APB Nets Major Awards at Regional Conference

by Public Relations | Oct 24, 2019
 APB Leadership Team


LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College Activities Programming Board (APB) picked up a host of honors at the 2019 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-Atlantic Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in Buffalo, New York.

For the second consecutive year, Saint Vincent College earned one of the association’s top regional honors, being named the Mid-Atlantic’s Outstanding Programming Board. This award is presented to a programming board that has excelled over the past year, with special attention paid to student participation on the board and in events. Other criteria include the organization’s goals, planning and preparation, publicity, promotion and campus support. Saint Vincent is now the first school to win the honor in back-to-back years.

“Our APB leaders work hard on behalf of our students, and it’s great to see their creativity, enthusiasm and tireless efforts recognized. Our director of campus and multicultural student life Deanna Wicks does an excellent job of forming them as leaders and helping them provide these engaging and award-winning student activities,” noted vice president for student affairs Mary Collins.

Saint Vincent’s APB was also recognized for its Spring Cotillion, which was named the NACA’s Mid-Atlantic Outstanding Social Program. This award is presented to college programs that demonstrate creativity and innovation and appeal to diverse bodies of students. Consideration is based on effective use of available resources, effectiveness of program with relation to its stated goals, effective evaluation of the program and evidence of an effort to encourage, promote and market the program to the student population. 

Individually, Colleen Colcombe, a junior liberal arts major from Greensburg, was given the Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes an undergraduate student who has made positive contributions to student activities on their campus.

Anna Borges, Saint Vincent College graduate coordinator of student activities, was named the NACA Outstanding Graduate Assistant, which honors a graduate student who demonstrates commitment to both his or her current position and graduate education.

Additionally, Victoria Dean, former SVC graduate coordinator of student activities (2016-18) and currently the associate director for leadership and engagement at Saint Peter’s University, was honored with the Outstanding New Professional Award.

The three-day conference also featured a number of educational sessions for the attendees, including a presentation by Borges, Dean and Wicks on SVC’s longstanding and popular mystery trip program.

Wicks, Borges and Colcombe, who serves as chair of the Saint Vincent APB, were joined at the conference by the APB team leaders, including Alex Grobstein, a senior finance major from North Huntingdon; Briana Huff, a sophomore music major from Phillipsburg, New Jersey; Olivia Lewis, a junior math major from Latrobe; Kristofer Smith, a sophomore engineering major from Freeport, Bahamas, and Lynn-Marie Vaughan, a junior computer science major from Beltsville, Maryland.

The Mid-Atlantic Region (Region 8) is the NACA’s largest region and is comprised of institutions from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Ontario.

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PHOTO: The Saint Vincent APB leadership team at the NACA Region 8 Conference in Buffalo, New York. From left to right – Briana Huff, Lynn-Marie Vaughan, Alex Grobstein, Colleen Colcombe, Kristofer Smith and Olivia Lewis.

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