The esteemed Lawson R. McElroy served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Admissions from 1974 through 1985 and was instrumental in assisting students to attend and ultimately complete their education at Rider University. He served as the professional staff advisor for many student groups, provided on and off campus work opportunities, academic advisement and personal advice during a student’s formative years while they enrolled and subsequently graduated from Rider University. Lawson encouraged and supported students during their post Rider University careers by serving as a personal and employment mentor and role model. Lawson R. McElroy made a meaningful difference in the lives of students and others inside and outside of Rider University.
Those eligible to receive the "Lawson R. McElroy Award for Excellence in Engaged Learning” will be a Rider Alumni who works in either the private or public sector in support of a student or employees learning outside of the formal classroom.
Examples of awardees are but not limited to corporate managers/supervisors, community leaders, faith leaders, athletic coaches, entrepreneurial and re-entry program providers, and corporate management training professionals. The individual presented with this award can work directly with engaged and/or lifetime learners or can work behind the scenes at a company to ensure engaged and lifetime learning opportunities exist and are valued within their respective company and/or work department.
He/she can be an individual who is identified as the supervisor and/or co-worker of a student or fellow employee participating in an engaged learning activity (co-op, internship, service learning, continuing education, advanced training, etc.) that assist the individual in making career and life choices that directly relate to an individual’s academic and/or professional training and/or goals.
Additionally, an individual receiving this award can be also be identified as the person within the workplace (company, department, agency, institution, etc.) who is directly responsible for ensuring that engaged learning and/or continuing education is part of the culture of the workplace. This might be someone who is but not limited HR Director, affirmative action officer, senior Administration, department/division director, etc.
Nominees can be judged on the following quantifiable elements:
- How much and does the individual invests time and effort in coaching and/or mentoring;
- Does the individual serve as a role model to the student(s) or employee(s) through positive interactions?
- Does the individual guide, teach, and support the student and/or employee in the workplace by sharing experiences and recommendations on how to improve one’s skills and/or opportunities within or outside of that workplace?
- Does the individual inspire a sense of collaboration, cooperation, and trust between the college and the workplace?
- Does the individual encourage networking and other opportunities for the student or employee to meet with other key personnel that will enhance the person’s learning and/or career advancement?
- Does the person support engaged learning and/or career growth within their organization by identifying opportunities within the organization and/or provides the leadership and funding within their organization to ensure that on the job learning and/or career training are made available?
- Does the individual create an inclusive work environment that embraces diversity and equality;
- Does the individual provide leadership within their respective organization which enhances and embraces life-long learning and engaged learning?
- Develop innovative systems and processes that enhance the engaged learner experience in a significant way;
- Exhibit exceptional analytical and decision-making skills in realizing the goals and objectives and value of having their employer involved in and supportive of engaged and lifetime learning activities.
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