Toppel Awards

The Toppel Awards recognize outstanding University of Miami students, student organizations, faculty, staff members, and employers who exemplify a commitment to the professional development of themselves and/or others.

The Toppel Awards recognize outstanding students, faculty, staff, employers, and recruiters for their commitment to career education and personal career development.

The career development of students does not rest solely on the Toppel Career Center. We are fortunate to partner with amazing career champions across and beyond the University of Miami campus. The Toppel Awards were created to honor and recognize the significant achievements of others including students, student groups, administrators, faculty, employers, and recruiters.

We are excited to recognize our winners for the 2017 Toppel Awards below. Thank you for your nominations!

Student of the Year

Malik Bibby

The Student of the Year Award will be presented to a graduate or undergraduate student who is nominated by themself/staff/faculty/employer for their personal achievements, contributions to their organization/work site, demonstrated personal and/or professional growth, evidence of leadership, and academic record.

In order to be eligible, students must have participated in at least one semester of experiential education: internship, practicum, clinical, field work, research or student teaching.

Celeste Amadei

Application Materials Needed:
A short essay is required. Students nominating themselves must also provide an updated resume and letter of support from their intern/site supervisor.

2017 Undergraduate Student Winner: Malik Bibby
2017 Graduate Student Winner: Celeste Amadei

 

Student Group of the Year

Delta Sigma PiThe Student Group of the Year Award will be presented to one student group for their support of the mission and values of the Toppel Career Center within the calendar year.

In order to be eligible, student groups must be Registered Student Organizations or Registered Greek Organizations at the University of Miami who have exemplified professional development and/or career awareness in their programming/philanthropic efforts.

Application Materials Needed:
A short essay is required as well as a supporting statement from the group’s Adviser.

2017 Winner: Delta Sigma Pi

 

Distinguished Administrator

Shirelle JacksonThe Distinguished Administrator Award will be presented to an administrator for making a significant, positive contribution to the university and for promoting professional and career development among University of Miami students through collaborative efforts.

Nominees should meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Developing career-mindedness in students
  • High quality of information and advice
  • Outstanding support of students and the Toppel Career Center

In order to be eligible, administrators must be full-time employees, who have worked for the University for more than one year. All administrators who have engaged in helping students in their career exploration and job search process, whether it is formally part of one's job or not, are eligible.

Application Materials Needed:
An essay describing why the nominee meets the criteria listed above must be completed, either by nominator or nominee, if self-nominating.

2017 Winner: Shirelle Jackson

 

Excellence in Career Education

Justin TatmanThe Excellence in Career Education Award will be presented to a faculty member who actively supports the development of the University of Miami career community and the Toppel Career Center. This may occur through incorporating career development and career advising into their teaching and student advising, and seeking our partnerships with employers, graduate/professional programs, Career Services, and others who may provide internship, job or graduate/professional school opportunities for students within his/her academic division or throughout the university.

Nominees should meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Developing career-mindedness in students
  • High quality of information and advice
  • Outstanding support of students and the Toppel Career Center

In order to be eligible, nominees must be current members of the University of Miami faculty. All faculty who have engaged in helping students in their career exploration and job search process, whether it is formally a part of one's job or not are eligible for nomination.

Application Materials Needed:
An essay describing why the nominee meets the criteria listed above must be completed, either by nominator or nominee, if self-nominating.

2017 Winner: Justin Tatman

 

Employer of the Year

CitiThe Employer of the Year Award will be presented to two organizations, one private and one public/not-for-profit, for making significant contributions to the University of Miami community through support of career programs, sponsorship of events, and recruitment of our students and alumni.

In order to be eligible, employers must have posted a job/internship position and have participated in at least one Career Center event within the calendar year.

Federal Bureau of InvestigationApplication Materials Needed:

  • One paragraph describing the organization's commitment to UM student and alumni career advancement
  • One paragraph describing how recruiting at UM fits into the company's organizational goals
  • A brief letter of support from a UM student, alum, or staff member

2017 Private Winner: Citi
2017 Public/Not-for-Profit Winner: Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Recruiter of the Year

Catherine RodriguezThe Recruiter of the Year Award will be presented to one individual for making significant contributions to the University of Miami community through support of career programs, sponsorship of events, and recruitment of our students and alumni.

In order to be eligible, the recruiter must have participated in at least one Career Center event within the calendar year.

Application Materials Needed:

  • One paragraph describing the recruiter's contributions to UM student and alumni career advancement
  • One paragraph describing how recruiting at UM fits into the recruiter's organizational goals

2017 Winner: Catherine Rodriguez, U.S. Department of State

 

Local Employer of the Year

Northwestern MutualSponsored by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

The Local Employer of the Year Award will be presented to one local organization for making significant contributions to the University of Miami community through support of career programs, sponsorship of events, and recruitment of our students and alumni.

In order to be eligible, employers must have posted a job/internship position and have participated in at least one Career Center event within the calendar year.

Application Materials Needed

  • One paragraph describing the organization's commitment to UM student and alumni career advancement
  • One paragraph describing how recruiting at UM fits into the company's organizational goals
  • A brief letter of support from a UM student, alum, staff member, or Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Member

2017 Winner: Northwestern Mutual

 

Alum of the Year Award

Representatives from Nielsen receive award from Christian GarciaThe Alum of the Year Award will be presented to an alum of the University of Miami who is achieving outstanding professional success in his or her career and/or making significant contributions to enhance current students' career development.

In order to be eligible, the nominee must have obtained his or her degree (undergraduate or graduate) from the University of Miami.

Application Materials Needed

  • One paragraph describing the nominee's professional success in his or her career thus far
  • One paragraph describing how the nominee has made significant contributions to enhance current students' career development

2017 Winner: Kara M Cavuoto

 

Patricia Toppel Award

Ann HelmersThe Patricia Toppel Award was introduced in 2017 to recognize individuals, both on and off campus, who have consistently made a positive impact on the work of the Toppel Career Center. Recipients of the Patricia Toppel Award are selected by Toppel staff based on their long-term support and collaboration in Toppel's services.

Kathleen Cymbaluk2017 Administrator Recipient: Ann Helmers, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, UM College of Engineering
2017 Recruiter Recipient: Kathleen Cymbaluk, Federal Bureau of Investigation