Each year the Office of Student Engagement hosts an annual awards ceremony to honor student organizations, student leaders, advisors, and special events throughout the year. This year our very own Paul Whitener received the Campus Partner Award for ‘going above and beyond to assist an organization or organizations with planning and execution of successful campus wide programs.’
At the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, Dexter Sharp, Associate Director of Leadership Initiatives, shared the following about Paul:
This person has proven over and over again how dedicated they are to their job seen in the countless hours outside of normal working hours to help plan, set up, and run extracurricular events with STU. They always give anything that they can to help reduce costs for events such as providing wood or paint pots. They have been described as the easiest person to collaborate with and as always working for the betterment of campus. They have helped students with many projects, being firm but kind in following COVID regulations. They are described as wonderful to work with and as an absolutely outstanding person. Congratulations to Paul Whitener, Assistant Director of Academic Technology, Information Systems in WakerSpace for being named the Outstanding Campus Partner.
Information Systems is proud of how, despite the challenges of the past year, Paul continues to provide safe and meaningful making activities for students, faculty, and staff, both physically and virtually, in the WakerSpace. Knowing that creativity and socializing are key in wellbeing, Paul started WakerSpace Take&Make Challenges. These projects provide an opportunity for campus community members to participate in weekly challenges by picking up an activity bag, then joining Zoom gatherings to receive instruction, socialize, and share their creations. Paul also has led, encouraged, and supported WakerSpace student volunteers and continues to assist faculty in utilizing the WakerSpace technology in their teaching and learning efforts.