IUPUI honored for outstanding achievement in student engagement

November 7, 2016

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis earned two awards at the 2016 National Association for Campus Activities Mid America Conference. The Student Activities Programming Board was honored as the programming organization of the year, and senior Kendal Lang was named outstanding undergraduate student leader.

The NACA award for programming organization of the year recognizes the most outstanding programming board in its Mid America region, encompassing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, particularly in areas of fostering student participation on the board and in events. Nominees must demonstrate superior accomplishment in overcoming challenges to the board's programming; creative promotion of its programming to its student audiences; and effective use of financial, human and logistical campus resources.

The IUPUI Student Activities Programming Board was recognized in part for its success with its new 29-point plan designed to transform itself and the landscape of student programming at IUPUI. Through its first year with the plan, the board accomplished 17 of its 29 points.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the board hosted 54 events drawing nearly 6,000 unique students, an attendance increase of better than 40 percent. The board also showed key improvement in all areas of measured learning outcomes, which helped to advance the Division of Student Affairs' Principles of Co-curricular Learning and further demonstrated the importance of co-curricular activities in students' overall development.

The NACA award for outstanding undergraduate student leader recognizes an undergraduate from a two- or four-year institution who has made substantial contributions to the organization's Mid America Region as well as to his or her individual campus while maintaining his or her responsibilities within the programming board.

Lang received the award as the Student Activities Programming Board's vice president of membership. Under her leadership, the number of members grew to 75, marking a 114 percent increase. The programming board also reported an 85 percent member-retention rate.

Lang combines her leadership experience on the board with her academic studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The senior currently works in the Alzheimer's and dementia wing at Brookdale Senior Living in Carmel, where she plans and leads activities for both groups and individual patients.

The NACA honors are the second and third awarded in the last month to groups housed within the IUPUI Division of Student AffairsLeadership Development and Civic Engagement also received the Outstanding Collaborative Program Award at the Association of College Unions International Region IV Conference.

The office was recognized for its political engagement programs, which brought together the Center for Service and Learning, the Office of Government Relations and the local election board to provide fair, informative and learning-based voter education to the campus community.

About the Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn skills and competencies that impact their success in and out of the classroom. It provides quality co-curricular programs and services that facilitate intellectual growth and personal development, creating pathways to success for all students. Units within the Division of Student Affairs include the Campus Center and Student Experiences, Campus Recreation, Counseling and Psychological Services, Educational Partnerships and Student Success, Health and Wellness Promotion, Housing and Residence Life, Student Advocacy and Support, Student Health Services, and Student Conduct.

About the National Association for Campus Activities

The National Association for Campus Activities is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life. It provides its members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more. Its school and associate members also have access to one of the largest campus activities networking and talent-buying resources in the country. With the assistance of Fluent, its exclusive marketing partner, NACA is able to provide members with additional resources, including internship, educational and networking opportunities.