In 1995, Eileen Coughlin, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, introduced a new tradition of acknowledging staff members and their contributions with a Nakama award. Each year, division members have an opportunity to nominate a colleague who has fostered the division’s traditions by excelling in any of the following areas:
- Demonstrate outstanding commitment to the development or support of students
- Create or significantly contribute to initiatives which promote student success
- Strengthen the Division’s work within the University and larger community
- Provide dedicated and consistently excellent service to students and/or the Division
Christian Urcia, Nakama’s 2017 Award recipient
Each year, the Nakama award goes to a member of our division whose work exemplifies an ongoing and dedicated commitment to supporting our students and to strengthening the work of our division.
Christian has brought creative expertise to the division and provided consistent and outstanding service in the work he does with students. He challenges and supports the development of leadership capacities in our students, creating more engaged, successful and happy students.
Christian has been with Western for three years – serving as a Residence Director for two years in Mathes Hall, and most recently as the Apartment Coordinator in Birnam Wood where he has spent time advocating for creative solutions to promote students’ personal and social wellbeing. Under his leadership, each of these areas has built a strong sense of community and been recognized for that as the ‘Hall of the Year’ winners in each of the last three years. This is most notable for Birnam Wood – this year’s award recipient for the first time in 17 years.
He led this year’s diversity poster contest in University Residences and more recently was part of a panel discussion on student success at the Board of Trustees meeting this past June. Congratulations Christian.
|2017||Christian Urcia, University Residences|
|2016||Tina Loudon, Academic and Career Development Services||2015||Nate Panelo, Ethnic Student Center|
|2014||Dong Vo, University Residences|
|2013||Janet McLeod, Enrollment and Student Services|
|2012||Lori Larkin, Admissions|
|2011||Sally Abbott, University Residences
John "Fuzzy" Fuchs, Athletics
|2010||Jean Meyer, Financial Aid|
|2009||Michael Postlewait, University Residences|
|2008||Kurt Willis, University Residences|
|2007||Dixie Doran, Registrar's Office|
|2006||Lynda Goodrich, Athletics
Chris Roselli, Admissions
|2005||Connie Copeland, Special Assistant to VP|
|2004||Jules McLeland, Child Development Center
Emily Gibson, Student Health Center
|2003||Margie Conway, Admissions|
|2002||Jennifer Pickeral, Admissions
Kevin Majkut, Student Activities
|2001||Lynn Thomas, Registrar's Office|
|2000||Deborah Frost, University Residences
Renée Murray, Career Services Center
|1999||David Brunnemer, Student Support Services|
|1998||Patricia Fabiano, Prevention Health and Wellness|
|1997||Anna Carey, New Student Programs/Family Outreach
Sonia Arevalo-Hayes, Student Support Services
|1996||Kay Rich, University Residences|
|1995||Jack Smith, Student Activities|
Their names have been added to a plaque that resides in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.