PSU Student Wins ‘Catch A Rising Star’ Award

November 13th, 2007 by Adam

A Plymouth State University senior with an impressive record in student affairs has won the Catch A Rising Star award from the National Association of Students Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Sara Noyes of Bow, N.H., a senior majoring in business management, serves as general manager of the student radio station WPCR, as a community advisor in PSU’s student apartments, vice president of annual themes on Programming Activities in a Campus Environment (PACE) and as secretary of Spring Fling.

Noyes views the award as a springboard for furthering her life goals. “It’s an area I d like to go into after college and knowing that I excel in that area gives me confidence in pursuing a master’s degree in higher education,” said Noyes.

To be eligible for the award, a student must excel in academics, make significant contributions
to their home campus, exceed the expectations of their leadership position and plan a career in student affairs. NASPA limits the award to one student per state, per year.

“I can’t think of a better recipient for the award,” said PSU Student Activities Assistant Director Rodney Ekstrom. “It recognizes she’s taken advantage of every opportunity before her, both co-curricular and within her academic coursework. What she learns from her academic courses she applies to her organizations, and vice versa, so I think that speaks well of her.”

“It’s a very special award, and I know PSU has been a great place for me to grow and learn,” said Noyes. “I like being a big fish in small pond; it’s nice to be at a smaller school because there are more opportunities, it’s been really nice to have all of these experiences.”

NASPA has 11,000 members on 1,400 campuses in 29 countries.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or