I am excited to nominate Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)
Janna Stoskopf for Institution Faculty/ Staff Of-The-Month for
August 2018 at Truman State University. VPSA Stoskopf joined the
staff at TSU in January 2018 and since then has started making
significant positive impacts on the Truman community. Throughout
August 2018, VPSA Stoskopf went above and beyond her assigned
Interim Title IX Coordinator – In July 2018, the previous Title IX
Coordinator at TSU accepted a new position which left this position
vacant. VPSA Stoskopf recognized the importance of having a
consistent contact while a search to fill the position was underway.
VPSA Stoskopf filled this role and handled that transition
seamlessly. She has done an excellent job of serving the university
in this capacity and has ensured that questions and concerns are
handled with the utmost care.
Investing In Students – Throughout August 2018 there were several
occasions when I saw VPSA Stoskopf invest in the students at TSU. At
the end-of-training celebration, VPSA Stoskopf came to speak with
the Residence Life Student Staff Members. She was inspiring,
encouraging, and compassionate in her delivery to the staff. The
staff walked away knowing that they each had her support; I had many
staff members express to me that it was apparent that VPSA Stoskopf
understood their job and was in their corner should they ever need
additional support. Two days later, move-in day was occurring and
1000+ first year students were moving into their new homes. The day
was incredibly busy, but VPSA Stoskopf did something that I have
never experienced in my 7 years as a Hall Director at TSU. VPSA
Stoskopf stopped by each residence hall on campus and spoke to every
staff member she could find to check in on how the day was going.
She spent time individually speaking to each staff member to hear
what they were excited and nervous about for the upcoming year. She
was motivating and encouraging in her response. One of my favorite
moments from move-in day this year was watching VPSA Stoskopf speak
with each staff member and seeing their faces light up as someone
outside of the department was encouraging them that day. In addition
to talking to staff members, I witnessed VPSA Stoskopf welcome new
students and their families, thank volunteers, and lend a helping
hand as needed with the move-in day process. This is certainly
outside of the realm of anything I have seen happen in previous
years and it left me feeling cared about, invested-in, and
supported. I know that each staff member that VPSA Stoskopf
interacted with felt the same way.
Approachability – VPSA Stoskopf had the opportunity to interact with
our new students on several occasions. In each of those interactions
she stressed, which genuine care, that students were welcome (and
even encouraged) to stop by her office just to say hello and chat.
This authentic care has made VPSA Stoskopf someone that students
know they can reach out to in times of need. She was present at
almost every single event happening during Truman Days, a welcome
week type event for our first year students. Students noticed her
presence and her willingness to engage with them at events. Finally,
on numerous occasions, VPSA Stoskopf could be seen eating meals at
on-campus dining locations. This has continued to prove to students
that she is willing to meet them where they are to connect.
Throughout August 2018, VPSA Stoskopf has proven her dedication to
TSU and its students. For all of these reasons, she should be the
Institutional Faculty/Staff Of-The-Month for August 2018.
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