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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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Stamp Star

Stamp STARs of the Month are staff members that excel in carrying out the mission and vision (see below) of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union in a manner that is fitting of special recognition. Emphasis is placed on individuals who excel in a pattern of exceptional work over a period of time. This award is meant to honor an extended level of contribution to the organization.

Nominations are solicited from the greater Adele H. Stamp Student Union community each month. There is no limit to the number of nominations that one individual can make. There is a limit of five awards that can be given out each month (one to a graduate student staff member and two each to full/part-time staff and student staff). There is no limit to the number of times an individual can be recognized as a Stamp STAR of the Month.

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union Vision
Transforming and enriching the Maryland experience.

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union Mission
To provide a safe and inviting campus center where all UM students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members cultivate lifelong relationships founded on engagement, learning, multiculturalism, and citizenship.

The Stamp Star nomination process opens six times during the fall and spring semesters. Staff members will be contacted via email about nomination procedures. 

October 2017 stamp star winners


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Kim is one of my most conscientious and hardest working employees. She has become incredibly knowledgeable (and invaluable!) in her position. Any time I need assistance she is willing to go above and beyond to help. In the limited time she has worked at TerpZone, she has become an integral part of making it successful. Since she has taken over our social media accounts she has nearly doubled our Twitter followers and TerpZone has seven times the amount of Instagram followers! She’s been incredible!





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James has done an amazing job starting as one of our new Event Support Managers. He has picked up his new responsibilities quickly and been able to provide that high level of service that I expect from all of my managers. James really stepped up during the All-Nighter and took the lead to make sure everything was in place in order for a successful event. James handled the numerous last minute changes with a smile and went out of his way to make sure everything was good to go. James always keeps staff morale high and even on that night, kept the staff in good spirits even though they had to unexpectedly stay until almost 3am here in the building flipping a room for the next day. James is very deserving for Stamp Star for his continued dedication and leadership among our staff. 





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Stephanie serves as an Engagement and Learning Assistant, where she assists with TOCSL events and serves as a peer mentor. Stephanie embodies the mission of Stamp Student Union through her work in the TOCSL office and has consistency gone above and beyond her duties to ensure that transfer and off-campus students feel welcome, are engaged, and have a sense of community. In serving as a peer mentor to new transfer students, she has done a great job going out of her way to listen to them and provide advice and resources to help these students with their transition to UMD. She even met with one of her peer mentees on a Saturday (outside of her work hours), because she felt that having weekend engagement was what the student needed most. Outside of her position, she decided to informally set up a game night specifically for transfer students; so that transfer students could feel a sense of community in a casual setting. Even though this is not connected to her work at TOCSL, this level of commitment to ensuring that students have a positive transition is an example of Stephanie's commitment to student engagement and to the transfer and off-campus community. We are very lucky to have Stephanie as a part of our office and our students benefit greatly from her caring nature and enthusiasm for UMD. In asking her how she has enjoyed working for TOCSL so far, Stephanie indicated that working for TOCSL and the Stamp Student Union and giving back to the transfer community will be one of her highlights of her UMD career. 


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Annie is a Graduate Assistant within the ALC and a doctoral student Peace Studies Concentration within the International Education and Policy program. These past few months she has served as the face of the ALC during a time of  vacancy in the unit. Annie is timely with forms, personable and responsible supervisor and always has great energy. Annie has truly helped out in this interim time and deserves the stamp star for this month. 





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Kalia has been very welcoming, friendly, attentive and has truly helped many transition into their positions smoothly since the start of the semester. She is always open to new ideas, feedback and questions. I have seen Kalia this past month deal with conflict with grace and truly be a role model for the unit. Her door is always open and she is always willing to help others, for example helping folks consider higher education or having teachable moments with student staff.





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December 2016 Stamp Star Winners


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1. Sophie has worked tirelessly to help expand the TerpService Programs this year. We received almost double the number of applications we had over the past two years. When I found a new system for interviewing potential volunteers just a week or two before our applications were due Sophie took it under her preview to implement the system in such a short turn around. With her help in this process we interviewed almost 110 applicants in just a couple of short weeks!

In addition to Sophie’s help with the interview process she is always willing to take on extra work whenever the team needs it. I’ve never heard the word no come out of Sophie’s mouth! Even when I have offered to take things off her plate so that she can focus on exams she’s always taking initiative to get things done. For our first TerpService Day with over 40 participants Sophie was one of the first people there, had everything organized, and was great at getting our logistics portion completed. After we’d had staff members at the first two TerpService Days, Sophie kindly told me our presence was no longer needed! The students would be able to handle these events on their own!

