Awards

Each year at the National IMPACT Conference, we will honor those individuals and programs whose efforts and contributions have fulfilled the mission and vision of our organization and the communities in which they serve through their outstanding work. Please nominate colleagues and/or programs which fit the following categories:

John Sarvey Administrator of the Year Award

This award honors the life and work of one of the National IMPACT Conference’s early founders, John Sarvey. The award recipient exemplifies a commitment to the mission and values of the Impact Conference through significant, continued, and unselfish service and leadership. An ideal candidate’s efforts would benefit college students, professionals in the field and community members.

2016 John Sarvey Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Neia Gardner

Neia has been a long standing partner of the IMPACT National Conference through her work with Oxfam America.  However, her work with college students and administrators reaches far beyond her role there.  Neia is someone who connects easily with those she serves and she has served as a mentor for social action and advocacy for many, many years.

Student of the Year

This award is designed for a current undergraduate student who exemplifies a commitment to the mission and values of the Impact Conference through significant, continued, and unselfish service and leadership.

2016 Student of the Year Award Winners: Briana Sweeney and Nicole Hanto

Sweeney and Hanto lead The Human Trafficking Abolitionists (HTA) program at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.

Service Program of the Year

This award recognizes a campus based program which models student-led direct community service that has in some way contributed to making their campus and communities a better place for everyone.
2016 Service Program of the Year: Southern New Hampshire University

2016 Service Program of the Year: Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University is recognized for their work with the Outreach Association. Among other programs, The Outreach Association has recently seen a need in their community and worked to meet that need. The Outreach Associate has begun to work with the Culinary Department at Southern New Hampshire University, to make food for children in the Manchester, New Hampshire area. After learning that children who attend the Kids Café, sponsored by the Salvation Army in Manchester, NH, are fed after school, but not on weekends and holidays, the group decided to do something. So, the group reached out to a chef in the culinary department, and began to make foods for the children at Kids Cafe during school breaks. Although this is a fairly new program, it has been very successful and will continue to expand over time.

Action Program of the Year

This award recognizes a campus based program which models student-led direct action work which has in some way contributed to making their campus and communities a better place for everyone.

2016 Action Program of the Year: Iowa State University

Using a web-based tool called GivePulse, the group from Iowa has established an infrastructure to resolve the complex issue of tracking service and volunteering, while also overcoming other common barriers to volunteering and service learning. They successfully piloted the use of GivePulse with ISU courses, community partners, and now ISU student clubs and organizations and the ISU Greek community. The growth and popularity of the system shows that students and organizations want (and need) tools to facilitate engagement and outreach. They have grown the Iowa State Volunteer Portal (VoPo) from just the team members to over 1,350 Iowa State student members and are now working to provide more opportunities for students interested in contributing to community-based programming.

Advocacy Program of the Year

This award recognizes a campus based program which models student-led advocacy work which has in some way contributed to making their campus and communities a better place for everyone.

2016 Advocacy Program of the Year: University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire is recognized for their work with The Human Trafficking Abolitionists (HTA). From its conception HTA has brought together passionate student activists motivated to take action. The HTA’s mission is to raise awareness about human trafficking on our campus and in our community. Over the years the HTA has educated its members, its campus, and the community about human trafficking and other human rights abuses. They have mobilized members through empowerment to reach out to the community and use resources available to them to create change.

Nominations

To submit your nominations for the next conference, send a letter and any supporting documentation to awards@impactconference.org.

The deadline to submit nominations for 2017 will be announced in the fall of 2016.

You may nominate yourself and your programs and/or another individual and their programs. Nomination letters should include: the nominee’s name, telephone number and email address; an outline of the person or program’s contributions based on the criteria for the award; and any additional materials to support the nomination. If nominating yourself, please include a letter(s) of support. Nominees may be contacted for additional information. Award winners will be notified so they can make plans to attend the conference.