2010 COSA Recipients

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Individual Recipients

Inez Bailey Administrative director, Vision Science Graduate Group, School of Optometry. Helped develop a new program that combines a residency with a master's degree, and has created innovative programs — including the Vision Science Research Forum and the Ph.D. Dissertation Symposium — that build community among students and faculty.

Amanda Carlton Director of student involvement, Center for Student Leadership. Served as acting director of student involvement before being selected for the job, then took on many of the responsibilities of the executive director of Campus Life and Leadership, who was on sabbatical. 

Francisca Cázares Student affairs officer for ethnic studies. Nominated by her graduate students, who appreciate the time and effort she makes in welcoming them to their new environment and giving them highly personalized guidance as they advance through the program.

Martha Chávez 
Assistant dean, Goldman School of Public Policy. Demonstrated superior commitment and dedication to strengthening the School’s student and academic services and initiated innovative outreach efforts to support diversity.

Kathryn Day 
Chief administrative officer, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. Recognized for developing her staff and serving the postdoctoral fellows with whom she works, as well as taking on leadership positions in the Berkeley Staff Assembly, the Council of UC Staff Assemblies, and numerous campuswide committees.

James Dudek 
Business systems analyst, Student Systems Services. The driving force behind the Business Process Analysis Working Group, a staff organization that has offered more than 60 sessions on topics ranging from project management to process mapping.

Ghada Haddad Graduate program coordinator, Community Health and Human Development, School of Public Health. Increased the number of underrepresented minority students admitted to SPH, and has helped retain them by finding them funding, organizing tutoring, and personally coaching and encouraging them.

Alicia Hayes 
Scholarship connection coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research. Advises undergraduates on competitive national scholarships, assisting them by recruiting student mentors, providing feedback on applications, and organizing mock interviews.

Raul Infante Senior analyst, Office of the Registrar. Led the update and upgrade of the Degree Audit Reporting System, resulting in improved academic planning by students, better communications between students and their advisers, and enhanced enrollment planning.

Jonel Larson Gardener, University House. Made the grounds more "green" by initiating composting, sheet mulching, and other sustainable methods; she also supplies the staff of University House with fresh-cut flowers for special events (saving the campus thousands of dollars).

Maggie Lazar Administrative assistant, Institute for Transportation Studies Pavement Research Center, Richmond Field Station. Forged connections in the local community by reading to Richmond school children and arranging for several scientists and engineers from the center to judge the science contest at a local middle school.

Betsy Livak Co-director, Systems Unit, Graduate Division. Helped put the graduate-admissions application online; allowing electronic review of fellowship applications, making the latest policies and data easily accessible, and automating many processes.

Diana Lizarraga Director of New Experiences in Research and Diversity in Science. Has run multiple programs designed to support first-generation students of color in the sciences, and helped organize the 2008 Northern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education and the 2009 Native American Graduate Horizons Conference.

Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez 
Research coordinator, McNair Scholars Program, which prepares students from underrepresented groups for doctoral programs. Nominated by program participants, who salute him as "a mentor, friend, and role model for low-income students of color."

Linda Miyagawa Publications and production coordinator, GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Described by colleagues as "a professional inspiration and a personal pleasure," she regularly takes on additional tasks ranging from reconfiguring the office for improved air circulation to re-designing Sproul Hall signage.

Loretta Morales 
Administrative assistant, School of Social Welfare. Called a "guardian angel" by faculty in SSW, who point to her unflagging support of the school's mission, often working long hours and always willing to take on new roles or learn new skills.

Claire Norris 
Administrator, Global Health Office and the Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability at the School of Public Health. Has mentored hundreds of students and organized the Bixby Forum last year, coordinating participation by 40 public-health leaders from all over the world.

Andrea Rex Graduate-student adviser, Travers Department of Political Science. Credited with revolutionizing the graduate program since joining the department in 2006 by innovating departmental communications with a digital record-keeping system and creating a fair, transparent, and efficient system for allocating GSI positions and office space.

Carla Schultz-Serafin Staff research associate/course coordinator, Molecular and Cell Biology. Took on an additional workload to ensure undergraduates had a successful experience when the department ran an overload of sections, and again when the curriculum was completely redesigned.

Abby Scott Executive director, Career Services, Haas School of Business. Created local internships for Haas students across the campus when the dire economic climate made it harder for graduates of the MBA program to find employment, creating a win-win solution that allowed students to build their resumes while campus departments benefited from their talent and expertise.

Terry Strathman Director, Office of Undergraduate Research. Developed the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program 20 years ago, an invaluable service to give undergraduates carefully structured opportunities to participate in research right alongside faculty.

Abigail Tilden Learning-disability specialist, Disabled StudentsÕ Program. Her contributions range from initiating staff celebrations to writing the DSP newsletter, from serving as a Cal Day liaison to participating in the Interactive Theater Program as a subject-matter expert on disability issues.

Steve Tollefson Director, Office of Educational Development. Has improved teaching at Berkeley by creating or contributing to such programs as the Distinguished Teaching Awards, New Faculty Teaching Lunches and Newsletters, the Presidential Chairs and Lecturers Programs, the Berkeley Writers at Work Program, and the Summer Reading List.

Greg Yuhas 
Radiation safety officer, Environmental Health & Safety. Has shown leadership in developing many new safety systems and procedures — so much so that Berkeley is now viewed by regulators as a model of radiation safety, and is often called upon to help improve radiation safety at other UC campuses.

Phil Walz Student-services manager, Department of Economics. Nominated twice for this award (once by faculty and once by staff), he is credited with transforming the way student services are provided through thoughtful hiring, morale-building, and process improvement.

team recipients

The Lawrence Hall of Science 197 Race: Conversations in a Museum Team (Lisa Walker, Barbara Ando, Susan Guevara, Rikki Shackelford, and Victoria Robinson)Created and taught a leadership class that trained undergraduates to use the provocative exhibit "Race: Are We So Different?" to facilitate discussions of race — its biology, history, and social reality — with middle-school and high-school students. Since the exhibit opened, the graduates of this course have discussed it with over 700 local youth.

The Social Justice Translating Team (Matthew Sun, Marina Moreida, Maggie Huang, and Maty Corral-Avila)By translating documents into Chinese and Spanish, and then translating live discussions of those documents, the team was able to increase communication and engagement with front-line custodial and dining staff. They have been called upon to provide their services throughout Residential and Student Services Programs, as more and more key documents and presentations are being translated.

The Staff Fellows Program Team (Gary Lee, Troy Gilbert, Dan Ocampo, Christina Gonzales, Susan Trageser, Maria Iglesia, Suzanne Helbig, and Christina Barnett Rajmaira)Recognizing how difficult it can be for new staff members to acquire skills outside their assigned roles, the team developed a yearlong internship program that allows staff in the Office of Student Development to work in the areas of Campus Life and Leadership and the Career Center. The team is now developing plans on how to replicate this program.