Division Awards

The Division of Student Affairs welcome nominations for annual awards for Award for Excellence, Students First; Quality Service; New Student Affairs Member and Mentor of the Year Awards.


The purpose of the awards is to recognize an individual who has made a positive contribution to the environment within the Division of Student Affairs and on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.


Only staff and administrators who have been employed within the Division of Student Affairs within the current academic year may be nominated for award(s).


Describe how your nominee has contributed positively to the environment within the Division of Student Affairs and on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.  Be specific and describe in detail how your nominee’s contributions reflect a specific award. An award committee will evaluate the nominations and determine the winners.

Students First Award- “The awards recognize Student Affairs staff members who have demonstrated exceptional service to students, and by extension, have gone above and beyond their job expectations and contributed greatly to overall work of the Division of Student Affairs and the University of Illinois Springfield.”

Quality Service Award- Recognizes an individual who always demonstrates professionalism by serving the needs of the University community. This individual takes the extra step to ensure that all students/clients feel important and welcome and those expectations are not only met, but exceeded.

New Student Affairs Member Award- The New Student Affairs Member Award is presented to a Student Affairs employee who has been employed for less than three years in the Student Affairs profession. Additionally, the recipient shall meet the following criteria and cannot be self-nominated:

  • Be a benefits eligible employee.
  • Have a high degree of integrity and loyalty to the mission.
  • Performs all aspects of his or her job in an exemplary manner.
  • Promotes and maintains a professional manner and dresses appropriately for his or her position.
  • Provides the highest level of service to Student Affairs and the University and willingly goes the extra mile.
  • Demonstrates strong, progressive leadership and accepts responsibilities with a positive attitude.

Students will nominate the Mentor of the Year- Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to serving students in an advisory capacity, either as a group advisor, mentor, or one who is actively involved in the academic and/or personal development of students. This individual promotes student learning and development, through his/her guidance and assistance.