Region IV-East Graduate Student Rising Star

This award is presented to a student pursuing a masters or doctoral degree related to student affairs at a college or university within each state of Region IV-East.  The awards committee may choose to present this award to both a masters and doctoral student. Each state/province within Region IV-East will have a recipient for the Graduate Student Rising Star award.

In addition to the regional recognition that accompanies this award, the recipient will also be considered for the National NASPA Graduate Student Rising Star.

Winners will be notified in October and the presentation of the awards will take place at the Region IV-East Conference in November in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Award winners should make every attempt to attend the Region IV-East Conference. 

  • Demonstrated excellence in the classroom
  • Intent of pursuing a career in student affairs
  • Leadership and innovation in their assistantship/internship/cooperative experience
  • Preference is given to candidates whose assistantship/internship/cooperative experience is within a Student Affairs division.
  • Potential for significant contributions to the student affairs profession

Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 05, 2018


Meg Haggerty, MS

Chair, Awards and Exemplary Programs

NASPA Region IVE Board

Tel: 317-940-8648

Email: [email protected]

A nomination for this award should be submitted online at:

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STEP 1: Write a letter of nomination

STEP 2: Get the nominee's contact information and resume/c.v. (if this is a “program” nomination, this should be a “summary of the program”)

STEP 3: Collect up to three (3) letters of support.

STEP 4: The person coordinating the nomination should gather the nomination materials (depending on the nomination may include letter(s) of support, a proposal, resume/C.V, etc.), visit the awards' website and submit the materials online. All of the application materials must be uploaded at the same time. 

STEP 5: Submit the nomination by the published deadline.

Current Recipients

  • Torrence Sorrell
    Indiana - Indiana State University

    “His positive demeanor, ability to listen, curiosity for knowledge, and concern for students makes him shine above the rest of his classmates.” – Kandace G. Hinton, Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership Program Indiana State University

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  • Andrew Travis
    Michigan - Grand Valley State University

    “Andrew’s charisma and laughter is contagious, yet he is diligent and disciplined when it comes to getting tasks accomplished…He has so much talent and wisdom and I am elated he is able to bestow his innate gifts onto our profession and to our students.” – Jonathan Davey, Coordinator of Student Activities, Summer Housing, Grand Valley State University

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  • Antonio Duran
    Ohio - The Ohio State University

    “…Antonio added thoughtfulness and vulnerability into the discussion spaces, often challenging us to center the marginalized voices and develop a critical lens. Antonio has been dedicated to pushing the field of higher education forward through his scholarship. I often compare him to Latinx Alexander Hamilton for his non-stop writing.” – Angie Kim, Residence Hall Assistant Director, New York University

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  • Laila McCloud
    Iowa - University of Iowa

    “From her commitment to the field, her work in advancing the study of HBCU’s, her role in innovation with the creation of #SisterPhD, a digital community for Black women in Higher Education,…I have little to no doubt that Laila’s future has good things ahead.” Andrew Pollum Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, Lake Forrest College

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Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Aeriel A. Ashlee

    - Miami University

  • 2015 | Derrick Robinson

    - Indiana State University

  • 2014 | Kirby Gibson

    - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee