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A St. Cloud State employee received the Student Conduct Professional of the Year award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) last week at the annual national conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Margaret Sarnicki, the director for student conduct and programs, and is being awarded for her work with students, especially in crisis situations.
Sarnicki was nominated in November after many of her Student Life and Development colleagues had sent in recommendations and information, one of which regarded her work as “lifesaving.”
Beyond the letters or recommendation, her colleagues submitted for the award, Sarnicki also received positive feedback from students and family members she helped through her work.
Jerry Bulisco, the associate dean of Students for Student Life and Development, said the most recent testimonial occurred when they received a call from a parent. The call was made thanking Sarnicki for helping their son become a better citizen with a focus on education and community.
“More than an individual award, it speaks to the great work many individuals, programs and offices are doing at St. Cloud State to provide a caring response to holistically address the needs of our students,” Sarnicki told the University Communications Department.
The work done by Sarnicki coincided well with ASCA’s overall mission goals.
The ASCA’s mission is to support higher education professionals by providing a variety of resources, materials, opportunities, student conduct administration and conflict resolution to campuses. The organization has approximately 3,000 members, representing over 1,500 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.
The ASCA annual conference provides a variety of professional development options through speakers and sessions.
Sarnicki is no stranger to the the conference, as her work has been part of the organization previously. This work included presenting at ASCA’s National Conference in February 2014, discussing joint efforts between the city of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Police Department and St. Cloud State University to address alcohol issues within the community.