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Vice President for Student Services
Topflight Team Awards
The Student Services Topflight Team Award is designed to recognize a department, office, or team within the Student Services Division whose activities or accomplishments merit attention and emulation. Two awards will be bestowed each year, one for each semester. The department, office, or team selected by the Student Services Awards Committee will have its name permanently inscribed on the traveling Topflight Team trophy and display the trophy for one semester. Each staff member in the department, office, or team will be recognized at the Student Services Annual Recognition Reception.
Topflight Team Award Winners
Spring 2012 - VRC
Undergraduate Admissions has made significant changes to the Discover Western program. They have handled the changes professionally and risen to the challenge. The services they provide to prospective students is vital to growth and retention at Western. The Admissions team does a great deal to create a positive, inviting atmosphere so students will give serious consideration to attending Western.
Fall 2011 - Financial Aid Office
Improvise, Adapt and Overcome – This may be the unofficial mantra of the U.S. Marine Corps, the original Leathernecks - but it also describes the daily routine for the staff of the WIU Beu Health Center. This year in particular, the Health Center played a lead role in combating the H1N1 pandemic, and met that challenge with a remarkable can-do attitude. The year began with the Health Center taking the lead in preparing WIU for the likely onset of a pandemic. This was accomplished through a university wide tabletop exercise. Beu then volunteered to become an H1N1 provider through the Illinois Department of Public Health in order to ensure that students, faculty and staff had access to H1N1 vaccine. Over 2000 doses of vaccine were provided through various locations across campus. – in addition to 1500 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine. Several night clinics were conducted in residence halls to make it easier for students to receive a vaccination. Through targeted outreach efforts the vaccination rate among high-risk students (e.g. those with diabetes, asthma, heart disease) increased from 40% to 85%, exceeding the Healthy People 2010 goal. This was the 4th year of CDC flu surveillance, and we increased monitoring from weekly reporting to daily. Beu collaborated with UHDS, SDO, Sodexo, Division of Student Services and the Office of the Provost to develop policies and protocols to assist ill students. Every ill student was contacted by a nurse for a wellness check - often times this meant afterhours and weekend follow up. Numerous presentations were made to various student and faculty/staff groups to educate our WIU community about H1N1, the importance of handwashing and other preventative measures.