NASPA IV-W Rising Star Award - New Professional

This award is presented to a new professional from each state in NASPA IV-West (10 awards total) that have been employed in a full-time position with a Division of Student Affairs for less than three (3) years.  The recipient of the award has made significant contributions to his or her campus.  Note - This differs from the regional Outstanding New Professional Award in that it does not require NASPA membership or NASPA service, and targets nominees who have been in the profession only three years or less. 


Award Information

Deadline: Jul. 30, 2018

Information required for each award submission:

  • Completion of On-Line Application Form
  • Nomination Letter
  • Two (2) Letters of Support 

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Award Requirements

To be eligible to receive the award, each applicant must: 

  • In the profession less than three years
  • Employed in a full-time position with a Division of Student Affairs
  • Significant contribution to his or her campus
  • Preference given to masters-prepared individuals

Current Recipients


Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Jeni Carter

    Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership - Adams State University

  • 2016 | Nick Hayden

    Coordinator of Student Life - University of Kansas Medical Center

  • 2016 | Stephanie Toigo

    Academic Advisor - University of Missouri

  • 2016 | Joseph Hanseling

    Assistant Director of Outdoor Education - University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • 2016 | Robert A. Anaya

    Recruiter and Academic Advisor - New Mexico Highlands University

  • 2016 | Renee DuBois

    Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life - North Dakota State University

  • 2016 | Jennifer Cole-Robinson

    Violence Prevention Coordinator - Northeastern State University

  • 2016 | Laura Roof

    Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life - University of South Dakota

  • 2016 | Kyle Inselman

    Career Specialist - Laramie County Community College

  • 2015 | KayLee Simmons

    Associate Director of Career Education - University of Arkansas

  • 2015 | Erin Hammersley

    Coordinator for Parent & Family Programs - Colorado State University

  • 2015 | Jacob A. Ternes

    Coordinator for Student Involvement & Greek Life - Fort Hays State University

  • 2015 | Tim Hill

    Senior Academic Advisor - University of Missouri

  • 2015 | Michael Hoodless

    Senior Student Program Advisor - University of New Mexico

  • 2015 | Hailey Goplen

    Assistant Director for Service Learning & Civic Engagement - North Dakota State University

  • 2015 | Kassey Steele

    Director of Student Activities - Tulsa Community College

  • 2014 | Samantha Fehr

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2014 | Amber White

    - Fort Hays State University

  • 2014 | Amy Kotwani

    - Missouri Western State University

  • 2014 | Ashley Stone

    - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • 2014 | Ryan Wooley

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2014 | Mathew Nelson

    - North Dakota State University

  • 2014 | Stevie Johnson

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2013 | Michael McAllister

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2013 | Jason W. Foster

    - Colorado State University

  • 2013 | Travis D. Schilla

    - Missouri State University

  • 2013 | Sara Sanchez

    - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • 2013 | Sergio Najera

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2013 | Derik C. Fossum

    - Dakota Wesleyan University

  • 2012 | Amanda Finch

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2012 | Patrick Grayshaw

    - Missouri State University

  • 2012 | Brandon Lehman

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2012 | Mauricio Gomez Montoya

    - University of Kansas

  • 2012 | Sagarika Sarma

    - Colorado State University

  • 2012 | Alyssa Walker

    - University of North Dakota

  • 2011 | Zachary Merurio

    - Colorado State University

  • 2011 | Megan Baker

    - University of Kansas

  • 2011 | Shiloh Venable

    - Washington University in St. Louis

  • 2011 | Scott Benson

    - University of Nebraska-Kearney

  • 2011 | Nikki Wee-Moretto

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2011 | Sarah Dodd

    - North Dakota State University

  • 2011 | Mary Beth Qualls

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2011 | Terry Lundeen

    - Dakota Wesleyan University

  • 2010 | Leslie Yingling

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2010 | Beau Johnson

    - Colorado State University

  • 2010 | Adrienne Collins Runnebaum

    - University of Kansas

  • 2010 | Tiffany D. Smith, M.Ed.

    - University of Oklahoma

  • 2009 | Keisha Bryant

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2009 | Colleen Drazen

    - University of Kansas

  • 2009 | Keith Lopez

    - Colorado State University

  • 2009 | Angela Oxford

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2009 | Erica Townsend

    - Washington University in St. Louis

  • 2008 | Kate Garey

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2008 | Cedric M. Kenner

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2008 | James C. Stoner

    - Park University

  • 2008 | Jane M. Vangsness

    - North Dakota State University

  • 2008 | Mandy Zweifel-Hughes

    - University of Kansas

  • 2007 | Rebecca Slade

    - University of North Dakota

  • 2007 | Kathy Van Steenis

    - Kansas State University

  • 2006 | Goldie Gildehaus

    - Missouri State University

  • 2006 | Chris Medrano

    - University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

  • 2006 | Amanda Oliveros-Walker

    - Rogers State University

  • 2006 | Trey Smith

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2006 | Tricia Woodward

    - University of Kansas

  • 2005 | Kristen Carlisle

    - South Dakota State University

  • 2005 | Sarah Covert

    - Rogers State University

  • 2005 | Sarah Hayner

    - University of Kansas

  • 2005 | Eroon Reynolds

    - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • 2004 | Grace Bagunu

    - University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • 2004 | Clint Bueling

    - University of North Dakota

  • 2004 | Laura Burrows

    - University of Kansas

  • 2004 | Sandy Faulk

    - Central Baptist College

  • 2004 | Jennifer Gluszek

    - Wichita State University

  • 2004 | Allison Holcomb

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2004 | Jennifer J. Johnson

    - Colorado State University

  • 2004 | Sharla Weathers

    - University of Central Oklahoma

  • 2003 | Jennifer Kane

    - University of North Dakota

  • 2003 | Ryan Lindquist

    - University of New Mexico

  • 2003 | Takama Statton

    - Washburn University

  • 2002 | Meredith Carpenter

    - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • 2002 | Seth Fishman

    - University of Kansas

  • 2002 | Jenne Vanderbout

    - Central Missouri State University

  • 2001 | Rodney Bardwell

    - University of Arkansas

  • 2001 | Marissa LeClaire

    - Southwest Missouri State University

  • 2001 | Chris Meiers

    - University of Kansas Medical Center

  • 2000 | Sharon Anderson

    - University of Mary

  • 2000 | Renee Arnett

    - Johnson County Community College

  • 2000 | Kristen Heine

    - Southeast Missouri State University