For administrative professional and classified employees
These awards recognize outstanding contributions to the University by employees statewide.
J. Manuel Acevedo
Director, Team Mentoring Program, Assessment & Advancement of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs
For more than 30 years, J. Manuel Acevedo has supported the academic success of underrepresented students at WSU. His leadership has made the university more equitable and inclusive. Manuel created and directs the innovative WSU Team Mentoring Program, a model for institutions nationwide. The National Science Foundation recognized the program in 2018 with its prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Manuel has motivated countless students in STEM fields to complete their degrees. Whether collaborating with faculty, staff, students, donors, or federal agencies, he treats every person with respect.
Information Systems Coordinator, Academic Outreach and Innovation
Since March 2020, Rob Baker has been the technological wizard behind every WSU presidential town hall and more than 100 virtual events for departments across the WSU system. When the COVID-19 pandemic drove many to work remotely, Rob enabled senior leaders to share critical information with the campus community. He set up open links for attendance, bridged the technology from Zoom to YouTube, and ensured that presenters’ materials were queued and ready. He graciously trained everyone—even the university president—to use the technology to broadcast to WSU stakeholders. If last-minute glitches arose, Rob calmly and creatively found solutions. He always approaches work with patience and humor.
Erin B. Carroll
Director, Marketing & Communications, Division of Student Affairs
Erin B. Carroll has been the driving force behind health and safety communications for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her outreach was key to achieving high COVID vaccination rates among students. She spearheaded the Cougs Cancel COVID campaign, which used peer-created content to promote safe behaviors. Erin played a key role in town hall meetings with the WSU community, often serving as the voice for students. She strives for equity and inclusion, ensuring that marginalized students are supported, represented, and heard. Erin is always focused on making the Coug experience better for all students and her colleagues.
Custodian 1, Facilities Services Custodial
Staff in the French Administration and Lighty Student Services Buildings take notice of the meticulous cleaning and maintenance work performed by Norman Fung. Norman works diligently, doing his best every time—not just most of the time. He genuinely cares about the people he serves, as well as his coworkers in Facilities Services. Colleagues know they can count on Norman. He rarely misses work, completes his work on time, and selflessly volunteers when other areas need assistance. Upbeat and friendly, Norman always greets people enthusiastically. His kindness and unflagging work ethic make WSU a better place.
Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture
Zachary Holden’s research and extension work is pivotal to the vitality of Washington’s potato industry. Zach conducts field operations across 20 acres at WSU Othello and oversees personnel. He often works 12-hour days and endures extreme field conditions. His contributions to studies have been so substantive that principal investigators have named him a co-author on scores of publications and presentations. Zach also orchestrates annual industry events. He has been key to maintaining the WSU Potato Research Group’s strong reputation with industry and funding agencies. His mentorship has prepared graduate students for successful careers.
|2021||Robert K. Ames
Maria Clara De Souza
Kathryn L. Dahmen
Kenneth Innami Porter
Julie M. King
|2017||Raul Garza, Jr.
Ann Marie Gooch
|2014||Brandon Anderson (posthumous award)