Ohio College Personnel Association Awards
OCPA prides itself on recognizing outstanding Student Affairs leaders and contributions throughout the state. Information about the nomination process is distributed annually to our membership.
Learn more about each award and past recipients by clicking on the awards below!
|The Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award is presented by OCPA to a student affairs professional who has, through outstanding leadership, made significant contributions to the field and to the institution of which the professional is a part. The professional has achieved innovative responses in meeting the varied and emerging needs of today’s students.|
About Fayetta M. Paulsen
In June of 1990, Fayetta M. Paulsen retired as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Residential Services at Bowling Green State University. This event honors her 27 years of service to the University. While at BGSU, she also served as the Associate Dean of Students, Acting Dean of Students, and Dean of Women. Prior to coming to Bowling Green, she was Dean of Women at Luther College, Associate Professor and Chair of Health and Physical Education for Women at Augustana College, and Professor and Acting Director of Health and Physical Education for Women at St. Olaf College.
Professional organizations played an important part of Ms. Paulsen’s career. She served as president of OAWDAC, OCPA, and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators (OASPA.) Additionally, she held several offices within the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. She also published articles in the Journal of NAWDAC and Fraternity Month. She made presentations throughout the state, region, and nation.
Ms. Paulsen died February 20, 2005. (https://www.bgsu.edu/residence-life/residence-education/paulsen-lecture.html)
The selection criteria for the Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award are as follows:
- Significant contributions to the field of student affairs and to the institution.
- Evidence of serving as a role model to students and professionals.
- Demonstrated leadership and innovation in the field by meeting students' needs.
|2018-19||Dr. Vicka Bell-Robinson, Miami University|
|2017-18||Lacey Filkins, Kenyon College|
|2016-17||Karen Hagans, Ashland University|
|2015-16||Brandon Mikulski, The University of Akron|
|2014-15||Dr. Roxanne DuVivier, Wright State University|
|2013-14||Dr. Julie Ann Snyder, Bowling Green State University|
|2007-08||Dwayne Todd, Columbus College of Art & Design|
|2006-07||Paul Putnam, Cleveland State University|
|2002-03||Robin Gagnow, Kent State University|
|2001-02||Tracy Benner, Otterbein College|
|1998-99||Denise Reading, Baldwin Wallace University|
|1993-94||Dr. Fiona MacKinnon, Bowling Green State University|
The Philip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award is presented annually by OCPA to a student affairs professional in recognition of extended illustrious service to our field. The purpose of the award is to recognize seasoned members of the profession.
The selection criteria for the Philip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award are as follows:
- A minimum of fifteen (15) years of professional involvement in the field of student affairs.
- Significant and outstanding contributions to the profession through administration, writing, teaching, research and service to professional organizations.
|2018-19||Dr. Mark Kretovics, Kent State University|
|2017-18||Dr. Maureen Wilson, Bowling Green State University|
|2015-16||Dr. John Messina, The University of Akron|
|2013-14||Dr. Peter Mather, Ohio University|
|2012-13||John Berry, The Ohio State University - Newark & COTC|
|2008-09||Dan Abrahamowicz, Wright State University|
|2006-07||Chuck Rickard, Kent State University|
|2005-06||Dr. Michael D. Coomes, Bowling Green State University|
|2003-04||Dr. Louise A. Douce, The Ohio State University|
|2002-03||Dr. Nancy Scott, Kent State University|
|1999-00||Dr. Patrick Love, Kent State University|
|1998-99||Dr. Robert Dubick, The University of Akron|
|1994-95||Joanne Risascher, Wright State University|
|1993-94||Susan Eklund-Leen, Antioch College|
|1992-93||Robert Gatti, Otterbein University|
|1992-93||Dr. Derrell Hart, Miami University|
|1991-92||Sue Heimann, Ashland University|
|1990-91||Dr. Robert E. Oleson, Heidelberg University|
|1989-90||Joel Rudy, Ohio University|
|1989-90||Dr. Robert Young, Kent State University|
|1988-89||Steve Markwood, Marietta College|
|1988-89||Audrey Rentz, Bowling Green State University|
|1987-88||Dr. Donald Schweingruber, Bluffton College|
|1986-87||Dr. Robert Etheridge, Miami University|
|1986-87||Dr. Alexander "Lex" Smith|
|1985-86||Dr. Robert Rodgers, The Ohio State University|
|1984-85||Dr. Fayetta Paulsen, Bowling Green State University|
|1982-83||Dr. Mark Noffsinger, Baldwin Wallace College|
|1981-82||Dr. Gerald L. Saddlemire, Bowling Green State University|
Gerald Saddlemire was an effective administrator, a true scholar, an educator, and a mentor who accepted each person as a unique individual, and believed that the ability and potential of those individuals was the profession’s greatest asset. This award is presented to the student personnel professional with a demonstrated history of mentorship who embodies and advances the true spirit and ideals of Dr. Gerald L. Saddlemire.
