UC Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award

The Learning Commons is hosting the UC Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award series that recognizes exceptional work in the areas of first-year student learning, development, and success. The award is given to a faculty member, staff member and student who have positively affected the first year student experience on campus to receive this award. 

Award recipients will be recognized at the Student Achievement Award ceremony and other university awards celebrations and will be nominated by UC to receive the National Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award presented by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Nominations for this year have closed. Thank you to all who have participated! 

For questions or more information about the award series, email Hannah Williamson at willih2@ucmail.uc.edu.


2019 Award Recipients


Sarah Wolfe

Director of Student Engagement at UC Blue Ash Campus

Sarah is being honored for her work with University of Cincinnati Blue Ash new student orientation and CPS Strong intitiatives. Sarah has created and continues to strengthen the UCBA Student Orientation Leaders (SOL) program and success coaches, improving the first interactions with the campus. She has also developed strategies to allow Cincinnati Public School students to navigate barriers to college and attend UC as first year students. Through these initiatives and others, Sarah has impacted the first year student experience at UCBA’s campus and the greater UC community.



Vincent Sansalone

Assistant Professor in Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at UC Clifton Campus

Vincent is being honored for his work transforming and teaching the first year DAAP curriculum. From projects like the First-Year College-Wide Show of design work to teaching first year foundation studio classes, Vincent exemplifies the willingness to create spaces for student success within their first year individually and at the community level.



Mehak Chawla

Undergraduate Student in Chemical Engineering

As a fourth year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student, Mehak has impacted first year students through her role as a Peer Leader. As the lead in the Learning Community course, she engages her students through interactive and relevant activities. Outside of her class responsibilities, she connects with her students and refers them to useful resources on campus. She has a passion for her students and helping them to have a successful transition to college. Mehak shines as an example of a peer educator on campus and makes an impact on the first year students she works with.