Past Recipients

The following individuals have been recognized as award recipients for exemplifying the values expressed in the university’s mission statement, core values and strategic initiatives in an extraordinary fashion:


Spring 2019

  • Jesus Avila, Housekeeper, Facilities Management
  • Odesma Dalrymple, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
  • Amanda Etter, Director, Military & Veterans Programs, Military and Veteran Students
  • Robert Hester, Tram Driver, Public Safety
  • Sybilla Robison, Director, One Stop Student Services Center
  • Joi Spencer, Associate Dean & Associate Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences 

Fall 2018

  • Paul Aden, Lead Mail Specialist, Mail Center
  • Susie Babka, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Molly DiFede, Executive Assistant, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Eric Fritsvold, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Erika Garwood, Associate Director, Graduate Admissions
  • Julene Snyder, Senior Director, University Publications

Spring 2018

  • Humberto Castaneda, Housekeeping Supervisor, Facilities Management
  • Katie Freedman, Assistant Director, College of Arts & Sciences Career Development Center
  • Sarah Gray, Chair and Professor, Environmental and Ocean Sciences
  • Bill McLeod, HVAC Automation Controls Specialist, Office of Sustainability
  • Mary Zetts, Executive Assistant, Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Fall 2017

  • Josh Coyne, Assistant Director for Associated Students, Student Leadership, Involvement and Changemaking
  • Patty Galvan, Business Manager, Facilities
  • Kacy Hayes, Director, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Business
  • Jacquelynn Morganson, Assistant to AVP for Public Safety, Public Safety
  • Kevin Suyoto, Medical Assistant, Student Health Center
  • Elisa Weichel, Administrative Director, Children's Advocacy Institute, School of Law

Spring 2017

  • Edgar Contreras, Systems Analyst, Budget and Treasury
  • Leeanna Cummings, Executive Assistant, Philosophy
  • Ryan Jumamil, Director, Student Support Services, Provost
  • Perla Myers, Associate Dean, Mathematics
  • Karen Oropeza, Executive Assistant, Human Resources
  • Sr. Virginia Rodee, Assist VP for Mission & Ministry, Mission and Ministry

Fall 2016

  • Ben Ariannejad, Duplicator Operator Lead, University Copy and Graphics
  • Jonathan Bowman, Associate Dean, Communication Studies
  • Roxana Burns, Executive Assistant, Mission and Ministry
  • Sam Burt, Laboratory Technician, Engineering
  • Serena Gandara, Assistant Director, Recreation Programs, Campus Recreation
  • Veronica Garza, Lecturer, SOLES

Spring 2016

  • Niki Barrios, Employer Event & Technology Resources Coordinator, Career Services
  • Iris Engstrand, Professor, History
  • Ruben Leon Diaz, Building Maintenance Mechanic, Building Maintenance
  • Paula Morreale, Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Management
  • Kim Parks, Associate Registrar, Summer and Intersession Office
  • Annette Welsh, Associate University Minister, University Ministry

Fall 2015

  • Esther Aguilar, Executive Assistant, Arts and Sciences Administration
  • Janet Engelman, Executive Assistant, Athletics Administration
  • Anne Keicher, Project and Research Assistant, SOLES
  • Mary Kruer,  Associate University Minister, University Ministry
  • Erin Prickett, Honors Program Coordinator, Arts and Sciences Administration
  • Barbara Zackowski, Assistant Director, University Fitness Programs, Campus Recreation

Spring 2015

  • Paul Aden, Lead Mail Specialist, Mail Center
  • Adriana Garcia, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources
  • Bertin Santos, Gardener, Grounds and Maintenance
  • Lorena Silvas, Executive Assistant, School of Engineering
  • Mary Jane Towne-Denton, Financial Aid Counselor, Financial Aid Operations
  • Joseph Yorty, Art Studio Technician, Fine Arts

Fall 2014

  • Anne Alcorn, Executive Assistant, Career Services
  • Nancy Kuelbs, Scheduler, Arts and Sciences Admin
  • John Loggins, Director for Community Student Leadership and Learning, Community Service Learning
  • Keith Macdonald, Laboratory Technician, Biology
  • Maria Cristina Manabat, Executive Assistant, Mathematics
  • Debbie Martinez, Program Officer, Kroc Ins for Peace and Justice

Spring 2014

  • Ana Brown, Executive Assistant, Intl Constituent Relations
  • Meredith D'Angelo, Interim Assistant Dean, Law School Student Affairs
  • Carmen McBride, Executive Assistant, School of Leadership & Education Sciences
  • Andrew Van Der Hoek, Parking Services Systems Analyst, Parking Services

Fall 2013

  • Esiquio Covarrubias, Gardener, Grounds and Maintenance
  • Philip Garland, Director of Annual Giving, Annual Giving
  • Heather Gibb, Executive Assistant, School of Leadership & Education Sciences
  • Jacqueline Kennedy, Director, Manchester Family Child Development Center
  • Carla Petticrew, Executive Assistant, English
  • Annette Welsh, Associate University Minister, University Ministry

Spring 2013

  • Bruce Edwards, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations
  • Linda Scales, Director, Career Services
  • Wendy Tankersley, Executive Assistant, Naval ROTC

Fall 2012

  • Jessica Critchlow, Operations Manager, Center for Health & Wellness
  • Neena Din, Assistant Dean, Arts & Sciences Admin
  • Joanne Draper, Executive Assistant, Sponsored Programs
  • Jennifer Freeman, Programs Officer, Kroc Ins for Peace & Justice
  • Cynthia Thomas-Evans, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education

Spring 2012

  • Alejandro Cervantes, Executive Assistant, Wellness
  • Kathy Marsh, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Fall 2011

  • Jordan Anderson, Lead Desktop Support Technician, Desktop Support
  • Heather Lang, Lead/Sous Chef, Pavilion Dining
  • Mary Timm, Budget & Administrative Manager, Business Services and Admin.

Spring 2011

  • Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President, Student Life
  • Perla Bleisch, Executive Assistant, Law School Administration
  • Pamela Gray Payton, Assistant VP, Public Affairs
  • Antonieta "Tonis" Manriquez, Asst. Director of Student Life Facilities, Operations
  • Jennifer Saliwan, Administrative Assistant, Donor Relations

Fall 2010

  • Anna Cain, Associate Director, Marketing Design Production, Partnerships
  • Debbie Finocchio, Adjunct Instructor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Adriana Garcia, Benefits Specialist, Human Resources
  • Diana Kutlow, Senior Program Officer, Justice
  • Alexandra Mundt, Executive Assistant, Fine Arts
  • Pauline Berryman Powell, Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences Admin.

Spring 2010

  • Melissa Halter, Director, Center for Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Michelle Mullins, Teacher, Manchester Family Child DevelopmentCenter
  • Liza Pagdanganan, Employment Transaction Analyst, Human Resources
  • Grace Pousson, Teacher, Manchester Family Child Development Center
  • Katy Roig, Assistant Controller, Controller's Office

Fall 2009

  • Veronica Fernandes, Lead Custodian, Degheri Alumni Center
  • Melissa Lucas, Event Assistant, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
  • Maura McHugh, Executive Assistant to the Dean, School of Business
  • Dee Aker, Assistant Director, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
  • Moises Baron, Assistant Vice President for Wellness, Student Affairs
  • Greg Zackowski, Executive Director for Student Life Facilities

Spring 2009

  • Tessie Camina, Library Assistant, Copley Library
  • Christopher Burden, Learning Disability Specialist, Disability Services

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