News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kaaryn Sanon, (443) 413-4871 March 10, 2009 firstname.lastname@example.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 achievement.” 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 www.naspa.org/programs/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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