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Staff & Student Recognition

Tanisha Jenkins, Director, Receives Honors Recognizing Her Commitment to Diversity

Tanisha Jenkins, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life, was honored at this year’s Multicultural Graduation Celebration with the Beacon of Light Award, named in her honor. The award was created in Jenkins’ name because of her outstanding contributions to diversity and multiculturalism at UT.

Each year, this award will recognize a faculty or staff member who exhibits the principles of this award. The committee for this year’s award consisted of Laquesha Wilson, Kamille Cheatham, Kierra Richmond, Rilwan Balogun, and Christopher Smith.

Jenkins was also honored by Clemson University with the 2015 Counselor Education and Student Affairs Program Alumni Award. She was selected for this award for her demonstrated achievements and exceptional contributions in the following areas: the academic program, professional organizations, students, innovative programming and activities, and institutional leadership. Jenkins will be honored on May 7, 2015, at Clemson University.


Alex Brown, Graduate Research Assistant (2012-2013)
SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award

abrownCongratulations to Alex Brown, the Office of Multicultural Student Life’s Multicultural Event Graduate Research Assistant, on winning the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrator’s “On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award.” The SCBWI established the On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award in 2012 with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation. The grant was created to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books. The grant is designed to be given to two writers or illustrators who are from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America. But this year, three writers were selected! Please join MSL in congratulating Alex, and wishing her luck in her future writing endeavors!


Mr. Robert E. Hill, Facility Assistant
Koala-T Award, December 2012 – January 2013


The Division of Student Life’s “Koala-T” employee award program recognizes staff members who go above and beyond to provide quality service on a daily basis. Koala-T winners exemplify excellence in job performance, attitude and initiative, even in difficult or trying circumstances. These employees are truly the “best of the best” in the Division! The December-January Koala-T Award was presented to Robert Hill from the Office of Multicultural Student Life.

Mr. Hill’s nominator states, “Robert Hill has an incomparable spirit and work ethic that is absolutely worth recognizing. Mr. Hill works on a daily basis with students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni and community representatives to provide a welcoming and warm demeanor at the Black Cultural Center. Not only is Mr. Hill committed to supporting the programs in the Office of Multicultural Student Life, but across the Division, University, and with the community. Robert’s positive mentality and approach to work draws constituents to the Black Cultural Center annually. When you know Mr. Hill is in charge of the arrangements for your meeting, you are confident that you will not have to worry about a single detail, period. When you do forget something, Mr. Hill is an innovator and works tirelessly to provide last minute accommodations even when he comes in 2 hours early to open the building on a Saturday or Sunday morning for you! It would be easy for Robert to just come to work every day and do his job, but he graciously chooses to enhance our programs with his warm personality and energetic smile on a daily basis.”

Tanisha Jenkins, Director of Multicultural Student Life, says, “Mr. Hill takes great pride in his work in the Black Cultural Center and provides a high level of quality and dedicated service to every student, faculty, staff, and community member that enters the facility. You can always find him going above and beyond the call of duty and even responding to facility needs on his day off. Robert’s quiet leadership abilities are empowering and encouraging to everyone he encounters, especially students. He is highly respected in the Office of Multicultural Student Life and across the Division and is extremely deserving.”


Tanisha Jenkins, Director
SACSA Member-at-Large, November 5, 2012

jenkinsCongratulations to Tanisha Jenkins on her recent election as Member-at-Large to the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) for 2012-2014. As Member-at-Large, Tanisha will serve as a liaison between the membership and the Executive Council; gather input from Association members on an ongoing basis to ensure that various segments and opinions of the membership are adequately represented and considered by the Executive Council; inform the Executive Council of significant issues impacting the membership and/or the Student Affairs profession; and provide support for SACSA initiatives and complete projects or special assignments as directed by the President.


Carmanelette Rawls, Accounting Specialist
Star Achievement Level 2, November 2, 2012

SONY DSCCongratulations to Carmanelette Rawls, MSL Accounting Specialist, for completing the University of Tennessee’s Star Achievement Level 2 training on November 2, 2012. The program is designed for administrative professionals to help develop personal presentation skills, solve problems effectively, communicate with clarity and efficiency, and time management especially during changing or challenging times. Star Achievement focuses on the following three areas:

  • Giving a Stellar Performance
  • Be a Shining Star
  • Expanding the Star Team and The Contemporary Star Performer.