I am nominating: Andy Garate
Years of Service at Cal Poly:1
Department:University Housing Services
Position: Residence Life Coordinator
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?
Andy is being nominated because of his commitment to Student Affairs by demonstrating divisional values in his day to day work.
Andyís creativity, enthusiasm, work ethic, and passion for working with students has made Andy an important part of the campus community.
As a Residence Life Coordinator, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of his building, Aliso Hall.
In addition to his work with University Housing Services, Andy also served as a key support for Orientation programming this summer.
His responsibilities involved overseeing the Parent, Family and Guest Program, and supporting the evening programming for students.
Andy deserves this award because he embodies many of the qualities critical to a successful Student Affairs professional.
He truly cares about student success and goes above and beyond to ensure studentsí needs are met. He is collaborative and passionate,
willing to jump in to provide support at any time. Further, he is inquisitive, helpful, kind, and brave. He is a wonderful role model
for his peers as well as his students
Please select 2 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies:
X Student Centered Philosopy
Richness of Diversity
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:
Students and their success is the driving force behind the Student Affairs. Andy exemplifies the value of Student-Centered Philosophy
through his interactions with his community and student leaders. An example of this is Andyís interaction with students.
Andy is relatable, easy to talk to, and caring. Thanks to the positive environment he creates, his community is able to thrive.
His enthusiasm and spirit is contagious, as exemplified by two major awards that his community won, ìMost Spirited Hallî and ìTeam of the Yearî
at Relay for Life.Another great example of how Andy exemplifies Student-Centered Philosophy is through his mentorship and supervision
of his student leaders. The growth his resident advisor team had during the year was exemplary- through Andyís supervision,
he was able to navigate major transitions and help grow his staff into leaders. This year, three of his staff members have returned
to the position, and it is clear that through their work with him they have developed as leaders amongst the resident advisor team.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:
Andy exemplifies Interconnectedness through collaborating with other members of the University to achieve campus goals.
An example of this is Andyís Collaboration with Greek Life. In the past, University Housing Services had little partnership
with Greek Life. However, during 2014-2015, Andy formed a great partnership with the coordinator and learned about the impact
Greek Life could have with Residence Life. He assisted with PanHellenic Recruitment, and was able to engage Residence Life Team
members in many Greek activities, such as PolyGold and Greek Week.
Another example of this was his collaboration with Orientation Services. During a time of transition for Orientation,
Andy stepped up to provide consistency and support to ensure that students received seamless service. He regularly
received positive feedback from both parents and students, and the orientation team loved him.