Topeka, Kan. – The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has recognized Washburn University senior Paul Mismaque as the Outstanding Peer Education Student for 2018-2019. James Barraclough, director of undergraduate initiatives for the Washburn University Center for Student Success and Retention, and lecturer, received the award for Outstanding Advisor for 2018-2019. NASPA presented the awards during the Meeting of the Minds conference Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Kansas City.
NASPA honored Mismaque and Barraclough from among other outstanding programs and people from colleges and universities in the Midwest (also known as Region IV). NASPA gives the Outstanding Peer Education Student to a student peer educator who has shown commitment to their peer education group, excelled in leadership roles, maintained academic success and sought involvement in other campus activities. The Outstanding Peer Education Advisor award is for an advisor who has shown commitment to their peer education group, leadership in health and wellness, positive role modeling, and has brought unique perspective/talents to their role as an advisor. These awards symbolize recognition of the important contributions made by peer educators and their advisors across the Midwest.
"I am incredibly proud of James and his leadership efforts to promote student success in the Washburn community and beyond," said Dr. Alan Bearman, dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention.
Washburn University created the Center for Student Success and Retention (CSSR) in 2011 to better support the successful transition of students into and through their first-year of studies. Retaining students into the second year is the crucial step in setting them on a path towards on-time graduation. At Washburn University, the faculty and staff are committed to helping students pursue and accomplish their educational goals.
“I am honored to receive this recognition, I feel this acknowledges the efforts of everyone with the Washburn University Center for Student Success and Retention,” said Barraclough. “We are truly doing what we are passionate about - working with and advocating on behalf of our students.”
Meeting of the Minds is an annual regional prevention and health education conference for college and university peer educators, their advisors, administrators, and campus and community law enforcement in the Midwest. In 2018, all campuses within the NASPA Region IV (Midwest) were eligible to nominate their peer educators, programs, and advisors for the Region IV BACCHUS Peer Education Awards.
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