Nevins and Schnell honored by NACA

April 25, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two Pioneers were honored at the Northern Plains Regional National Association of Campus Activities conference on April 4-7. David Nevins, director of campus activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was presented with the Robert W. Busch award, the highest prize of the NACA’s Northern Plains region, and Kassie Schnell, a UW-Platteville graduate assistant from St. Nazianz, Wis., was chosen as graduate student of the year.

The Robert W. Busch award is not an annual one. It is only presented when a candidate shows outstanding leadership in student activities on a regional and national level. Nevins was nominated for the Robert W. Busch award by Greg Diekroeger, past chair of the NACA board of directors.  “It’s been a pleasure to know and work with David,” Diekroeger wrote in his nomination letter.  “His level of integrity as an activities professional is beyond compare.”

“It’s a huge honor to be nominated and recognized by my peers and colleagues,” said Nevins.

Schnell, who will finish her graduate work in project management at UW-Platteville in May, has been involved with NACA for years, attending conferences, working internships and other activities. “It’s nice to see your hard work pay off,” said Schnell. “I’m really passionate about this organization.”

Schnell works as a graduate assistant co-supervisor in Campus Programming and Relations.  “I help the event producers properly plan and implement events on campus.  I help put on Open-Mic Night, Stand-Up Saturday and other events.”

UW-Platteville campus events are gaining attention as innovative, beneficial, and fun. According to Nevins, events like Stand-Up Saturday and $1 movie nights are inspiring similar initiatives at other universities. “UW-Stout now has a program like our $1 movie nights,” he said. “It’s a great way to offer students movies in their first runs, and the theater makes a killing on concessions.”

“I see UW-Platteville as a leader in student activities, in the region and nationally,” said Nevins. “When colleagues approach us at conventions and ask what we’re doing and how we’re making it happen, we must be doing something right.”

Contacts: David Nevins, (608) 342-1483,; Kassie Schnell,

Written by: Jacob Reecher, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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