Student Author Contest

NACAS is committed to enriching the campus experience so students can learn and grow. Through the Student Author Contest, NACAS encourages students to reflect on the college/university issues that they consider to be the most important. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the Association and reflect on the impact of auxiliary services on their campuses. The NACAS Communication Services Committee will read each article and then select three contest winners. The winning articles will receive a CASH PRIZE and will be published in College Services magazine and the monthly newsletter.

Students are asked to address the following topic in their essays:

“What organizations and companies has your school partnered with across campus to have a positive impact on the community? How have these partnerships positively impacted your college experience?”

Examples of Partnerships on a college campus

  • Georgia College
    • Athletics Department (through NCAA Division 2) participates in Make a Wish Foundation fundraising. This past year, Georgia College, a relatively small school, ranked #10 (nationally) in funds raised.
    • The GIVE Center coordinates students’ volunteer efforts. The center has coordinated more than 13,000 student volunteers who have donated more than 685K hours, providing a positive impact to the local community of $15M.
  • Georgia Tech
    • Student Center partnered with dining provider, Sodexo, to do a Farmer’s Market on campus. Georgia Tech is in the 4th year of offering a weekly farmer’s market in the center of campus during Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Fun fact: Georgia Tech was able to fill a retail vacancy in the building by offering it to one of their most popular vendors from the Farmer’s Market, Blue Donkey Coffee. Last Fall they opened their very first, brick and mortar, location right in the Student Center.
  • Arizona State University
    • ASU students partnered with ASU Housing and ASU Zero Waste to establish Pitchfork Pantry, an organization that provides food for students in need.

Submit Your Article

Interested? Here is what you need to know.

Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words

Topic: “What organizations and companies has your school partnered with across campus to have a positive impact on the community? How have these partnerships positively impacted your college experience?”

Requirements: Entry has to include at least one photo of the subject matter and one photo of the author.

Deadline: April 10, 2017

Prize: A grand prize winner who will be awarded $1,000 and have their article published in the College Services magazine, a second place winner who will be awarded $600 and have their article published in the College Services Monthly, and a third place winner who will be awarded $400 and have their article published in the College Services Monthly. All prizes are courtesy of the NACAS Education Foundation.

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Meet the 2016 contest winners.

GRAND PRIZE
Alex Slaymaker
Arizona State University
SECOND PLACE
Sustainability Stewards
North Carolina State University
THIRD PLACE
Gabriela Contreras
University of Houston

Thank you to our sponsor!

NACAS Education Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NACAS?

NACAS is the largest auxiliary services support organization serving higher education. Our membership includes colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.

NACAS is committed to enriching the campus experience by offering extensive opportunities for members to share ideas, develop business solutions, enhance programs and revenues, and develop meaningful professional relationships.

Founded in 1969 as the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, NACAS is the one stop connection for information, insight and opportunity. Learn more

What is College Services?

College Services is the quarterly magazine serving the NACAS membership. It is published Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter and serves to enhance and add synergy to the connections between our members. Learn more

What are Auxiliary Services?

Also known as “Ancillary” or “Non-Academic Campus Support Services,” these services may include any of the following; see list below. If you have any questions about what constitutes Auxiliary Services on your campus, check your institution’s directory, contact your provost office or e-mail info@nacas.org, and we will put you in touch with one of the NACAS representatives on your campus.

Examples of Auxiliary Services:

Bookstore, Card Systems, Child Care, Communications, Concessions, Conferences, e-Commerce, Facility Management, Food Service, Housing, Laundry, Mail Services Parking, Physical Plant, Printing Services, Purchasing, Retail, Recreation Services, Security, Student Union, Technology, Transportation, Vending, and many others!

Past Winners

Year Award Name Institution
2016 Grand Alex Slaymaker Arizona State University
2016 Second Waste Reduction Committee North Carolina State University
2016 Third Gabriela Contreras University of Houston
2015 Grand Jillian Reichel University of Albany
2015 Second Katie Reese Miami University
2015 Third Emma Friedland University of Colorado Boulder
2014 Grand Laura Green Sonoma State Univ. – Sonoma State Enterprises
2014 Second Ruth Soler Auburn University at Montgomery
2014 Third Nora Harris Clemson University
2013 Grand Loic Assombo Boston College
2013 Second Imani Whitfield University at Albany
2013 Third Victoria Karlek UNC – Charlotte

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