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Lindsey Earns Dennis Lesh Support Staff of the Year Award

10 June 2020

Each year, Pratt Community College awards a support staff member the Dennis Lesh Foundation Support Staff Recognition Award. This prestigious award is based on nominations from students, faculty and staff.

Haley Lindsey, the Director of Financial Aid, is the recipient of the 2020 Dennis Lesh Support Staff award. 

"This award makes it all worth it, the hours upon hours learning and helping students," said Lindsey. "It makes me love PCC more."
 
Lindsey was born in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Bucklin, Kan. when she was young and graduated from Bucklin High School in 2009. Lindsey then attended Fort Hays State University (FHSU) on a basketball scholarship and played basketball for one year. Lindsey graduated from FHSU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. 

During Lindsey's time at FHSU, she was an Orientation Assistant, Residential Assistant, Resident Hall Council President, on the University Activities Board, Black Student Union and in Alpha Gamma Delta.

In June of 2014, Lindsey moved to Pratt. When she moved to Pratt, she initially applied for the Assistant to the Director of Personnel position. Lindsey received a call from the Director of Personnel, Rita Pinkall, saying that she enjoyed the interview and that there was a financial aid counselor position open. Pinkall asked Lindsey if she would apply for that position as she felt that position might be a better fit. After applying for the Financial Aid Counselor position, Lindsey was offered the job. She started in the PCC Financial Aid Department on August 11, 2014.

 "Financial aid is not black and white; there is a lot of gray. I fell in love with not knowing what my day will look like and I love that I can help students go to college," said Lindsey. "So many success stories are dear to my heart, students had issues or ran into problems and I was able to counsel and help them. I am very student-focused and want their experience to be the greatest. Money is stressful and being able to help them navigate that makes me love my job."

In 2016 FHSU created a Higher Affairs Student Master's program and Lindsey decided she wanted to get a master's degree. Lindsey graduated with her master's degree in May 2019 and then became the Director of Financial Aid. 

When talking to Lindsey about pursuing her master's degree, she said I enjoyed getting my master's and learned a lot about Higher Education and the issues that it faces. I learned a lot about myself during that time.

"My favorite part of working at PCC is the students and the people I work with across the college. I have peers that are good leaders and I take what I have learned from them and manipulate it to fit me and my office best," said Lindsey. "Thank you to the PCC community for supporting and allowing me to be who I am and allowing me to grow."

The Dennis Lesh Foundation Support Staff Recognition Award of $500 is to be awarded annually to a Pratt Community College Support Staff employee who, by his or her actions, exhibits courtesy, care and concern for students and is known for the quality of service that he or she consistently provides to students.

The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment.