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2019 Individual Award Winners

Wednesday, September 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Awards & Recognition Committee is excited to announce the 2019 individual award recipients. Every year the AFA Awards & Recognition Committee recognizes outstanding contributions by our members and colleagues. These awards will be presented at the AFA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, December 7. Please join us in congratulating our individual award winners! To learn more about making an In Honor Of gift, click here.

 

2019 award winners

Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award
JOANNE SMITH, VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY – SAN MARCOS

Dr. Joanne Smith currently serves Texas State University as vice president for student affairs. Joanne came to Texas State as the director of residence life in 1992 and later went on to serve as associate vice president for student affairs and director for enrollment management. In 2005, she became vice president for student affairs. For over 40 years, she has committed herself to advancing fraternities and sororities through her leadership on campus and in her organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has previously served the Alpha Pi Zeta Chapter in numerous leadership positions, was the advisor for the Omicron Xi Chapter at Texas State University, and served in the southern region (Texas/Louisiana) as financial secretary and treasurer. Over the last six years, Joanne has committed to shifting the culture of fraternity and sorority life at Texas State by providing resources, being a cheerleader of students and staff, and leading strategically. Dr. Smith has also served as an assistant adjunct professor for education administration and psychological services for over 25 years. Joanne is very involved with the community and was a leader in creating the Achieving Community Together Initiative (ACT), a collaboration between Texas State University and the city of San Marcos. She is a board member of the Bobcat Athletic Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Chamber of Commerce in San Marcos.

 
Jack L. Anson Award

MARI ANN CALLAIS, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, DELTA DELTA DELTA FRATERNITY

Dr. Mari Ann Callais has worked in higher education for over 25 years and her contributions to the field are numerous. Throughout her career, Mari Ann has presented over 600 workshops and keynotes on fraternity and sorority leadership, team building, and values.. She is a sought after consultant to assist with campus fraternity/sorority housing projects and to develop educational curriculum for inter/national organizations, including Pi Beta Phi’s Critical Conversations series, Phi Sigma Sigma’s New Member Education Program, and Alpha Delta Pi’s Ritual Education Program. Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including the North American Interfraternity Conference’s Silver Medal, the Fraternity Communications Association’s Varner Award, CAMPUSPEAK’s Joel Goldman Award, AFA’s Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award, Theta Chi Fraternity’s Outstanding Greek Affairs Professional Award, Southeastern Interfraternity Conference Advisor of the Year Award, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority’s National Outstanding Greek Advisor Award. Mari Ann currently serves as the senior director of special initiatives for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, where she’s been for almost 10 years. She has taught as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University and was director of student organizations/Greek life at Southeast Louisiana State University. She is a past national president, national Panhellenic conference delegate, and foundation board trustee for her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha.

 
Dr. Robert H. Shaffer Award

MONICA LEE MIRANDA, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Monica Miranda has over 20 years of experience advancing the fraternity/sorority profession in numerous, incalculable ways. She has invested in her fraternal organization, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., been a trailblazer in helping with the creation of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), and served the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors at every level. Her AFA service includes the Perspectives editorial board, ORACLE peer review board, Executive Director Search Committee, Graduate Training Track co-facilitator as well as president-elect, president, and past-president. As president, Monica lead AFA through the challenging process of changing its staff model. Monica continues to give back to AFA by serving as the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) chair the past two years and CAS liaison since 2015. Throughout her career, Monica has always made time to mentor new and mid-level professionals and to promote the Latinx fraternal movement in our industry. Her strong work ethic and focus on building partnerships has earned her recognition, including the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Diversity Award and Outstanding Staff Award (Team), Delta Upsilon’s William H. P. Faunce Interfraternalism Award, the Northeast Greek Leadership Association’s Phillipi Award for Outstanding Greek Advisor, NALFO’s Professional of the Year, and AFA’s Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award — to name a few. Monica currently serves as the director of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) at the University of South Florida.

 
Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Awards

DOMINIC GREENE, DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & SAFETY INITIATIVES, DELTA UPSILON INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY

Throughout Dominic’s 20 year career, he has said yes to many volunteer and facilitation opportunities in addition to his service to campuses and inter/national organizations alike. He has served Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, University of South Florida, University of Washington, Northwestern University, American University, and the NIC. Beyond his work responsibilities, he volunteers and facilitates for numerous organizations, including Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Delta Zeta National Sorority, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. His service to AFA is extensive and includes the Code of Ethics Workgroup, First 90 Days co-lead facilitator, Awards & Recognition Committee chair and member, Annual Meeting Planning Team, Graduate Student Experience Committee, and Project Job Search chair.

BYRON HUGHES, DEAN OF STUDENTS, VIRGINIA TECH

Byron Hughes spent much of his career in residence life and student conduct before transitioning to leading the fraternity/sorority community at Virginia Tech. Now serving as dean of students, Byron continues to give back to the field of fraternity/sorority life as well as serving the association in a variety of roles, most recently a lead facilitator for the First 90 Days program. Byron is a committed member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and previously served on their Grand Council. He is deeply committed to having conversations with fraternity men on healthy masculinity.

 


JENNIFER LEUNG, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, WILLIAM & MARY

Jennifer Leung has spent 15 years as a dedicated volunteer of the association in a variety of committee roles, on the board of directors, and as the Annual Meeting chair. She has proven her commitment to interfraternalism as a facilitator for many workshops and leadership experiences for various fraternities and sororities in addition to her work with multiple regional and national associations. Jennifer currently serves as the associate director of student leadership development at William & Mary and maintains her commitment to advancing the fraternity and sorority experience through her continued work with Sigma Kappa Sorority.


MICHELLE MARCHAND, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT, DELTA UPSILON INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY

Michelle currently serves as the senior director of chapter development for Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, but began her fraternity and sorority life career as a Greek life coordinator at Lehigh University helping to instill in her students their ability to create communities of accountability and safety. In addition to her professional work in the field, Michelle has made her mark on the association through involvement in various work groups and committees. Most notably, Michelle served as part of the work group that revitalized the Core Competencies, which will inform professional development opportunities for association members.


KARA MILLER MCCARTY, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF SORORITY & FRATERNITY LIFE, CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Kara has been a long time advocate for the fraternity/sorority profession and served the association, Sigma Sigma Sigma and the Northeast Greek Leadership Association in a variety of roles. Most notably, Kara is the past president of AFA and currently serves as the national vice president of Tri Sigma on their executive council. Kara is a co-author of an article in the Michigan Journal of College Student Development. Kara received the Administrative of the Year award from Cornell University where she has been on staff since 2006. Kara is working on her Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Colorado State University.

 

In Honor Of

The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation invites friends and colleagues to honor award recipients with an In Honor Of gift to the AFA Foundation which will be used to advance the work of AFA through scholarships, grants, and funding for educational initiatives. Please consider honoring these extraordinary professionals today.

To make an In Honor Of gift, click here. Then, please select “In Honor Of” and list the award recipient(s) in the comment box below the tribute notification. The AFA Foundation will share the list of donors with the award recipients following the 2019 Annual Meeting.


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