Monday, November 1, 2010

Diana Bryant received a Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award for 2008/2009. The Board of Regents, in cooperation with the Staff Councils of the five Regents institutions, annually recognizes staff for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the institutions as well as the State of Iowa. Winners were recognized at a University event in October. The University grants a $1,000 prize to each awardee’s department to be used for his/her benefit.

Bryant works with the Graduate College’s Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion, coordinating the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)/McNair Scholars Program, retention efforts, and new graduate student orientation. The Graduate College is very proud of her accomplishments and pleased that the Board of Regents has recognized her dedication and hard work for graduate education at Iowa.

"Ms. Bryant has exposed me to all that I needed for Graduate School and I am very grateful for that. This summer had been the best one ever, and I would not give it up for the world. To show her my thank you, I will succeed. Thank You Ms. Bryant!"

Indira Turney, SROP/McNair 2009


"When I filled out my SROP application, Miss Diana was contacting me to help me through the process. She made me realize through e-mail that people in Iowa were really nice. She was one of the people who made my experience in Iowa exceptional."

Katia Gonzalez, SROP/McNair 2009


"Ms. Bryant not only does her job, she does everything from her heart. She cares! She cares about the future of the coming generations."

Omer Elgaali, SROP/McNair 2009


"Mrs. Bryant has been a breath of fresh air. She presented me opportunities that I would have never known about otherwise. She is always someone you can go to and she will go out of her way to help you. She is one of those people a student needs to be able to matriculate successfully! I am so grateful to be able to know Mrs. Bryant and this award could not be given to a more deserving person!"

Dorian Richardson, SROP/McNair 2009


"You always greet me with a big hug, a warm smile, and encouraging words. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and helping me pursue my educational goals."

Noaquia Callahan, SROP/McNair 2008 UI Dean’s Fellow - History MA/Ph.D.


"Ms. Diana’s passion for the success of students is truly admirable. Her persona is warm, supportive, and deserves nothing but the utmost respect. During my experience at the Summer Research Opportunity Program/McNair Scholars Program, she was willing to do whatever it took to make those eight weeks as productive as possible. She is truly laudable as the 2009 recipient of the Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award, and her dedication is to be commended."

Quinnetta Claytor, SROP/McNair 2009 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Delta Chapter-Univ. of Iowa