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Student Quinton Geis to Receive Rising Star Award

 

Senior Quint Geis has been selected as the recipient of the Nebraska Undergraduate Rising Star Award. He was nominated for the award and received impressive recommendation letters from six people, including Doane faculty and staff and his peers.

The award was created by NASPA, an organization of student affairs administrators in higher education. Geis will receive the NASPA Region IV-West award, and will be honored at the regional conference on Tuesday, November 6 in Rapid City, S.D. Aside from the undergraduate award, NASPA also gives an award to a deserving graduate student and new professional. All categories have one winner from each state and region.

The criteria for the award included a variety of student involvement and leadership in campus activities and organizations, paraprofessional employment with a Division of Student Affairs and the intention to pursue a Student Affairs-related advanced degree.

Geis is a psychology major with an emphasis in mental health and a minor in creative writing. He said he would pursue a graduate degree in student-affairs with the hopes of becoming a Dean of Student Leadership or something similar.

Hansen Leadership Director Carrie Petr helped nominate Geis for the award. She said Geis had gone above and beyond since he entered Doane as a freshman.

“It has truly been a humbling honor to know Quint since the beginning of his freshman year. He has been a mentor and role model and has sought to support, organize and help his fellow students,” Petr said. “All of those qualities are at the heart of what it means to go into that profession.”

Geis has been substantially involved in campus activities from the beginning of his journey at Doane, beginning with his campaign to run as a Student Congress (StuCo) senator. Geis has remained actively involved with the group. He has also been actively involved with the Hansen Leadership Program (HLP) first as a member, then as a mentor and advisory board member.

Other titles and positions that Geis has obtained include resident assistant, peer advisor, orientation leader, teaching assistant and Hour of Power worship leader. He is also the co-founder, captain and member of the Doane Rugby Club.

And besides his various titles, Geis is actively involved in theatre and with the radio station at Doane. He also participates in community service with organizations such as Relay for Life, Cornhusker Boys State, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Kindle and Royal Family Kids Camp.