Laurel Awards

Each year we celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of our outstanding staff members, student employees and the Division of Student Affairs at the annual Laurel Awards ceremony.  Individuals and departments who go above and beyond in their roles and transform lives at the University are recognized.

Nominees are recommended by their peers, supervisors, staff, and students for their outstanding work and dedication. The nomination process takes place during the spring semester and the important dates are provided below.

Award Descriptions Submit a Nomination

We look forward to recognizing the excellent work of the Division and all of our staff. If you have any questions please contact Alejandro "Alex" Castaneda at

Important Dates

  • Submissions open: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
  • Submissions close: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Laurel Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Committee Members for 2021-2022

  • Alejandro "Alex" Castaneda, Chair, Housing and Residential Life
  • Zachary Bemmel, Vice-Chair, Wellness and Recreation
  • Parker Shepphard, Student Center Complex
  • Suzanne Nelson, Camner Center for Academic Resources
  • Tery Ortega, Dean of Students Office
  • Vanessa Kania, LGBTQ Student Center
  • Brynne Wyatt, Student Activities and Student Organizations
  • Stephanie Grossman, Graduate Student Representative, Student Activities and Student Organizations