As a community, we were able to celebrate the talent and commitment of a number of our members by awarding a number of honors at the 2014 WACE.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Lauren Weiner, a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara earned our Volunteer of the Year Award. The chairs of the WACUHO Annual Programs Committee enthusiastically recognized and nominated Lauren Weiner for this year’s WACUHO Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Her nominators wrote:
While it is true that WACUHO is only as strong as its volunteers, the Programs Committee would be at a loss without the drive, organization, and foresight that Lauren possessed for her role. She has taken on the task of coordinating the program drive and review process for this year’s annual conference and has tackled this task with ingenuity and passion. Lauren has overcome every obstacle with grace and determination to ensure that the programs would not suffer. She has been a vital member of the committee and is most deserving of this recognition.
Lauren, we thank you again for your time and effort that contributed to the overwhelming success of the Programs Committee team for WACE 2014.
Jim "JB" Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award
Maggie Malagon, the Director of Housing Business Services at Santa Clara University is our 2014 Jim "JB" Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honoree.
The Jim "JB" Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honors an Association member who characterizes the ideals of partnership, teamwork and imagination, qualities that embody both the Organization and the award’s namesake, Jim "JB" Brock, 40th President of the Association (1996-1997). The Jim "JB" Brock Award winner is selected by the Executive Committee to recognize members whose significant contributions to the Association reflect JB’s legacy.
Our winner has been called a “one of a kind”. Her nominator wrote, She is an adept situational leader working quietly and steadfastly to develop and champion policies of inclusion on her campus and in our organization. Her dedication and support of others has no bounds, whether it be providing job advice, reframing difficult situations, or providing inspirational guidance. This year’s recipient is always present. She is always forward thinking and positive. She displays a humility and vulnerability that begets truth and sincerity.
She has served on the executive committee, participated in a slew of committees, facilitates programs…and continues to show up to learn from any of us who are lucky enough to spend time with her. Maggie, our community thanks you.
Charles L. Miller Leadership Award
The 2014 Charles L. Miller Leadership Award was bestowed upon Suzanne Seplow the Executive Director, Office of Residential and Student Life at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Charles L. Miller Leadership Award is named in memory of Mr. Charles L. Miller, the 30th President of the Association. Throughout his career, Charles L. Miller, better known as "Charlie," exemplified the highest level of dedication to our profession, provided outstanding leadership and role modeling for seasoned veterans and new professionals alike and was known for his tremendous sense of humor. The winner is selected by the Awards and Recognition committee and $250 donation is made to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in honor of the WACUHO Charles L. Miller Leadership Award winner.
This year’s winner of perhaps WACUHO’s highest honor, is a member of our organization that all of us should consider watching, learning from, and connecting with.
The award requires five letters of support. By the deadline her nominator had eleven letters and more folks asking if they could submit one. She received letters from her current supervisor, past supervisor, employees, and colleagues.
As one nominator wrote, There are no pretenses with Suzanne. She treats everyone equally, and approaches every situation with zest and a healthy dose of fun. Which is exactly how Charlie was. Both epitomize what I value most about our association- involvement, leadership, family and fun.
This year, four new members or our organization: Andy Hanson, Darrien Rice, Justin Vacca, and Tanya Yancheson volunteer to help honor our leadership. Each of them reviewed one of Suzanne’s nomination letters, identified qualities shared in the letter that spoke to their needs from a leader/mentor and then shared them with our community during the awards presentation. After the presentation, Suzanne agreed to have coaching/mentor phone conversations with these volunteers. This direct connection between emerging professionals and seasoned leaders is an example of inclusivity and respect Seplow shows in her daily work.
Suzanne, our community and your program continually benefit from your leadership. We honor you.