Student Health, Wellness, Counseling, and related Excellence Award

Category Abstract

The Student Health/ Wellness/ Counseling and related area award category recognizes excellence in programming the areas of student health, wellness, counseling, and other related areas. This category covers a breadth of topics and might include programming related to student wellbeing, mental health, and fitness. Additional areas to consider include student financial wellbeing, self-care, and self-advocacy.

Excellence Award Overview

NASPA recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration. All NASPA members are encouraged to enter recently developed and/or longstanding programs and initiatives for consideration for the NASPA Excellence Awards.

Programs selected for recognition in each category will receive one of three designations: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The gold recipients from each category will be further judged for the designations of Grand Gold, Grand Silver, and Grand Bronze.

Submissions will be due by November 1, 2017. There is no specific time by which your submission must be made on November 1, 2017. Gold Award recipients will be recognized at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. 

If the submission relates to a program that relies on substantive use of multimedia technology, a link to those materials should be embedded in the award submission. The materials must be accessible to committee members without the need for user identification or password.

  • Judging Criteria

    Entries within each category will be reviewed by a cross-section of experienced NASPA members. Three to five judges will independently review submissions using the following criteria:

    • Impact on student learning and success demonstrated through transition, retention, or achievement outcomes
    • Relevance to institutional mission and/or applicability to student affairs profession institutionally, regionally, or nationally
    • Success in addressing student needs or responding to critical campus concerns and issues
    • Involvement, inclusion, and collaboration with academic affairs and other campus departments in planning and implementation
    • Use of innovative and creative methods, practices, or activities including the use of social media and emerging learning technologies
    • Application of available or emerging theoretical models, practical research, and program assessment


    In addition, submissions will also be assessed for the quality of the program description, explanation of concepts, and clarity of writing. Please see this link for the rubric which will be used for assessment.

  • Recognition

    Gold Award recipients will:

    • Be placed in consideration for the NASPA Grand Gold Medal, NASPA Grand Silver Medal and NASPA Grand Bronze Medal designating the top three programs or initiatives.
    • Receive NASPA Excellence Awards Certificates of Gold.
    • Be prominently displayed at the NASPA Annual Conference.
    • Be invited to participate in a poster session recognizing all Gold Award recipients during the NASPA Annual Conference.
    • Be showcased in a collection of Gold Award recipients on the NASPA Excellence Awards web resource center.
    • Receive letters of commendation sent by NASPA to the institution's president, chief student affairs officer, and selected local media to announce the achievement.


    Silver and Bronze Award recipients will:

    • Receive NASPA Excellence Awards Certificates of Silver or Bronze.
    • Be included in a collection of selected entries on the NASPA Excellence Awards web resource center.
    • Receive letters of commendation from NASPA to the institution's president and chief student affairs officer.


    Grand Medal recipients:

    • The Gold Award recipient in each category will be further considered for the highest awards for program excellence -- the NASPA Grand Gold Medal, the NASPA Grand Silver Medal and the NASPA Grand Bronze Medal. The recipients of these three grand awards will be recognized during the NASPA Annual Awards Luncheon.

Excellence Awards


Award Information

Deadline: Nov. 01, 2017

Applications will open in Spring 2017.

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Requirements

To be considered for a NASPA Excellence Award, you must submit the following information:

  • Correspond to Excellence Award category
  • Program title
  • Executive summary (500 words or less)
  • Information around Student Learning and/or Success, Mission and/or Advancement of Student Affairs, Student and/or campus needs, Collaboration and Sustainability, Originality and creativity, and Application of Research, Theory, and Assessment
  • Letters of support (maximum of three)

Current Excellence Award Recipients

  • Gold Winner
    Healthy Campus at FSU

    Florida State University

    Florida State University strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity. One of the tenants of the Division of Student Affairs, which houses FSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative, is to assist students’ intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. The Healthy Campus initiative at FSU collectively combines these areas and prioritizes a collective, strategic approach through the Healthy Campus Initiative by identifying specific healthy campus objectives; evaluating student health and safety data; identifying best practices and evidenced-based methods; and evaluating outcomes. Healthy Campus at FSU has an extensive reach throughout campus, and includes participation from students, faculty and staff.


