Tom Phillips - Student Affairs Service Award 2005-06

Statement of Wonderfulness

In Celebration of

Tom Phillips
Career Services


Tom Phillips is a Career Counselor exemplar, driven by creative energy and enthusiasm, admired by supervisors, coworkers, and clients, and dedicated to serving students.

Tom’s innovative and creative approach led him to develop several new programs for Career Services.  Examples of Tom’s work are:  Cupid in the Quad, where students are introduced to Career Services in a fun and interactive way; Career Makeover – Resume Edition with counselors dressed as doctors to “heal” resumes; and Career Makeover – Wardrobe Edition where Tom coordinated the donation of interview appropriate clothing for students to purchase from Career Services at a very small price, with all money donated to student groups.

In addition to his regular duties as a career counselor Tom devotes time to the Oregon Career Development Association, the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE), the American Counseling Association, and the National Career Development Association.  He is a member of the inaugural National Career Development Association Leadership Academy, one of only eighteen people chosen out of a nationwide search.

Tom’s co-workers describe him as entertaining, caring, innovative, energetic, and a blast!  They say that he brought new energy and student focus to the unit.  He finds ways to turn mundane exercises into fun and interactive events for students.  Always willing to take the leadership on projects and always committed to student development and career development, Tom is very enthusiastic and up beat at work and maintains a professional demeanor.

Tom demonstrates all of the values of the Campus Compact through his humor, his extra efforts, his innovation, his deep respect for people, his caring spirit for colleagues and his dedication to students.

Congratulations Tom!  You embody “care” and we salute you!



11th Annual Service Awards Celebration

Division of Student Affairs

Oregon State University

May 22, 2006