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Division of Student Affairs Recognizes Staff, Students in Inaugural Ceremony

Department: Division of Student Affairs


On Tuesday, March 29, Student Affairs took time to recognize those who have provided outstanding service and contributions to the division. During the inaugural ceremony, which took place in the CUB Senior Ballroom, six awards were presented to nine unique individuals and a local organization who have contributed to the work and mission of Student Affairs.

The division commended Amber Morczek and recognized her dedication to WSU’s Violence Prevention Programs by presenting her with the Outstanding Student Award. This award intends to recognize the contributions made by an undergraduate or graduated student who demonstrates outstanding leadership within Student Affairs. The division also recognized Jenny Burke, who received an honorable mention.

Gail Casper and Edwin Hamada both received this year’s Student Affairs Pillar Award. This award is given to a staff member who has provided consistent leadership and work for five years or more in the Division. For 13 years, Casper has directed the WSU Upward Bound programs in Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket and Oroville high schools. She leads her team in providing services to 110 low-income potentially first-generation students each year.

Hamada serves as the Director of Residence Life and works with his team to provide the foundation for the excellent work being done in the halls. The Division also wished to honor the work and contributions of Mike Markley as a Pillar Award Honorable Mention.

As the Assistant Director of Community Relations and Outreach, Marcela Pattinson is this year’s recipient of the Commitment to Diversity Award. Pattinson works for the Office of Multicultural Student Services and provides her colleagues a unique perspective on the dynamics of higher education from the eyes of a bi-cultural individual.

Adam Jussel currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of Student Conduct and is recognized as this year’s Outstanding New Staff. Hidegarde Velasco also received special recognition for her contributions to the Division with an Honorable Mention. This award to recognizes excellent contributions by a staff member who has worked within Student Affairs for less than 5 years.

Finally, the recipient of the Community Partner Excellence Award was Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse serves victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in both Latah and Whitman counties. The intention of this award is to recognize a community organization or individual who continually collaborates with Student Affairs. Karen Weathermon also received an Honorable Mention for her ongoing partnership with Student Affairs.