Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards: 2018 recipients
It is a pleasure to write this nomination letter for Jennifer Barcelona, coordinator of the Tri-Mentoring Program. For the past nine years, Jennifer has provided invaluable support and leadership through the Tri-Mentoring Program focused on first-generation students that find it hard to integrate into the university. The primary purpose of the Tri-Mentoring Program is a centralized model that offers mentorship opportunities to students of all identities across all faculties. The program matches first-year students with upper-year students in the same program or with similar interests in order to help incoming students successfully transition into their first year at Ryerson.
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Nene Brode exemplifies Ryerson University's commitment to community engagement through her creation and execution of initiatives inside and outside of the campus. Nene has not only provided excellent service in her administrative roles but has been singlehandedly responsible for many initiatives that have engendered Ryerson's community engagement with a range of stakeholders both on campus and into the public sphere. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab, to creating the V4Lab youth camp program showcasing work at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator fostering community engagement.
Faculty of Community Services
Maria Burgos exemplifies client service. A member of the Ryerson team for 28 years, her work ethic is unparalleled and her knowledge of university systems extraordinary. The care, insight, and compassion that she brings to her role as student affairs coordinator in the School of Early Childhood Studies is beyond compare. Her experience and wisdom guide students to successfully navigate the complexities of our program and university life, in general. Students rely on her to support them and listen to their concerns and she never lets them down. Maria is a true treasure, fully deserving of this award.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Marilou Cruz, manager, marketing and communications at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, is one of Ryerson's most effective marketing and communications leaders. With a strategic outlook informed by consistent attention to results, Marilou is a force for creativity who inspires her team to excel and grow. Working closely with program directors, her team deploys solutions that build The Chang School brand and promote particular programs. Since 2007, they have been recognized with 58 external awards, and Marilou has become a go-to resource for leaders and departments across Ryerson.
Faculty of Arts
It is difficult to overestimate Carson's contribution to the Department. Carson embraced, expanded and transformed the position of Research Operations Administrator from the moment he accepted it. His skills are broad and he uses them consultatively to expand and maintain a vast array of equipment. He shares his skills freely, through self-initiated seminars and individual tutorials/demonstrations designed to convenience the learner, often at expense to himself. Carson offers assistance whenever needed (he cycled from home one Saturday to repair failing electroencephalogram equipment). Carson does all this with grace and warmth. He represents a model of client service.
Nursing Course Relocation Team
Molly Anthony and Charles Caria in the Facilities, Management and Development unit quite literally jumped into action when we were faced with a crisis in fall 2017 – a college faculty strike. This professional, collaborative and service-oriented team worked tirelessly – above and beyond – to relocate three courses taught by Ryerson instructors for our college nursing students whose remaining classes were cancelled. These nine weekly classes of up to 210 students required relocation, and fast. Not an easy job, but through constant communication, active collaboration and responsive problem-solving, Molly and her team truly made the impossible possible!
Molly Anthony, Charles Caria