COLA Staff Members Win UNH Presidential Awards of Excellence

May 17, 2017
photos of Chris Clement and 4 award winners

(L to R) Carla Cannizzaro, Amanda Stone, Marlene Brooks, Chris Clement and Avary Thorne

Hundreds of UNH employees were recognized for their talents and dedication during a staff recognition ceremony May 5 in the MUB’s Granite State Room. In addition, five staff members were awarded the university’s highest staff honor — the Presidential Award of Excellence. Among the five were two staff members from the College of Liberal Arts: Carla Cannizzaro of the Department of English and Avary Thorne of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

“These recipients are the human faces behind our success across UNH,” said Christopher Clement, vice president for finance and administration. “They demonstrate excellence every day.”

University community members nominate colleagues for the Presidential Award of Excellence. A committee of judges selects five nominees whose outstanding work has contributed to the goals of the UNH Strategic Plan to receive the award.

Read the citations that Clement read about Cannizzaro and Thorne.

This post was edited from a longer story in UNH Today.


Doing it all

April 4, 2012

Kevin Sousa in his office

Kevin Sousa, academic counselor in the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded the 2012 UNH Professional Advising Award. This award recognizes a professional advising staff member for excellence across the spectrum of academic advising. Winners are chosen based on their demonstration of genuine concern and respect for students, professional and ethical standards, mastery of advising principles, engagement in activities that enhance and support academic advising at UNH, and overall enthusiasm.

Students, faculty, staff, and advising colleagues strongly supported Kevin’s nomination, citing his tireless efforts to help students succeed and his dedication to his work.

Caitlin Baldwin, the academic counselor for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and 2011 advising award winner, spoke of Kevin’s accomplishments at the award luncheon this year.

“Kevin is the academic advisor for a college that serves over 40% of UNH’s students,” Caitlin noted, “so the sheer number of students he serves is daunting. An academic advisor in a dean’s office must work with advising drop-ins and appointments at any given time. But he or she also must work with a spectrum of issues concerning conduct and disciplinary cases, petitions, prospective students, parents, faculty, study abroad, scholarships, orientations, open houses, and general facilities. Just because I think it’s worth pointing out again—COLA represents 40% of UNH’s students.”

In addition to his on-campus accomplishments, Kevin is also an award-winning country music singer. Just last month, Kevin and his wife, Melissa, came in second place for best country duo in the National Country Music Association’s competition in Tennessee.

“I can’t say for sure,” concludes Caitlin, “but there are either more than 24 hours in Kevin’s day or he has found a way to duplicate himself because I don’t know how else he does it all.”


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