LAWRENCE — Kim Hubbel, department and undergraduate secretary for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named the recipient of this year’s C.L.A.S.S. Award for her dedication to supporting students.
The C.L.A.S.S. Award (Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services) is presented annually by the Board of Class Officers to an unclassified staff member who works in a department or organization overseen by Student Affairs. The annual award recognizes distinguished achievements in student services that show a commitment to the needs of KU students and contribute to the welfare of students.
In her nomination materials, Hubbel was lauded for her dedication to supporting students, ensuring that students feel personally welcomed at KU and being “the glue that holds the department together.”
“She organizes department parties, brings candy and sweet treats for no reason, prints out fliers for student organizations without being asked, and has been a cheerleader and helping hand for everyone who has passed through this department,” said KU student Audrey Evans.
Hubbel was presented her award during the KU men’s basketball game against West Virginia on Feb. 13 in Lawrence.
The Board of Class Officers is a senior leadership organization utilized to put a face to the senior class prior to and after graduation. Officer positions are held by seniors, and juniors and seniors can serve on committees. Members create the banner and choose the gift and motto for each class at the university. They also choose the H.O.P.E. Award, C.L.A.S.S. Award and Campanile Award winners and assist in the selection of the two EX.C.E.L. Award winners.
The Class of 1987 established the C.L.A.S.S. Award, and a plaque bearing the names of award winners is located in the stairwell on Level 5 of the Kansas Union.