Michael Morsberger, vice president for development and alumni relations, presented the Student-Staff Excellence Award, which highlighted the accomplishments of a student staff member. Senior Matthew Wilson won for his dedication to the Center for Student Engagement.
“Matthew is an exceptional student coordinator for finances, and has gone above and beyond as a community builder and advocate for student organizations,” Mr. Morsberger said.
He read from Mr. Wilson’s nomination, in which a recommender said, “Matthew is guided by his unwavering dedication to diversity, as well as his guiding principles of high ethical standards and personal integrity, lifelong learning and personal commitment to transformative and engaged activism through education.”
Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz and Ms. Ellis presented the Departmental Excellence Award. The Facilities Operations Reuse Team won for their work developing reuse systems within the GW community. The team has repurposed and donated approximately 3,000 pieces of furniture and given them to GW offices or local charities.
“This effort saves the university money and also supports our overall sustainability goals to serve as better stewards for the environment,” Mr. Katz said.
Provost Steven Lerman took the stage to honor a faculty member for what he called exemplifying “the pinnacle of passion for teaching and learning.” Tara Radin, assistant professor of strategic management and public policy in the School of Business, received the Faculty Excellence Award.
The person who nominated Dr. Radin called her “truly an example of an outstanding professor who goes beyond her duties to help her students and the overall GW community.”
Vice President and Secretary Aristide Collins and Barbara Porter, chief of staff in the president’s office, recognized the Committee on International Student Success (CISS) as an example of an outstanding collaborative partnership. GW’s international student population has grown dramatically, Ms. Porter said, largely in part because of the efforts of CISS. The international student population totaled 3,134 in 2013—an increase from 1,800 in 2005.
“The committee includes over 25 members from offices and departments across the university, and their efforts have enhanced the student experience for our expanding international student enrollment,” Ms. Porter said.
Vice President for Research Leo Chalupa and Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles presented the final category of staff excellence. The award, which 300 individuals were nominated for, went to Director of Research Assessment and Facilitation Patti Lieblich.
“She works across all 10 schools and genuinely cares about researchers’ interests and professional development. The most distinguished researchers typically ask to work with her, while junior faculty are advised to seek her out as they begin to pursue funding opportunities,” Ms. Voles read from Ms. Lieblich’s nomination.