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  • Silver Winner
    Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

    University at Albany (SUNY)

    Within the University at Albany, SUNY (UAlbany), a large public and very diverse research university comprised of more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program (Middle Earth) fulfills a twofold mission of delivering peer assistance services to the UAlbany campus and broader community as well as supporting the health, persistence, retention, and college completion of the undergraduate students trained to offer peer services. Established at UAlbany in 1970 in the spirit of students helping students, Middle Earth is a nationally-recognized service-learning organization that trains and mentors undergraduate students who provide peer hotline assistance, peer wellness coaching services, and peer career advisement aimed to assist clients in meeting life goals and coping with emotional, social, and societal issues. An additional mission of the program is to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization so that services offered may be most sensitive to the needs and experiences of the individuals the program serves.


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  • Bronze Winner
    Journey to Wellness

    Alfred State College

    The Journey to Wellness Program was added to Health and Wellness Services’ arsenal of programs and services in 2012, when the first MindSpa was built on campus. A MindSpa is a relaxation room that includes complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices such as aromatherapy, biofeedback training, guided meditation, massage chairs, and etc. (Feltner, 2016). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been defined by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM) as being “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be a part of conventional medicine” (Complementary, 2016). Our students are in favor of such services. In an effort to meet the needs of our college community, Health and Wellness Services at Alfred State recognizes the importance of providing students with the skills necessary to manage stress. This is why the Health and Wellness Department created “Journey to Wellness.” This program encompasses various innovative services that focus on student health and well-being to eliminate stress and increase productivity.


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Past Excellence Award Recipients

  • 2012
    Gold Winner
    Friends Helping Friends Campus Suicide Prevention Program

    Cherry Callahan
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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  • 2012
    Silver Winner
    Develop U: A Data-Driven Prevention Program

    Brenda Hawks
    Bentley University

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  • 2012
    Silver Winner
    LiveWell UC San Diego: A Campuswide Wellness Initiative

    Jerry Phelps
    University of California-San Diego

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  • 2010-11
    Gold Winner
    NYU's Health Center Without Walls

    Erin Callihan
    New York University

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  • 2010-11
    Silver Winner
    Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High Risk Drinking

    Sally Linowski
    University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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  • 2010-11
    Bronze Winner
    An Innovative Approach to Address Financial Literacy on Campus: The SHSU Student Money Management Center

    Kristy Vienne
    Sam Houston State University

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  • 2009
    Gold Winner
    NYU’s Alcohol Education and Risk Reduction Programming

    Erin Callihan
    New York University

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  • 2009
    Silver Winner
    Sober 24/7: Reducing High Risk Drinking among first year students at St. John's University

    Jose Rodriguez
    St. John's University

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  • 2009
    Bronze Winner
    The MIT Screening and Brief Intervention Systemic Model (MIT-SBI)

    Daniel Trujillo
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • 2008
    Gold Winner
    The STEPS Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program

    Maria Cimini
    University at Albany-SUNY

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  • 2008
    Silver Winner
    CHILL: Stony Brook's Peer-Based Outreach and Early Intervention for Depression

    Jenny Hwang
    Stony Brook University

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  • 2008
    Bronze Winner
    Using Curriculum Infusion to Decrease Adverse Consequences during Celebratory Drinking Events

    Allen Groves
    University of Virginia

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  • 2007
    Gold Winner
    A University Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Moving Beyond Response to Action

    Amy Ballagh
    Georgia Southern University

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  • 2007
    Silver Winner
    Building a Healthy Community: Sexual Assault Resources and Education Website

    W. Samuel Sadler
    College of William & Mary

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  • 2007
    Bronze Winner
    "R.E.A.C.H."ing for the stars at UCR

    Jennifer Miller
    University of California-Riverside

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  • 2006
    Gold Winner
    Go Ask Alice!

    Melissa Kenzig
    Columbia University

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  • 2006
    Silver Winner
    Campus Connect: A Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program

    Rebecca Dayton
    Syracuse University

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  • 2006
    Bronze Winner
    Southwestern University "Alcohol Reality Check"

    John Ragle
    Southwestern University

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  • 2005
    Gold Winner
    The Health Connection at Cedar Crest College

    Joan Laffey
    Cedar Crest College

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  • 2005
    Silver Winner
    An Innovative Approach to Address Mental Health on Campus: The NYU Wellness Exchange

    Zoe Ragouzeos
    New York University

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  • 2005
    Bronze Winner
    Combining wellness promotion and health marketing in a weekly e-mail: orangehealth-e

    James Jacobs
    Syracuse University

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