Tradition of Excellence Awards

Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards

The Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards program was established in 1997 through the generous support of The Association of Former Students to recognize and reward superior service in the Division of Academic Affairs. Awardees are those who have made distinguished contributions to Texas A&M University through their dedication, initiative, outstanding achievements, enthusiasm, and attitude in their work. Awards are made annually and include cash gifts and other recognition. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by individuals or groups within The University or The Texas A&M University System.
 
The 2019 Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Award recipients are:

Individual:
Florence Davies, writing consultant III, University Writing Center
Rachelle Dudley , director and chief of staff, Graduate and Professional Studies
Connie Ealy, assistant director, Admissions
Brandie Eneks, senior associate director of admissions, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services
Marc Huffstickler, software applications developer IV, Enterprise Information Systems
James Murphy, assistant director, Admissions
Anindita Sen, software applications developer III, Enterprise Information Systems
Carolyn Stout, assistant director, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Mofie Thomas, business coordinator III, Academic Affairs Business Services
Alma Reneé Weidemann, business administrator II, Research Enterprise Business Services
 
Support Staff:
Gloria Masso, senior administrative coordinator I, Admissions
Karen Washington, administrative coordinator I, Admissions
 
Advancing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion:
Jennifer McGee Reyes, director for assessment and diversity initiatives, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
 
Leadership Excellence:
Shannon Walton, director, Graduate and Professional Studies

Team:
Timothy Powers, director, Aggie Honor System Office
Aftin Blair Alvarado, assistant director, Aggie Honor System Office
 

Award Categories

  • Tradition of Excellence: Staff 
  • Tradition of Excellence: Team Award
  • Tradition of Leadership Excellence 
  • Tradition of Advancing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • With the exception of those applying for a team award, nominees must be staff who are employed at least 50-percent time and have a minimum of two years of service within the Division of Academic Affairs. For Team Award nominees, at least 75 percent of team members should be currently employed with the Division of Academic Affairs and have a minimum of 2 years of service with Texas A&M University.
 
  • Employees with job designations of director or its variants (assistant director, associate director, etc.) and below are eligible to be nominated for all Tradition of Excellence Awards. Employees that support units/departments with administrative functions (i.e., administrative assistant, administrative coordinator, business associate, customer service associate, etc.) shall be eligible for the dedicated Support Staff awards.
  • Tradition of Excellence Award recipients are eligible to be nominated for the award five years after receiving a previous Tradition of Excellence Award.
 
  • Personnel holding faculty designation are not eligible for nomination.

Eligible Units/Offices
Employees within the units of the Division of Academic Affairs are eligible to be nominated for the Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Staff Award. Anyone who works within Texas A&M University or The Texas A&M University System may nominate an employee in the following Academic Affairs units or offices.  Employees of colleges, Galveston, and Qatar are not eligible for these awards.

Provost and Executive Vice President
  • George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Office
  • Office of the Provost

Vice Provost & Chief International Officer
  • Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
  • Office of the Vice Provost & Chief International Officer
  • Private Enterprise Research Center
  • Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience

University Libraries
  • Cushing Library
  • Medical Sciences Library
  • Policy Sciences and Economics Library (Bush School)
  • Sterling C. Evans Library
  • University Press
  • West Campus Library

Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
  • Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity

Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services
  • Academic Affairs Business Services
  • Admissions
    • International Student Services
    • Prospective Student Centers
  • Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center
  • Career Center
    • Professional School Advising
  • Enrollment Marketing
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services
  • Provost's IT Office
    • Data and Research Services
    • Instructional Media Services
    • Open Access Labs
  • Registrar
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid

Vice President and Dean of the School for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development
  • Office of the Vice President and Dean for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

Vice President for Research
  • Commercialization and Corporate Relations
  • Comparative Medicine Program
  • Conflict of Interest and Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
  • High Performance Research Computing
  • MAESTRO
  • Microscopy and Imaging Center
  • Office of the Vice President
  • Research Administration
  • Research Communications and Public Relations
  • Research Compliance and Biosafety Programs
  • Research Development Services
  • Research Enterprise Business Services
  • Research Technology Services
  • Sponsored Research Services
  • Texas A&M Energy Institute
  • Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
  • Texas A&M Institute of Data Science
  • Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
  • Aggie Honor System Office
  • Office for Academic Innovation
    • Instructional Technology Services
  • Office for Student Success
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
  • Provost Communications Office

