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Student Affairs honors top individuals and group with annual awards

RIT’s Division of Student Affairs honored 22 employees for length of service and presented awards to distinguished faculty and staff members at a recognition brunch in December.

Audience members also praised the long-time efforts of John Buckholtz, assistant director and associate professor for wellness in the Center for Human Performance, who has worked at RIT for 35 years.

Hamad Ghazle

Hamad Ghazle, associate professor and director of the diagnostic medical sonography program in the College of Science, won the Award for Promoting Learning Outside the Classroom.

Ghazle joined the RIT faculty in 1994. After graduating from the College of Science with a bachelor’s degree in ultrasound, he earned his master’s degree in health professions from the University of Rochester. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in imaging science. Ghazle was awarded the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching last spring.

Students describe him as enthusiastic, full of energy and passionate for his work in ultrasound in and outside the classroom.

Greg Moss

“I am truly humbled and gratified by this honor and to be in the same company with all the phenomenal RIT men and women who have received this award," Ghazle says. “We all know that learning can be obtained outside the boundaries of the classroom but we must show it and practice it. We need to go to where the students are, go to the dormitories and see how they live and interact with each other. One of the key things as an educator is to show our students that we care about them. We need to show them that we work with them, for them, and not against them. We need to show them that we are not only teachers but also learners. They can teach us and enrich our knowledge.”

Greg Moss, associate director of recreation and facilities, earned the Excellence in Service award. Moss came to RIT in 1976 as an adjunct physical education juggling instructor. He is described by those who nominated him as “a source of endless energy,” “a valuable resource,” and “a man who always has a friendly smile and an encouraging word for co-workers and students.”

New Student Orientation staff, alphabetically: Susan Ackerman , Rhonda Baker, Joli Blaha-Levulis, Michelle Blinnd, Nicole Boulais, Robin Diana, Dan Hickey, Matt Hinton, Kerry Hughes, Lucinda Koessler, Matt Todd, Brenda Trinidad, Karen Violanti, Joe Williams and Jo Vaughan.

“I am very honored and thrilled to receive this award but it is truly a team effort here at RIT to provide quality service to our community,” says Moss. “Working together with great people makes all the difference. Employees here not only work hard, but take the time to show people they care. I am grateful and privileged to be associated with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have helped me grow over the years.”

The Award for Innovation in Program went to the New Student Orientation Program. Robin Diana and Nicole Boulais accepted the award on behalf of the orientation team. Orientation became a weeklong event held just prior to the start of the school year for the first time in fall 2002.

“On behalf of the Center for Student Transition and Support staff, we are thrilled to receive this award,” says Diana. “What seemed impossible a year ago became possible due to the commitment, support and enthusiasm from administrators, faculty and staff. Our students and families caught the RIT spirit by all of us working collaboratively to deliver a first-rate program. We look forward to 2003.”


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