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Student Affairs and Enrollment Management "Shining Star"

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is full of employees who exemplify an attitude of service to students, staff, and their community. They brighten up the workplace and are always willing to go that extra mile. If this description fits an employee who works in your department, or any other, please consider nominating that person to be recognized as a Student Affairs and Enrollment Management "Shining Star".

Nominations should be emailed to jenbland@email.arizona.edu. Please include the following:

  • Name and email address of nominee
  • Department name and supervisor of nominee
  • Two or three sentences explaining why you feel this person is a "Shining Star"

All Student Affairs and Enrollment Management employees – classified, appointed staff, and students – are eligible. One "Shining Star" will be chosen each month and will receive a certificate of recognition along with a gift card to the Student Union.

Recent Winners

Jessica Crombie

Jessica Crombie

Residence Life

Jessica Crombie, Coordinator of Leadership Development for Residence Life, also serves as the primary advisor to the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the second largest student group on campus. Hannah Lozon, who nominated Jess for the Shining Star award, explains that "RHA is in the thick of executive board elections right now, and Jess has been working incredible amounts of overtime." Recently at the IACURH regional conference "Jess also helped our student delegation complete a successful bid to host a residence life student conference in 2013, and UA won 4 awards at the regional level!" Hannah concludes that Jess is "simply amazing… and a shining star in our department!" Congratulations Jess!

Lee Ann Hamilton

Lee Ann Hamilton

Campus Health

Erin Strange nominated Lee Ann Hamilton because "she LOVES working with students." Lee Ann, Assistant Director at Campus Health, "is a dedicated employee who has a true passion for her work and her collaboration with her coworkers and other campus departments."


Stefanie Basij

Stefanie Basij

New Student Services

Jen Ludwig nominated Stefanie Basij, Senior Coordinator for New Student Services, for being "a wonderfully supportive colleague who is willing to step in and help with a project or lend an ear... Her days consist of long hours and stressful situations, [but] she handles it all with kindness and humor."

Joseph Lara

Joseph Lara

Campus Recreation

Joseph Lara is a graduate assistant who provides IT support to Campus Recreation. According to nominator Ron Roberts, Campus Rec now has a low-cost virtual computer lab for onsite training, and Joseph's "contributions and efforts have been a significant part of Campus Rec's continued success."


Melanie Fleck

Melanie Fleck

Campus Health

Melanie Fleck was nominated by Erin Strange who says that Melanie "inspires others with her dedication and passion." Melanie was originally hired by Campus Health through a grant, and because of her energy, inspiring attitude, and will to go above and beyond, she was hired to stay on as an outreach specialist for Campus Health's new Suicide Grant.

Karen Hale

Karen Hale

Early Academic Outreach

Karen Hale was nominated by Abra McAndrew who feels "the best testament to Karen's excellence is the success of the students she works with." Karen is an Early Outreach Counselor working with the Tucson GEAR UP Project through which she encourages low income, first generation college students to pursue higher education. She has earned this award for her efforts to diversify and increase the quality of the UA student body and by improving the connection between the University of Arizona campus and the Tucson community.