Residential life staff recognized for its work

The Missouri College Personnel Association recognized Tim Lempfert, associate director of residential life, and the University’s Community Engagement Model during its annual conference this fall.

Lempfert was given the 2008 Professional Award, while the Community Engagement Model won the Innovative Program of the Year Award.

“I’m honored to receive this award, particularly as I look at the amazing individuals who have won in years past,” Lempfert said.

The professional award is presented to experienced professionals who significantly contribute to student affairs in higher education, either through specific accomplishments or through long-term meritorious service. Nominees need to have demonstrated superior support of student-related services and programs that enhance the student experience, benefit the work environment of colleagues and advance the university’s mission.

In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, the Office of Residential Life has recently developed a Community Engagement Model designed to foster interpersonal skills, self-awareness, personal wellness, diversity awareness and citizenship among resident students. The model serves as a blueprint for residential life staff to know all students by name and story.

“Being recognized by the Missouri College Personnel Association for the Innovative Program of the Year reflects the University’s strong commitment to supporting student success both in and out of the classroom,” said Jill Stratton, associate dean of students and director of residential academic programs.