Student Affairs Announces 2019–20 Innovation Award Winners

Posted on 5/11/2020 1:10:26 PM

The newly developed Division of Student Affairs Innovation Award will be presented annually to a Student Affairs Division colleague who demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to enhancing student success outcomes at IUP.  

This year, the first for the Innovation Award, it is presented to Julene Pinto-Dyczewski and Zack Neil from the Office of Residence Life for their project, “The Resident Assistant Placement Process (RAPP).” 

This pioneering program represents a change in mindset within the office of ORL, and how, in particular, student leaders and future student leaders engage with their student peers regarding on-campus living. By engaging with student leaders who participated in RAPP, ORL is recruiting additional students as new student assistants and as future leaders within the department. These students continue to influence individuals who live on campus positively. There are multiple touchpoints, including more significant opportunities for creating school spirit, building additional leadership skills, and the overall enhancement of the student experience. 

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs would like to offer congratulations to this year’s winners.  Additionally, they would like to recognize the runner-up, Adam Jones, and his project, “Paintings for the Office of Student Conduct,” which is a collaboration between the OSC and the Department of Art and Design for a three-panel painting representing restoration, growth, and healing. The painting now decorates the Office of Student Conduct.*

*Correction: The painting is not yet displayed in the OSC. It is currently in progress, and it will be displayed upon its completion.