Providing a helping hand to students, staff and faculty has earned Rodney Ekstrom, Assistant Director for Student Activities in the HUB, the Richard F. Stevens ‘Outstanding New Professional’ award for the state of NH. The award is given by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). As a statewide winner, Ekstrom is now eligible for consideration for the regional ‘New Professional’ award, which will be announced at the fall conference banquet in early November.
Ekstrom has worked at Plymouth State University for three years as assistant director of student activities in the Hartman Union Building (HUB), and previously served as graduate assistant in the HUB for two years. Ekstrom’s responsibilities include co-advising 80 student organizations and helping plan campus-wide events such as Homecoming and Spring Fling.
Terry Potter of the Hartman Union Building nominated Ekstrom for the award.
“Rodney isn’t just an outstanding new professional, he’s one of the best professionals I’ve had the honor of working with on this campus,” said Potter. “He’s highly regarded by our students; he’s initiated creative collaborations with faculty in a variety of departments on social and cultural programming, and he plays an active role in both our own department and in committees on campus. He’s a natural leader.”
“PSU brings out the best in me, the people on this campus are very supportive and that’s contributed to my professional development. I am very proud of this award, not only for myself, but for the institution, too,” Ekstrom said.
Recipients of the Richard Stevens Outstanding New Professional Award must have served four years or less in a full-time position in an institution of higher learning and made significant contributions to the institution.
Ekstrom earned a bachelor’s at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and is pursuing a master’s in education at PSU.
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