The selection criteria for the Gerald L. Saddlemire Mentor Award are as follows:
- Serves as a mentor and role model to graduate and/or undergraduate students and other student affairs professionals.
- Known as a supportive and educational administrator.
- Significant contributions to the ideals of the student affairs profession.
|2018-19||Dr. Jason Pena, Ohio University|
|2017-18||John L. Frazier, The University of Mount Union|
|2016-17||Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones, Ohio University|
|2014-15||Ryan Brechbill, Otterbein University|
|2012-13||Vicka Bell-Robinson, Miami University|
|2011-12||Lisa Patterson Phillips, Otterbein University|
|2009-10||Karl Rishe, Case Western Reserve University|
|2008-09||Verne Walker, Owens Community College|
|2007-08||Kathy Morris, Wright State University|
|2006-07||Jennifer Grube Vestal, Denison University|
|2005-06||Kimberly M. Ferguson, Capital University|
|2004-05||Dr. Edward Whipple, Bowling Green State University|
|2003-04||Joyce Jadwin, Otterbein University|
|2002-03||Eric L. Dicken, Case Western Reserve University|
|2001-02||JoAnn Kroll, Bowling Green State University|
|1999-00||Dr. Oscar McKnight, Ashland University|
|1998-99||Ralph Carapellotti, Baldwin Wallace University|
|1995-96||Sue Heimann, Ashland University|
|1994-95||Frances Pearson, Ohio University|
|1993-94||Jeanne Likins, JML Associates|
|1992-93||Willie J. Young, The Ohio State University|
|1991-92||Becky Smith, Otterbein University|
The Mark G. Noffsinger New Professional Award is presented annually at the OCPA conference to an individual with three years or less of full-time experience in the profession. This individual serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity and innovation in the field with the potential for continued success.
The selection criteria for the Mark G. Noffsinger New Professional Award are as follows:
- A maximum of three (3) years’ experience in the student affairs profession.
- Serves as a role model to students and professionals.
- Demonstrates creativity and innovation in the field with potential for continued success.
|2018-19||Janée Kelly, Case Western Reserve University|
|2017-18||Tiffany Seaman, Miami University|
|2015-16||Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University|
|2014-15||Bowen Marshall, The Ohio State University|
|2013-14||Luke Ahrens, Case Western Reserve University|
|2012-13||Ardy Gonyer, Ohio University|
|2011-12||Elizabeth Gordon, Miami University|
|2008-09||Jeff Akers, Otterbein College|
|2007-08||Allison DeVelvis, Otterbein College|
|2006-07||Kari Taylor, Miami University|
|2005-06||Laura Wilmarth, Baldwin Wallace College|
|2004-05||Abigail "Abby" Ghering, Denison University|
|2003-04||Jason Bowser, Columbus College of Art & Design|
|2002-03||Timeka Thomas Rashid, Otterbein College|
|2001-02||Meghan Houghton, Baldwin Wallace College|
|2000-01||Danielle Carter, Otterbein College|
|1999-00||Rebecca Lynn Rio, Ashland University|
|1998-99||Ruth Crane, Otterbein College|
|1996-97||Jamele Adams, Ashland University|
|1995-96||Amy Arbino Orr, College of Mount Saint Joseph|
|1994-95||Marty Manning, Youngstown State University|
|1993-94||Michelle Vandersyden, Ashland University|
|1992-93||Kimberly Blewett, Kent State University|
|1991-92||Kathy Sandberg, Ashland University|
|1990-91||Mary Hoying Brigham, Mt. Saint Joseph College|
|1989-90||Brian Breitholtz, The University of Akron|
|1988-89||Karen Carter, Ashland University|
|1987-88||Nance Lucas, Ohio University|
|1986-87||Theresa Popp Braun, Medical College of Ohio|
|1985-86||Meg Benke, Ohio University|
|1984-85||Joel Daniels, Findlay College|
|1983-84||Kathyrn Venema, Heidelberg College|
|1981-82||Susan Eklund, Sinclair Community College|
The President’s Discretionary Award is presented in honor of service. It is presented to an OCPA member who has contributed greatly to the growth of the organization over the past year.
