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The Forest

2017 Staff Recognition Award winners

As the 2016-2017 academic year came to an end, Lake Forest College is honored to recognize staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community by presenting three recognition awards. Winners, who were selected from 31 nominees, received $250.

As the 2016-2017 academic year came to an end, Lake Forest College is honored to recognize staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community by presenting three recognition awards. Winners, who were selected from 31 nominees, received $250.

 

Congratulations to the following 2017 Staff Recognition Award winners:

 

Creating an outstanding student experience: Adrienne Thoms

“Adrienne is extremely supportive of students and goes above and beyond what is expected. For example, she is tutoring one of our Education majors for her upcoming ACT required for admission to the teacher licensure program. She is doing this because she cares so much about our students. Adrienne has also started the Home for Dinner program at the college which supports students who would benefit from connecting with a local family. She heard about this idea from another college and took the initiative to put this in place for LFC students as well.”

 

Furthering academic excellence: BJ White

“BJ is great at making sure students understand their current credit situations and how their experiences abroad affect their overall status. However, he is always available to me to answer my own questions, too, about specific universities or credit systems, about CPC or AAB policies, or any other reason I’d have to reach out to him. When situations arise that seem “fuzzy,” BJ is a person that takes the time to think through a situation to ensure that the student is served, but also that the rules or requirements of the College are followed. He is thoughtful and thorough, and not one that takes shortcuts that can hurt him or students in the end. BJ helps to think through what additional classes or departments are filling and may be best served to offer another. When I have incoming ISEP students, he’s been wonderful about talking through getting these visiting students placed in classes without sacrificing spots that could be filled by transfer or degree-seeking students.”

 

Achieving fiscal sustainability: Ashley Sinclair

“Over the past two years, Ashley has virtually halved cost to the college of our running our study abroad program without limiting student access to study abroad and, at the same time, significantly expanding student choice. Study abroad used to cost $1.2 - 1.3M annually. Next year, we expect study abroad will cost the College $650-700K.”

 

The 31 nominees were: Adrienne Thoms (3), Ashley Sinclair (3), Adam Cortright, Beth Herbert, Karla Finley (7), Cassie Goodpaster (2), Ursula Grzesiuk (2), Andrew Rauen, Liz Snider, Beth Herbert, Luisa Espinoza-Lara, Ray Juarez (2), Omid Salem, BJ White, Cory Stevens, Julia Berkowitz, Aco Petrusevski, Esteban Reyes.