Staff Merit Award

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Staff Merit Award recipients!

group photo of three Staff Merit Award Recipients for 2023-24

2023-24 Staff Merit Award recipients Monica McBroom, Clifton Murphy, and Kayleigh Damphousse. Jess Cybulski

Texas Parents established the Staff Merit Award in 1998 to recognize employees in any department or position in the Division of Student Affairs who contribute every day to a culture of excellence. The award recognizes employees who support student success, strengthen services provided by the Division and inspire fellow staff to make a habit of seeking excellence in their own work. A list of past recipients can be found below.

Nominees must be full-time employees who have worked in the Division of Student Affairs for at least three consecutive years.

The 2023-24 Staff Merit Award Recipients were recognized at the spring Division of Student Affairs Team Appreciation and Celebration on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Honorees recieved a plaque and $1,500 award from Texas Parents. 


Meet the 2023-24 Staff Merit Award Recipients:

Kayleigh Damphousse

outdoor headshot of Kayleigh Damphousse

Assistant Director for Transition Initiatives, New Student Services

“If people feel like they belong in the space they are in, they are willing to pursue what is important to them. Even small things — like coming out to an event — contributes to your sense of belonging and makes you want to invest in your community.”

Monica McBroom

headshot of Monica McBroom in her office

Senior Human Resource Coordinator, Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services

“Our counselors, providers, health promotion coordinators and others need to be able to concentrate on doing their job — to directly support the students — and not the behind-the-scenes aspects of their employment. I want to make sure they have the answers that allow them to quickly and efficiently do what needs done without having to worry.”

Clifton Murphy

headshot of Clifton Murphy at RecSports outdoor fields

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Recreational Sports

“When students extend that gratitude to me and say, “It looks great out here!” — it makes me feel like my job matters. I feel like I am contributing to the student experience by keeping the space playable and enjoyable. I couldn’t see myself working anywhere else because it is so welcoming here.”

Click here for a list of Staff Merit Award Recipients, 2023-24 to 1998-99.

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