Mary Leeper, Raft Woodus honored by USM Board of Regents

This year's staff award winners to receive $1,000 stipend and a plaque

TOWSON, Md. (August 12, 2009)—Two members of the Division of Student Affairs staff have been selected to receive this year's University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Awards.

Mary Leeper, administrative assistant to the Student Government Association, and Raft Woodus, director of the Center for Student Diversity, won two out of a possible six staff awards in the systemwide competition.

The Council of University System Staff (CUSS) Awards Committee selected the recipients.

Both Leeper and Woodus were recognized in the category of Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic or Residential Environment.

Other categories included exempt and nonexempt nominations for Exceptional Contributions to the Institution or Unit to which the person belongs and Extraordinary Public Service to the University or Greater Community.

Teresa Hall, associate vice president, Student Affairs, nominated Mary Leeper for the award. Hall described Leeper as being much more than an office manager who strives to maintain order and efficiency. She praised Leeper as a  behind-the-scenes adviser, a keeper of SGA history and, when needed, a disciplinarian. She added, "Mary makes students who enter the SGA office suite feel special and valued."

In his letter of nomination for Raft Woodus, Assistant Vice President Art King said Woodus "has built and modified both the Community Enrichment and Enhancement Partnerships (CEEP) and the Student Achieve Goals Through Education (SAGE) programs over the years to be inclusive, effective and efficient." King also said Woodus was "a highly sought after mentor, confidant, teacher, counselor and friend to our students."

Winners of the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Awards receive a $1,000 stipend and a plaque.







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