Winners of 2019 University Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all 2019 University Excellence Awards Recipients from Campus Life!

View full list of winners from across the University

Excellence Award for Diversity & Inclusion:
Victoria Mealer-Flowers, Student-Athlete Services Coordinator – Athletics
Victoria was selected for her transformative work on Brown’s partnership with the Vartan Gregorian School, including her mentoring program with student-athlete affinity groups [Alliance for MulticulturalAthletes (AMA) & Student-Athlete Gay Alliance (SAGA)]. Her nominator had this to say, “Her office is considered an inviting space for students to relax, discuss, and troubleshoot. Brown University is fortunate to have an empathetic, caring, and compassionate individual to help our student-athletes find their voice. Her impact has a direct effect on our 900+ student-athletes that have access to her guidance and experience.”

Excellence Award for Innovation:
Tanya Sullivan, Assistant Clinical Director-Nurse Practitioner and Debra Walsh, Registered Nurse – Health Services
Tanya and Debbie are being recognized for their “innovative and cost-effective approach to increase access to care for Brown University students” with a newly developed STI screening and education program. Their nominator had this to say, “Tanya and Debra demonstrated exceptional communication and organizational skills by developing and implementing this program. Their model will also be modified to design additional nursing directed clinics which will further increase access to care for students. Recognizing Tanya and Debra for their outstanding achievement with an Excellence Award would be well deserved and would encourage others to exceed expectations in their roles in Health and Wellness.”

Excellence Award for Leadership:
Timothy Shiner, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Support Services – Student Support Services 
Tim was nominated by his staff for his work in Student Support Services, not only in his leadership role but also with regard to the Medical Leave of Absence and Clearance process and the Administrator on Call process. One staff member said that, “Our office run smoothly, everyone understands their role, the morale is strong and the respect for Tim is enormous… In short, Tim has transformed a disheartened staff into a well-functioning, organized and clearly defined office and team, an office that is becoming recognized and respected due to Tim's initiatives.” Another commented that Tim is “incredibly supportive of all the staff….I have never in my professional career encountered a more caring, efficient and competent boss.” A third staffer added that she has, “never worked with someone who can both attend to details AND see big picture processes simultaneously. It is hard to put into words the impact of his accomplishments here as they are many and far reaching.”

Excellence Award for Service:
Joie Steele, Director Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities – Student Activities
Joie was nominated by students from both UCS and UFB for her tireless work with these two main student governing bodies, enhancing their communications with senior administration, guiding them on building and improving processes, and advising them on growing and advocating for their groups and for all students at Brown. The students from UCS said, “Whether it’s having weekly check-ins with UCS, staying late to help facilitate meetings between students and administration, answering questions over text after work, or giving life advice, Joie has gone above and beyond to help support UCS develop and advocate for student voice. She is a great listener and has helped UCS create a welcoming culture that has left lasting improvements on our organization.” UFB students remarked that, “As a board, we’ve consistently been impressed and grateful for how respectful Joie has been toward our opinions and the degree to which she truly listens to and weighs our ideas. She offers her views when requested, but reminds us that her role is to support us as much as possible and that we should do what we feel is best for the student body. As a result, I’ve never left a meeting with her feeling discouraged and always feel valued and appreciated.”