Enrollment staff honored for dedication, student-centeredness

March 6, 2014 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

Three individuals were recognized recently for their outstanding dedication to The University of Toledo, its students, and the Division of Enrollment Management and Online Education.

In January, the division announced this year’s recipients of the Dr. Robert J. Schlembach Award, the Richard J. Eastop Award and the Carolyn G. Baumgartner Award.

“These individuals work hard to provide excellent service to our students and our university,” said Dr. Cam Cruickshank, vice president for enrollment management and online education. “Their work brings the University’s mission to life and reflects the high standards we have in the Division of Enrollment Management.”

Erin Thomas, a project manager in the Office of Residence Life, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Robert J. Schlembach Award, which began in 1989. It honors a faculty or staff member who does not work in the Division of Enrollment Management, but promotes UT and assists the division’s staff in representing the University.

Thomas was nominated because of her continuous dedication to assisting students through large visit programs and traveling to events for prospective students. She also regularly spends time preparing residence halls to give touring students and families the best experience possible.

The Richard J. Eastop Award was presented to Mona McGhee, a college counselor at Central Catholic High School. An alumna and avid supporter of UT, she also is founder and administrator of STARS, a tutoring and college preparation company.

This award is presented annually to a high school guidance professional who assists students in the pursuit of post-secondary education at UT. It was named for Eastop, who retired from the University in 2006 as the vice president for enrollment services.

Lisa Hasselschwert, director of Rocket Solutions Central, received the Carolyn G. Baumgartner Award, which was established and presented to Baumgartner upon her retirement in 2013. The award recognizes a UT enrollment management manager who exhibits exemplary dedication, effort and commitment to serving students.

Hasselschwert was awarded this honor because of her compassion and caring approach to assisting the needs of students, parents and staff. Helping students is a top priority for her. She also recently provided leadership in an additional role while serving as interim director of student financial aid for a second time.

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