The Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is presented to 13-14 graduating seniors who are nominated by staff in the Division of Student Life. The nominations are open in early spring semester. The students must have excelled in two or more areas of student life. Award winners are selected by a committee of student life staff members who make recommendations to Dr. Bosco, who makes the final selections. The award has been in place since 1999. The award winners receive a plaque with their pictures and an engraving. The professionally-done pictures are taken at the students' favorite campus locations, giving them a lasting memory of their K-State days. There is a reception for the awards, which is attended by family, friends, supporters, staff, and faculty of each student.
Kansas State University Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco, front left, with the winners of the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. From front left: Shakyra Everett, Madeline Frankel, Mohri Exline, Emma Barnett, Kaitlin Flores, Yubisela Toledo, Carlos Morales and Patience Ivy; and from back left: Logan Gideon, Jessica Van Ranken, Andrew Hurtig, Maxwell Braasch, Jordan Reinhardt and Taj Brimmer.
Emma Barnett, Maxwell Braasch, Taj Brimmer, Shakyra Everett, Mohri Exline, Kaitlin Flores, Madeline Frankel, Logan Gideon, Andrew Hurtig, Patience Ivy, Carlos Morales, Jordan Reinhardt, Yubisela Toledo, Jessica Van Ranken
The Putting Students First Award is presented to one full-time teaching faculty member and one full-time staff member who work in the Division of Student Life (all of the areas that report to Dr. Bosco). The nominations are open in the early spring semester. Any student, faculty or staff member may nominate someone; however, a student must either be be the nominator or write a letter of support for the nomination. Award winners are selected by an award committee made up of staff members in the Division of Student Life serving on the Staff Development Committee. The award has been in place for at least six years. The award winners receive a plaque at a reception attended by department members, faculty, friends, and family of all recipients and nominees. Award winners also receive a monetary award. Other nominees receive a certificate.
Faculty: Trisha Gott was awarded the Putting Students First Award for Faculty for her exemplary role as the director for service learning at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Gott was nominated by Byron Williams.
Staff: Brandon Haddock was awarded the Putting Students First Award for Division of Student Life Staff for his commitment and service to the LGBT Resource Center. Haddock was nominated by Andy Thompson.