Contact: Gustavo Burkett, 581-1736
ORONO — The University of Maine Division of Student Affairs’ Campus Activities and Events and its Campus Activities Board have been recognized by the National Association for Campus Activities Northeast for programming excellence.
Excellence in Programming awards recognize outstanding member schools in each of three student population categories by region. The three category awards are:
- Most Original Article of Clothing, awarded to a school in the Northeast region that has the most original design and most innovative idea. UMaine was recognized for the “6-Day Forecast” shirt designed by student Ashleigh Briggs, the co-chair of the Campus Activities Board.
- The Best Student Designed Website, awarded to a school in the Northeast that has the most useful and innovative website design. UMaine was recognized for the Campus Activities and Events website — www.umaine.edu/campusevents — designed by student Kevin Taschereau, a Campus Activities and Events intern.
- And the Most Creative Gimmick award, given to a school with the most innovative gimmick. For this award, Campus Activities Director Gustavo Burkett says UMaine was recognized for the Campus Activities Buzz, a weekly publication that highlights weekly campus events and provides students with relevant information on campus departments or programs. The “Buzz” also offers a section with horoscopes, games and trivia.
Award criteria includes: organizational goals; the types of events on the program calendar; budget; programming board membership; the advisor’s involvement; planning and preparation; campus resources that contributed to the success of the programs; publicity and promotion; and advertising methods and creative techniques used, in addition to program evaluation and impact on the campus community.
Selection of award winners takes into consideration the amount of support for campus activities by campus administrators or students, who are invited to offer testimony on the value of the programming efforts as they relate to the educational mission of the college or university.
NACA Northeast member schools may nominate themselves for an Excellence in Programming Award. Nomination submissions must be accompanied by supporting materials. All nominations are reviewed and the nominee list is narrowed to four finalists in each school size category. The four finalists must prepare an oral presentation to be presented before a panel of judges and conference attendees at the fall conference. The panel then selects a winner in each category.