The late Clifford Kendall, former chair of the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents and a longtime member of the USG Board of Advisors, and his wife, Camille, generously established the annual Kendall Service Awards to recognize faculty, program leaders, and staff who have provided outstanding support to students, and have demonstrated exemplary service to the USG community.
The award categories include Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Academic Program Leadership (formerly known as Program Director of the Year), Outstanding Service to Students, and the newest category, which was added this year: Outstanding Service to the USG Community.
Each year, nominations take place over a few weeks, and winners are selected by the Kendall Awards Committee, in collaboration with the USG Board of Advisors.
This year’s four esteemed winners were recognized in a virtual ceremony on June 16, 2021. The event was emceed by USG Board of Advisors Chair Shirley Brandman. Dr. Anne Khademian, USG’s Executive Director, provided opening remarks, followed by comments from Craig Kendall on behalf of the Kendall family. Each of the winners also shared their heartfelt thanks to the Kendall family, as well as to students and their staff/faculty peers for their nominations.
Read about this year’s winners and watch the replay of the virtual ceremony below.
Outstanding Program Leadership
Chelsea Moyer’s nominations for Outstanding Academic Program Leadership come from students as well as UMBC faculty and her administrative peers. Chelsea earns high marks for maintaining UMBC’s substantial and diverse suite of academic programs at USG.
She is a leader who tirelessly manages and actively participates in the Raptor-to-Retriever program to facilitate the successful transition of students from Montgomery College (MC). Chelsea has also orchestrated the expansion of UMBC’s presence at USG, undertaking the extensive planning necessary to support the new Transitional Life Science Technology (TLST) and Computer Science programs.
In addition to all her work on new and existing programs, Chelsea still found time for direct student interaction. She earns praise from her peers for quickly responding to the tumultuous changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping a gentle but confident hand on the rudder as she steered both students and faculty alike through uncharted waters. She arranged Black Lives Matter (BLM) student experience focus groups to let students, faculty and staff honestly examine how issues of equity and access affect UMBC students at USG. And she personally assists students in navigating tricky issues surrounding residency, tuition, and financial aid, with one student nominator crediting Chelsea directly with rescuing the start of the most recent semester when the student’s financial aid nearly fell through.
As one of the nominators succinctly puts it, Chelsea “epitomizes a respected, distinguished, and passionate leader to students, faculty, and staff.”
Excellence in Teaching
Social Work Program
Professor Jeannette Hoover received six nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award, all from students in the UMBC Social Work program at USG. There were several common themes among the nominations — the most consistent were supported by such adjectives as caring, fun, creative and supportive.
It was evident by reading the nominations, that Professor Hoover has a passion for teaching and for her students, and that her approach to teaching is very outcome-focused. In one nomination, the nominee stated, “She has forever left her mark in my life, and I will forever cherish it.” Another, in addressing Professor Hoover directly, similarly wrote, “You have made a difference in my career and learning, thank you!” Professor Hoover adapted well to the virtual environment and continued to demonstrate innovation in relaying material in both a fun and effective manner.
The nominations made clear that Professor Hoover is a strong leader and mentor. She exhibits passion for her role in the education of others, and demonstrates caring about their future. Professor Hoover clearly “goes the extra mile,” as one nominee put it succinctly.
In sum, Professor Hoover easily meets the requirements of the award as supported by the six nominations she received. She demonstrates commitment to student success through fostering high academic achievement. She engages students in active participation in learning and achieving their academic goals. And she advances the educational and career goals of students.
Outstanding Service to Students
The Universities at Shady Grove
Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources
Jennifer (Jen) Riehl received seven nominations for the Outstanding Service to Students award from USG and partner staff members, as well as students. Nominators made salient Jen's consistent support towards student growth through mentorship and the improvement of programs and initiatives that affect students. It is evident through the nominations that Jen's mission is to provide students at USG with the best service possible. The following are just a few direct comments from students and staff at USG that support her nomination:
“She is always advocating for us and for other communities, trying to fulfill their needs and let others know that they always have an option when they are unable to see one.”
“Jen’s notable work this year also includes the way that she invested in the successful continuation of the USG Ambassador Program and was able to recruit, virtually onboard and find creative ways for the Ambassadors to build their leadership skills while being an asset to USG through their creation of a virtual tour, the development of the Ambassador Instagram page, and opportunities for prospective students to connect directly with USG Ambassadors.”
“When I think of the Kendall awards, excellence in customer service and selfless giving, I know that Jen embodies the Kendall spirit in all she does for USG. She's a great mentor to our students, is so helpful to prospective students, always is more than generous with her time.”
Outstanding Service to the USG Community
The Universities at Shady Grove
Charles (Chuck) Carter received seven nominations for the Outstanding Service to USG award.
As was made clear in all of his nominations, Chuck’s service to USG goes far beyond just being great at his job. As his nominator Brian Woods said, “Chuck makes sure everyone on the facilities team has his support day in and day out.” Chuck taught Brian a lot of what he knows about the intricacies of USG’s campus, and has helped him understand the skills needed to be a plumber.