Urmila Mali - Student Affairs Service Award 2004-05

Statement of Wonderfulness

In Celebration of

Urmila Mali


“The mark of a person who is the heart of an organization is the reaction of students and staff when the person is not around… when Urmila is away at a conference or on vacation the office is not as pleasant or as efficient.”

Urmila is an integral part of EOP. As an academic advisor and Learning Center Coordinator for the program, students can often be found in Urmila’s office which is a comfortable, welcoming place with a never-empty bowl of candy. She is a beacon of light for students who are navigating undergraduate education - so much so that former students visit her to share about the changes in their lives since they graduated OSU. Each year Urmila also teaches several sections of ALS103, Methods of Study, orienting students to the University and coaching them in the development and utilization of good and appropriate study skills.

Urmila’s colleagues describe her as heartening, committed, highly motivated, quick-witted, welcoming, dependable, thoughtful, engaging, ever-optimistic, and crazy!

Beyond the scope of work detailed in her position description, Urmila brings a sense of family to the EOP. For one Monday lunch she prepared a surprise banquet of scrumptious Nepalese dishes for the staff. She is known for her thinking about the welfare of the program as a whole rather than just being interested in her direct responsibilities. She consistently welcomes students and staff into her office and her world.

Urmila has served on the Faculty Senate Student Recognition and Awards Committee and is currently on the Committee on Academic Standing where she takes part in the decisions about the reinstatement of suspended students. Her participation on several search committees and attendance at interview presentations for other searches is valued for the insights she provides.

She lives and breathes the importance of diversity to this University, demonstrating her commitment by serving on the C2D Diversity Task Force to improve the climate at OSU. Additionally, she is an active member of the Nepali Association of Oregon, OSU the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color, serves on the JoAnn Trow Women of Distinction Committee, and the Asian/Pacific Islander Advisor Board.

“Urmila is irrepressible!”  -- 

“Urmila has a proactive attitude that she attempts to instill in everyone she works with.”  -- 

“I know that I have changed for the better for working and getting to know her as a person.”


10th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 26, 2005