2021-2022 EMSA Award Recipients
A round of applause for all of our EMSA staff and colleagues nominated for this year’s EMSA Awards. The third annual EMSA Awards Celebration was held on April 27, 2022, in the New York room in which the award winners were celebrated.
Please join us in continuing to extend congratulations to those recognized in the five award categories. The EMSA Goal #4: A Great Place to Work Team, reviewed over 30 nominations. Congratulations to all of the award winners! SUNY Brockport is truly a great place to work!
Campus Partner Award
The COVID campus testing team, under the leadership of Julie Caswell, Director of EHS, is this year’s recipient of the Campus Partner award. This team has gone above and beyond, working closely with the staff at Hazen during the pandemic to assist students and employees during this challenging time. The on-site testing was critical in identifying students and employees with COVID, allowing for a timely response in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
Devon Smith, Coordinator of Residential Life/Learning Communities is this year’s recipient of the EMSA Collaboration Award. Devon successfully collaborated with many departments focusing on academic interventions to improve persistence and retention of students. His coordination efforts have enriched the SUNY Brockport student experience, furthered student learning, and optimized campus resources. The offices of Residential Life and Learning Communities and the Academic Success Center have partnered in many ways, but none more notably than the ongoing outreach to students who are facing academic and social challenges.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award
The Arthur O. Eve, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and Gary Owens, EOP Director are the recipients of this year’s EDI award. In an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive environment, EOP is committed to making sure students and staff have access to programs and initiatives that foster EDI. The staff works hard to ensure its community has access to the academic and social support in which to excel at learning and growing. The EOP department is truly a microcosm of what EDI at SUNY Brockport is about, and it is well known that they are not just a department but are the “EOP family.”
Outstanding New Professional Award
Will Walker, Coordinator of Intercultural Engagement and Programs, is this year’s outstanding new professional award recipient. Will is the first Intercultural Center Coordinator and is focused on getting to know as many people as possible, earning his nickname, the moniker “The Mayor.” His programming spans a diverse array of identities present on campus, from Chinese New Year to Black History month. Will is a bright, energetic, outgoing person who cares deeply about inclusivity on campus. He is always willing to listen and form ties with everyone he encounters. Will embodies the EMSA mission of preparing students to become their best selves and create meaningful lives.
Outstanding Support Staff of the Year
Amber Sheffield, Office Assistant at the Academic Success Center, is the recipient of the Outstanding Support Staff Award. Amber ensures that the daily functions of the Academic Success Center run smoothly. Not only does Amber support the Academic Success Center’s Advisement and Retention initiatives but also supports the ASC tutoring services. You may not realize what a tremendous undertaking this is but consider the ASC at one point, was supported by three administrative staff members! Her easy going and positive attitude is pervasive and contagious. ASC feels honored to have Amber at the helm and want the campus to know how much they appreciate her.
During the EMSA award ceremony, many other EMSA employees and departments were recognized during the Open Mic Kudos Shout-Out session.
Lastly, I would like to thank the EMSA Goal 4: Great Place to Work Team for their efforts in overseeing the awards program and organizing the awards celebration event.