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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students and faculty recently received awards at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Northern Plains regional conference for their dedication and commitment to student activities and other campus programming events.

The Northern Plains regional conference was held April 15-17 and boasted nearly 800 students in attendance. The conference offered educational sessions on current trends; leadership development; and recruitment to schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northern Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. All students in attendance had the opportunity to sample performances of musicians, comedians, poets, magicians and other campus entertainment. Conference attendees also had the opportunity to meet and work with agents and other schools to book these entertainers at a discounted rate.

Chelsea Redger, adviser for Reeve Union Board and showcase production coordinator for the regional conference committee, represented UW Oshkosh well, receiving the Outstanding New Professional Award. The award is presented once a year to an individual that is involved with NACA, has made a positive impact on their own campus, and has been in their position for at least one calendar year but no more than five.

“NACA is a wonderful association that contributes so much to the area of student involvement and activities,” Redger said. “I have had the awesome opportunity to be involved with the regional conference committee, and it was an unexpected honor to win this award.”

Tyler Goss, a graphic design artist for Reeve Memorial Union, won an award for his work on a logo for Bye Gosh Fest, an end-of-the-year outdoor celebration event held the week before final exams. Goss received an honorable mention in the Multi Color Design for Paid Personnel category.  There were over 100 pieces submitted and the results were voted on at the Northern Plains conference.

“I feel it’s a pretty sweet accomplishment,” Goss said. “It’s an honor to be recognized among so many high-caliber applicants across the region.”

The third and final conference award presented to UW Oshkosh went to the Reeve Union Board for Outstanding Series Programming for their work on the Local Live Music nights.

Other NACA awards included a National Convention Outstanding Service Citation presented to Mike Lueder, program adviser for volunteerism and late night programs. Lueder also served on the NACA Regional Conference Committee.

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