LAWRENCE — Dawn Shew, director of undergraduate academic services for the School of Engineering, has been named the recipient of this year’s C.L.A.S.S. Award for her dedication to supporting students.
The C.L.A.S.S. Award (Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services) is presented annually by the Board of Class Officers to a staff member who works in a department or organization overseen by Student Affairs. The annual award recognizes distinguished achievements in student services that show a commitment to the needs of KU students and contribute to the welfare of students.
In her nomination materials, Shew was lauded for “going above and beyond” for her students, being knowledgeable about courses and curricula, demonstrating empathy for students’ situations, and for “offering a shot of reality when necessary.”
Shew was presented her award during the KU men’s basketball game against the University of Texas on Feb. 26 in Lawrence.
The Board of Class Officers is a senior leadership organization used to put a face to the senior class prior to and after graduation. Officer positions are held by seniors, and both juniors and seniors can serve on committees. Members create the banner and choose the gift and motto for each graduating class at the university. They also choose the H.O.P.E. Award, C.L.A.S.S. Award and Campanile Award winners and assist in the selection of the two EX.C.E.L. Award winners.
The Class of 1987 established the C.L.A.S.S. Award, and a plaque bearing the names of award winners is located in the stairwell on Level 5 of the Kansas Union.