Roslyn White, Kendrick Quisenberry recognized for commitment to student success

MURRAY, Ky. — Two directors of the Murray State University Office of Recruitment have earned awards from the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling (KYACAC) for their commitment to students as they transition to college life.

Senior associate director and coordinator of multicultural recruitment Roslyn White received the organization’s Lifetime Membership Award. The honor recognizes KYACAC members who have provided leadership, support, encouragement and more through many years of service within KYACAC. The honor is rarely awarded, with the last recipient named in 2014.

“Roslyn is the type of leader who leads by example,” said KYACAC President-Elect Jasmine Drinkard. “She will do anything to advance college access for all students. With that being said, anyone who plays a vital role in that aspect she forms a relationship with and nurtures that relationship for the betterment of all students. I personally consider her a role model. She has taken me under her wing and assisted me with access to knowledge, training, professional development — to name a few — to help me be better equipped to serve the students that I work with every day. I am forever grateful to her for that.”

“The KYACAC was the first professional organization I joined when I started working for Murray State University 17 years ago,” White said. “It helped to educate me and hone my craft as a higher education professional. I’ve served on numerous committees and was also president of the organization. The relationships I have formed through the organization on the local, state and national level are priceless. We don’t work in higher education because of the money. We do it for all the prospective students out there, whether they attend our institution or not. I am grateful to Murray State for introducing me to this fantastic association and to Shawn Smee, my director, who always supports me in my quest to better serve our students.”

Kendrick Quisenberry, assistant director of regional programs in the Louisville area, received the Les Grisby Service Award recognizing his demonstrated service and contributions to the profession of counseling students in transition.

Pictured is Kendrick Quisenberry, assistant director of regional programs in the Louisville area and recipient of the KYACAC Les Grisby Service Award.

“Kendrick’s professionalism, work ethic and desire to help students in the pursuit of post-secondary education is highly valued among his colleagues,” said KYACAC President Johnnie Johnson. “Kendrick is always willing to serve on panels, committees and other work as needed within KYACAC and high schools. Kendrick never fails to have a smile on his face, which we believe helps him build rapport with his students and colleagues. He is a wonderful human being who exemplifies what KYACAC is all about, and is incredibly deserving of the Les Grigsby Service Award.”

“I would just like to say KYACAC members work hard everyday to put students first in their transition to higher learning,” Quisenberry said. “It’s an honor to receive this award and to represent a University that prides itself on being student-centric and allows its employees to show it.”

“Roslyn and Kendrick are both exceptional members of our team,” said Office of Recruitment Director Shawn Smee. “Their commitment to student success and to the mission of Murray State University is remarkable. I’m so happy that KYACAC recognized them for their years of dedication to the field of Higher Education and to students throughout our region.”

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