ATU Wins Multiple NASPA Region IV-West Awards

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Arkansas Tech University earned seven NASPA Region IV-West awards in recognition of achievements and progress during the 2021 calendar year.

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Laura Palmer, coordinator of marketing and assignments in the ATU Department of Residence Life, was named NASPA Region IV-West outstanding new professional.

Rachel Broussard, coordinator of events management in the ATU Department of Campus Life, earned the NASPA Region IV-West rising star new professional award. ATU’s Abbygayle Riff (graduate student) and Whitney McQuiston (undergraduate student) earned corresponding rising star awards for their roles at Arkansas Tech.

Kaitlynn Beaird, who worked in graduate and international recruitment at ATU from May 2020-November 2021, received the NASPA Region IV-West Campus Based Literature/Research award. Beaird’s research project was entitled “Selling Sisterhood: (Re)Viewing White Soroity Women’s Self-Portrayals in Recruitment Videos.”

ATU also won the NASPA Region IV-West Campus-Based Publication award and the NASPA Region IV-West Campus-Based Video/Computer Software award.

The publication award was based upon ATU’s viewbook, which was produced by ATU University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM) under the leadership of Carrie Phillips.

The video/computer software award is in recognition of “ATU Live!” The weekly YouTube talk show is produced by the ATU Department of Residence Life, which is led by Dr. Delton Gordon, associate dean for residence life.

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