MWCC Associate Dean of Students Gregory Clement has received the 2014 Frank Harris Outstanding Student Government Advisor Award. Presented by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the award recognizes individuals who have the commitment to challenge and advise student government associations.
The annual award honors NACA’s first chair of the Board of Directors, Frank Harris, who advised student government associations throughout his professional tenure until his retirement in 1997.
During the ceremony, held Feb. 17 in Boston, Clement was recognized for going “above and beyond his role as advisor in order to help students succeed. With his charismatic personality and the ability to reach out to students, there has been a significant increase in student government interest” at the college.
“A heartfelt thank you to all the students I have had the opportunity to work with over the past 10 years here at Mount Wachusett Community College,” Clement said. “It is a true gift to be able to be a part of your college and leadership experience. Thank you to SGA President Kathy Matson, past SGA President Isaac Matson and Professor Candace Shivers, faculty liaison to the SGA, for nominating me for this prestigious national award and educating a national audience that community colleges across the country produce amazing student leaders. Mount Wachusett Community College is a prime example.”
The award has been presented since 1999, predominantly to staff membes at four-year institutions, including Tulane University, Arizona State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, University of Delaware, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of South Carolina. Clement is one of two recipients representing community colleges.
The recipient is selected by a committee and must meet the following criteria: works closely with student governments; displays genuine support and regard for students and their issues; viewed by his/her colleagues as an educator; possesses an extraordinary impact on student lives and has earned their respect; and is currently employed for at least nine months as an advisor to a student government association at an NACA member institution. The nomination also required a letter of support from the Student Government Association, a former student, and a staff member.
Established in 1960 to help increase the buying power of campus programming dollars, NACA now has more than 950 college and university members and over 500 associate members who represent artists, lecturers and performers. The organization offers a wide variety of events, educational institutes, publications and networking opportunities for colleges and universities across the country. The association’s programs focus on program planning, risk management, multicultural education, concert management, student and professional leadership development, student government and more. Through its website, NACA also provides students and professional staff with a number of online programming and professional development tools. Learn more at www.naca.org.