FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS

FIRST-YEAR AWARDS

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Contribution to First-Year Student Success:
This award would go to a faculty or staff member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and/or advising in learning communities, first-year seminars, BSC 101, or UNC 100 during the current academic year.  The committee will give preference to candidates nominated by a student. The winner will receive five hundred dollars for travel to a professional conference or research materials during the 2007 -2008 academic year.

2007 winner - Dr. Allen Shelton, Sociology Department: Dr. Shelton has been one of the guiding forces and leading thinkers in the evolution of learning communities at Buffalo State. His insights and commitment to intellectual rigor and vitality in the first year experience have been extraordinary. In addition, he has invited first year students from Buffalo State to participate in scholarly life at the highest level including conference presentations and publications. In addition, Dr. Shelton taught one of the pilot sections of BSC 101 and made significant contributions to the evolution of the course. Dr. Shelton will receive five hundred dollars for travel to a professional conference or research materials.

Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarly or Creative Achievement:
This award would go to a student that demonstrates superior academic work. The hope is that winner of this award will demonstrate achievement beyond the traditional measure of g.p.a. For example, students who take advantage of opportunities such as service learning, participation in United Nations Day, or Student Research and Creativity Celebration represent the preferred candidates for this award. The student winner will receive two hundred and fifty dollars per semester during the 2007 - 2008 academic year for textbooks or supplies. The runner up with one hundred dollars for the fall semester. The committee will give preference to candidates nominated by faculty or staff member who had the student in the classroom. Students must have freshman status at the time of nomination to be eligible for this award.

2007 winner - Sarah Fehskens: By the end of the first year Sarah will have presented papers at two conferences, the Learning Community Showcase and Ethnographic Dreamworlds, participated in the trip/class to Dublin, Ireland, won our Learning Community student award, been a student in the Honors Program, had an essay published in The Alienist, and maintained a 3.99 average.  Sarah Fehskens sets the standard for a great student.  In the last two semesters Sarah has stepped ahead not only of her cohorts but is more accomplished than all but the best of my senior students.

Outstanding First-Year Student Contribution to Campus Life:
This award would go to a first-year student who gets involved and makes a significant contribution to a campus organization. This could be a residence hall floor, student club, program (such as SSSP or STAR) or even a workplace on campus. The student winner will receive two hundred and fifty dollars per semester during their sophomore year for books. The runner up will receive one hundred dollars for textbooks for fall semester 2007.

2007 winner - Esther Ariyibi: Esther participates in PASO, AASO, and CSO. She is also a PSA on campus. Her nominator points to Esther’s desire to interact with diverse peoples, promote respect, and learn about student leadership as her motivation to engage the campus community to this degree. Esther will receive two hundred and fifty dollars per semester during the 2007 -2008 year for books and two hundred and fifty dining dollars per semester from Campus Life.