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (includes the Thesis Office)

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic Success Center
  • LAUNCH
  • McAllen Higher Education Center
  • Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Public Policy Internship Programs
  • Study Abroad Programs Office
  • Transition Academic Programs
  • University Writing Center

Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost
  • Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • ADVANCE Center
  • Callaloo
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Faculty Senate Office
  • International Faculty and Scholar Services
  • Office of the Dean of Faculties
  • Office of External Faculty Recognition

Associate Vice President for External Affairs
  • Office of the Associate Vice President for External Affairs
  • Provost Development Office
  • Public Partnership and Outreach
  • Texas Target Communities

Nomination Materials

Nomination packets must include the completed nomination form and a Statement of Qualifications (three pages or less) that describes why the nominee should be considered for this award. A resume is not sufficient. Please comment on each of the criteria and any other contributions you may wish to address. Include specific examples of activities and service.

Any nomination submitted will be considered for any of the awards for which an individual is eligible. Selection for the Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion awards will be made at the discretion of the committee based on the quality of the nominations.

In addition, the nomination packet may include no more than two, one-page letters of endorsement/support for the nominee. Individuals submitting recommendations should be knowledgeable of the nominee’s contributions to Texas A&M University and indicate their association with the candidate.

Nomination Form - Individual
Nomination Form - Team

Previous Recipients

Tradition of Excellence Award
2018

Kim Andrews, Academic Affairs Business Services
Wayne Pecena, KAMU-TV/FM
Elizabeth Fosset, Admissions Processing
Susan Wolff, Research Communications
Linda Thurman, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies

Leadership Award Recipient: Rachel Krolczyk, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies

Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Katelin Clark, Office of Admissions

Team Award: Writing Consultant Administrative Team- University Writing Center:
Thadeus Bowerman, Florence Davies, Nicholas Cenegy, Stephen McGuire and Nancy Vasquez

2017
Mark Garner, Instructional Media Services
Laura Ann Heard, Office of the Registrar
Georgia Hines, Undergraduate Studies
Mathew Johnson, Office of the Registrar
Jennifer Kuehn, Office of Admissions
Karen Lepley, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Melanie Monroe, Office of the Registrar
Kasandra Phillips, DAL Admission Recruitment
Jennifer Ann Scasta, Office of Admissions
Nancy Vasquez, University Writing Center
 

Leadership Award Recipient: Gayla Christiansen, Texas A&M University Press

Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Amanda Z. Johnson, Public Partnership & Outreach

Team Award: Admissions Customer Service, Office of Admissions:
Joyce Dendy, Stephanie Love, Mike Pickett, Angela Reinecke, Steve Smith and Debbie Turner
 

2016
Blair Alvarado, Aggie Honor System Office
Virginie Blum, Dean of Faculties
Valerie Coleman, Academic Success Center
Margot Goff, Office of Data & Research Services
Jess Junek, Academic Affairs Business Services
Kevin Kraeft, Provost IT Office
Gracie Lara, Public Partnership & Outreach
Barbara Lee, Academic Success Center
Oscar Lopez, Office of Admissions
Angela Parkoff, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Paul Pausky, Career Center
Dale Sharp, Provost IT Office

Leadership Excellence Award: Catherine Roueche Herdman, Office of Admissions

Diversity and Inclusion Award: Mark Dawson, Academic Affairs Business Services

Team Award: Scholarships & Financial Aid, Veterans Service Office Team:
Leah Morales, Clay Bassham, Charlotte Farrington, Rebecca Thompson and Ashley Drake,

2015
Ed Barron, Enterprise Information Systems
Dave Fountain, Enterprise Information Systems
Bridgette Ingram, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Timothy Powers, Aggie Honor System Office
David Tofel, Office of Admissions
Emily Weers, Academic Affairs Business Services

