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									                                                           News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                Contact:     Kaaryn Sanon, (443) 413-4871
March 10, 2009                                    press@naspa.org

 Vasti Torres Honored with NASPA Award for
  Outstanding Contribution to Literature or
               Research Award
(SEATTLE, Wash.) Vasti Torres was recognized for her outstanding
contribution to student affairs literature and research at the Annual Awards
Luncheon held today as part of the 2009 NASPA Annual Conference in
Seattle, Wash.

In her award nomination letter, Janet E. Walbert, vice president for student
affairs at Arcadia University and former NASPA President, wrote of the great
respect Torres has earned in the field of student affairs, saying, “It is very
clear to me that Dr. Vasti Torres meets the qualifications of this award, but
more importantly, Vasti meets the spirit of this award. Her work as a
practitioner, her excellent work as a scholar, researcher, and author, and her
service to the profession, demonstrate a record of tremendous

Nominees for the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award
must demonstrate professional commitment to student affairs
administration. Their literature and/or research should be applicable to
national use, and is judged by how well student affairs practitioners use it.

Torres is an associate professor of higher education and student affairs at
Indiana University. She is a scholar-practitioner whose scholarship centers
on factors contributing to student success in college, particularly as it relates
to underrepresented student populations, identity development of students,
and applications of qualitative research methods in higher education. Torres
has produced over twenty journal articles, two books, and a number of book
chapters. Her pioneering research on Latino/a students has impacted the
ways in which student affairs educators think about the experiences of
Latino/a students in higher education.

                     More information on NASPA Awards

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (www.naspa.org) is the
leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice, and affirms the
commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating
student life and learning. With more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and
representing 29 countries, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs
administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students. NASPA members are
committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning,
integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship, and the spirit of inquiry.

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