Because Sophie’s responsibilities are focused on logistics they are often behind the scenes and not applauded. Because of this I think it would mean the world to Sophie to win this award and show how much we appreciate both the behind the scenes aspect of making our programs run and also the type of proactive effort she has shown.



2. Sophie is an outstanding member of the TerpService team. She works hard, is proactive, and goes above and beyond what she is asked. She also demonstrates a dedication to the mission of our office and our program an keeps that motivation with her as we approach the work that we do. She is a good example of the best kind of intern a program can have: dedicated and willing to learn!




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1. I'm happily nominating Ben to be a Stamp Star for his tireless devotion to the Maryland LEAD Program. Ben is responsible for the development of the facilitators in our program, and he works to make M-Lead the best it can be on a daily basis. He is one of the most positive and caring students I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He consistently executes difficult projects to a very high quality, all the while being one of the first people to offer to help the rest of the team out! His passion for the ideals and values of the Stamp Student Union are noticed by all, and I believe he will continue to make a fantastic mark in College Park!



2. This year, Maryland LEAD has had almost a complete staff turnover. Throughout this process, Ben has been a guiding light and constant source of encouragement. When I first met him this summer, it was through a computer screen. He was skyping into our staff meeting while studying abroad in Germany staying up late on Monday evenings to ensure he was engaged in our community even from abroad. Upon his return, Ben promptly greeted all of our new staff with a hug and positivity. Ben has also been a creative source of innovation within our program, proposing unique solutions to problems and creating new initiatives. One such initiative is exit interviews for all returning student leaders as well as those who have decided not to continue. He then condensed this wealth of information into tangible steps to take to improve our community of learning next semester. In addition, Ben has taken the time to meet with each of our 30+ facilitators one-on-one to get to know them and their thoughts on the program. Outside of M-LEAD, Ben has been engaged in MOSAIC and Alternative Breaks within the Stamp and is a dedicated student as well. He never shies away from an opportunity or a challenge, and always has a smile or encouraging word to share with his colleagues. Ben has truly transformed the Maryland experience for other student leaders with his positive presence and insightful vision, in addition to creating inclusive spaces for each of our facilitators.



3. Ben is incredibly dedicated to the work that he does with M-LEAD and the development of our program leads and facilitators. He provides wonderful leadership in welcoming, training, and supporting new additions to our team. Ben consistently takes initiative and thinks critically about the work that we are doing and how we can continue to better our program and the experience of each member of our team. He manages to keep the entire team organized, informed, and on the same page. His hard-work and dedication to the purpose of Maryland LEAD has never wavered. Even as a professional staff member Ben has been there to answer any questions I may have along the way. The work that he does is greatly appreciated and he is very deserving of recognition for all the contributions he makes to M-LEAD, LCSL, and the Stamp.

Ben has an incredible work ethic and has done a great job this year managing training and feedback for peer facilitators. After designing and executing the fall leadership retreat, Ben was incredibly receptive to staff feedback and he consistently seeks way to improve. Every week he sends engaging emails to the staff with funny memes and brings the same fun spirit to staff meetings but he always contributes in thoughtful ways. You can always count on Ben to approach any task with positivity and he is always willing to offer help or step up to the plate.




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1. In Quincy's first semester as a GA for Maryland LEAD, she has become an incredible leader and shining star on our staff team. Since the last Stamp Star, she has successfully planned, implemented, facilitated, and assessed 2 MLEAD programs including the signature Maryland Leadership Conference and the brand new Maryland Leadership Advance. For Conference, her efforts led to accomplishing our target number of participants, going above our target number of sponsorships, and having an unprecedented retention rate of student participants. Being new to her role, these programs, and the student leaders didn't cause Quincy any hesitation in quickly forming relationships and trust among the peer educator team she oversees, or in autonomously researching, reviewing and critiquing program curriculum and assessment data. She figures out what needs to be done, who to ask, and how to best communicate next steps to keep everyone informed and moving forward. Quincy is someone who not only leads those she supervises but also leads "across" to her peer graduate assistants and "up" to myself as her supervisor. She consistently volunteers to take on new projects or challenges that would help her grow personally and professionally. Quincy is a constant source of positivity, support and initiative on our team. One aspect that I have been most impressed with would be Quincy's ability to recognize and assess areas for improvement or intervention and effectiveness in delivering feedback to others or for herself.



