The Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award

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 awards@myocpa.org 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.

Past Recipients 

2016-17 Not Awarded

2015-16 Laura Gentner, University of Dayton

Dr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition

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. 

Past Recipients 

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

2007-12 Not Awarded

2006-07 Amie Jackson & Christina Mastrangelo, Kent State University

2005-06 Leslie Hahn, Miami University & Reagan Ellis, Florida State University

2004-05 LeAnn Starlin & Brittney Black, Kent State University

2003-04 Betsy Bishop & Amanda Gage, Bowling Green State University

2002-03 Not Awarded

2001-02 Jodi Gill & Miriam Williams with assistance from Conni Dubick, Kent State University

2000-01 Arlene Hill & Scott Christopherson, Bowling Green State University

1999-00 Kim Simon & Ryan Poirier, The Ohio State University

1998-99 Not Awarded

Robert F. Rodgers Graduate Student of the Year

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.


Past Recipients
 

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

2009-11 Not Awarded

2008-09 Evan Heiser, Kent State University

2007-08 Amie Jackson, Kent State University

2006-07 Lauren Moran, BGSU 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

1997-98 Not Awarded

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

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.


Past Recipients
 

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

2009-11 Not Awarded

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

1998-99 Marci Stead, The University of Akron

1998-99 Shon Christy, The University of Akron

1995-98 Not Awarded

1995-96 Gregory Gilmore, Miami University

1994-95 Kari Johnson, Mt. Saint Joseph College

1994-95 Stephen Bigley, Kent State University

1993-94 Donald Giancola, Baldwin Wallace University

The Equity & Inclusion Award

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.

Past Recipients

2016-17 Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University

2015-16 Preferred Name Policy, Ohio University

2013-15 Not Awarded

2012-13 Vorley Taylor, The Ohio State University - Newark & COTC

2011-12 Dafina Lazarus Stewart, Bowling Green State University

2007-11 Not Awarded

2006-07 President Jack Calareso and the President's Task Force on Multiculturalism, Ohio Dominican University

2005-06 Not Awarded

2004-05 Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), University of Cincinnati

2003-04 The Tunnel of Oppression, Wright State University

2002-03 Not Awarded

2001-02 MLK, Jr. Day of Learning, Capitol University
2000-01 Not Awarded

1999-00 Friendly Town, Ashland University
1998-99 Not Awarded

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