LACUSPA AWARDS

LACUSPA administers annual awards to recognize the efforts and achievements of student affairs professionals and student across the state.

Student Leader of the Year: This award is available to any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at any Louisiana institution of higher education during the previous year.  The award shall be bestowed to a deserving recipient that demonstrates outstanding achievement in promoting the ideals and principles of LACUSPA. Potential areas for excellence include academic achievement, community development, programming efforts, leadership development, university involvement, or other similar capacities.

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Past Winners

2017 - Calyn Landaiche - Southeastern Louisiana University

Outstanding Graduate or Professional Student: This award is available to any graduate or professional  student who is currently enrolled at any Louisiana institution of higher education during the previous year.  All award recipients must be in attendance at the 2017 conference.The award shall be bestowed to a deserving undergraduate student that demonstrates outstanding achievement in promoting the ideals and principles of LACUSPA. Nominated individuals should showcase  areas of excellence include achievement, community development, programming efforts, leadership development, university development, or other similar capacities. 


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Rising Professional of the Year: This award shall be bestowed to a deserving recipient that demonstrates outstanding achievement in promoting the ideals and principles of LACUSPA. Nominated professionals should showcase dedication and excellence to the field in areas including, but not limited to, work with student development, service for their university, continued self-improvement, active participation in professional organization(s), collaboration efforts, innovation, or advising accomplishments. This award is available to any professional with less than five years of student affairs/higher education.

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Past Winners
2016 - Carolyn Eastlin - Unversity of Louisiana at Lafayette (pictured right) 

2015 - Christine Wesserling, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge)


Outstanding Mid-Level Professional of the Year: This award shall be bestowed to a deserving recipient that demonstrates outstanding achievement in promoting the ideals and principles of LACUSPA. Nominated professionals should showcase dedication and excellence to the field in areas including, but not limited to, work with student development, assisting new professionals, service for their university, active participation in professional organization(s), collaboration efforts, innovation, or advising accomplishments. This award is available to any professional with more than five years of student affairs/higher education experience. 
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Past Winners

2017 - Ruben Henderson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2015 - Kedrick Nicholas, McNeese State University
 


Program or Practice of the Year: The award shall be bestowed to a deserving nomination that demonstrates outstanding achievement in promoting the ideals and principles of LACUSPA. Nominated programs or practices should showcase core beliefs such as financial stewardship, inclusivity, response to current events/trends, collaboration, and overall impact on campus. 
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Past Winners

2017 - "College of Education Living Learning Collaboration - Southeastern Louisiana University

2016 - "Academic Success Banquet" - Southeastern Louisiana University (pictured right)

2015 - "Living Your Freshmen Experience", Nicholls State University
 

Dan Seymour Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Affairs: The award will be bestowed for outstanding or exceptional contributions to LACUSPA. Examples include an extraordinary achievement, particularly high quality of work, a creative idea or innovation, etc. expressed in some action that as an exceptional impact upon LACUPSA or its membership. The identified contribution(s) may have resulted in a wide range of identifiable outcomes including, but not limited to, enhancing the organization or the profession. Nominators may be asked to prove evidence of the impact of the contributions of the nominee. The overarching principle in the review process will be outstanding or exceptional quality of contributions. All current professional members with five or more years of continuous membership in the Louisiana Association of College and University Administrators (LACUSPA) are eligible.

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​Past Winners
2017 - Dr. Chris Thomas, McNeese State University

2013 - Dr. Toby Osburn, McNeese State University

2010 - Marjoree Harper, Bossier Parish Community College

2009 - Francis Conine, Northwestern State University