FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 06
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University Vice President of Student Affairs Rick Hall was honored for his dedication to students and his contributions to the field of student affairs this week with the James J. Rhatigan Award, given by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Hall received the Region IV West Award which includes Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. He is now in the running for the national Scott Goodnight Award.
The Rhatigan award is presented annually to a dean or chief student affairs officer who has sustained professional service with student personnel work, demonstrated a high level of competency with administrative skills, merited stature among students, faculty and fellow administers, demonstrated an innovative response in meeting emerging student needs, developed junior staff members, made significant contributions to the field through publications and demonstrated leadership in the community and with university affairs.
In nomination letters for the award, Hall’s colleagues praised his efforts.
“At the heart of Dr. Hall’s student affairs work is an authentic love and respect for students that is coupled with a personal conviction that participation in higher education has a powerful impact on the individual and society,” wrote Liz Donnelly, OCU associate vice president for student affairs. “He is deeply invested in developing programs and services that support and complement academic programs in order to facilitate deep, transformative learning.”
“Dr. Hall has forged collaborative relationships across campus,” wrote Susan Barber, associate provost and biology professor at OCU. “Student affairs and academic affairs have never worked more closely to provide a holistic experience for our students.”
Hall’s responsibilities include student life, student government, campus discipline, the university center, campus food service, the bookstore, multicultural student affairs, career services, counseling, student leadership initiatives, health services, the police department, housing and residence life.