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Buffy Gillis - Student Affairs Service Award 2005-06
Statement of Wonderfulness
In Celebration of
Student Support Services
In a small office where everybody knows everybody, Buffy is the hub of Student Support Services. Being on the frontline, she is the brain, the know-all, fix-all. Students congregate in her office because they know they can always trust her with their thoughts. There is no place more safe, accepting and comfortable. She has the ability to connect with them on a level no one else could, since she was a student in the Support Services program in recent years.
Buffy believes that every student who wants to go to college should have a way to not only attend, but achieve the maximum amount of success possible. She helps students not just succeed in classes, but identify a larger purpose in their lives. She genuinely cares about the people she works with. In evaluating applications to the program, she works hard to “make room” for as many students as possible.
She’s a thorough, detail-oriented, people-person, who can also handle all the government forms, record keeping, rules and regulations. Maintaining the human aspect of working within the confines of a bureaucracy is not an easy task. Genuine, open, personable and warm were words used to describe her personality. Never being flustered or cross about answering the same question multiple times a day, a student leaves her office not only informed but also feeling respected and positive about themselves.
Staff members count on her and trust her. She listens to their stories with a caring heart, sometimes being a sounding board for their ideas before they take an idea higher up. Buffy operates out of a place of hopefulness, always finding the way through a problem, and helping others keep moving forward. Stopping and giving up are not an option.
You will not find a stronger student advocate than Buffy Gillis, and Student Affairs and OSU are better for having her here. Congratulations!
11th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 22, 2006