2022 Collegiate Recognition Program Award Recipients

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The NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Professional Achievement Awards and the Chapter of Excellence Award recipients. These individuals and chapters have worked tirelessly to advance the field of music education, and we applaud their efforts.

2022 Professional Achievement Award Recipients:

The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual NAfME Collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to Collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner.

  • Hannah Combs, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Hannah is described as an inquisitive student, leader, and educator. As President of the Oakland University (OU) NAfME Collegiate chapter, Hannah has organized and facilitated multiple professional development opportunities for member of the OU NAfME chapter. Hannah presented at the Michigan Music Conference and served as the Michigan Social Media State Chair. Hannah’s recommendation letter states that Hannah is “a powerful force of change and progress in music education . . . She will represent the core values of NAfME as she graduates and joins our profession as a colleague.”
  • Amanda Herold, Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Amanda is a passionate, thoughtful educator committed to bringing a meaningful music making experience to students. In addition to being the leader of the Collegiate NAfME Chapter for the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Amanda served as Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educator Associate President. Amanda worked to organize networking and professional development opportunities for students across the commonwealth.
  • Aida Soria, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska. Aida’s leadership has been evident from her beginning at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) School of Music and Collegiate NAfME Chapter. During her freshman year, Aida volunteered to serve as secretary to fill the open position in leadership. In May 2020, Aida worked with chapter officers to create weekly events that would facilitate social interaction between the students and faculty throughout the pandemic. Among other accomplishments, Aida serves on the Nebraska Music Education Association.
  • Kelsey Zetzl, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. As an active member of the Butler NAfME Collegiate Chapter, Kelsey has served in a variety of roles. In 2020, Kelsey began her term as the chapter’s President. During Kelsey’s leadership term, the chapter hosted several social activities throughout the summer of 2020 to keep students socially connected and engaged. In addition to social events, Kelsey coordinated professional development sessions for students. Throughout her leadership, Kelsey is described as a servant leader who has a strong commitment to help others.

2022 Chapter of Excellence Award Recipients:

The Chapter of Excellence Recognition program was developed to encourage chapters to plan and execute successful chapter music programs, professional development projects, recruitment techniques, advocacy, and service projects. Recognition of excellent projects is conferred annually and is based on activities completed by the chapter during the last year. Chapters are evaluated on participation, commitment, creativity, impact, organization, uniqueness, and visibility.

In Recognition of Service Projects:

  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Central Michigan University’s NAfME Collegiate chapter raised funds to be distributed among small school districts in the Mount Pleasant region of Michigan to support music education. The chapter continued its service to Mount Pleasant and the surrounding area by hosting a mock Solo and Ensemble event for high school students in preparation for the regional Solo and Ensemble event. The chapter also refurbished discarded Orff instruments and donated them to local school music programs.
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. In Spring 2022, Florida State University hosted a Pre-MPA opportunity for the middle and high schools in Leon County, Florida. With nearly 50 volunteers, students organized and oversaw the two-day event, which included feedback for participating ensembles.
  • University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky. As a year-long service project, the NAfME chapter for the University of the Cumberlands provided professional development sessions and support to the local music education community. Activities throughout the year included social activities for collegiate music students and professional development opportunities for students and educators.

In Recognition of Professional Development:

  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Ball State University’s NAfME Collegiate Chapter sought to increase access for its members to the Indiana Music Education Association professional development conference. They created a fundraiser that resulted in offsetting the cost of taking the entire chapter. Chapter leaders collaborated with the school of music and the Muncie community to secure a bus for transportation of the chapter members. Their work increased the chapter’s participation in the state professional development conference by fifty percent. The project provided members with access to professional development, and opportunities to network with educators and strengthen their connections with the Ball State School of Music, its alumni, and the Muncie community.
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers University NAfME Collegiate Chapter worked to broaden the career and professional preparation of its members over the past year. Chapter professional sessions were open to members and collegiate members and educators across the state. In addition to engaging collegiate members, the chapter collaborated with other student organizations on campus to build relationships across professions.  
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska. Plans for reengaging the NAfME Collegiate Chapter at the University of Nebraska-Omaha were rooted in providing meaningful professional development opportunities for members and students in the school. Chapter leaders used the voices and needs of its members to design yearlong professional development sessions that covered a variety of topics. Members participated in sessions that included vocal health for teachers, professional attire and resume development, as well as a variety of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access sessions.
  • University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia. “Contra Flow,” a professional development series focused on the Appalachian styled fiddle folk music and dancing, was the University of North Georgia NAfME Collegiate Chapter’s project. Chapter members and leaders collaborated with professional contra dance musicians and callers to provide professional development for students, chapter members and educators. The chapter was also selected to present a session for the Georgia Music Educators Association’s state professional development conference. All members were involved in the presentation of the professional development session.

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