The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has named Carol Petersen, Director of Dining Services at the University of Northern Iowa as recipient of the 2015 NACUFS Midwest Region Distinguished Service Award. Carol received the award in recognition of her exemplary and enduring contributions to the food service industry and to the association, including her service as a member of the NACUFS Board of Directors and as the President of NACUFS Midwest Region.
Bob Frederick, Director of Career Services and Community College Relations, will guide the development of our new student engagement initiative. Work on the project will begin immediately and will involve most units in our division and, ultimately, many others across campus. Thanks to all for participating in the processes that have led us to this point: the division strategic planning effort in 2010; more recent directors retreat and two half-day “concept” sessions with staff from programming units across the division; and the most recent consideration of who should lead the effort.
A new Council of Student Leaders has been created on campus and has begun meeting this semester. Developed by the Office of the Dean of Students, the council is comprised of 31 leaders from across campus, each of whom represents a specific constituency. The council complements the continuing, formal student governance structure that is NISG and seeks to broaden and strengthen the network of engaged student leaders on campus.
The Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award recognizes Professional and Scientific staff from the Regents institutions who have made outstanding professional contributions during their careers. Award recipients are recognized not only the university, but also by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Congratulations to two of our colleagues in Student Affairs who were among the three UNI awardees: Heather Soesbe, Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships and Kristin Woods, Assistant Dean of Students.
The Helping Students Succeed Award acknowledges key partners in other divisions of the University who have contribued to the success of students through collaboration with Student Affairs. Thank you and congratulations to this year's outstanding honorees: Jan Hanish, Assistant Vice President of Administration and Financial Services; Deirdre Heistad, Director of the Liberal Arts Core; Inez Murtha, Director of the Academic Learning Center; and Jean Neibauer, Director of Academic Advising.