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The Office of Residence Life Annual Banquet

The Office of Residence Life holds the Annual Banquet in April to recognize the achievements of the Gryphon Society, Residence Hall Association, Residence Hall Councils, and the Live Lehigh Communities.  Lehigh is committed to values of excellence, integrity, equitable community, intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and leadership, and we in the ORL know that our student leaders are some of the best that the University has to offer.  We are thankful for each student who has worked with us to build a strong and vibrant residential community.  This page was created in order to chronicle the awards and their recipients over the years.

The Banquet is divided into two sets of awards:

Gryphon Society Awards
 

Gryphons of the Month (2017-2018)

One of the traditions in the Gryphon Society is for the Gryphons to nominate their peers for the "Gryphon of the Month Award".  The award allows for Gryphons to recognize those across the Society who have consistently performed above the expectations of a Gryphon, aided in the success of their staff, accomplished something significant, or other notable contributions.

August/September - Caleb Leaser and Joanne Huang

October - Jess Flores and Mike Stragapede

November- Mike Dixon and Maxine Derrick

January/February- Shaelyn Heft and Greg Cheng

March- Inka Leprince and Caroline Jennings

April- Kevelis Matthews-Alvarado and Jake Donahue

 

The Gryphon Cup

The most coveted award for a Gryphon staff is the Gryphon Cup (pictured above).  The Gryphon Cup goes to the staff who has the highest amount of Cup Points, which are calculated from the number of Community Development Experiences (CDEs) completed by the staff and staff attendance at Gryphon Social Committee Events.

2017 - 2018 Gryphon Cup Winners:  McDrank (M&M and Drinker)

Past 3 Winners:
2016 - 2017:  Dr. Rich (Dravo & Richards)
2015 - 2016:  Camp Warhead (Farrington Square, Warren Square, Brodhead House)
2014 - 2015:  Camp Warhead (Campus Square, Warren Square, Brodhead House)
 

Gold Keeper of the Year Award

Staying true to the Gryphon society’s pledge to “keep the gold”, the gold being our residents, the Gold Keeper of the Year Award goes to an individual who has built a community in their hall through counsel, sound advice, and tackling the more difficult conversations with great skill. This Gryphon handles mediation and confrontation in a sensitive yet assertive manner.

2018 Gold Keeper of the Year:  Jess Flores

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Casey Snyder
2016:  Nauman Ahmad
2015:  Kat Fletcher

 

Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero Award is given to a staff member whose actions might go unrecognized. This Gryphon is self-motivated, reliable, and has consistently been a team player.  Many of the recipient’s actions occur "behind the scenes" to improve the overall Gryphon staff and the Office of Residence Life. 

2018 Unsung Hero Award Recipient:  Talia Rodkey & Jack Temple

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Max Hasselbusch
2016:  Sasha Popova & Rachel Margraf
2015:  Maggie Gurule
 

Perseverance Award

This Perseverance Award is given to Gryphons who remained tenacious and steadfast when faced with a bombardment of incidents and unique challenges. The recipients worked tirelessly no matter what they encountered....time, after time, after time. To be clear, the Gryphon Society was founded - and still continues to be - focused on acknowledging that this student leadership role is highly esteemed and regarded because it requires that you serve as an advocate, mentor, role model, policy enforcer, administrator, programmer, resource, and leader.

2018 Perseverance Award Recipients:  Dmitry Kuliaev, Peter Hauman, & Kimon Deligiannis

Past Winners:

2017:  Angelika Wyzlic & Will Kuehne

New Gryphon of the Year Award

The New Gryphon of the Year Award is given to a first year staff member who has shown tremendous potential in their first year as a Gryphon. The recipient has demonstrated a commitment to learning about the Gryphon position by engaging in training and development process.  The knowledge and skill acquired have been used to build a successful community on their floor.

2018 New Gryphon of the Year:  Alex Weiner

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Stephanie Pugh
2016:  Caitlyn Backer
2015:  Kyle Smyth

 

Returning Gryphon of the Year Award

The Returning Gryphon of the Year Award is given to a returning staff member who has gone above and beyond their duties and shows an all-around interest and involvement in the key initiatives of the Office of Residence Life.  The recipient has developed the skills to mentor and role model other staff members.  In addition, their ability to share resources, experience and knowledge leads to the creation of a stronger team and staff dynamic.

2018 Returning Gryphon of the Year:  Monica Powers

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Christian Long & Priyokti Rana
2016:  Mike Celente
2015:  Willy O'Sullivan
 

The Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is given to a Gryphon who adds positive energy to the Gryphon Society during difficult situations and times of crisis.  Recipients of this award are not only motivated themselves, but are also able to motivate others and support students through adversity.

2018 Spirit Award Recipient:  Samina Forbath & Mike Stragapede

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Harrison Birabaharan
2016:  Abby Farrell
2015:  Lacey Quinn

 

Keys to Our Success Award

The Keys to Our Success Award is presented to a faculty or staff member or Gryphon who has helped the Office of Residence Life to build a better residential community for the students at Lehigh. The recipient could have contributed in several ways: through involvement in Gryphon training or staff development, facilitating Community Development Experiences, ensuring the health and safety of the students, promoting an inclusive and welcoming community, or helping further fulfill the mission of the Office of Residence Life and the Gryphon Society. 

