The Larsen Award was established in 1992 to honor individuals and or groups that make significant contributions to the campus consistent with the general mission of the Counseling Center. It has been presented annually to any person or group who enhances student development and maximizes student capabilities to make effective and satisfying life choices. Eligibility is open to any person or group that is part of the university community (except for individuals associated with the Counseling Center).
The primary goal of the Counseling Center is to enhance student development and maximize student capabilities to make effective and satisfying life choices. In pursuit of the goal, the Center’s efforts extend beyond services for individuals to impact the campus environment in which the students operate. In order to support those who join with the Center in this focus on the campus, the Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award has been created. Separate awards are given to individuals and to a group making a significant contribution to the campus consistent with the general mission of the Counseling Center.
Any person or group that is part of the university community (except individuals associated with the Counseling Center) is eligible for these awards. Preference will be given to students or a student group.
We will be accepting nominations for the next Larsen Awards in March, 2018. Please check back then for directions on how to submit a nomination.
Each winner receives a plaque and cash award. Recipients will also be honored on a permanent plaque located in the Counseling Center lobby at the Fred H. Turner Student Services Building. The award is named in honor of Robert P. Larsen, who was a staff member at the Center for more than fifty years.
2017 recipients with Counseling Center staff. From left, Deidre Weathersby, Counseling Center Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention; Bill Roberts, Counseling Center Associate Director of Clinical Services; Patricia Morey, Director of the Women's Resources Center; Suja Thomas, Professor, College of Law; Heather Simmons, Assistant Professor, College of Law; and Carla McCowan, Counseling Center Director.
Women's Resources Center
College of Law Mindfulness Meditation Group
Illinois Student Senate
Community Learning Lab
Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
McKinley Health Center Stress Management Peers
Damani R. Bolden
Student Body President
Teryl P. Brewster
Diversity and Social Justice Education Program Coordinator, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Residential Life Action Plan Committee on Proactive Mental Health Initiatives
Director, Illinois Promise Student Services
Ed.D. Candidate in Human Resource Development, Career Coach for International Students and Adults
Ashley M. Davis
Assistant Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center