Nov. 3, 2017
Six students from Saint Vincent College traveled to Buffalo, New York, for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-Atlantic Conference from Oct. 19 to 22, where they presented an educational session and received four awards. These include the Spirit Award, awarded for dedication, participation, volunteering and overall engagement during the conference; the Social Media Award for most creative use of social media, awarded for SVC’s The Voice Snapchat filters; the Staff Design Award, awarded for their semester calendar poster designed by Saint Vincent College Art Director George Fetkovich; and the Outstanding Program Series Award for SVC’s The Voice. This was the first time that the Outstanding Program Series Award was offered at NACA Mid-Atlantic, and was judged by the NACA Board based on composition, creativity, budget and attendance.
Saint Vincent students attending the NACA Mid-Atlantic conference include: Activities Programming Board chairperson Caroline Colcombe, a senior psychology education major from Greensburg, and team leaders Michael DeSantis, a junior communication major from Pittsburgh (15241); Sarah O’Callaghan, a sophomore early childhood education major from Columbia, Maryland; Lukas Goehring, a sophomore finance major from Beaver Falls; and Jason Walko, a sophomore marketing major from Smithton. Also joining them was lead orientation director Luke Good, a senior marketing major from Pittsburgh (15236). The students traveled under the direction of Deanna Wicks, assistant director of campus life, and graduate assistant Victoria Dean.
Saint Vincent’s educational session Rooted In Relaxation: Self-Care for the Student Leader, presented by the APB students, attracted more than 50 conference attendees, making it one of the most well-attended educational sessions.
“It’s a huge honor to be from a small college in Pennsylvania, and be able to present at this conference,” said APB chairperson Caroline Colcombe. “We were one of the smallest schools in attendance, and we were still able to make a big impact.”
The Saint Vincent students shared real-life examples with the crowd to help them develop their own self-care and time management techniques. After the presentation, the SVC students invited attendees to create self-care kits and share their favorite stress-reducing activities with other schools.
“We were happy to share our experience and knowledge,” said Colcombe, “and we gained lots of information from the other students as well!”
Students from colleges in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Ontario attended the NACA Mid-Atlantic conference, a convention that allows students on college programming boards to network with entertainers such as magicians, illusionists, singers, bands, spoken-word poets and many other kinds of entertainment service providers. Students at the conference have the opportunity to talk with entertainers at the campus activities marketplace, watch performance showcases and attend educational sessions that help to grow and develop leadership skills.
Photo: Saint Vincent Students took home four awards at this year’s NACA Mid-Atlantic Conference. Left to right: Sarah O’Callaghan, Lukas Goehring, Jason Walko, Michael DeSantis, Caroline Colcombe and Luke Good.
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