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Awards & Recognition

Past College of Design Awardees

Below is a list of past Awards Day faculty and staff awardees:

College of Design Academic Advising Award
Established by Associate Professor Emerita Nancy Polster, former department chair and faculty member in art and design, this award is presented for outstanding performance in advising College of Design students

2022 – Malinda Cooper, Student Services
2021 – Jeremy Miller, Student Services, and Marina Reasoner, Student Services
2020 – Jordan Brooks, Multicultural Office, Student Services
2018 – Monica Haddad, Community & Regional Planning
2017 – Bambi Yost, Landscape Architecture
2016 – Kimberly Zarecor, Architecture, Design
2015 – Audrey Kennis, Multicultural Office, Student Services
2014 – Chiu-Shui Chan, Architecture
2013 – Cristobal Salinas, Multicultural Office, Student Services
2012 – Lee Cagley, Interior Design
2011 – Allison Ringholz, Student Services
2010 – Michelle Rasmussen, Student Services

Faculty/Staff Research Award
Presented for outstanding accomplishment in research and scholarship

2022 – Daejin Kim, Interior Design
2021 – Julie Irish, Interior Design
2020 – Olivia Valentine, Art & Visual Culture
2019 – Sara Hamideh, Community & Regional Planning
2018 – Kimberly Zarecor, Architecture
2017 – Ross Adams, Architecture
2017 – Austin Stewart, Art & Visual Culture
2016 – Ulrike Passe, Architecture
2015 – Mitchell Squire, Architecture
2013 – Francis Owusu, Community & Regional Planning

Outreach/Public Service Award
Presented for outstanding accomplishment in outreach or public service activity

2022 – Biswa Das, Community & Regional Planning, Extension & Outreach
2020 – Pete Evans, Industrial Design
2019 – Leslie Forehand, Architecture
2016 – Gregory Palermo, Architecture
2015 – Jennifer Drinkwater, Art & Visual Culture
2014 – Jane Rongerude, Community & Regional Planning
2013 – Lisa Fontaine, Graphic Design
2012 – Christopher J. Seeger, Landscape Architecture, Extension & Outreach
2011 – Nadia Anderson, Architecture, Extension & Outreach

Polster Family Teaching Award (formerly Raymond G. & Lula G. Polster Teaching Award)
Established by Associate Professor Emerita Nancy Polster, former department chair and faculty member in art and design, in honor of her parents, this award is presented in grateful appreciation for outstanding instruction in the studio or classroom

2022 – Celinda Stamy, Art & Visual Culture
2021 – Nathan Edwards, Art & Visual Culture, and Nick Senske, Architecture
2020 – Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, Community & Regional Planning
2019 – Emily Morgan, Art & Visual Culture
2018 – Jane Rongerude, Community & Regional Planning
2017 – Tejas Dhadphale, Industrial Design
2016 – Jelena Bogdanovic, Architecture
2015 – Julie Stevens, Landscape Architecture
2014 – Jungwoo Ji, Architecture
2013 – Samantha Krukowski, Architecture
2012 – Patience Lueth, Architecture
2011 – Carlton Basmajian, Community & Regional Planning
2010 – Jihyun Song, Interior Design

Faculty Award for Extraordinary Performance
Recognizes faculty members’ strengths in areas such as instruction; advising and assisting students; research; creative activity; professional recognition and awards; outreach and/or service to the college, university, community and/or profession

2022 – Yongyeon Cho, Interior Design
2021 – Ana Luz, Industrial Design
2020 – Bosuk Hur, Architecture
2020 – Nancy Thompson, Art & Visual Culture
2018 – Shelby Doyle, Architecture
2015 – Clare Cardinal-Pett, Architecture
2014 – Kimberly Zarecor, Architecture, Interdisciplinary Design
2013 – David Ringholz, Industrial Design
2012 – C. Arthur Croyle, Integrated Studio Arts
2011 – Ann Sobiech–Munson, Architecture, Core Design Program
2010 – Peter Goché, Architecture

P&S Staff Award for Extraordinary Performance
Recognizes staff members’ strengths in areas such as instruction; advising and assisting students; research; creative activity; professional recognition and awards; outreach and/or service to the college, university, community and/or profession

2022 – Jen Hogan, Design Administration
2021 – Josh Obrecht, Institute for Design Research & Outreach
2020 – Heather Sauer, Design Administration
2019 – Jennifer Nieland, Design Administration

P&S/Merit Award for Extraordinary Performance
Recognizes staff members’ strengths in areas such as instruction; advising and assisting students; research; creative activity; professional recognition and awards; outreach and/or service to the college, university, community and/or profession

2017 – Linda Doering, Extension & Outreach
2016 – Mona Pett, Administrative Services

Staff Award for Extraordinary Performance
Recognizes staff members’ strengths in areas such as instruction; advising and assisting students; research; creative activity; professional recognition and awards; outreach and/or service to the college, university, community and/or profession

2015 – Carlota Gutierrez, Library
2013 – Sandra Norvell, Institute for Design Research & Outreach
2012 – Virgene Monthei, Design Administration
2011 – Shellie Hosch, Student Services
2011 – Alison Weidemann, Design Administration
2010 – Jennifer Nieland, Academic Support Services

Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Performance
Presented for outstanding support in advancing understanding of the critical role of design and the arts in the research university

2013 – Chitra Rajan, Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Dean’s Excellence Award for Exceptional Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Presented for contributions to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment that fuels innovation, creativity and success

2017 – Mark Chidister, Design Administration