DAESA Awards Ceremony

Numerous and diverse division awards are presented by DAESA units to faculty, staff, and students in spring. These awards are intended to honor and recognize outstanding accomplishments and efforts in support of undergraduate student academic success throughout the academic year.

Recent Event

2024 DAESA Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 26, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the WSU Pullman campus

List of Awards and Honors Presented at the DAESA Awards Ceremony

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Academic Success and Career Center’s College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Level I Certifications

Presented to student peer tutors who complete special coursework plus more than 25 hours of active tutoring.

YearFirst NameLast NameMajor(s)
RachelJonesEconomic Sciences
LoganWillisMechanical Engineering
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JadeChamberlinMechanical engineering
KaceCottamComputer science
DylanDeblasioEconomic sciences and finance
JoeMcReynoldsChemical engineering
HalenWalkerMaterial sciences engineering

Academic Success and Career Center’s Employer of the Year Award

This award began in 2024 and recognizes a company or organization that makes exceptional efforts to further students’ successes and achievements in terms of employment.

YearEmployer Name
2024Enterprise Mobility

Common Reading Excellence Award

Recognizing exceptional efforts by faculty and staff surrounding the use of the year’s shared text to create dialogue within and beyond classrooms on topics raised in the book.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024KristinBeckerCurator of Education and Programs, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of ArtWSU Pullman
MichaelHollomanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of ArtWSU Pullman
2023JulianAnkneyInstructor and coordinator of Native American ProgramsEnglishWSU Vancouver
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CoreyJohnsonFacultyWSU LibrariesWSU Pullman

Distinguished Scholarships Ambassador Award

Recognizing valuable contributions made by faculty and staff to the program and the student applicants for prestigious, nationally competitive awards that it supports.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024AmyWhitcombInstructor and Graduate Writing Center CoordinatorWSU Writing ProgramWSU Pullman
2023KayBrothersRetired Advisor and ProfessorCollege of Veterinary MedicineWSU Pullman
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NicholasLovrichEmeritus Regents ProfessorPolitics, Philosophy, and Public AffairsWSU Pullman
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William "Bill"DavisAssociate Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate EducationSchool of Molecular Biosciences, College of Veterinary MedicineWSU Pullman
2019LarryClarkEditorWashington State MagazineWSU Pullman
2018RobinBondAssistant DeanHonors CollegeWSU Pullman

DAESA Excellence Award

Honors those whose exceptional contributions to the division, its programs, and student success made a significant difference throughout the year.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleAward Category
2024AliBretthauerDirector, Cougar Success Programs in the Office of Academic EngagementAdministrative/Professional
JaclynGotchProgram Assistant, Office of Undergraduate ResearchClassified Staff
DanielRieckWebsite Administrator, Division of Academic Engagement and Student SuccessAdministrative/Professional
OmarUrbano-RendonEmployer Relations Coordinator, Academic Success and Career CenterClassified Staff
2023AmandaMorganAssociate Director of ASCCAdministrative/Professional
AprilSeehaferDirector of the Distinguished Scholarships ProgramAdministrative/Professional
ErinRaponeAdministrative and Communications manager for OAEClassified Staff

Learning Communities Excellence Award

Honoring First-year Focus faculty who make collaborative and significant efforts to help entering first-year students make meaningful connections with peers, faculty, and new experiences they encounter.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024BrennaMillerFirst-Year Focus faculty, and History 105 professorHistoryWSU Pullman
2023GriffinHoganResidential Education Director at Olympia HallHousing and Residence LifeWSU Pullman
GrantMonginResidential Education Director at Stephenson North HallHousing and Residence LifeWSU Pullman
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KarenPhoenixProfessorHistoryWSU Pullman

Office of Academic Engagement’s College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Level I Certifications

Presented to student peer tutors who complete special coursework plus more than 25 hours of active tutoring.

YearFirst NameLast NameMajor(s)
2024TressaCookWildlife Ecology and Conservation
ElinaDayPsychology and Art
LexiForgueCriminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology
AlexisHoversonAnthropology and Psychology
JaylonLumarFinance and Political Science
EduardoSaletaGenetics and Cell Biology
LuisSoteloCriminology and Comparative Ethnic Studies
CamaelTurnerSocial Sciences
2023JonahBatesCriminal Justice and Criminology
KrystalFloresWildlife Ecology and Conservation
RyleyGriffithsAnimal Science and Animal Management
CollinHelselCriminal Justice and Criminology
JasminePaynePsychology (Criminal Justice minor)
VanessaSolorzano CardenasNeuroscience

Office of Academic Engagement’s College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Level II Certifications

These student peer tutors have completed additional requirements to move to the next level of certification.

