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Jolly receives N.C. College Personnel Association’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award

BOONE—Shay Jolly, residence director of Eggers Hall at Appalachian State University, has received the North Carolina College Personnel Association’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award is presented to a graduate student who has made a contribution to a student affairs program, research or related activity that is considered above the expectations of a graduate student.

Jolly is a graduate student in the college student development program in the Reich College of Education’s Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling.

A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Jolly earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. She worked for two years as a hall director at Saint Mary’s College before coming to Appalachian.

Tiffany Lowe, assistant director of residence life at Appalachian, says Jolly has  a spark that is not present in all graduate students.  “She has a heart for students and for the people she works with like no one else I have known,” Lowe wrote in her nomination.

Within weeks of arriving at Appalachian, Jolly quickly become involved in residence life activities. She volunteered to serve as a delegation advisor for the RA Drive-In Conference and lead a delegation of 18 residence assistants who presented 12 programs at the conference and brought home five awards, including Best Overall Delegation.

Jolly was a member of the Graduate Assistant Training and Development Committee, and during the summer of 2008, she served as the only summer school residence director on campus and the graduate coordinator in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

As a residence director, Jolly has the primary responsibility of hiring, training and supervising the six-person RA staff.  In her position with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Jolly had a major role in planning two sessions of Trailhead, a four-day leadership and legacy experience for incoming first-year students. She also played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of Phase II, a Welcome Week Orientation for incoming first-year students.

Shari Williamson, Jolly’s current supervisor, wrote that Jolly “sets high standards and works endlessly to meet those standards. She expects a lot from herself and those around her. Because of this, she and her staff have been able to do great things for their residence hall community. Shay takes a lot of pride in her community and works feverishly to do everything she can to ensure her students’ success.”