NACURH Winner
Month: July 2017

NACURH, INC.

Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Nominee: Carol Bennett Nominator: Rick Cazzato Jr.

On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Mentors, and advocates come in many forms, and yet there are only some who can manage to make as much of an impact on others like Multicultural Affairs Center (MAC) Assistant Dean Carol Bennett. During the month of July 2017, Carol has helped to serve the on-campus population in a plethora of ways and continues to be a rising member of the Truman State University community.

Academics - It is important for mentors to help and be a positive role-model for individuals who are seeking to learn from Carol. As a student herself, Carol not only managed to balance all of her coursework while working, but was able to finish her summer courses in July with a 4.0 GPA. This magnificent feat helps to demonstrate Carols continuous commitment to learning and growing. As an individual who always dedicates time to mentoring and teaching others, Carol has found a way in which she can continue to grow and learn so that she can continue to effectively mentor and teach other individuals. This perseverance and focus on growth-mindset helps to show how intentional Carol is when it comes to serving students of the Truman community.

Scholastic Enhancement Experience (SEE) - As the Dean of the Multicultural Affairs Center on campus, Carol has devoted countless hours to prepare for the SEE Program to move-in on campus. This retention-based academic institute helps incoming students focus on improving their academic skills as well as assist in the transition process from high school to college. For many of these students they are often the first of their families to attend college, or come from backgrounds that vary from a traditional college aged student. Helping to prepare for the institute during the beginning portion of the month, Carol helped to move SEE Students into the residence halls on Friday July 28th. In order to make this processes and their experience as effective as possible, Carol spent July working with campus partners to help and prepare for the incoming students. Through her dedication on serving others, Carol has been able to make a positive impact on the SEE students who have begun to transition to Truman during the month of July 2017.

Baldwin Hall - After the recent renovation of Baldwin Hall, the week of July 9th helped to change the image and outlook of the MAC for forever. Having space created in Baldwin Hall, Carol has spent much of the month of July helping to move her office over to the newly renovated building. Helping to decorate and make the place feel like their former space. Utilizing the month of July to make the MAC call Baldwin home, Carol has worked tirelessly to create an inclusive space for all individuals. As part of an initiative to make the MAC more accessible to students, their new location on the first floor of Baldwin has made the office more visible. Whenever change occurs it can be uncomfortable, especially if the future is unknown. Instead of worrying about what could happen, Carol has spent July 2017 working on making the MAC continue to strive by working to expand the services and make the office an inviting place for those who are looking for a place to call home.

The month of July 2017 has been really eventful for Carol Bennett. Always focusing on the next upcoming project, Carol has really demonstrated her commitment to serving others this month. Whether it be through her interest in growing as a professional, or helping to serve incoming students, Carol has had a remarkable month that continues to showcase her continued commitment to Truman.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-07-31 20:47:52

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