most promising 2015

15th Annual
Division of Student Affairs
Celebration of Excellence

Friday, June 9, 2017

Location: Broome Library Plaza

Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner* & Program: 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Attire Preferred
(No Denim Allowed)

Invitations will be distributed in April.

*A buffet dinner consisting of a mixed green salad, garlic herb and rosemary grilled chicken breast, garlic mashed potatoes, lemon garlic sautéed vegetables, vegan roasted vegetable pot pie and assorted mini cupcakes. In addition to iced tea, strawberry lemonade, water, and coffee, a cash only, no-host bar will be available. Please no outside food or beverages.

Should you require accommodations for food allergies or would like a vegetarian or vegan option, please Courtney Ellis at ext.2091 or by Friday, May 26, 2017. 


The Celebration of Excellence recognition program was created in 2002 as a venue for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at CSU Channel Islands (CI) to recognize and appreciate dedicated and loyal staff and administrators who contribute to the University’s and DSA’s success. This program is comprehensive in that it recognizes and rewards staff and administrators for their courageous, innovative, and unprecedented efforts as well as their sustained excellence in fulfilling their responsibilities and service to the DSA and CI. 

Recognition Categories

The Celebration of Excellence recognition program encompasses the following awards: the Core Value Awards, the Spirit of Excellence Award, the Dr. Sawyer “Doc” Bobble Head Award, and the Pillar of Excellence Award.


The Celebration of Excellence Awards are presented to full-time employees within the Division of Student Affairs who have served in the Division for at least one full year (staff and administrators must meet this requirement by the nomination deadline). Award recipients are now eligible to receive the same award two consecutive years. Although an individual employee can be nominated for more than one Core Value Award, employees can only receive one Core Value Award per year. Each award has specific nomination requirements and selection criteria.


Core Value Awards: These Core Value Awards are presented to staff and administrators in the Division who exemplify one of five DSA core values: collaboration, commitment, diversity, excellence, and integrity. A maximum of one award for each of the DSA core values will be awarded annually. It is likely that employees nominated for one core value may also demonstrate strength in one or more of the remaining four core values. 

Spirit of Excellence Award: This award is presented to up to two colleagues outside the Division for their integrity, unwavering commitment to student success, spirit of collaboration in an environment characterized by adversity, and continuous collaborative efforts in the pursuit of excellence.

The Dr. Sawyer “Doc” Bobble Head Award (student selection): This award is presented to one employee in the Division whom students believe best exemplifies the Division’s core values. This award is presented at the Student Assistant Celebration in April.

Pillar of Excellence: This award is presented to an employee in the Division who has demonstrated an exemplary level of integrity and professionalism within the Division and University. The Pillar award is considered the Division’s Employee of the Year Award. 

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations must be submitted electronically.
  • Use a separate nomination form for each nominee and for each award.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations will only be accepted from employees within the DSA.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Only nominations for individuals will be accepted.
  • Nominations must be received by the deadline (5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017).
  • Individual nominators may nominate a candidate in more than one Core Value Awards category.
  • Multiple nominations submitted for one person do not guarantee that individual as the winner of that category.
  • Each award nomination should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words. 

Nomination Forms

Nominations are being accepted online for the following awards:

The deadline for all award nomination submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. 

For award criteria, definitions and the selection process, please view the DSA COE Award Criteria information sheet located on the S Drive at S:\1 DIVISIONWIDE INFORMATION\5 EVENTS\CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE\Celebration of Excellence Award Information.

Share Your Achievements!

At each Celebration of Excellence, the DSA recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of staff in the areas of education, awards, presentations and publications for the past year. The Qualtrics form is now available to submit your achievements for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for achievement submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017.


For questions about the above or for more information regarding the Celebration of Excellence, please contact Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Analyst at 805-437-2091 or