Ben Carignan, CFAES academic counselor, received Ohio State’s Distinguished Staff Award May 4.
According to his nominator Susan Sheller, CFAES office associate, Carignan has provided unique events and opportunities to military members and veterans in the college, and has made transitions smooth for students coming to the college from Ohio State ATI or another branch campus.
Carignan organized and led the first CFAES recognition program for CFAES military and veteran students, faculty, and staff in November 2016. He supervises the student who serves as the CFAES Veteran Community Advocate, one of only three such positions in the university.
Carignan helped coordinate a 2017 event that featured multiple Veteran Association organizations (known as a VA Mobile Unit) in CFAES for all Ohio State students, the first event of its kind on campus.
He initiated the development of the CFAES Military and Veteran Student Career Development Program with the CFAES Career Development Coordinator and Veteran Community Advocate. The result was a networking event following the CFAES Spring 2018 Career Fair for military and veteran students.
Carignan oversees and leads the campus change process for all CFAES students planning to transition to the Columbus campus. He initiated a new tracking method in partnership with regional campus advisors to establish communication between students, departments, colleges, and Columbus campus offices.
He assisted in writing the “Ohio State ATI Transition Student Management” document which outlines the campus change process for ATI students. It enables these students to learn how to make early connections with people on main campus regarding advising, research opportunities, study abroad experiences, and student club activities. He also assisted in developing a workshop at ATI for students planning to transition to Columbus.
The Distinguished Staff Award annually honors 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership, and dedication to The Ohio State University. The Distinguished Staff Award is the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university since its inception in 1984.
Award recipients were honored May 4 for their outstanding leadership, accomplishments, and service to Ohio State.