NACA Awards - C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award

The C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award was established in February 1994 to honor the memory of a beloved NACA founder. C. Shaw Smith’s influence, affection and support of new professionals entering campus activities is reflected in this annual award to recognize an individual who demonstrates the potential and commitment for excellence in service to student leaders.


ELIGIBILITY Only professional staff members (employed full-time at a college or university) in the field for less than five years are considered.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The Awards Committee will select, by majority vote, one individual who:

  • has made a significant contribution to campus life as a new campus activities professional
  • has shown long-term potential in the field of campus activities
  • displays genuine support and regard for students
  • is viewed by colleagues as an educator

To nominate an individual, please complete the nomination form and include the following as attachments:

  • a letter of recommendation from the nominee's supervisor
  • a letter of recommendation from a student leader
  • two letters of recommendation from colleagues/peers in the field
  • a personal statement of campus activities/programming philosophy may be requested of nominees

Past Winners of the C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award

  • 2021 - Rigo Gutierrez
  • 2020 - Tim Johnson
  • 2019 - Michael Croal
  • 2018 - Demetrius Watkins
  • 2017 - Tiffany Harrison
  • 2016 - Eboni Turnbow
  • 2015 - Allyson Crust
  • 2014 - Janet Kirsch
  • 2013 - Justin Roe
  • 2012 - Adam Frank
  • 2011 - Natalie Keller Pariano
  • 2010 - Angela Zemke
  • 2009 - Amy Vaughan Deahl
  • 2008 - Joshua Hiscock
  • 2007 - Heather Yattaw
  • 2006 - Corey Lansing
  • 2005 - Brian Gardner
  • 2004 - Dawn Shew
  • 2003 - Suzette Zompetti
  • 2002 - Carolyn Strickland
  • 2001 - Stephanie Russell Krebs
  • 2000 - David DeAngelis
  • 1999 - Brian Wooten
  • 1998 - Tamie Klumpyan
  • 1997 - Tricia Petty
  • 1996 - Heather Larabee
  • 1995 - Brian Borski
  • 1994 - Morolake Laosebikan-Buggs

Nomination Deadline: October 15

C. Shaw Smith Nomination Form


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