EPFLS Alumni Awards

The achievements of our alumni in Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies are contributing to multiple professions and organizations. Each year, distinguished alumni are honored with these awards:

  • UNI Educational Leadership Legacy Award
  • PSE IDEAL Award 


IDEAL award plaque The IDEAL award is given annually to a postsecondary education: student affairs alumnus who has demonstrated exemplary achievement in the field of student affairs. The IDEAL award represents: 

  • Innovative 
  • Dedicated
  • Educational
  • Alumni
  • Leader

Past UNI IDEAL Award winners include:

  • Jenny Connolly (2022)
  • Sarah Goblirsch (2021)
  • Wilfred M. Johnson (2020)
  • Kimberly Matteson (2019)
    Kristi Van Gorder (2018)
    Jon Buse (2017)

Award Criteria:
Nominators may focus on the nominee’s work as it aligns with the ACPA / NASPA Competencies.
Nominations should include:

  • Nominator’s Name, Address, Email, Phone
  • Nominee’s Name, Job Title, Address, Email, Phone
  • Nominations should not exceed three word-processed pages.

Nominations should be e-mailed to David “Schmiddy” Schmid at david.schmid@uni.edu with the subject heading as “UNI PSE IDEAL Award Nomination”
All nominations are due by April 1 with the award being presented no later than May 1 of each calendar year.

PSE IDEAL Award winners are listed on the wall outside the educational leadership and postsecondary education offices on sixth floor of Schindler Education Center.