VSA Member of the Year Nomination: Summer Phung
Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?
For UVSASE, we select our “Member of the Year” based on three main categories. First, we assess whether or not members are currently active contributors amongst the Southeast crew, taking in consideration their activities within our region as well as interactions with our partners. Second, we look at their leadership history, assessing the current and past positions that they held within their activities to judge the impact they’ve created through their actions. Finally, we look to see where candidates went above and beyond their roles to make a contribution towards improving our region and empowering our members. After reviewing all of our potential candidates, we believe that there is no better person to receive this distinguished award than our very own Summer Phung.
Summer is an excellent member to have on any team. She will complete any tasks given to her in a timely manner and always deliver quality in her products. She is passionate, reliable, and dedicated to the VSA/UVSA/UNAVSA community. More importantly, not only does she complete her responsibilities, she works to take care of the budding Southeast leaders as well. Across the VSA/UVSA/UNAVSA community, you will not find many members who are actively involved within all three sectors at the time. Summer is one of those special cases, where not only does she hold positions in all three organizations, but she also excels in each of her roles. Members of the Southeast know to come to Summer as a resource and troubleshooter for their issues, and she will gladly provide either an answer or redirect our members to the right sources. Summer is a great leader and serves as a great model for our members to aspire to become. Without Summer, UVSASE would not be where it is today.
Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.
Summer is the epitome of an active member within our VSA community, as she has held and is currently holding positions within the local VSA level, the regional level (UVSA), and as well as the continental level (UNAVSA):
– Within her VSA, Summer has served as the Historian and is currently the External Vice-President for the organization.
– For UVSASE, Summer is currently the Marketing & Media Co-Director.
– For UNAVSA, Summer is a member of the UNAVSA-14 Conference Marketing Committee.
Summer served as a crucial pillar for fostering the close-knit relationships between the Southeast VSAs. As UGA VSA Historian, she spearheaded and personally traveled to other VSA events to build relationships with other officers and members and continue to strengthen those relationships through constant interactions with those individuals. This encouraged all of our VSAs to become more interested in each other’s activities and facilitated a stronger community within our region. Not only are executives of each organization close, but our members grow closer with each other through these trips.
Summer, together with her co-Director, Justin Bridges, have both worked tirelessly to elevate Southeast marketing team and social media presence to a whole new level. They developed and streamlined a marketing process, including a posting calendar, posting approval process, and content request procedure, making it easy to understand and produce different marketing content to showcase our different initiatives. With the new marketing team under their leadership, Southeast has produced many different types of graphics and video content that increased our exposure across the region and community.
With her position in the UNAVSA-14, Summer worked with our UVSASE Eboard to educate our members on UNAVSA’s mission and opportunities. Summer led the efforts to inform our members of information on the UNAVSA-14 conference, the creation of the graphics and social media event pages, and as well as communication to all of the members of the registration process. Our members know to come to Summer to ask any UNAVSA related questions. This year, the UNAVSA conference has the highest attendance of Southeast members due to her efforts.
What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.
Summer’s outstanding quality is her incredible dedication to her work and her passion towards the VSA community which began even before she was a college student. She attended her first UNAVSA conference the year after her senior year of high school, and she impressively has held numerous leadership roles since that time. She currently holds an officer position within her VSA, is a director for UVSASE, and is a committee member for the UNAVSA-14 Conference Staff team. She is holding these roles while she attends University of Georgia as a full time student. The incredible quality of Summer is that she is able to perform well across these roles and in her academic life because she is so passionate about the community. She delivers quality within her work and she completes her tasks within the time given to her.
Summer is always there when you need her, regardless of whatever she has on her plate. For the last 2-3 weeks, she has been bombarded with questions from our Southeast members relating to the UNAVSA-14 conference. She takes the time to respond to each person to ensure their issue is resolved, either through providing her own solution or to direct them to the right sources. We on the UVSASE Eboard can always rely on her when we ask her to complete any tasks, as she can turn a product around within just a few hours.