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Britt Sumida

Fall 2009


I am nominating: Britt Sumida
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 3
Department: Office of Student Life
Position: Leadership and Student Involvement Program Coordinator

Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?: I’m nominating Britt because she genuinely is worthy of receiving a STAR Award. She goes above and beyond in all that she does. She is a role model to her students and is an amazing colleague to have. She is a tremendous asset to this department. Although we have only had her in our department for a little over a year, she has accomplished so much, has grown personally and professionally and has made unquantifiable contributions to our department and the general campus community.

Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies: Student-Centered Philosophy, Interconnectedness, Quality

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1: As the primary advisor to the Rose Float Club, Britt has created an environment by which students have gravitated towards assuming leadership positions and maximizing their involvement on campus. She is the type of student affairs professional that incites energy, creativity, ownership and a sense of belonging and purpose amongst students. She has clearly done this with the Rose Float students. She provides them with just the right balance of challenge and support, ultimately leading to a number of successes. She and the Rose Float students recruited approximately 600 incoming freshmen during the Summer Orientation Club Fairs. Britt was instrumental in working with the Rose Float students to organize a Newcomer’s Picnic for these newly interested students. They organized tours of the Rose Float lab and helped facilitate hands-on decorating, welding and design workshops for the new students. Because Britt demands nothing but the best from herself, she tends to naturally bring out the best in students that she works with. This can be exhibited in the extensive growth of students assuming leadership positions within Rose Float. Last year Britt inherited a small group of five student leaders from the Rose Float Club and has since grown that leadership to 14 executive board members. It has been amazing to see this student transformation. Britt has gone above and beyond in working tirelessly with these students to provide them with the skills necessary to become successful student leaders (i.e., communication, program planning, fiscal responsibility, fundraising, meeting facilitation, problem solving, etc.).

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2: When I think about “interconnectedness” as it relates to Britt, I am reminded of the saying, “There is no “I” in team.” She is truly united in purpose and passion with so many entities on campus, including the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers (OSLCC). Her attention to task, process, and relationships is highly commendable. Through the various roles that she has served in during her time in OSLCC, she has been a catalyst for collaboration. She has been instrumental in partnering with departments such as Facilities, Risk Management, the Athletics department, Human Resources, Financial Aid, and the Career Center. These partnerships have resulted in secured employment for our work study student assistants, streamlined processes related to event scheduling, and enhanced customer service from our department.

Britt also exhibits interconnectedness through her generosity of time, talent, and willingness to help out no matter what. Britt truly helped our department out during a rather rough time. Earlier this year in March we were unable to keep our administrative assistant who was a temporary emergency hire due to severe budget cuts. This position is vital to the operation of our department and is essential in providing oversight of campus event scheduling, the vendor program, attendance reporting, and supervision of our student assistant staff. The loss of this person was a blow to our staff. In the midst of this challenge, Britt was asked to take on additional responsibilities to help manage this deficit. Although this is not what Britt was originally brought on board to do, she gracefully accepted the challenge with a smiling face and a genuine interest in wanting to help our department get through a tough time. She carried these additional responsibilities for approximately 7 months. She learned quickly and accepted challenges head on. She did an amazing job and never once complained.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3: Britt produces exceptional work. Just about everything she touches turns to gold, so to speak. Whether she’s working with students to plan a fundraiser, collaborating with other student groups or departments on co-sponsorships, engaging with alumni, or working with parents of our student leaders, she does so with genuine intentions to do the best that she can. Britt works so hard at everything she does and each time she does something she raises the bar higher and higher. Her work ethic is admirable to say the least.

She is often the first one in the office and the last one to leave. She makes herself available to anyone that needs her help, whether it be a student, staff, faculty, parent or alumni. She is focused and committed to producing quality experiences, programs, events, services and student leaders at Cal Poly Pomona. Her quest for quality is also exhibited in her personal quest for learning and achievement as a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach, in her pursuit of a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education.

In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?: Not only has she been a professional staff on campus but she is also an alumnus. Her contributions to the campus community go back several years. She’s made contributions to Cal Poly Pomona as a student athlete, as former President of the Bronco Athletic Association, as a former employee in the Athletics department, and as the current Leadership and Student Involvement Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Life. By virtue of her student centered philosophy, commitment to excellence and value of interconnectedness, Britt enhances the campus community through every single program and student interaction.