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.