Member Awards

Each year at our fall conference MCPA celebrates the many wonderful talents, programs and services for students by our fellow colleagues in our great state of Minnesota. We encourage you to nominate a deserving colleague or program for the 2013 MCPA Awards and also ask that you share this opportunity to nominate with others in your area. One does not have to be a member of MCPA to nominate or receive an award.

Award nominations may be submitted on-line until 5:00 pm, Friday August 30, 2013.  Click here for the nomination form: www.mcpa4you.org/Leadership/Member-Awards/Nominations/

The Awards Selection Committee will review all nominations and the individuals/programs (and their nominators) who are selected will be notified.  Awards will be presented at the awards reception on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the MCPA Fall Conference held this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Rochester, MN.

AMBITION

New Professional of the Year Award
This award recognizes an ambitious and dedicated new student development professional. Nominees would have provided outstanding service to her or his institution, and/or have provided innovative or creative programs and services. For this award, a new professional is defined as having 1-3 years in the field and a minimum of one year on a college campus. A letter of nomination and a current copy of the nominee's resume must be included in the nomination packet.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

INCLUSION

Voice of Inclusion Award
The Voice of Inclusion Award recognizes initiatives or individuals who serve Minnesota Higher Education by creating exemplary environments of inclusion for our students, employees, and/or institutions.  Recipients should exhibit an ongoing commitment towards advancing multiculturalism, bringing typically underrepresented voices and identities to the forefront of Minnesota Higher Education. Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

LEGACY

Linda Schrempp Alberg Outstanding Contribution to Minnesota Higher Education Award
In 1997, the Minnesota Contribution Award was renamed to honor Linda Schrempp Alberg, MCPA's president from 1983-84. The purpose of this award is to honor a professional whose work with students and service at one of Minnesota's institutions of higher education sets an example for all student development professionals. This award recognizes a practicing student affairs professional or a professional retired from a Minnesota institution of higher education. Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's professional and service accomplishments as well as a statement of support, which should be limited to four pages. Additional letters of support from others are welcomed.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

PROGRAMMING

Innovations in Student Development Award
This "best practices" award is designed to facilitate the sharing of new ideas and show appreciation for the work of our colleagues. The program must meet the following: 1) is an implemented strategy or campus program that is timely to the profession or provides a new or creative approach to a student development or campus issue, and 2) have an impact on the presenter's campus. A letter of nomination/description along with supportive documentation of the program (publicity, design, evaluations, etc.) should be included in the nomination materials. The recipient of this award will be asked to present at the 2014 MCPA Fall Conference or a future event.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

RESEARCH

Lee Knefelkamp Research Award
This award encourages and supports student development and student affairs research done by professionals, practitioners, graduate students, and faculty. This award is made possible by contributions from Dr. Lee Knefelkamp and additional financial support from MCPA.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

Criteria: 1) Research must be completed within the past year, currently in progress, or planned for the near future. 2) Research should show evidence of adhering to scholarly research standards, methods, and analysis. Preference will be given to research involving data collection and analysis. 3) Proposals should promote further understanding of student development and/or investigate or enhance the impact of student affairs/services on campus. Recipient will have the opportunity to share their research with colleagues by presenting at the 2014 MCPA Fall Conference or future event or by submitting an article to the newsletter. Additional recognition will be a monetary award.

SERVICE

Lud Spolyar Distinguished Service Award
As the most prestigious association award, this award recognizes a current or past MCPA member for outstanding service to the Association, the student affairs profession, or in representing Minnesota at the national level (i.e., ACPA Commission Chair, Board Member, etc.). Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's professional and service accomplishments as well as a statement of support, which should be limited to four pages. Additional letters of support from others are welcome.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

Retirement Awards
All retiring professionals will be honored at the MCPA conference. If you are aware of MCPA members or student affairs professionals at your institution who are retiring within the year or have retired within the past year, please notify the Awards Committee prior to the fall conference. Submit a copy of the retiree's resume and other pertinent information about the retiree you wish to be shared.  Click here to see a list of past award recipients.