Jolene Broshious, The Ohio State University
Dr. Nassar Razek, The University of Akron
Dennis LoConti, Wittenberg University
Erin Nunn, Kent State University
Karen Hagans, Ashland University
Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Wright State University
Kathy Morris, Wright State University
Simone Polk, Wright State University
|2015-16|| Dr. Sue Heimann, Ashland University
Josh Bodnar, Ohio University
Karl Rishe, Notre Dame College
|2014-15|| Dr. Michael Coomes, Bowling Green State University
Rachel Tuttle, The Ohio State University
Stephanie Volbrecht, The Ohio State University
Mark Zeno, Heidelberg University
Jennifer Grube Vestal, Denison University
|2013-14|| Michael Griest, Wright State University
John Borawski, Kent State University
| Kate Lehman Porubcansky, Otterbein College
Erica Lee, The Ohio State University
|2006-07||Dr. Janice Gerda, Kent State University|
|2004-05||Tracy Benner, Otterbein University|
|1998-99||Amy Orr, The Ohio State University-Mansfield|
|1994-95||Robin Gagnow, Ashland University|
|1993-94||Susan Eklund-Leen, Antioch College|
|1992-93||Jamie Mathews-Mead, Franklin University|
|1990-91||Joel Rudy, Ohio University|
|1989-90||Becky Smith, Otterbein University|
|1988-89||Joanne Risacher, Wright State University|
|1987-88||Robert Gatti, Otterbein University|
|1985-86||Jack Fahey, Youngstown State University|
|1984-85||Scott Howard, Ohio University-Ironton|
|1983-84||Dr. Walter Gilliard, The University of Dayton|
The Innovative Program Award is presented annually by OCPA to a student affairs professional who has initiated a new program or unique approach to a college policy, program, or problem. Through this award, OCPA recognizes innovative and effective approaches directed towards meeting the changing needs of students on the campus and the applicability of these approaches to other campuses.
The selection criteria for the Innovative Program Award are as follows:
- Addresses a challenging situation and/or specific campus concern or need.
- Provides an explanation of how the program or policy addressed the identified concern or need.
- Provides a description of how the policy or program could be implemented on other campuses.
|2018-19||Oh-Wooo Program, Ohio Wesleyan University|
|2017-18||Weaver Wednesday, Kenyon College|
|2016-17||The Productivity Circle, Denison University|
|2015-16||Wellness Coaching, The Ohio State University|
|2014-15||Urbana University Student Conduct Process, Urbana University|
|2013-14||Open Doors Program, The Ohio State University|
|2011-12||The Women's Circle at The Ohio State University|
|2007-08||Extreme Makeover, Ashland University|
|2005-06||FOCUS Center, Cleveland State University|
|2004-05||"Imagine 2004" Conference, Kent State University|
|2003-04||The New Diversity Initiative, Baldwin Wallace University|
|2002-03||First Year Challenge, Cleveland State University|
|2001-02||Greek Leadership Conference, Capital University|
|2000-01||Greek Value Society, Miami University|
|1999-00||Talkin’ in the Halls, Ashland University|
|1998-99||Welcome to CSU Week, Cleveland State University|
|1996-97||Residence Life Assistants, Ashland University|
Problems in Contemporary Communities:
A New Approach to Linking Services with the Western Curriculum, Scott Markland
|1994-95||University SEEDS Program, Kent State University|
|1993-94||Building a Community of Respect, Ashland University|
|1992-93||Student Ambassador Program, Columbus State University|
|1991-92||S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Students Utilizing Co-Curricular Experiences to Sharpen Skills, Ashland University|
|1990-91||S.P.R.O.U.T., Single Parents Reaching Out for Unassisted Tomorrow’s, Baldwin Wallace College|
|1989-90||Student Affairs Intern Program, Ashland University|
|1988-99||OU-START, Ohio University|
|1987-88||Area Residence Life Conference|
|1986-87||The Wellness Book of Records, Ohio University|
|1985-86||Peter Rea, Baldwin-Wallace College|
|1984-85||Wellness Center, Bowling Green State University|
|1983-84||Maximizing Residence Hall Space, Ashland University|
|1981-82||Steve Miller, Hocking Technical College|
The Equity and Inclusion Award is presented to an individual, campus/community program or service who or which has demonstrated creativity, innovation, and success in making a significant contribution and impact in the area of multicultural understanding and appreciation. The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts addressing cultural diversity issues in higher education.
