NACA® Northeast - Conference Awards

​Awards are presented to deserving individuals, programs and programming boards each year at the NACA® Northeast Regional Conference. Nominations for 2019 regional awards are due Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

2019 Award Nomination Form

KEN M. BEDINI STUDENT LEADER AWARDS

The Ken M. Bedini Student Leader Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of the region's undergraduate student leaders who make a difference in their institutions. Up to five awards are presented.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed from the region selects undergraduate students who:

  • Are matriculated undergraduate students in good academic standing,
  • Have a strong record of leadership position(s) on their campuses,
  • Have made meaningful contributions to their campus communities, and
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and abilities.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria, one of which should be from a fellow student, and one of which should be from the student's advisor.

M. KEVIN FAHEY GRADUATE ASSISTANT AWARD

The M. Kevin Fahey Graduate Assistant Award, which honors one of NACA® Northeast's founders, is presented to a graduate student in the region who has made significant contributions to their institution and/or NACA.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed from the region selects one graduate assistant who:

  • Is from a member institution,
  • Is enrolled in a graduate program and has an assistantship position within the Northeast Region,
  • Is a role model for student leaders on their campus,
  • Demonstrates significant leadership skills and abilities, and
  • Displays genuine support and regard for students.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria, one of which should be from a student, and one of which should be from the nominee's supervisor describing the nominee's activities and leadership positions on campus, highlighting their professional relationship with students, faculty, staff and associate members.
  • Candidates may be nominated by others or may self-nominate

DAVID A. ROSS NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD

The David A. Ross New Professional Award, named in honor of one of NACA® Northeast's founders, recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to and demonstrates the potential and commitment for excellence in service to their member institutions and NACA® Northeast.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed from the region selects one new professional who:

  • Has been employed by a member institution as a professional staff member in the field of student affairs for no more than three years,
  • Has actively participated in NACA,
  • Has shown long-term potential in the field of student affairs,
  • Is viewed by colleagues as an educator,
  • Demonstrates significant leadership skills and abilities, and
  • Displays genuine support and regard for students.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria, one of which should be from a student, and one of which should be from the nominee's supervisor.
  • Candidates may be nominated by others or may self-nominate.

EVERYDAY HERO AWARD

The NACA® Northeast Everyday Hero Award is given to a professional, graduate or support staff member from a college/university or associate member agency who has made positive contributions to student activities on their campus and/or in the NACA® Northeast Region. The award recognizes and celebrates those who've successfully made an impact on student, campus and community life through their work in student activities/student affairs. Multiple recipients may receive the award.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed in the region selects at least one individual who:

  • Is from a current member institution or agency,
  • Is committed to programming, student development and student activities,
  • Works behind the scenes to make something a success, and
  • Displays genuine support and regard for students and the field of student activities/student affairs.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria, one of which should be from a campus activities professional or associate member, and one of which should be from a student.

NORTHEAST DIVERSITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The NACA® Northeast Diversity Achievement Award recognizes individuals from the region who positively contribute and impact the development of programs and services promoting cultural diversity, understanding and/or awareness at their institution or within NACA.

Eligibility:

Current full-time professionals, staff members, graduate students or undergraduate students at NACA member institutions are all eligible to receive this award. Individuals can nominate themselves or can be nominated by others.

Criteria:

This award is presented to up to two individuals annually at the NACA® Northeast Regional Conference. Recipients will have demonstrated some of these goals as part of their work or practice:

  • Fostering meaningful relationships between diverse student populations,
  • Challenging stereotypical perceptions of diverse populations,
  • Assisting others in communicating effectively with people of various backgrounds, and/or
  • Generating awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Additionally, the following criteria will be considered for candidates:

  • They have a record for enhancing awareness and understanding of diverse cultures amount the general campus community or NACA community,
  • They've demonstrated quality and originality of programs and services developed and/or implemented, and
  • They've successfully contributed to and served diverse populations.

Nomination Must Include:

  • A description of how the individual meets the goals and criteria outlined by the nominator, and
  • Two letters of recommendation from peers/colleagues/supervisors.

