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, 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.
“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.”
“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.”