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The College of Education and Human Services Student Advisory Board awards ceremony took place on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, while also being hosted live via zoom.
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Nominees for the Highly Impactful Faculty awards included from l to r: Jeremy Robinett, James La Prad, Maureen Bezold, Glenn Daugherty, Karen Zellman, Benjamin Brewer and Tim Piper.
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COEHS Student Advisory Board Awards Ceremony

May 18, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - The Western Illinois University College of Education and Human Services Student Advisory Board hosted an awards ceremony to recognize achievements by students, faculty and staff Wednesday, May 4.

Award categories and winners include:

The Highly Impactful Student Organization Award
This award is given to a student organization that has had a strong impact on the department/school and college communities. It recognizes the programs, workshops or initiatives that the organization facilitated and their contribution to three of the University's core values: educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility.
Winner: Social Work Student Association, with junior social work major Erica Hartman serving as president and senior social work major Marissa Fast serving as vice president.

Highly Supportive Staff Awards
This award recognizes a supportive staff member who has positively enhanced the COEHS community, provided access and resources for students and is mindful of diversity and inclusion in their interactions with students and other members of the community.
Winner (Macomb): Riley Konitzer, COEHS academic advisor
Winner (QC): Kimberly Moreno, COEHS academic advisor

Highly Impactful Faculty Awards
This award recognizes a faculty member who exhibited creativity and innovativeness in their teaching style and class engagements; exhibited understanding and mindfulness of diversity and inclusiveness when teaching; provided access for students and offered mentorship and advising during classroom hours and office hours and exhibited leadership.
Winner (Macomb): James La Prad, education professor
Winner (QC): Matthew Beck, counselor education associate professor

Emerging Student Leader Award
This award recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership excellence by outstanding contributions they have made to COEHS.
Winner (Macomb undergraduate): Erica Hartman, junior social work major
Winner (Macomb graduate): Roseline Oladimeji, kinesiology graduate student
Winner (QC undergraduate): Jenna Zurcher, senior law enforcement and justice administration major
Winner (QC graduate): Melanie Rice, counseling graduate student
Winner (online): Tyler Sward, education graduate student

The ceremony, which included live broadcasts from the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, celebrated these community-building contributions.

"I am very proud of all of the accomplishments of COEHS students, faculty and staff. They are truly a remarkable group of individuals," said Katrina Daytner, associate dean of the COEHS.

In addition to celebrating COEHS members, the awards ceremony was a culmination of months of intensive effort by the COEHS Student Advisory Board.

"The work of the Student Advisory Board for the College of Education and Human Services is part of our broader approach to increasing student voice in policy formulation. The Board, which has representatives from each department, meets under the guidance of the Associate Dean [Daytner] once a month. Their input and views are discussed at college-wide leadership meetings, and steps are taken to address the ideas and issues raised," said Francis Godwyll, dean of the College of Education & Human Services.

"Other efforts to increase students' voices and be more inclusive include having a student representative on all search committees for faculty and staff positions in the college. We have also instituted a semesterly meeting with college co-curricular student organization leaders to elicit feedback on student perspectives and find opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, we have also established a once-a-semester student town hall meeting with the college leadership to dialogue on their needs, goals and ideas," he added.

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