The LSU Division of Student Life & Enrollment held its annual kickoff breakfast Thursday, September 19, 2013 to recognize the outstanding employees and their dedication to the students and the division. Student Life & Enrollment focuses on creating a campus environment that fosters student success and enhances the mission of LSU. The Department of Residential Life is one of seven units under the Division of Student Life & Enrollment and was nominated for five awards and received two at the banquet – the Model Collaboration Award and the Newcomer Award.
The Model Collaboration Award recognized two or more departments that have collaborated in significant ways to improve the division. LSU Residential Life received this award for collaborating with the LSU Police Department. Res Life and LSU PD started the Adopt-a-Hall program to allow students to get to know, see, and interact with the officers in an informal environment in an effort to change the students’ perceptions of officers. The program is also beneficial for the officers to get to know the students they are keeping safe, instead of only interacting with them when rules need to be enforced.
The Newcomer Award recognized the division’s new members that have enhanced the division and its mission through their work. Claire Bullock, the maintenance coordinator for the Family & Graduate Apartments, is known for her impeccable customer service. Claire coordinates all supplies, maintains inventory, and creates the most efficient process for quality assurance and budget management. She trains her crew of maintenance staff to assure all work orders are done quickly and efficiently. A new resident said, “Claire’s picture should be posted next to the words ‘customer service’.” Claire’s supervisor Lori Patterson states, “She leaves the world of Residential Life a bit better because of her actions each day.”
The Department of Residential Life was also nominated in three other categories. Lance Bordelon, communications graduate assistant, was nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. The award recognized the graduate assistants that show strong drive, great enthusiasm, and take great strides to apply what they are learning in the classroom to their work in the division and their department.
Catherine David, assistant director of communications, was nominated for the Purple and Gold Award. This award is to honor those who embody the mission and vision of the division while also displaying LSU pride and commitment.
The Facility Safety Committee was nominated for the Student Life Innovation Award that recognizes a department that has best utilized tools, creative strategies, and innovative thinking to create and refine the program.
The Department of Residential Life is committed to the academic success and personal growth of the campus community. The world-class facilities, scholars, and programs available at residents’ doorsteps consistently prove themselves with on-campus first-year students having higher retention rates to second year, higher GPAs, and higher graduation rates than their off-campus peers. For more information on living in the residence halls, please visit www.lsu.edu/housing.
Jackie Elliott, Res Life Communications Intern