The selection criteria for the Equity and Inclusion Award are as follows:
- Addresses a specific campus, community or organizational equity and inclusion need or issue.
- Contributes to addressing student and/or campus equity and inclusion need(s) or issue(s).
- Seeks to promote understanding and responsiveness to equity and inclusion issues.
- Encourages student, faculty, staff, alumni and/or community involvement.
- Enhances the appreciation of equity and inclusion as a way of life on the college or university campus.
- Sustains activities and programs that promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness for all students.
|2018-19||Sally Leber, Ohio Wesleyan University|
|2017-18||Diversity 360, Case Western Reserve University|
|2016-17||Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University|
|2015-16||Preferred Name Policy, Ohio University|
|2012-13||Vorley Taylor, The Ohio State University - Newark & COTC|
|2011-12||Dafina Lazarus Stewart, Bowling Green State University|
|2006-07||President Jack Calareso and the President's Task Force on Multiculturalism, Ohio Dominican University|
|2004-05||Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), University of Cincinnati|
|2003-04||The Tunnel of Oppression, Wright State University|
|2001-02||MLK, Jr. Day of Learning, Capitol University|
|1999-00||Friendly Town, Ashland University|
|1997-98||Intro to Student Affairs, Kent State University|
|1996-97||Dr. Rebecca Parker, The Ohio State University|
|1995-96||Indianola After School Project, Otterbein University|
This award is presented annually by OCPA. As graduate students become more actively involved in creating the future direction of Student Affairs, OCPA has committed to recognizing their professional achievements. OCPA presents The Graduate Student of the Year Award in recognition of the dedication and unlimited energies of a full-time Ohio graduate student, masters or doctoral candidate, in the field of student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.
|2018-19||Meghan Gibbons, Kent State University|
|2017-18||Victor Javier Rodriguez, The Ohio State University|
|2016-17||Hannah Bonacci, The Ohio State University|
|2015-16||Hoa Bui, Miami University|
|2014-15||Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University|
|2013-14||Elizabeth Walsh, Miami University|
|2012-13||Meg Gulick, The Ohio State University|
|2011-12||Jennifer Skidmore, The Ohio State University|
|2008-09||Evan Heiser, Kent State University|
|2007-08||Amie Jackson, Kent State University|
|2006-07||Lauren Moran, Bowling Green State University and Baldwin Wallace University|
|2005-06||Rose Ackerman, Bowling Green State University|
|2004-05||Mary Ann Begley, Bowling Green State University|
|2003-04||Jennifer Gilbride-Brown, The Ohio State University|
|2002-03||Janice Gerda, Bowling Green State University|
|2001-02||Kelly Pero, Ashland University|
|2000-01||Leighann Poplaski, The Ohio State University|
|1999-00||Sarah Balas, Bowling Green State University and Ashland University|
|1998-99||Christopher Bragdon, Baldwin Wallace University|
|1996-97||Dawn Gorski, The University of Akron|
|1995-96||Paula Eckard, Ashland University|
|1994-95||Brian Bruess, Ohio University|
|1993-94||Alison Black, Ohio University|
|1992-93||David Riveness, Bowling Green State University|
|1991-92||Laura E. Giles, The Ohio State University|
|1990-91||Carol L. Garbarino, Bowling Green State University|
The Undergraduate Student Leader Award is presented annually by OCPA. This award is presented to an undergraduate student leader who is enrolled in an Ohio higher education institution and has demonstrated leadership, contributed to student affairs on campus, and has a desire to begin a professional career in Student Affairs.
