Measuring Success

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As highly experienced professionals, we are proud of what we do — and how we do it. Every day, we are fortunate to see the results of our work reflected in the faces of our students.

2022-2023 Awards

Student Life's highly-qualified staff and outstanding programs and services are consistently recognized; recent awards include:

2023 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice

Sharon Mitchell, PhD, Senior Director for Student Wellness, was recognized as an outstanding practitioner in psychology by the American Psychological Association. Sharon was nominated and endorsed by her peers for her continued work with diverse client groups and patient populations. 

2022 SUNYCUAD Awards of Excellence

The SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence program rewards the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals throughout the SUNY system. The 2022 awards include:

  • Excellence in Marketing - Total Advertising Campaign
    Reason to Celebrate – Opening Week 2021! - Best of Category
  • Excellence in Programs – Alumni Engagement
    Marching Band Century Celebration - Judges Citation

Professional Staff Senate Spotlight Award

Mary Clare Fahey, Human Resources Senior Staff Assistant in Residence Life, was elected for the Professional Staff Senate (PSS) Spotlight Award. Mary Clare was nominated by her peers based on her exemplary service, and continued efforts that support the initiatives of the Inclusion and Diversity committee.

Aaron Maracle, Violence Prevention Specialist in Health Promotion, was awarded the Tom Goodale Exceptional Advising in Peer Education award at the 2022 NASPA General Assembly. Aaron was selected from student nominations based on his commitment to peer education efforts, unique talents as a peer education advisor, leadership ability, and presence as a positive role model for peer educators.  Aaron was specifically recognized for his seven years of service as an advisor, his commitment to improving the craft as a member of the NASPA Peer Education Advisor faculty, and his dedication to developing UB student leaders’ whole selves.

2022 Best for Vets (Military Times) - Student success metrics (completion, retention, persistence, GPA) are the most important factor in determining the relative ranking of schools on this year’s list, followed closely by the range of military-specific resources and the level of financial assistance they offer.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service honors professional staff performance excellence “both within and beyond the position.”

  • Meegan Hunt, Campus Living has held a variety of positions within Campus Living, working on behalf of the health, safety and development of residential students. A staff member for over 20 years, Hunt has been integral to implementing SUNY guidelines to protect students’ health while ensuring their continued educational excellence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She coordinated the move-out process for approximately 6,500 students during the spring of 2020. 
  • Anna Sotelo-Peryea, Health Promotion has been working to cultivate and create a campus culture that promotes healthy, equitable relationships and eliminates sexual violence. As violence prevention program coordinator and associate director of health promotion for Student Life, Sotelo-Peryea is responsible for developing and implementing programs and strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence, and cultivate student skills for healthier interactions.

ConnectLife's University Blood Drive Partner of the Year

Campus Living was honored as Connect Life's "University Blood Drive Partner" of the year. Campus Living has prioritized increased participation at its on-campus events, earning recognition for its unwavering commitment to ConnectLife's mission.

Distinguished UB Alumni Award for Excellence in Supporting UB Indigenous Students

Aaron Maracle (Six Nations, Mohawk), Violence Prevention Specialist in Health Promotion was honored with the Distinguished UB Alumni Award for Excellence in Supporting UB Indigenous Students. The award was presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies at their annual graduation ceremony.

Blackstone LaunchPad Campus Director Award - Ecosystem Builder

UB's Blackstone LaunchPad received the award in recognition of the extraordinary progress our team has made over the past year in the following categories: positioning LaunchPad across your campus divisions to garner support and achieve buy-in;  encouraging strong Stewardship Council involvement; and leveraging local, regional economic development and entrepreneurship to establish key partnerships 

Diversity Scholar - Association for Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS)

UB Counseling Psychologist and Student of Color Specialist, Amani Johnson, was named a Diversity Scholar and will present to the ACCCCS membership about diversity issues as related to clinical practice or the administration of clinical practice at the upcoming ACCCCS conference. The Diversity Scholar Program promotes the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in the ACCCCS membership.

Senior Director of  Student Wellness, Sharon Mitchell, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for providing outstanding service to AUCCCD and exemplary leadership in the field of College and University Counseling Centers.

American Psychological Association

2022 Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology - Sharon Mitchell, Senior Director of Student Wellness

Campus Prevention Network - Seal of Prevention for Safety, Well-Being, and Inclusion

Health Promotion was awarded the Campus Prevention Network's Seal of Prevention for Safety, Well-Being, and Inclusion based on an evaluation of the unit's practice of using evidence-based prevention principles, including socio-cultural relevance, appropriate timing, reach and dosage, evaluated outcomes, use of local data, comprehensive prevention planning, well-trained staff, positive relationships with campus and community partners, and use of diverse methodology.