.Morris, J.D.McCracken, K. (2018, February) Creating a FACTION: More than a FYE. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference. San Marcos, TX.

McCoy, S.H. & Sommers, J. (2018, February). Sparking collaboration: How to get from the ask to the yes. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

McCracken, K.R. (2018, February). Lessons learned at ABD: Reflections of a housing professional. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference. San Marcos, TX.

McDonough, B., Villars, B., & McCoy, S.H. (2018, February) More than Butts in Beds. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Quiñones, B. & Siddiqui, A. (2018, March). Undocumented College Students: A Rubric for Institutional Support. Presented at the ACPA College Student Educators International Conference, Houston, TX.

Sommers, J. (2018, February). The 10 things I learned my first year as a professional. Presented at the SWACUHO Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX.

Woods, C.J. & Binzer, C.D. (2017, June). Empowering Responses: A Multilayered Approach to Incidents of Campus Racism. Presented at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Campbell, K.F. (2017, February). The Unicorn in the Room. Presented at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Professionals, San Marcos, Texas.

Campbell, K.F. (2017, February). Diversity in the Media. Presented at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Professionals, San Marcos, Texas.

Carlson, B. (2017, October). Finding your voice: Understanding otherness in sustainability education. Presented at the AASHE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Grabsch, D. K., Muller, K., Moore, L. L., Scott, J., Blackley, C., Gutierrez, D. (2017) Sharing a vision and experience: Developing research teams for professional development. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. Sponsored session by New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community.

Muller, K., Grabsch, D. K., Gutierrez, D., Scott, J, Blackley, C, & Moore, L. L. (2017). Student affairs professional competencies: How do we attain them? What do we need? Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. Sponsored session by Professional Standards Division.

Thompson, T., Grabsch, D. K., Williamson, S. L. M. (2017) A rich career awaits – Disability resources opportunities. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. Sponsored session by Disability Knowledge Community.

Scally, J., Grabsch, D. K., & Williams, S. L. M. (2017). NPGS KC Research Committee: Demystifying research for new professionals and graduate students. Program presented at the NASPA Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Thoorsell, C. (2017, July). Using StarRez to Track Concerning Student Behavior. Presented at the 2017 StarRez Global Users Conference, Bellevue, WA.

Thoorsell, C. & Ulf, E. (2017, June) Hollywood Game Night, ResLife Edition. Presented at the Annual Conference & Exhibition for ACUHO, Providence, RI.

Carlson, B. (2016, October). Beyond captain planet: curriculum design for ecoreps and peer educators. Presented at the Association for the AASHE Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Carlson, B., Gagnow, R., & Manson, P. (2016, July). Student sustainability initiatives. Presented at the ACUHO-I Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Harrison, S. H., Grabsch, D. K. & Rotter, C. (2016) Reclaiming study spaces: A paradox. ACUHO-I Living-Learning Programs Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.

Fierst, J., Groh, R. & Grabsch, D. K. (2016) A residence life needs assessment of academic support initiatives. ACUHO-I Living-Learning Programs Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.