5 SNR faculty, staff receive Parents’ Recognition Awards


Five School of Natural Resources faculty and staff were among the 225 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln honored last month for providing support to students.

It was the fifth time Dennis Ferraro, professor of practice, and Sara Winn, advising coordinator, earned a Parents’ Recognition Award, and the first for Jamilynn Poletto and Elizabeth VanWormer, both assistant professors, and Elyse Watson, recruitment coordinator.

The awards are earned through nominations made from parents of Nebraska students. Presented annually, the honors provide positive feedback to faculty and staff about their work with students. They also encourage good student and faculty relationships and provide recognition in an area often overlooked in the formal rewards system.

The Parents Association solicits nominations through an annual mailing, asking parents to nominate a faculty or staff employee who has made a significant difference in their student's life. Nominations include a short explanation of why this person was nominated.

All who were nominated by at least one parent or student and who are still with the university received a certificate. The annual recognition ceremony was organized by the Office of Student Affairs and co-sponsored by the Teaching Council and the Parents Association. Certificates of recognition for contributions to students were given during the ceremony. This is the 30th year Nebraska faculty and staff have received the awards from the Parents Association.

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