Today's Update: Friday, April 9

April 9, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, Two weeks remaining in the spring semester and Commencement is just one month away, so High Five to you for staying strong.  

A special thank you and High Five goes to Dr. Qiana Smith for accepting the role of director of Residence Life, and to Andrew Crow who has agreed to assume the role of senior director of Student Life Facility Operations. Both have been serving as interim directors for quite some time, and they have been instrumental in Student Life’s response to the pandemic. They have done an extraordinary job as leaders in difficult times, and I am very pleased that they have accepted these important roles, effective April 26.  

High Fives to everyone receiving recognition at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony this afternoon. Their accomplishments, perseverance and resilience were especially significant in this year of COVID. You can read more and see all the award winners online at   

High Fives also go to the Student Life team members being honored in the Leadership Awards event. Charity Martin-King (Social Change), Madison Eagle (MCC) and Winston Branch (Res Life) have each won Outstanding Student Life Student Employee Supervisor (sponsored by Student Life’s Student Employment Experience (SEE) program. Madison also won Outstanding Student Organization Supervisor with Take Back the Night. 

The Hayes Research Forum is wrapping up with afternoon after a week of amazing presentations. It was a huge success, and High Fives go to DaVonti’ Haynes, Teresa Kempton Dray and Kerry Hodak for making the event Scarlet and Great. And a High Five to Marketing’s Sarah Sexton, who went above and beyond by repeatedly editing a document for the Forum to be sure it was accurate and up to date.  

My Monday update was about this being Graduate Student Appreciation Week and I wrote about the Scarlet and Great work of our GAAs. Today I want to give them each a High Five: Amari Dryden, Man Yao, Shannon Cogan, Gabby Silone, Caroline Kaltenborn, Brielle Hudson, Stephen Carr, Alex Currington, Noor Khalayleh, Swee-Yang Ashley Yong, Javier Ramirez, Ju’Quay Collyear, Samuel Shallenberger, A'va Dukes, Josh Bensink, Sarah Heemstra, Eric Schutter, Leah Pendarvis, Aliyah Valdez, Charlie Ellis, Jack Lawatsch, Emma Crane, Katie Mulhaney, Zach Snyder, Brittney Hamersky, Tyler Gillespie, Sydney Coons, Zebadiah Sharp, Stanley Pierre, Mia Wilson, Madison Barnes, Jordan Hackmann, John McGowan, Armando Martinez, Allie Carlini, Karsen Kaple, Jessie Lee, Jordan Hansen, Jamrensze De Leon, Christopher Jayaprasanna, Erin Ryan, Noah Connor, Emily Collins, Xander Tabler, Morgan Von Holle, Jaden Royal, Brian Menard, Alyssa Ciango, Ezekiel Peebles and Nicole Chain.  

High Fives to Dr. Xavier De Freitas, Xander Tabler and Terianne Pitts of Residence Life for their outstanding and professional handling of a complex situation.  

George Owusu of Environmental Services (North) gets a High Five for continuing the effort to manage the EVS needs at Lawrence Tower. 

High Five to Tyree Watson of Environmental Services (South) for stepping up when another manager was out recently. 

Have a Scarlet and Great Weekend!