By Hannah Sykes

CLEMSON — The Southern Association for College Student Affairs recognized Russell Guill, associate dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs at Clemson University, with the 2009 Joe Buck Service Award at its annual conference on Nov. 9.

Created in 2003, the Joe Buck Service Award is given annually to an association member to recognize his or her service to the organization, mentorship of young professionals and service leadership to an institution of learning.

Guill is responsible for organizing many events and activities for students at Clemson. He organizes Family Weekend in the fall and serves as coordinator for the Student Affairs Student Advisory Board, a board of 30 undergraduate and graduate representatives who discuss suggestions to improve student life. As one of the advisers to Clemson’s Blue Key Honor Society, he helps organize the annual Tigerama homecoming pep rally.

He also started the Tiger Life Mentor Program, a student-based mentoring program.

“I engage with mentoring students each day of work,” Guill said. “I try to do something with a student everyday, whether it be playing basketball; eating breakfast, lunch or dinner; having them over to my house; or just meeting with them in my office. I try to meet and interact with as many students as possible.”

Guill graduated from Clemson in 1980 with a degree in business and earned his Masters in Business Administration in 1988.

“I feel very blessed and fortunate to work at Clemson University,” said Guill. “I try my best to help each student have the greatest Clemson experience possible. I had a wonderful time at Clemson, and it is an honor to give back to the university.”