Staff Accolades

Helen Miller

Employee of the Month

May 2024

Helen Miller

University Housing

 

Helen Miller is a Program Director for Budget and Finance for University Housing. Helen handles the budget info for all of Housing and has found ways to streamline processes.
In the words of Helen's nominator: "Helen has many qualities that should recognized. The Fiscal dept is usually overlooked but wears many hats. For a while this dept was short staffed and Helen worked tirelessly to make sure that all the work was completed correctly. She tries to promote a fun work environment by supplying her staff with breakfast or lunch and tries to always be available for questions."

Florida State University’s Division of Student Affairs thanks you for your exemplary leadership qualities and for your care for the staff you serve.

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Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships

Brittany Mueller

Brittany Mueller

Campus Recreation

May 2024: awarded the NIRSA Annual Service Award for outstanding commitment to the inclusion and integration of Special Olympic athletes in the NIRSA Championship Series

Michael Fine, M.S.

Michael Fine, M.S.

Student Union

April 2024: Michael R. Fine, M.S., associate director of the FSU Student Union, has been honored as the recipient of the prestigious Gordon Teigen Meritorious Service Award for 2024. The annual award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to collegiate bowling. Recognized twice as one of the Bowlers Journal’s "Top 100 Bowling Coaches in America," Fine currently represents the interests of all collegiate bowling programs on the USBC Collegiate Advisory Council and serves as Secretary/Rules Editor for NCAA Women’s Bowling.

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Felicia D. Williams, Ph.D. and Andy Johnson

Student Engagement

April 2024: inducted by the Office of Transfer Student Services as Honorary Members into the Tau Sigma Honor Society. Additionally, the Office of Student Governance and Advocacy was awarded the 2024 Transfer Advocate award for the support of FSU's transfer student population through programs such as the Transfer Leadership Program, Welcome FSU, and SGA funding support.

Xavien Johns

Xavien Johns

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

April 2024: selected as a 2024 Jim Rhatigan Graduate Fellow for the 2024 NASPA Annual Conference. This fellowship was given to only 8 Graduate Students around the nation.

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Tyrone "TJ" Johnson

The Career Center

March 2024: received the 2023-24 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award. The Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate advising involving a number of areas including knowledge about curriculum, areas of concentration and career options, sensitivity to pressures and demands on students, good communication skills, and a non-judgmental approach for advisees’ concerns. This award will be presented during a reception on April 23 at 5:30 p.m.

V. Casey Dozier

V. Casey Dozier Ph.D.

The Career Center

March 2024: has been selected as the recipient of the NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Award for 2024! Dr. Dozier will be honored at the NCDA Global Conference in San Diego, California in June. The awards committee was unanimously impressed with how her scholarly pursuits, application of theory to practice, direct career service, teaching, international collaborations, and years of service to the profession not only meet but exceed the essence of each award criterion./p>

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Rana Emad, Jacob Stamm, Sabrina Quiroga, Danny Chiarodit

The Career Center

March 2024: received the National Career Development Association (NCDA) 2024 Graduate Student Conference Scholarship.

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler

University Housing

March 2024: Associate Director Sarah Butler won the Southeastern Association of Housing Officer's prestigious Charles W. Beene Memorial Service Award at this year's conference.


Presentations, Conferences and Exhibits

Rana Emad

Rana Emad

The Career Center

June 2024: presented a session titled “Unlocking International Student Potential through Innovative Strategies for Career Support” at the FloridaACE Professional Development Conference in Jacksonville, FL

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Xavien Johns

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

May 2024: program accepted for NASPA Region III Summer Symposium: Building Tomorrow's Leaders: A Closer Look into FSU’s NASPA and NOLES (N2UFP) Program for Aspiring Undergraduate Student Affairs Professionals.

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Zduy Chu and Freddy Juarez

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life

May 2024: program accepted for NASPA Region III Summer Symposium: Building Community Together: Florida State's Innovative and Sustainable Model for Fraternity and Sorority Life Engagement and Success.

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Angela Chong, Brandon Bowden, Zduy Chu

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

May 2024: program accepted for NASPA Region III Summer Symposium: From A, B, to Z – Lessons Learned and Collaborative Approaches to the AVP Position.

Kari DiDonato

Kari DiDonato

Campus Recreation

May 2024: presented at the 2024 NIRSA Annual Conference on Campus Recreation marketing departments. Shared research on retention strategies, showed the value of Campus Recreation marketing departments, and gave insight and best practices on how to make you and your team most successful.

Xavien Johns

Xavien Johns

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

April 2024: Co-presented at the 2024 Annual NASPA Conference in Seattle under the topic "From NUFP to Graduate School: The Importance of Preparatory Programs and Internships for Graduate Student Success." Our program abstract was "Internships across industries remain a critical component of preparing students for their careers. Students pursuing Master’s in higher education obtaining structured student affair internships remain rare due to few generalists’ professional opportunities prior to graduate school. Creating an internship emphasizing the preparation on both the professional and academic sides of the post-undergraduate experience is essential. Through this presentation, we will explore why creating such internships matter, the advantages for graduate schools, and the impacts on several current graduate students." Presented alongside NUFP Cohort members Asa Lewis, who is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Warren Lor, who is a graduate student at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Lane Washington who is the Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Bolder.

Stephanie Walker

Stephanie Walker

FSU Childcare

March 2024: presented Preparing Pre-Kindergarten Families for the Transition to Elementary School at the March 2024 National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Li Pon

Li Pon

The Career Center

March 2024: presented Guiding International Students through the U.S. Career Landscape at the 2024 Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE) hosted at Florida State University.

Corbin H. Ryder

Corbin H. Ryder

Center for Health Advocacy Research Center

March 2024: presented Utilizing Pedagogical Strategies to Engage Black Men in Leadership Development at NASPA.

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Patrick Marshall

University Housing

March 2024: presented poster session: Higher Education as a Failing System: Examining the Impact of Current Legislation on Support Services for Underrepresented Students

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Raines Baker, Tyliah Parrish, Danny Chiarodit, and Marty Swanbrow Becker

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences showcase this past Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 titled: How Perceptions of University Support of Diverse Students Influence Help-seeking and Help-giving

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Rana Sedeeq and Jinlin Wu

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences showcase this past Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 titled: International Students’ Resilience in U.S. Higher Education Institutions

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Robyn Brock, Trinity Davis, Zac Collins, Madison Merrill, Riley Curls, Amya Stokes, Ryan Short, Barbora Malichova and Cassie Hiatt

New Student & Family Programs

March 2024: presented at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW). The team was comprised of 12 under graduates, three graduate students, and two full-time professionals. The team also participated in the undergraduate case study, the banner competition and applied for the innovative program award and won first place for the undergrad case study. Tara King and Kaitlyn Ritt won first place for graduate presentations, Madison Merrill won first place, Trinity Davis and Zac Collins won second place, Amya Stokes and Barbora Malichova won third place. The team competed in the banner competition and won second place. The team was the Overall Innovative Program Winner for the food recovery project with Sustainable Campus and Seminole Dining.

Maria Zareen, Annie Hu and Chris LaFever, Ph.D.

Maria Zareen, Annie Hu and Chris LaFever, Ph.D.

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the 2024 Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) Summit on March 2: Ethical Dilemmas Supporting Realistic Goals Without Imposing Values on the Client.

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J.J. Jerez, Jake Bucher and Kelechi Nnaji

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the 2024 Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) Summit on March 2: Bridging Realms: Navigating the Intersectionality of Career and Mental Health.

Qiong Li

Qiong Li

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the 2024 Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) Summit on March 2: Self-perceived Employability for People in Mid-career.

Jacob Stamm and Sabrina Quiroga

Jacob Stamm and Sabrina Quiroga

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the 2024 Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) Summit on March 2: Career Indecision and Metacognitions in College Students.

Jacob Stamm and Deb Osborn, Ph.D.

Jacob Stamm and Deb Osborn, Ph.D.

The Career Center

March 2024: presented at the 2024 Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) Summit on March 2: Decoding the Digital Frontier: Information/Communication Technology Trends within Career Development Articles (2009-2022).


Service

Xavien Johns

Xavien Johns

Office of The Vice President for Student Affairs

May 2024: appointed as a NASPA Region III Board Member, serving as the Co-Graduate Representative.

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Tracey Dowling, EdD

The Career Center

March 2024: nominated by peer members to serve another term as Vice President for the Capital Women’s Network 2024-25. Capital Women's Network was established in Tallahassee, Florida in 1978. It was started as part of a conscious and concerted effort to help women advance in business, the professions, and government during an era when women were just beginning to diverge from their traditional roles in the American workforce and move into management, law, accounting, medicine, and even politics.

Ben Wicker

Ben Wicker

University Housing

March 2024: Ben volunteers as an Assistant Cubmaster for Pack 6 in Tallahassee, and recently completed the Scouts BSA Wood Badge advanced, national leadership course. The course is for Scouting volunteers and professionals who work to plan and achieve a set of goals aimed at strengthening the Scouting program at unit, local, state, regional, and national levels. The Wood Badge course can take anywhere from 8 to 18 months to complete.

Ben Wicker

Ben Wicker

University Housing

March 2024: Residential Student Experience Director Ben Wicker started his position as Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) President on March 1 and is representing FSU well!


Accomplishments

Mackenzie Fisher

Mackenzie Fisher, NCC, CCC

Career Center

June 2024: gained the Certified Career Counselor (CCC) credential, successfully completed her CACREP accredited FSU Career Counseling M.S./Ed.S degree, and provided proof of 700+ hours of career counseling related direct and indirect hours

Aline Dort

Aline Dort

Career Center

June 2024: received her Certified Career Counselor (CCC) credential through the National Career Development Association credentialing body. This required Aline to complete 600 hours of career counseling experience in addition to passing a case study blind review exam.

Bryant Harden, Ph.D.

Bryant Harden, Ph.D.

The Center for Global Engagement

May 2024: co-authored a chapter on teaching feminist International Relations theories in the Palgrave Handbook on the Pedagogy of International Relations Theory, published a book review of Development Discourse and Global History: From Colonialism to the Sustainable Development Goals in Mongolia Studies and authored a chapter titled "Becoming a Global Citizen: The Transformative Power of Study Abroad" which is set to be published by Mercer University Press this year in Leveraging Study Abroad Experiences: The Journey Continues.

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Darryl Lovett

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

March 2024: successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Higher Education! The title of his dissertation is “Exploring Administrators’ Perspectives on Cultivating Sense of Belonging Through Black Male Mentorship Programs at Mid-size and Large Predominately White Institutions.”

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Yang Li

The Career Center

March 2024: successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Higher Education! The title of her dissertation is "Charting New Waters: Navigating Intersectional Identities in STEM – A Focus on Asian International Women."


Accolades Archive

2024 DSA Awards