2. Since I joined LCSL in mid-August, Quincy has consistently shown leadership as a member of the Maryland LEAD Program. She takes initiative and is thoughtful and reflective when it comes to her work with the students that we serve and analyzing ways to make our program more meaningful. She makes an extra effort to connect with and recognize the student leaders that we work with by presenting them with individualized thank yous after each program. We can always count on Quincy to see things through and work through obstacles that come her way with creativity and thoughtfulness. She shows a constant willingness to learn and grow as a person and as a professional by challenging herself through taking on unfamiliar tasks, giving presentations, professional development, and getting out of her comfort zone. She has established herself as an indispensable part of our team, while keeping focus on our program's purpose, her role as an educator, and being a support for the students that we work with. Quincy is a star on our team and very deserving of the Stamp Star Award!



3. In her first semester, Quincy has grown so much and I think she's been such a wonderful addition to the Maryland LEAD program. During a tough transition, she was able to make meaningful changes to the Maryland Leadership Conference, was instrumental in the implementation of Maryland Leadership Advance, and has built strong relationships with our student interns and facilitators. She has organized a new plan to invigorate M-LEAD's social media presence and has seen tremendous results. Her creative approach to leadership will surely benefit the M-LEAD program over the next 18 months!




Image not found I would like to nominate the ENTIRE Stamp IT staff for the Stamp Star Award for their work, diligence, and persistence in getting all of the Student Involvement Suite technology equipment and software installed on-time under very difficult and extenuating circumstances. Since the new Student Involvement Suite had a planned opening for just before fall semester, we had decided to contract out the purchase and installation of all technology related equipment and infrastructure to an outside contractor since the Stamp IT staff would be busy getting the rest of the building ready including the training of new student staff. However as we approached the deadlines for installing the equipment that had been purchased, it became evident that the contractor was not going to meet our deadlines. Stephanie and crew quickly switched into their "we can do this ourselves mode" very quickly and began working with University Procurement to severe the relationship with the technology contractor. Much of the equipment had been received, but not all. Some of the equipment that we received was damaged or did not work properly. Stephanie and the IT staff (Wyatt, Rob, Chris, Myco, Colby, et al) begin working with Procurement and the Stamp business office to purchase the necessary missing pieces of equipment independently from the technology contractor. She and the IT staff also developed a plan for the Stamp IT staff to do ALL of the equipment installation. All of this was only a couple of weeks before the opening and the official ribbon cutting. The entire IT staff took the "whatever it takes" attitude and was able to complete the entire technology equipment purchase and install in time for the opening of the SIS. They made it their mission to make sure that the new Stamp "showpiece" was in fact a technological wonder. They came in early, stayed late, and worked on weekends to get it done. The work of Stephanie and her entire staff made it happen like no one else could have...that's why I'm nominating the entire staff for the Stamp Star Award.


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October 2016 Stamp Star Winners


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1. I am very excited to nominate Allison Corchado for the student Stamp Star award. I feel confident Allison exemplifies all of the wonderful traits your selection committee should be looking for in a Stamp Star award recipient.

Allison started with LCSL as a first year student trying to find her place and voice at the University of Maryland. We lived with us in Holzapfel Hall while the new LCSL office was being constructed. She dove right in and helped support us while in temporary quarters. I observed Allison, engage in the problem solving process, demonstrating an ability to analyze issues, breaking them into their finest points, ultimately making sound decisions as it related to customer service and staff support. What a first impression and semester for Allison and LCSL!

Allison has continued to grow in her role with LCSL and has taken on more complex roles as she has learned about our organization. Allison has not only become the go to person for staff and students as it relates to office management topics but is outstanding at greeting visitor to the office and helping them find their way around the Stamp and campus. She has taken full advantage of the student centered programs offered by LCSL and tabled in many of the experience. One highlight is her selection in to the Leadership Studies minor. Allison has immersed herself in the leadership studies program and will be representing the program at the International Leadership Association conference in November. Allison and two other students will participate in the case competition at the conference.

Allison has consistently taken on more complex responsibilities in her student staff role with LCSL. She became my go to person with the planning process for the BIG Ten Leadership Educators Network summit we hosted in August. She spearheaded many of the logistics elements of the summit. Allison handled this beautifully, employing a style that exuded confidence, creativity and resilience with task that were not always clear. She leaned on her experiences in LCSL and the Stamp to achieve the assignments she was delegated in complete and timely ways. Because of Allison’s work ethic and commitment to excellence the University of Maryland shined brightly in the eyes of our BIG Ten leadership educator visitors.

