The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators has awarded the Student Money Management Center with a 2007 Gold Excellence Award.
Each year, NASPA recognizes only nine student affairs programs across the country for their innovative and effective services. NASPA awards individual honors in each of nine categories and the SMMC received a Gold Award in the Administration category.
"It is a great privilege to be recognized with this award for the center which has built a reputation of excellence and innovation in teaching students the skills they need to manage money successfully, during and beyond their university experience," says Paul F. Goebel, center director.
The Student Money Management Center, an outreach program administered by the Division of Student Development, began as a vision of Bonita Jacobs, vice president for student development, in 2005. The center provides tools and solutions students need to achieve financial freedom and is dedicated to bringing financial literacy to students.
It was at Jacobs' recommendation that the center staff consider entering into the formal nomination process that took place in December. The process involved a narrative written by the center staff that addressed the award criteria, as well as three individual letters recognizing the center's work.
The written narrative included information about the positive impact the center's programs have on student learning, the success of the center's relevance to the UNT mission, examples of specific student successes and evidence of collaboration with student and academic affairs.
In addition to the narrative, the nomination included three letters of support. Jacobs provided a letter of support on behalf of the Division of Student Development. Dianne Markley, director of UNT's Cooperative Education and Internships Program, provided a testimonial for the collaboration with Academic Affairs. The final letter was provided by Deb Taylor, education specialist for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc. of North Central Texas, a community-based program partner.
NASPA will hold an award ceremony in conjunction with their national conference in April, where the nine Gold Award winners will be recognized for their accomplishments. Out of the nine presenting, three will be awarded medals as the Grand Gold, Silver, and Bronze, to be decided by an independent group of judges from NASPA.
NASPA, a group of student affairs administrators in higher education, is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice and affirms the commitment of student affairs to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. With more than 11,000 members at 1,200 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate students.
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