Past Awards

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

Janet McLeod, 2013  NAKAMA Award Winner

Congratulations to Janet McLeod, NAKAMA's 2013 award recipient.

Janet has seen many changes over the course of more than 16 years in the division of Enrollment and Student Services but what hasn’t changed is her commitment to the division or to Western.

While not on the front lines of serving students, Janet builds and maintains the budgetary foundation to make crucial services happen and serves on a number of campus committees and workgroups aimed at improving our systems and providing better service to our students. She helps maintain a balanced budget and ensures we are compliant with established policies and procedures and meet critical deadlines. As a colleague said, “Janet brings to budgetary management a deep appreciation of the roles her areas play in responding to students’ needs. She wants students to succeed and to that end does her job with commitment to the success of her budgetary areas.”

Even during the most trying of times, Janet has remained dedicated to the job and to colleagues, consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic, and maintained a positive attitude. A colleague noted that, “Tense times do not throw her off her game. Maintaining clarity of thought and an ever respectful means of communicating common sense solutions is one of her greatest contributions.”

She takes the time to resolve issues and serves as a resource via training, documentation, and other tools to help others in the division conduct their jobs more effectively. She has been described as “a cornerstone to Western’s building and maintaining a community of respect, integrity, and excellence in a quietly competent way.”

As with many professions, when budgetary issues are handled well, great work can largely go unnoticed. Please take a moment to take notice and to take time to recognize Janet for her contributions and dedication to Western and to the students we serve.

The following individuals have received Nakama awards:

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. 


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