I have seen Allison in multiple roles and she always demonstrated good judgment. Allison has consistently shows the maturity and self-control that allows her to make mistakes and learn and grow from them. I have always been impressed with her abilities to organize and be motivated to complete even the most mundane and frustrating projects.

As I reflect back on all the students that I have had the opportunity to work with, Allison is by far the cream of the crop. To me, Allison exemplifies all the wonderful skills and experiences that embody what I believe to be a Stamp Star!



2. I have had the pleasure of working with Allison Corchado for the past 4 years and, she continues to amaze me. Watching her grow over the years and become very knowledgeable about LCSL has been a very unique and pleasant journey.

Allison has utilized her LCSL and UMD experience to the fullest and she takes her role very serious as a student assistant. She is no-nonsense and demonstrates passion and commitment to the position. Her strong work ethic, dependability, and dedication to excel in whatever projects or tasks she undertakes shows her maturity beyond her years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Allison indicated her availability to work full-time this summer. I knew without a doubt that the front desk would be well managed and organized and that our staff would be as thrilled as I to learn that Allison would be with us. Needless to say, she did not disappoint us but continued to demonstrate her exceptional skills, outstanding customer service and communication. I received many compliments of the great work that Allison had done working with all program areas in LCSL. She performed tasks from sorting t-shirts to assisting with event planning and signature programs such as Turtle Camp, National Leadership Program, and Alternative Breaks -- all while continuing to be the lead front desk assistant. Allison has the ability to adapt to any unique challenge.

Lastly, Allison demonstrated leadership in promoting LCSL with her positive interactions with students attending UMD Summer Orientation sessions. She passionately shared information about LCSL, its many programs with ease and had a good perspective as a student employee. It is a pleasure and honor to nominate Allison for the Stamp Award.




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Ashley is more than deserving for the Stamp Star Award. She has been an integral part to the success of the Event Support Staff over the past couple of months as we went through a large staff turnover. She took the lead in developing a new and improved student staff training program. She is someone that truly cares about what we do here and works extremely hard to ensure every event here is a success. Ashley is often called upon by colleagues in the Stamp to help with last minute issues regarding events when she is in the building and is someone that I have 100% confidence will make the right decision even in the most stressful of situations. Even in my absence, Ashley took it upon herself to check in with the staff on an almost daily basis to make sure everything was still running smoothly and kept the utmost professional demeanor when communicating with other coordinators and assisting with their event needs. She has taken her leadership role here in the Stamp to the next level and that is why she should be this month’s Stamp Star recipient.




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I am consistently impressed by Catherine's can-do, positive attitude. Since becoming the HR Graduate Assistant in May, she has consistently demonstrated superior drive and balance in her work, even during the crazy first 6 weeks of the semester (training, paperwork, and forms are our lives!). For example, Catherine volunteered for the All-Nighter, without being asked or asking whether or not it should/would contribute toward her hours for the week. I just saw her name on the sign-up sheet one day! It's reasons like this, and many more, that I find her to be a true team player who works to support the mission and vision of HR and the greater Stamp.




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1. Kyle has been heads above other graduate coordinators I have worked with! In the past 5 months he has helped to restart our Summer Terps for Change program, get the largest number of Terps for Change applications this fall that we’ve had in at least the last two years and likely the entire time I’ve been at Stamp, and started thinking about strategic ways to restructure our internship positions to have a great impact on both our student and local communities. One of my primary goals for Kyle when he got here was to help us with marketing and increase our Terps for Change applications. It was through many hours of working with Stamp Marketing, our interns, our coordinators, and spending his own time reaching out to campus partners that Kyle made this goal a success. In the last two years the most applications we’ve received for Terps for Change in a single semester was 65. This year with his help we received 109! This is up almost 68% over any semester that we have records for. In addition to his hard work on marketing, Kyle is easy going and flexible and always willing to lend a hand – including showing up for a shift a grad kickoff when he wasn’t required to and helping to plan the LCSL Advance just a month after arriving! I would love to be able to honor the talents, time, and dedication he has shown to TerpService, LCSL, and the Stamp by giving him a Stamp Star award.



2. I am very excited to nominate Kyle Kastler, graduate coordinator for LCSL-Terp Service. Kyle, joined LCSL in the summer after returning from an extended stay internationally. He jump right into his assistantship and took on working with our summer service day’s program. Kyle’s style enabled our student coordinators to take ownership for the program design, community partner outreach and curriculum development for the reflection component of each service day. He empowered the student coordinators through intention and focus on developing their skills and efficacy to lead their peers at the service site. He instilled in the coordinators the value of striving to meet our community partners articulated needs. Kyle embodies a caring focus with a heighten sensitivities to maximize students learning.

