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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 call for nominations opens each year in January and is due at the end of February. The 2022 award nomination window has now closed and 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



 

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 call for nominations opens each year in January and is due at the end of February. The 2022 award nomination window has now closed and 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 call for nominations opens each year in January and is due at the end of February. The 2022 award nomination window has now closed and 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