Awards and Recognition

Do you know someone who is going the extra mile and making a difference in a student's life or in the field of education? Nominate them for a PNACAC award! Through the efforts of its Awards and Recognition Committee, PNACAC strives to honor exemplary professionals among our membership and the professional community. Recognition of award winners happens at the PNACAC Annual Conference each May.

PNACAC is now accepting nominations for 2019 PNACAC Awards. The deadline for nominating is March 1, 2019. 

Nominate a colleague today!

 

Descriptions and eligibility criteria for each award are listed below. 

  • Excellence in Admissions: The PNACAC Excellence in Admissions award recognizes an outstanding professional who has worked in a college advocacy, counseling, or admissions capacity for at least five years.  Recipients of the award must have made an impact in the field either through a body of professional or research work, a single significant contribution, or through work or service that demonstrates support of the PNACAC and NACAC mission.
  • Rising Star: This recognition is given to secondary school or college admissions counselors who have been in the profession for five years or fewer and possess exceptional promise. 
  • Program of Excellence: This award is for programs that provide great service and/or outcomes for students. To be eligible for this award, programs are considered to be unique and provide excellent service to students. Nominees must have been in place for fewer than five years, and the program must be replicable by other institutions.
  • Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth: This award is named for the St. Mary's Academy of Portland's former college counselor who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. These awards are given to a secondary school counselor and a college level admission officer. Recipients of the award must have a minimum of ten years of high school or college teaching and/or counseling experience with at least three years in their current position. They must be currently engaged in counseling and be recognized as "those who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."
  • Exemplary Service: This award is for individuals who have provided longstanding, exemplary service to students and to the PNACAC organization throughout his or her career. Individuals engaged in college advocacy work after retiring from a career in college counseling or admissions are also eligible to receive this award.

Past Award Winners

Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award

This award is named for the St. Mary's Academy of Portland's former college counselor who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. These awards are given to a secondary school counselor and a college level admission officer.

Recipients of the award must have a minimum of ten (10) years of high school or college teaching and/or counseling experience with at least three (3) years in their current position. They must be currently engaged in counseling and be recognized as "those who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."

  • 2018 Robbie Cupps
  • 2017 Jeanne Eulberg
  • 2016 Kathy Krueger
  • 2015 Joe Raniero
  • 2014 Kelly Herrington
  • 2013 Claire Nold-Glaser
  • 2012 Susan La Rosa
  • 2011 Whitney Laughlin
  • 2010 Daniel Naegeli 
  • 2010 Doug Scrima
  • 2010 DebAnn Rippy
  • 2009 Teri Calcagno
  • 2009 Scott Copeland

Rising Star Award

The Newcomers Award is given to secondary school or college admissions counselors who have been in the profession for five years or fewer, and possess exceptional promise. 
  • 2018 Cholena (CC) Wright
  • 2017 Julian Franco
  • 2016 Oster Hernandez
  • 2015 Monzerrath Stark
  • 2014 Hannah Middlebrook
  • 2013 Alex Galbreath
  • 2012 Heather Wofford
  • 2011 Katie O’Brien
  • 2010 Kelly Braun
  • 2010 Kellen Willis
  • 2009 Matt Ogawa
  • 2009 Victor Zamora 

Program of Excellence Award

To be eligible for this award programs are considered to be unique and provide excellent service to students. Nominees must have been in place for less than five years, and be replicable by other institutions.

  • 2016 Bienvenidos a EOU, Eastern Oregon University
  • 2015 Pirates to Raiders, Southern Oregon University
  • 2014 AVANZA!, University of Idaho
  • 2013 Beaver VIP, Oregon State University
  • 2012 Imagine U at Washington State University
  • 2011 ACT VI

Exemplary Service Award

This award is given to members who have demonstrated outstanding service to students and the organization.

  • 2018 Ann Nault
  • 2017 Megan Diefenbach
  • 2016 Jim West
  • 2016 Alice Tanaka
  • 2013 Teresa Hudkins
  • 2012 Nancy Shaffer
  • 2011 Mark Janes 
  • 2011 Jim Sumner
  • 2010 Michael Sexton
  • 2009 Cynthia Doran (Ms. Doran received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which evolved into the Exemplary Service Award.)

Excellence in Admissions Award

The PNACAC Excellence in Admissions award recognizes an outstanding professional who has worked in a college advocacy, counseling, or admissions capacity for at least five years.  Recipients of the award must have made an impact in the field either through a body of professional or research work, a single significant contribution, or through work or service that demonstrates support of the PNACAC and NACAC mission.

  • 2018 Erica Johnson
  • 2017 Dave Kobzina