2019 Award Winners
Union Spirit Award
The recipient of this award exhibits a desire and drive for something bigger than one’s self through relationships, positive role modeling and a strong work ethic. Modeling the core values of the Student Union and ACUI through the purpose driven actions of empathy, curiosity, and the Volunteer Spirit. Nominated by peers and selected by program alumnae; this award encompasses the role of the Student Union in building community on campus.
Core values of ACUI and the UTK Student Union:
- Unconditional human worth
- Caring community
To nominate a fellow student, please complete the below nomination form.
Union Spirit Award: Student Staff NominatedPlease fill out this form to nominate a student employee for an award. Please refer to the Student Award website for descriptions of awards. https://studentunion.utk.edu/student-employee-awards/
In recognition to the Student Employee that has gone above and beyond in customer service, leadership and dedication in meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville community while often working behind the scenes.
Previous Award Winners:
|2004 Jeremy Davis||2005 Megan Munn||2006 Nikolas Blakenship|
|2007 Leah Hamilton||2007 Tyler Griffin||2008 Katie Isbell|
|2009 Lilly Gatune||2009 Sarah Shinke||2010 Fei Du|
|2011 Elias Askins||2011 Mason Vickery||2012 Naseem Hasannejad|
|2013 Christina Norwood||2014 Charlie Niehaus||2014 Katherine Roberts|
|2015||2016 Mika Carr||2017 Jacob Coon|
|2018 Samantha Howe||2019 Cody Zites|
Kristen Elizabeth Fisher Outstanding Student Employee Award
Presented to the Student Employee for Outstanding Customer Service, Leadership and Dedication in serving the needs of Students, Faculty, and Staff of the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Community.
Kristen was an inspiration to every person she touched, whether it was a smile, conversation, or a simple: “May I help you?” Even while fighting an ongoing battle with cystic fibrosis, she continued to attend class, served in several student organizations, and work as a student employee at the University Center. Kristen never complained or requested special treatment due to her condition, and served as a role model for others. Students, faculty and staff members who had the opportunity to work with Kristen in the University Center will always remember a brave young woman who put life in to perspective: “Live life for today, and live it to the fullest.”
Previous Award Winners:
|2004 Bonnie Buffaloe||2005 Grayson Bryant||2005 Tamika Fugh|
|2006 Crystal Featherstone||2007 Kristen Fischer||2008 Kate Sullivan|
|2009 Courtney Coplin||2009 Jarred Cox||2010 Carly Bushong|
|2010 Harold Goldston||2011 Ryan Wade||2012 Zach Pendergrass|
|2012 Ashley Roddy||2013 Stephen Bell||2014 Hannah Herrin|
|2015||2016 Marista Lipskey||2017 Sydney Steele|
|2018 Michayla Robles||2019 Samantha Howe|
The recipient of this award exemplifies excellent customer service by treating customers with dignity, respect, and courtesy. Actively listening to needs and responding to customers with accurate and complete information in a timely manner. Utilizing available resources to create a solution focused customer experience.
|2019 Bailey Heuser||2019 Taylor Gipson|
This award is intended to recognize an emerging leader with 1 year or less experience within the Student Union. Ongoing and exceptional growth distinguishes the individual as a rising star in our department.
|2019 Corey Stewart|
ACUI’s premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change and offers a comprehensive curriculum experienced by all participants through a living-learning experience. The Student Union is excited to offer one of our student employees the opportunity to attend this program.
|2019 Michael Almond|