NACA® Mid America - Conference Awards

The following awards are presented to deserving individuals, programs and programming boards each year at the NACA® Mid America Regional Conference.

Before you begin, make sure you read and understand the criteria for each award, and that you have the necessary documentation ready to upload with your nomination.

Award Nomination Form

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS FOR MULTIPLE AWARDS, YOU MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH AWARD.

Submission Deadlines:
Individual Awards - Friday, Sept. 20
Programming Organization of the Year - Friday, Oct. 4
Program of the Year - Friday, Oct. 4
Programming Awards - Friday, Oct. 18

Individual Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader
This award recognizes an undergraduate student from a two-year or four-year educational setting who has made substantial contributions to the NACA® Mid America Region. The nominator must demonstrate the impact the student has made on the Mid America region and on their individual campus while maintaining their responsibilities within the programming board.
Nomination Materials: It is recommended that the nominee provide two letters of support elaborating on the above criteria to supplement the Individual Awards Application. At least one of these letters should come from the student’s programming board advisor.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant
This award recognizes a student currently pursuing a degree from a higher education graduate program and who has also made substantial contributions to the NACA® Mid America Region. The nominator must demonstrate the impact the graduate student has made on the Mid America region while maintaining responsibilities related to their graduate assistantship, institution, and programming board. Please also demonstrate that this graduate student has a desire to pursue a career in student affairs.
Nomination Materials: It is recommended that the nominee provide two letters of support elaborating on the above criteria to supplement the Individual Award Application. One of these letters should be from the graduate student’s supervisor, while the other is from a student the individual advises.

Outstanding New Professional
This award is presented annually to an individual with at least one year and not more than three years full-time experience, with at least one year with the NACA® Mid America region. The nominator should show that the professional demonstrates innovative service, creativity and commitment to the profession, their own institution and NACA. The nominator should also demonstrate the professional’s regional and/or national NACA activities and involvement in other professional and/or organizations. The nominee must be currently employed as a full-time professional staff member at a college or university.
Nomination Materials: It is recommended that the nominee provide two letters of support elaborating on the above criteria to supplement the Individual Awards Application. One of these letters should be from the professional’s supervisor while the other is from a student the professional supervises.

Outstanding Professional Staff Member
This award recognizes an individual with more than three years of full time staff experience in the field, with at least two years with the NACA® Mid America region. The nominator should show that the professional demonstrates innovative service, creativity and commitment to the profession, their own institution and NACA. The nominator should also demonstrate the professional’s regional and/or national NACA activities and involvement in other professional and/or organizations. In addition it should be shown that the professional is viewed by colleagues as an educator and displays genuine support and regard for students. The nominee must be currently employed as a full-time professional staff member at a college or university.
Nomination Materials: It is recommended that the nominee provide two letters of support elaborating on the above criteria to supplement the Individual Awards Application. One of these letters should be from the professional’s supervisor while the other is from a student the professional supervises.

Janet Carl Smith Award (NACA Lifetime Achievement Award)
The Janet Carl Smith Award honors an individual for their outstanding contributions to the field of campus activities and many years of service to NACA®. The professional should have created opportunities for students to be active in the area of campus activities and have made a significant impact on campus activities. The award is given to a staff member and is considered to be the region’s highest honor bestowed upon a colleague.
Nomination Materials: It is recommended that the nominee provide three letters of support elaborating on the above criteria to supplement the Individual Awards Application.


Programming Awards

Programming honors are awarded in several different categories. Each submission will be evaluated and judged upon the criteria below:

  • Effective use of available resources (financial, human, logistical)
  • Evidence of an effort to encourage participation in and promote and market the series/program to the student population (posters, newspaper ad/articles, etc.)
  • Creativity involved in the creation of and the achievements or successes of the program as determined by the stated goals of the programming board.
  • Involvement of students in the planning and implementation of the series/program.
  • The level to which the program relates to the specific award category (low-budget, diversity, etc.), and if the series/program met the criteria for that category.

In addition to the above evaluation criteria, applications should be submitted with the award budget break-down in mind. Each programming award, with the exception of the Low Cost Program Award (only awarded to one school regardless of the overall programming board budget), will be awarded to one school from each of the two separate budget categories listed below. These budget categories pertain to the amount the programming board has as a yearly budget, not the budget of the individual program for which the award application is being submitted.

Small:  Up to $74,999

Large: $75,000 & above


Low Cost Program Award
This award is presented to a program from a member institution for which the event budget consisted of $100 or less. The program should have contributed to the campus community and should have been well received by the student body. Only one award for this category will be given regardless of the budget break-down.

Diversity or Social Justice Program Award
This award is presented to a program from a member institution for which there was a diversity, social justice, or multicultural theme. The program should have contributed to the understanding of diverse populations and/or social justice within the entire campus community.

Educational Program Award
This award is presented to a program from a member institution for which the mission was to educate the student body on a specific topic. The program should have contributed to the campus community and had an educational charge.

Late Night/Alternative Program Award
This award is presented to a program from a member institution that took place late night (after 9:00 pm) on a Friday or Saturday. This may be a series or individual program, but the duty of the program should have been as an alternative to drinking on campus.

Outstanding Campus Collaboration
This award is presented to a program from a member institution for which the programming board collaborated with another entity (student organization, campus office, local business, organization, or venue, etc.). The collaboration should have included an equal sharing of responsibilities and planning and should have resulted in a successful program.

Innovative Program Award
This award is presented to a program from a member institution for which an innovative idea conceived by the campus was developed and implemented. The award is based on student involvement, creativity, and the success of the program, as determined by the achievement of the stated program goals.

Program of the Year
This award recognizes the most outstanding programs of the year within the NACA® Mid America region. This program should be a college or university’s signature program and should have attracted a large amount of attention and student involvement. Special consideration will be given to a program that demonstrates collaboration and innovation. It is recommended that supporting documents, such as posters, fliers, and pictures, be submitted to support applications in this category.

Programming Organization of the Year
This award recognizes the most outstanding programming board in the NACA® Mid America region. Applications should demonstrate why that programming board has been outstanding in the past year, with special attention paid to student participation on the board and in events. Each school is encouraged to submit promotional materials, event/organizational pictures, testimonials, evaluation information and other supporting materials as needed and as are relevant to the application and submission criteria. Your materials should specifically relate to the written documentation, which should also address the criteria below:

  1. Organizational Goals
    a. Describe your organization’s goals and mission
    b. Describe how you met this mission and achieved these goals through your programming schedule
  2. Organization Information
    a. Describe the types of events that make up your programming calendar
    b. Indicate your typical annual budget (Please submit a copy of this budget – salaries will not be included in the amount considered)
    c. Discuss how your organization financially supports its programming efforts
    d. Indicate how many members your organization has. Please describe the executive positions and the position responsibilities
    e. Indicate how many volunteers your organization has and what the role of those volunteers includes
    f. Indicate how many advisors your organization has
  3. Planning and Preparation
    a. Elaborate on your target audience(s)
    b. Explain any challenges to your programs and how your programming board responded to them
    c. List all campus resources (financial, human, logistical) that contributed to the success of your programs
  4. Publicity and Promotion
    a. Describe your promotional strategies for attracting your target audience(s)
    b. Describe your advertising methods and highlight any particularly creative techniques used
  5. Evaluation
    a. Discuss any evaluation process used in measuring the success of your programs
  6. Campus Support
    a. Please include any letters of support from various campus administrators or students that elaborate on the value of your organizational programming efforts in relation to the educational mission of your college or university.

 

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