The Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award

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.


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.

Past Recipients 

2016-17 Karen Hagans, Ashland University

2015-16 Brandon Mikulski, University of Akron

2014-15 Dr. Roxanne DuVivier, Wright State University

2013-14 Dr. Julie Ann Snyder, Bowling Green State University

2008-13 Not Awarded

2007-08 Dwayne Todd, Columbus College of Art and Design

2006-07 Paul Putnam, Cleveland State University

2003-05 Not Awarded

2002-03 Robin Gagnow, Kent State University

2001-02 Tracy Benner, Otterbein College

1999-2001 Not Awarded

1998-99 Denise Reading, Baldwin Wallace University

1994-98 Not Awarded

1993-94 Dr. Fiona MacKinnon, Bowling Green State University

The Phillip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award

The Phillip 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.

 

Past Recipients

2016-17 Not Awarded

2015-16 Dr. John Messina, University of Akron

2014-15 Not Awarded

2013-14 Dr. Peter Mather, Ohio University

2012-13 John Berry, The Ohio State University - Newark & COTC

2009-12 Not Awarded

2008-09 Dan Abrahamowicz, Wright State University

2006-07 Chuck Rickard, Kent State University

2005-06 Dr. Michael D. Coomes, Bowling Green State University

2004-2005 Not Awarded

2003-04 Dr. Louise A. Douce, The Ohio State University

2002-03 Dr. Nancy Scott, Kent State University

2000-02 Not Awarded

1999-00 Dr. Patrick Love, Kent State University

1998-99 Dr. Robert Dubick, The University of Akron

1995-98 Not Awarded

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

The Gerald L. Saddlemire Mentor Award

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.

Past Recipients

2016-17 Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones, Ohio University

2015-16 Not Awarded

2014-15 Ryan Brechbill, Otterbein University

2013-14 Not Awarded

2012-13 Vicka Bell-Robinson, Miami University

2011-12 Lisa Patterson Phillips, Otterbein University

2010-11 Not Awarded

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

2000-01 Not Awarded

1999-00 Dr. Oscar McKnight, Ashland University

1998-99 Ralph Carapellotti, Baldwin Wallace University

1996-98 Not Awarded

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

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.

Past Recipients

2016-17 Not Awarded

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

2009-11 Not Awarded

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

1997-98 Not Awarded

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

1982-83 Not Awarded

1981-82 Susan Eklund, Sinclair Community College

The OCPA President’s Discretionary Award

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. 


Past Recipients

2016-17 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

2009-13 Not Awarded

2008-09 Kate Lehman Porubcansky, Otterbein College

Erica Lee, The Ohio State University

2007-08 Not Awarded

2006-07 Dr. Janice Gerda, Kent State University

2005-06 Not Awarded

2004-05 Tracy Benner, Otterbein University

1999-2004 Not Awarded

1998-99 Amy Orr, The Ohio State University-Mansfield

1995-98 Not Awarded

1994-95 Robin Gagnow, Ashland University

1993-94 Susan Eklund-Leen, Antioch College

1992-93 Jamie Mathews-Mead, Franklin University

1991-92 Not Awarded

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

1986-87 Not Awarded

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

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.


Past Recipients

2016-17 The Productivity Circle, Denison University

2015-16 Wellness Coaching, The Ohio State University

2014-15 Urbana University Student Conduct Process

2013-14 Open Doors Program, The Ohio State University

2012-13 Not Awarded

2011-12 The Women's Circle at The Ohio State University

2008-11 Not Awarded

2007-08 Extreme Makeover, Ashland University

2006-07 Not Awarded

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

1997-98 Not Awarded

1996-97 Residence Life Assistants, Ashland University

1995-96 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

1982-83 Not Awarded

1981-82 Steve Miller, Hocking Technical College

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

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
 

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
 

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

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

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