Student Wellness director wins award

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Assistant Director of Student Wellness Programs (SWP) Cortney Heileman last month received the 2017 Outstanding Advisor award.

Peer Health Education’s (PHE) national affiliates, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students, gave Heileman the award at their national assembly on Nov. 18.

The award is given to advisors who stand out as leaders.

“I was selected because of my dedication to the educational programs that we facilitate throughout the academic years, as well as for the support that I provide to our students,” Heileman said. “I truly care about each and every one of my students and am passionate about their success.”

Heileman’s success is due in part to her unique leadership style.

“I lead by two rules every day,” Heileman said. “See a need, fill a need, and lead by example.”

SWP Wellness Intern Cierra Hessbrook spoke of how Heileman’s “rules” translate into her work.

“Cortney has great energy,” said Hessbrook, a third-year exercise science student. “Walking into the office, you can always expect to be greeted with a smile.”

Fourth-year psychology and sociology student Charlie Ferens applauded Heileman’s ability to guide students and help them create high quality events.

“Cortney is not only the support system for the group’s initiatives but also serves as a mentor to members of the group,” Ferens said. “She has fostered an environment of high quality work outcomes and one of compassion. Programs like Latex League, Alcohol Permits, Freshman Wellness Kick-off and many more would not be as successful without her support.”

Heileman said the leaders in life helped