2014
Awards Program Not Held

2013
Jon Buchanan, Office of Admissions
Jane Flaherty, Global Program Support
Jeannie Laird, Academic Affairs Business Services
Alberta Ortiz-Ganem, Office of the Provost
Suzanne Sealey, Scholarships & Financial Aid

2012
Heather Fountain, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Roger Martinez, Office of Admissions
Gloria Masso, Office of Admissions
Michelle Walker, Office of Admissions
Julie Wilson, Office of Graduate Studies

2011
Janie Alcala, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Janet Gonzales, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Kate Karstadt, Office of Professional School Advising
David McMahon, Experiential Education/Career Center
David Louis, Honors and Undergraduate Research
Erin Porter, Scholarships & Financial Aid

2010
Margarette Goss, University Writing Center
Sherrice King, General Academic Programs
Mary Teel, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Angela Vasquez, Undergraduate Studies
Marilyn Yeager, Career Center

2009
Juan Garza, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mary Kathryn Moss, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics
Ruth Schemmer, Career Center
Michael Spies, Office of Admissions and Records
Sarah Wall, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Marilyn Willie, Faculty Senate Office

2008
Nora Cargo, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Kimberly A. Fox, Office for International Outreach
Tiffany Inbody, Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Laura Wimberley, Access Learning Communities
Debbie Hightower, University Libraries

2007
Maria Alves, Office of Latin American Programs
Barbara Lee, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Debra Perez, Student Learning Center
Karen Price, Office of the Registrar

2006
Delisa F. Falks, Office of Student Financial Aid
Jean Layne, Center for Teaching Excellence
Linde Newman, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Dale Pracht, Career Center
Karen Weyel Severn, Office of Professional School Advising
Laura N. Welsh, Office of Graduate Studies

2005
Dhananjaya Arekere, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute
Myra Gomez Gonzalez, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Joseph P. Pettibon II, Office of Student Financial Aid
Chloe Rape, Office of Admissions and Records
Diana Sousares, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Bill Taylor, International Student Services

2004
Patricia DiCuffa, University Writing Center
Debra LaGrone, Student Financial Aid
Barbara McGuirk, Thesis Office
Nancy Simpson, Center for Teaching Excellence
Jennifer Westling, Office of Admissions and Records
Susan Williamson, International Programs Office

2003
Tammy Thomas, Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Mary Lenn Dixon, Texas A&M University Press
Brenda Thomas, Office of Graduate Studies
Samantha Wilson, Career Center

2002
Martha "Marti" Boerema, Career Center
Clifton Paul Griffin, Office of Graduate Studies
Barbara Guidry, Medical Sciences Library
Sallye Henderson, General Academic Programs
Nina "Mike" Randermann, Career Center
Monique L. Snowden, Office of Admissions and Records

2001
Don Carter, Office of Admissions and Records
Violetta Cook, International Programs Office
Linda Shervonne Davis, Computing and Information Services
Adelle Hedleston, Sterling C. Evans Library

2000
Deborah S. Gau, The Career Center
Sylvia J. Mendez, Food Safety Inspection Service Project Management
Brenda J. Smith, Office of Admissions and Records
Julia K. Barker, Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies
Jennifer M. Humphries, The Career Center
Don W. Wood, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning

1999
Ilene Gentry, Office of the Vice President for Research
Kathleen Kenefick, West Campus Library
Donna Lamarche, Center for Academic Enhancement
Mel Lasell, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning
Myra Winters, International Programs for Students
Djuana Young, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships

1998
Anne Blum, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Patricia Cammack, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Ellen Kasari, Laboratory Animal Resources and Research
Okay Okonkwo, Sterling C. Evans Library
Jeanie Salinas, General Academic Programs
Mary Smith, Computing and Information Services

1997
Carole Degelman, Sterling C. Evans Library
Ann Frerich, International Programs Office
Janice Johnson Crockett, Office of the Dean of Faculties
Frances Nelson, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Salley Stansell, The Career Center
Patricia Steele, Faculty Senate Office

2019 Provost Remark & Awards Presentation