2018 Keys to Our Success Recipient:  Officer Lora Martin, LUPD

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Dakota DiMattio, Head Gryphon for Farrington Square 2016-2017
2016:  Ethan Fields, Assistant Director of Residence Life
2015:  Kerri Kloorfain, Assistant Director of Residence Life
 

The Dean Clarence B. Campbell Award

Previous Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, Clarence Campbell once said, “(The Gryphon Society) is a responsibility to the University and to students...so that we can have a significant encounter with (them) that will make their lives different because they came our way.  That's my thing- and I call it the Gryphon Society.”  This award is offered in memory of Dean Campbell’s vision and commitment both to the Office of Residence Life and our residential student community.  The honoree excels beyond the expectations of their supervisor and the department.  This Gryphon has demonstrated genuine leadership, willingness to accept responsibility, and the ability to mentor fellow Gryphons.

2018 Dean Clarence B. Campbell Award Recipient:  Aislinn Strohecker & Harrison Birabaharan

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Eden Weinflash
2016:  Kawsar Hooda
2015:  Anna D'Ginto

 

The Dr. John W. Smeaton Legacy Award

This award is named in honor of the Vice-Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. John W. Smeaton, who has served the Lehigh community for 32 years. Similarly, the Office of Residence Life and Gryphon Society wish to recognize a graduating returning Gryphon  for their multiple years of service “keeping the gold” on Lehigh’s campus. The recipient should exhibit some, if not all, of Dr. Smeaton’s acclaimed qualities, which include: being a strong team player, having a collaborative mindset, committing to student advocacy, and having a sense of dedication to the Lehigh University community.

2018 Dr. Smeaton Legacy Award Winner:  Scott Grant & Zara Ahmad

Past Winners:

2017: Connor Burbridge
2016:  Jon Merwine

 

Office of Residence Life Awards
 

Residence Hall Council (RHC) of the Year Award

The Residence Hall Council (RHC) of the Year Award was created to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 13 Residence Hall Councils. These student-led groups create some of the most successful programs on Lehigh’s campus: from staple programs like the First-Year Carnival and Rock the Quad, to smaller events and community dinners in the residential communities.  The Residence Hall Association Executive Board honors the RHC that has made a significant contribution to the residential community with this award.

2018 Residence Hall Council of the Year:  Dravo RHC

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Taylor House RHC
2016:  Farrington Square RHC
2015:  Warren Square RHC

Hall Wars Champion Award

The Hall Wars Champion Award recognizes the residence hall community that has the highest cumulative Hall Wars points. Hall Wars events are held throughout the academic year as campus-wide competitions or events between residential communities facilitated by the Residence Hall Councils in collaboration with the RHA Executive Board.

2018 Residence Hall Council of the Year:  M&M RHC

Program of the Year Award

The Program of the Year Award is given to the staff, community, or group that has gone beyond the standard requirements, incorporated many, if not all, of the bLUeprint Foundations, and shown true understanding of how community can built through a shared experience.

2018 Program of the Year:  "Swing Dancing" created by Dravo House Gryphons

Past 3 Winners:

2017: "Creative Vibes Album Release Party" created by the Creative Vibes Themed Community
2016:  "Doggy De-Stress" created by the Farrington Square Gryphons & "Politics with Professor Saladin Ambar" created by the Dravo House Gryphons
2015:  "That's MAH Jam Benefit Concert" created by the Music Appreciation Live Lehigh Community
 

Themed Community of the Year Award

The Themed Community of the Year Award is given to a community that has transcended the mission and goals for its community as well as the objectives set forth in the community's plan.

2018 Themed Community of the Year:  Outdoor Adventure

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Eco House
2016:  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Community
2015:  Acts II: A Christian Live Lehigh

Themed Community Student Leader of the Year Award

The Themed Community Student Leader of the Year Award is given to a Gryphon, Community Coordinator, or resident who has been integral to the success of a Themed Residential Community. 

2018 Themed Community Student Leader of the Year:  Jay Glucksman (Community Coordinator, Music Appreciation Themed Community)

Past 3 Winners:

2017: Angie Rizzo (Gryphon of Global Lehigh) and Rachel Margraf (Gryphon of STEM)
2016:  Sonja Gorman (Gryphon of the PRIDE and Live.Lear.Serve. upperclass communities)
2015:  Will Kuehne (Gryphon for the Intersecting Identities Live Lehigh Community)

 

Themed Community Advisor of the Year Award

The Themed Advisor of the Year Award is given to faculty or staff member or members who have provided consistent support and guidance in the growth of the thematic community they advise. The award recipients have had impactful and meaningful engagement with their community, has attended several community events, and maintains consistent communication with their Gryphon and their Community Coordinator. Overall, the award recipients have gone above and beyond in the advisor role and truly are members of the community they advise.

2018 Themed Community Advisors of the Year:  Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka (Advisor of the Outdoor Adventure Themed Community)

Past Winners:

2017: Dr. Vassie Ware and Dr. Neal Simon (Advisors of the STEM Community)

Themed Community Program of the Year Award

The Themed Community Program of the Year Award is given to a Themed Community program that has gone beyond the standard requirements, significantly increased attendees' knowledge of the community's theme, and shown true understanding of how community can be built through a shared experience.

2018 Themed Community Program of the Year: “Healthy Alternative Ice Cream" (Fit Living Themed Community)

Past Winners:

2017: "Holy Cow!" Guest Speaker Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine (Kibbutz Lehigh Themed Community)