As I observed Kyle’s learner center style I knew he had something special to share with the LCSL Staff. I reached out to Kyle to help partner with me to plan the LCSL Advance (retreat). I was very impressed with his professionalism and maturity as we designed the Advance curriculum. He never shied away from asking questions and clarifications to better understand what we were striving for the staff to experience and learn. Kyle took on facilitating a conversation among the five LCSL coordinators and me. He guided us through a well design set of probing questions and facilitated the interplay among the coordinators, graduate and student staff with confidence and ease. He was able to accommodate space for free flowing discussion among the group and clarity when he needed to focus the conversation. Wow… what a Stamp Star! Kyle Kastler jumped into his new graduate coordinator role with confidence and a sprinkle of vulnerability. He showed a healthy respect for what he did not know and a willingness to learn and challenge with equal passion. We are so fortunate to have a professional like Kyle join the LCSL office and I believe his first few months have been exceptional and worthy of a Stamp Star!




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1. I share a lot with Cori, and so we have found many days that are marked by laughter, but more often with her wisdom and guidance. Though she has only been at the Stamp for a few years, she knows a great deal of the networks that flow through this campus to bring it to life. She is always ready to talk to new students, and can parse through their nervousness with her kindness and ability to listen and see the ways they can contribute to the campus community. Cori is one of those people who sees the potential in others, long before they see it themselves. As a consensus leader she brings in the labor of many to best serve the campus in unique and inviting ways. I can always rely on her for an honest and thorough answer, and even if she doesn't know it, she always knows someone who does. That is because people gravitate towards her, as I have! Thank you Cori, for making the days here feel like being home, and being part of the Stamp Family!

2. No one deserves the Stamp Star Award more than Donna Lim. She has been a blessing for SEE taking over the role while I have been on maternity leave. A type A, semi-micromanager like myself doesn’t like to give up control that much but when it came time for little Molly Hood to come, Donna stepped in (literally texted me while I was in labor saying “we got this”) and took over. I had total confidence that SEE was in great hands and would have a successful beginning of the year. Donna has brought her own experience as the SEE advisor and her years of student development experience to work with a diverse group of highly motivated students within SEE. She especially was integral this past Homecoming when at the last minute SEE decided to change venues. She helped the students navigate the change, re organized the timeline and much more so that a sold out crowd in Ritchie could enjoy the comedians on campus. A lot of people worked hard this month but Donna deserves some recognition for her role as SEE Advisor.




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Building a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant campus community is one of many important things we do through our work in the Stamp. A colleague who has helped to lead the way in fostering this community is Yvette Lerma Jones. This past month Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) has been particularly impressive with regard to the rich array of programs and events for sponsored by numerous student organization and campus units. This year’s theme, Unity Communities without Walls, is so timely given recent national events. Yvette worked very closely with her students to emerge a theme that would create much needed conversation helping students better understand what’s happening in the world around them and what their roles can be in creating social change.

As is this isn’t impressive enough, this past month Yvette has also made it a practice of going well beyond the call for duty when it comes to supporting students and the Stamp. For Yvette, All hands on Deck volunteer assignments are not just "two hour" commitments. On many occasions such as the Stamp All-niter, Homecoming Terp Carnival, and the Student Leaders Celebration, I’ve noticed that Yvette seems to be always present, standing ready to help out even when her volunteer assignment has ended. An example of her standing ready to help out was during the the Homecoming Student Leaders Celebration. A UMD family visiting campus had learned that the location for a meeting they were planning to attend had changed from the Atrium in the Stamp to the UMUC Marriott. Yvette knew that the rain, distance to the hotel and the fact that the family was traveling with a large platter of food was going to make their trek to the new meeting location not very enjoyable. So, what did Yvette do? She didn’t give the family driving directions, nor did she help them track down an umbrella for the rain. Yvette went searching for the keys to the Stamp Golf Cart and DROVE the family over to the Marriott so that they could make it to their meeting dry, on-time and in good spirits. Time and again, our colleague has truly shown how she embodies the spirit of Stamp and has clearly demonstrated the many ways she has gone above and beyond the call of duty. What better way to recognize her tireless commitment to our students and the Stamp than by awarding her with a Stamp Star.