YearFirst NameLast NameMajor(s)
2024KrystalFloresWildlife Ecology and Conservation
CollinHelsonCriminal Justice and Criminology

Office of Academic Engagement Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

Recognizes exceptional leadership, service, and dedication over a period of time.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024ErinRaponeFinance and Admin ManagerOffice of Academic EngagementWSU Pullman

Office of Academic Engagement Staff Excellence Award

Heralding the team member whose exceptional contributions of the past year have advanced student success, and who exemplifies the characteristic spirit of the office’s community.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024LaurelSchimelfenigCoordinator Lead of STEM SSSOffice of Academic EngagementWSU Pullman
2023JosefinaGalvan-BarajasAssistant Director of College Success ProgramsOffice of Academic EngagementWSU Pullman
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OscarMartinezCoordinator of the Veterans Student Support Services programOffice of Academic EngagementWSU Pullman

Recognition of Excellence in Support of Undergraduate Research Award

Honoring those faculty and staff who support undergraduate research programming and students in unique and important ways.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024AlanGoodmanAssociate ProfessorSchool of Molecular Biosciences, and Paul G. Alan School for Global HealthWSU Pullman
2023AndreiSmertenkoProfessorInstitute for Biological SciencesWSU Pullman
Donelle “Dee”PoseyProfessorPsychologyWSU Pullman
SamanthaGizerianAssociate Dean and Professor Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, College of Veterinary MedicineWSU Pullman
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JavierGarzaInformation Systems ManagerAcademic Success and Career CenterWSU Pullman
BryanHerronInformation Systems ManagerDAESA/Academic Success and Career CenterWSU Pullman
DanielRieckWeb Coordinator and DeveloperDAESA/Communications and MarketingWSU Pullman

Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Honoring UCORE faculty on every campus who help undergraduates progress toward achieving WSU Learning Goals and Outcomes.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024TammyCrawfordAssociate ProfessorSport ManagementWSU Pullman
2023LisaCarloyeAssociate ProfessorBiologyWSU Pullman
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TahiraProbstProfessorPsychologyWSU Vancouver
AnnaWhitehallProfessorHuman DevelopmentWSU Pullman

Smith Teaching and Learning Awards

The Smith grants since 2000 have funded dozens of projects that led to teaching endeavors that have impacted the educations of thousands of WSU students. They focus on one or more faculty who have ideas to improve class instruction. Projects can stretch over the course of an academic year.

YearFirst NameLast NameCollege or ProgramProject Title
2024LeahBrueggemanCAHNRSRevising an Introductory Course by Incorporating Hybrid Learning Tools for Flexible Delivery
ArmineGhalachyanCAHNRSFostering Inquiry and Practice in Sustainability Through a New UCORE Class
SimingGuoCAHNRSEnhancing Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology Learning through Integrating 3D Apparel Simulation into Hands-on Projects
ColinLehman-ChongVCEAThinking Inductively about Chemical Process Safety
VCEAIncreasing Extracurricular Engagement of First-Year Engineering Students
CarolynRossCAHNRSPractical Food Science
Center for Civic Engagement
Projects with a Purpose: Service-Learning in HD 205
SarahWhitleyCASFrom Understanding to Creating: Scaffolding a Department Signature Assignment for Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Across the Curriculum

Transfer Champion Faculty/Staff Award

Honoring those faculty and staff who work with internal and external stakeholders to break down barriers and showcase successful, equitable transfer pathways and transition for students.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
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RaneneRoyerSenior Admissions Counselor/Transfer LeadOffice of AdmissionsWSU Pullman

UCORE Ambassador Award

Honoring faculty who carry the spirit of general education to the WSU community.

YearFirst NameLast NameTitleDepartmentCampus
2024CoreyJohnsonInstruction and Assessment LibrarianHolland and Terrell LibrariesWSU Pullman
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Ella KisorStudentInternational business and Spanish (majors)WSU Pullman

Writing Program’s Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Award for Outstanding Contributions to Writing Center Initiatives

Honoring students serving as peer consultants who made tremendous impacts on the center and its clients.

YearFirst NameLast NameMajor
JoelKemegueEnglish/Creative Writing
AbbyOwensEnvironmental Science
AkiraParkEnglish Teaching
2023PuneetBsantiPrint Journalism and English
JamieDiamondEnglish Education
GeromeDosonoWildlife Ecology
AjaUesatoCivil Engineering
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JelaniChristopherPolitical science
JoshLatellaMath education
AllyPangCreative writing
TaijaWilliams-AdamsCreative writing