|2018-19||Isis Walker, University of Toledo|
|2017-18||Meera White, Kenyon College|
|2016-17||Leroy Ricksy Jr., The Ohio State University|
|2015-16||Taylor Cayot, Urbana University|
|2014-15||Courtney De Schepper, Baldwin Wallace University|
|2013-14||Haley Young, Otterbein University|
|2012-13||Sarah Graf, The Ohio State University|
|2011-12||Amelia Shaw, Ohio University|
|2008-09||Paul Wojdacz, Baldwin Wallace University|
|2007-08||Molly Ward, Capital University|
|2006-07||Kourtney Kocel, Otterbein University|
|2005-06||Kyle Williams, Otterbein University|
|2004-05||Colette Masterson, Otterbein University|
|2003-04||Kelly Naples, Baldwin Wallace University|
|2002-03||Missy Mordarski, Baldwin Wallace University|
|2001-02||Sarah Whinnery, Kent State University|
|2000-01||Jose Medina, Ashland University|
|1999-00||Libby Koerner, Ashland University|
Marci Stead, The University of Akron
Shon Christy, The University of Akron
|1995-96||Gregory Gilmore, Miami University|
Kari Johnson, Mt. Saint Joseph College
Stephen Bigley, Kent State University
|1993-94||Donald Giancola, Baldwin Wallace University|
Each year OCPA sponsors a case study competition for graduate students. The current case study competition is structured to allow two-person teams to respond to a common scenario, prepare a presentation of how the situation could be addressed, and present the response to a panel of judges during the annual conference. Winners are announced at the annual conference awards ceremony. The process is coordinated by the OCPA Graduate Student Member-at-Large.
|2017-18||Kirby Bell, Kent State University & Courtney Harris, Bowling Green State University|
|2016-17||Taylor Ridenour & Katie McGrath, Wright State University|
|2015-16||Kate Bumhoffer & Lindsey Steller, Wright State University|
|2013-14||Amy Corron & Kevin Friedman, Miami University|
|2012-13||Sarah Hyde & Jejuana Brown, Cleveland State University|
|2006-07||Amie Jackson & Christina Mastrangelo, Kent State University|
|2005-06||Leslie Hahn, Miami University & Regan Ellis, Florida State University|
|2004-05||LeAnn Starlin & Brittney Black, Kent State University|
|2003-04||Betsy Bishop & Amanda Gage, Bowling Green State University|
|2001-02||Jodi Gill & Miriam Williams with assistance from Conni Dubick, Kent State University|
|2000-01||Arlene Hill & Scott Christopherson, Bowling Green Sate University|
|1999-00||Kim Simon & Ryan Poirier, The Ohio State University|
The Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award is presented annually by OCPA to encourage original, rigorous, and well-respected research manuscripts, evaluations of promising best practices endeavors, and theory grounded assessment reports of innovative initiatives. The ultimate goal is disseminating knowledge about programs and research studies that are making a difference in student affairs practice through research manuscripts, assessment manuscripts of best practices, position manuscripts on current topics in higher education, or graduate student research manuscripts. As the award is also intended to encourage original work, the manuscript need not be complete to be considered for the award.
The successful Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award nominee will be announced at the OCPA Annual Conference in January. To formally present the award, OCPA will require the nominee to submit the complete manuscript to be considered for publication in the Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education by June 30th (email email@example.com with questions about meeting this timeline). Upon successful submission, the nominee will be formally named a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award and may collect the $500 monetary prize included with the award.
The selection criteria for the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award are as follows:
- Current graduate student, masters or doctoral candidate, or practitioner, in the field of student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.
- Proposed manuscript will disseminate knowledge about programs and research studies that are making a difference in student affairs practice, especially those that would engage the readers in practical and methodological extensions that would transform institutions, inspire colleagues, and engage campus beyond the traditional boundaries of the student affairs profession.
|2015-16||Laura Gentner, University of Dayton|