Weigel Health Promotions has partnered with the Office of Judicial Affairs to recognize Buffalo
State students for doing commendable actions in a new program.
The program, called "Caught Doing Your Part," presents students the opportunity of being
nominated for doing something positive on- or off-campus.
"It's a call to be a person who takes action, a person who helps create a safe community," said
Charles Kenyon, dean of students. "It might be doing your part by picking up litter instead of
walking by it, holding the door open for someone instead of letting it close, or driving home
when you're sober and your friend is not."
Nominated students are not obligated to do the commendable action. Students who are judicially
sanctioned for community service or mandated programming are not eligible. Students who are
receiving academic credit or monetary compensation for their actions are also not eligible.
"We really want it to be individual, more personal," said Dixie Hunter, graduate assistant at the
Weigel Health Center.
The goal of the program is to recognize students who are not necessarily in leadership positions,
according to Paula Madrigal, coordinator of health education programs at the Weigel Health
"We see a lot of the student leadership nominations where you need a certain GPA and you need
a letter of recommendation, but I think about relationships in general and it's the little things that
matter," she said.
After nominations are submitted, a maximum of two winners will be chosen each month. They
will get their picture taken with the dean of students and they will be honored at a celebratory
reception at the end of the academic year.
One of the members selecting winners will be Josh Rich, staff assistant at the Office of Judicial
"When I see students, it's usually not under the best circumstances so I'd like to see that other
side of our student body," he said. "We have a lot of good, productive students out there trying to
make a difference, trying to make this a better place."
According to Courtney Blake, a graduate student in exceptional education, the program will
bring a positive change because students are not recognized for their personality.
"It's good because everyone here is going for academics and we mainly give awards based
on academics, not on character," she said. "I think we need to point out personality and
characteristics of a person and their genuineness, instead of their smarts."
Anyone who wishes to nominate a student can fill out the nomination form on the Weigel Health
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