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The Residence Education Office honours faculty and staff
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Each year, the Residence Education Office honours faculty and staff who contribute their time and talent to educational programming within the residence system.
This year, Sofy Carayannopoulos, associate professor of policy, received Laurierís Residence Academic Partnership award. The award recognizes faculty members who support academic initiatives within the universityís residences.
Throughout her 16-year career at Laurier, Carayannopoulos has continuously supported residence initiatives with a strong presence in the School of Business and Economics residence learning community, attendance at residence building events and participation in campus-wide events such as Upgrade Councilís De-stressathon and Inter-Residence Councilís Hawk Weekend. Her strong presence at first-year events makes transition for students to university much easier.
Students expressed in their nominations, that by meeting Carayannopoulos in their residence, they were more comfortable approaching other professors when they required academic advice or help with coursework.
On the staff side, Susan Malcolm, career consultant and Vanessa Pejovic, former coordinator: event planning and outreach for the Career Development Centre, received Laurierís Outstanding Contribution to Residence Award. Both have collaborated with residence staff for a number of years.
Staff members in Residence Education say they are always excited to support the innovative ideas that the Career Development Centre has to best meet the changing needs of first-year students. Malcolm and Pejovic held personalized workshops to meet individual student needs, participated in brainstorm sessions with student staff members and first-year student leaders to determine student needs, and offered one-on-one consultation in residence spaces. The pair were recognized for their constant communication with residence staff about upcoming events and their eagerness to develop new programs that better met the needs of first year students.
ďWe are fortunate to have such a dedicated community here at Laurier and appreciate the impact our faculty and staff can have on students outside the classroom,Ē said David Shorey, associate director of residence education.
The Residence Education Office oversees the universityís First-Year Leadership Programs, Residence Learning Communities, and partnerships on Laurierís Brantford and Waterloo campuses, including teaching and study-assistance programs supported by faculty and student services.
The office was created in 2010 to address a growing need for support and resources dedicated to educational programs to coincide with the universityís approach of integrated and engaged to learning.