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Student Appreciation and Recognition

Student Spotlight Award
Each month the Assistant Dean of Students Office will recognize one Walsh student as the "Student Spotlight." Spotlight students are those students who have made a significant impact on campus activities at Walsh University. Spotlight recipients will receive the student spotlight plaque, campus recognition, and a letter will be sent to their family.

Richard A. Gulling Leadership Scholarship Award(s)
Each year Walsh awards three scholarships in honor of Richard A. Gulling. Mr. Gulling's service to Walsh University dates back to the early sixties. In addition, Mr. Gulling served as a dedicated and talented trustee on the Board from 1977 to 1993. While on the board, he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and was Chairman of the Capital Campaign in 1986.

The Richard A. Gulling Leadership award seeks to reward outstanding leadership among current students in a significant manner. The award should recognize only the best students who have developed above and beyond their peers and who others strive to model. The scholarships will be awarded to the best of those students identified for leadership positions and who best exemplify the leadership qualities of Richard A. Gulling.

Silver and Gold Servant Leadership Awards
Each year, we ask staff members to recommend students to receive a Student Affairs Servant Leadership Award. This award is given to those students who exemplify outstanding service and leadership on and off campus through activities that ask students to volunteer their time. This award is meant to recognize servant leaders on campus, excluding students that are paid for their worthwhile service. We know that there may be many student leaders who provide the type of servant leadership we want to recognize, however those receiving work study monies, extra credit and/or who are required to serve because of team participation do not qualify.

Student Appreciation Week
Each spring semester Walsh University sponsors Student Appreciation Week to celebrate the contributions of students. The week includes such events as $1 Cheeseburgers in the Betzler Grille, free massages, free laundry day in the Residence Halls, and the very popular Student Appreciation Dinner. The week of events concludes with the Servant Leadership Banquet.

Servant Leadership Banquet
Select students and staff are invited to the Servant Leadership Banquet to recognize student commitment to the Mission of Walsh University by demonstrating leadership in service to to others. Students are encouraged to bring friends and family members to share in the celebration of their outstanding achievements. The banquet includes the presenting of various award such a Champions of Character, Deb A. Novak Award and Walsh's most prestigious award, the T.O.W.E.R. of Excellence Award.

Tower of Excellence Award
The Tower of Excellence Award is the University's most prestigious and long-standing Student Affairs honor. It is presented to a Senior who has displayed outstanding leadership, exemplary interest in extracurricular and co-curricular work, and social and moral behavior that fulfills the mission of Walsh University.

Faculty/Staff Recognition

Each year graduating students nominate and select a faculty member as the "Educator of the Year" and a professional staff member as the "Mentor of the Year." This process is facilitated by the Walsh University Student Government Senior Senator.

Walsh Educator of the Year
The recipient of the 'Walsh Educator of the Year' is a professor who is a prime example of a true, all-round educator. They bring their personality and passion for what they are teaching into the classroom, creating a more relaxed and creative learning environment for students. They explain concepts and theories in stimulating and effective ways that are clear to students and always welcome a student perspective into discussion to further their comprehension on the subject matter. Not only are they interested in student comprehension, but they go above and beyond to take a genuine interest in students' career goals and interests.

Walsh Mentor of the Year
The Walsh Mentor of the Year is awarded to a staff member who works outside of the classroom in the Walsh community. They are looked up to by students as a role model and someone who can provide guidance, advice, and support as students develop themselves into capable adults in the 4 years they are here at Walsh. They get to know students on a personal level and will use this acquired knowledge of students to guide them in areas the mentor feels they will excel in. With an open door policy, they are willing to take that extra step to become a key factor in a student's life, whether it is just through casual conversation or even offering assistance in emergencies.