MAUREEN MCDERMOTT/MICHELLE DELANEY STAFF PROGRAMMER AWARD

The Staff Programmer Award honors an individual who best exemplifies outstanding achievement in the student affairs field.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed from the region selects one staff member from NACA® Northeast who:

  • Has been employed by a member institution as a professional staff member in the field of student affairs or campus activities for four or more years,
  • Has shown long-term potential in the field,
  • Is recognized for their work in the development of student leadership skills and creativity,
  • Is currently employed in campus activities advisement at a NACA-member institution and has been at this institution for at least nine months,
  • Has developed an effective advising style, which results in an extraordinary impact on students' lives, and
  • Is viewed by their colleagues as an educator.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria, one of which should be from a student

KEN ABRAHAMS ASSOCIATE MEMBER AWARD

NACA® Northeast recognizes the commitment of associate members and the role that they play in the development of student leaders. This award is given to an agency or person who's given to the region in an exemplary fashion, displays a professional attitude and provides support to the region in a variety of ways.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous committee appointed from the region selects one individual or agency who:

  • Is from or is a current member agency,
  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership and participation in the NACA® Northeast Region, and
  • Is committed to programming, student development and student activities.

Nomination Must Include:

  • At least two letters of support, one of which should be from a campus activities professional, that elaborate on how the nominee meets the award criteria and includes the nominee's activities, leadership positions and contributions to the Association and its members, while highlighting the nominee's professional relationship with students, staff and other agencies.

DONALD L. McCULLOUGH AWARD

NACA® Northeast's highest honor, the Donald L. McCullough Award, is presented to an individual who, over the years, has given of their time and talent in such a way as to contribute significantly to NACA® Northeast and the student activities field. It is presented in tribute to McCullough, one of NACA® Northeast's founders.

Criteria & Eligibility for Selection:

An anonymous selection committee appointed by the Regional Coordinator selects one individual who:

  • Is from a member institution or agency,
  • Has worked in the region, past or present, for five or more years and has made a strong contribution to the profession through volunteer roles in associations, and
  • Has given continual and outstanding service to the Association, has exemplified standards of professional integrity and conduct, has achieved stature in their professional or academic pursuits, holds the esteem of colleagues and peers and has worked to further the field of student activities.

Nomination must include:

  • A minimum of two letters of support for the nominee that must include the nominee's activities, leadership positions and contributions within NACA® Northeast and other associations in student affairs, highlighting contributions in their personal or professional life and how this person meets and exceeds the stated award criteria.
  • It is preferable that at least one recommendation be from a nominee's coworker at their current or former institution/agency summarizing how they worked to further the student activities field.

2019 Award Nomination Form

EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAMMING

All current NACA school members are eligible to submit their respective campus programming board or other campus event planning organization for consideration. There are two rounds for award consideration – a written submission and an oral presentation.

First round submissions are due by Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

First Round: Written Submissions

All member institutions may enter written submissions detailing the excellence of their organizations and the programs they sponsor. All written submissions must include:

  1. Name of institution and organization
  2. School size
  3. Nominator(s) name(s), email and phone number (maximum of two nominators)
  4. Description of organizational structure and organization mission
  5. A list and description of four student-run programs, to include the following criteria for each:
    1. Goals and/or learning outcomes
    2. How goals and/or learning outcomes were met
    3. Budget for event
    4. How much was actually spent
    5. Location
    6. Target audience
    7. Attendance
    8. Resources utilized (students, staff, materials, vendors, etc.)
    9. Publicity and promotion
    10. Did you have challenges? Y or N
    11. How did you respond?
    12. Is this annual event? Y or N
    13. If yes, how has the event grown and improved from previous years?

Excellence in Programming First Round Submission Form

Written submissions will be judged on:

  • Adherence to formatting guidelines (answered all questions on the entry form)
  • Addressed minimum criteria (stated organizational structure, organizational mission and detailed three programs)
  • Ability to connect programs to organizational mission and program goals
  • Creativity and originality of marketing efforts
  • Demonstrating a range of diversity in programming efforts
  • Effective use of resources in programming
  • Program originality and creativity
  • Overcoming adversity in programming

A committee will review the first-round submissions. Utilizing a rubric, the committee will evaluate each submission and assign scores. The schools with the highest overall scores will be named finalists. The schools are then invited to participate in the On-Site Excellence in Programming Award selection in November. Instructions for on-site presentations will be sent to finalists no later than Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

 

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