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Awards and Recognition

The following awards are presented annually by the First Year Experience unit in the Office for Student Success.
 

Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award


Purpose: Recognize a faculty or staff member for significant and extraordinary contributions to the development of undergraduate first-year students and involvement in high-impact practices for first-year student success.

Award: Recipient receives $500 and a plaque. The winner of this award will be submitted for consideration for a national level Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award through the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 

Eligibility: Texas A&M faculty and staff in College Station, McAllen, Galveston and Qatar may be nominated for the award. 

Contact: Meredith Malnar, (979) 845-1331, hullabaloou@tamu.edu

Timeline:  The nomination submission form is currently open and is due March 8. The award will be announced at the HU All-Instructor Symposium on May 16. 

The award nomination includes:
  • Letter of Nomination with supporting narrative (from Nominator) -- not to exceed 5 pages
    • Should include examples of the nominee's efforts and attributes that make them an advocate for first-year students and addresses the following:‚Äč
      • Describe the nominee's efforts and attributes that make them an advocate for first-year students;
      • Provide evidence of the impact of the nominee's efforts on first-year students
      • Provide evidence of the impact of the nominee's efforts on the culture of the institution, college, or unit
  • Nominee's Resume/CV
  • Supporting Letter(s) from Faculty, Staff, or Students - there is no strict limit, however a max of 2 per type (faculty, staff, student) is typical
2022- Sahar Mari



 

Hullabaloo U Instructor of the Year Award


Purpose: Recognize one Hullabaloo U Instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made a positive impact on students. 

Award: Recipient receives $500 and a plaque.

Eligibility: Texas A&M faculty and staff in College Station, McAllen, Galveston and Qatar who have served as an instructor of a Hulllabaloo U certified course during the previous year may be nominated for the award. 

Contact: Meredith Malnar, (979) 845-1331, hullabaloou@tamu.edu

Timeline: The nomination submission form is currently open and is due February 17. The award will be announced at the HU All-Instructor Symposium on May 16. 

In January, students can submit nominations of Hullabaloo U instructors who:

  • Help students achieve academic success, discover and connect with Texas A&M University, and promote personal development, wellbeing, and social responsibility

  • Use interesting, interactive, and varied methods to facilitate student learning and achievement of course outcomes

  • Encourage and facilitate meaningful class discussions

  • Display enthusiasm for the course and students

  • Express care and concern for student success and wellbeing

  • Promote an inclusive, enjoyable, and welcoming environment and demonstrates respect for students

  • Develop meaningful relationships with students by being personable, approachable, and available both in and out of the classroom

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to course content

  • Motivate and inspire others by their passion for learning and personal commitment to each student

  • Demonstrate a sustained commitment to professional growth as an instructor and to the Hullabaloo U program

  • Create an intentional and effective course design that reflects best practices and provide an appropriate balance of challenge and support




 


Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor of the Year Award


Purpose: Recognize one Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor who demonstrates exemplary support within a first-year course and has made a positive impact on first-year students. 

Award: Recipient receives $500 and a plaque.

Eligibility: Texas A&M students in College Station, McAllen, Galveston and Qatar who have served as a peer mentor of a Hulllabaloo U certified course during the previous year may be nominated for the award. 

Contact: Bradley Burroughs, (979) 458-6117, hullabaloou@tamu.edu

Timeline: The nomination submission form is currently open and is due February 17. The award will be announced at the HU All-Instructor Symposium on May 16. 

In January, students can submit nominations of Hullabaloo U peer mentors who:

  • Helps students achieve academic success, discover and connect with Texas A&M University, and promote personal development, wellbeing, and social responsibility

  • Uses interesting, interactive, and varied methods to facilitate student learning and achievement of course outcomes

  • Encourages and facilitates meaningful class discussions

  • Displays enthusiasm for the course and students

  • Expresses care and concern for student success and wellbeing

  • Promotes an inclusive, enjoyable, and welcoming environment and demonstrates respect for students

  • Develops meaningful relationships with students by being personable, approachable, and available both in and out of the classroom

  • Demonstrates knowledge related to course content

  • Motivates and inspires others by their passion for learning and personal commitment to each student

  • Demonstrates a sustained commitment to personal growth as a peer mentor and to the Hullabaloo U program