Mount Mercy Director of Student Activities and Orientation Sarah Botkin has been selected as a coach for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) new professional's webinar program.
As a coach, Botkin will mentor one candidate and guide them through an introduction as a full-time student affairs professional, and lead them through the process of creating a professional development plan. For her role, Botkin will also be responsible for participating in each NACA webinar, providing participants with a variety of professional and NACA resources, assisting candidates in developing a personal and professional development plan, conducting one phone conversation per month with their candidate, and maintaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of NACA policies and procedures.
Botkin’s term will run from November 30 through February 15, 2011. Candidates eligible for a coaching position were required to be a full time professional staff member at an NACA member institution, have been in the field of student affairs for seven years or longer, have supervised fulltime staff for at least five years, and have demonstrated a long-term commitment to involvement with student affairs associations.
"I'm excited about this position because it is a great opportunity to work with individuals who are just starting their careers in higher education and are eager to get involved and learn all they can about the profession," says Botkin. "This is a fantastic way to network and make important connections that will be beneficial for years to come."
Botkin joined Mount Mercy in 2006 after working at schools in Texas and Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., and a Master of Science in Student Counseling and Personal Services from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Botkin is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Education Leadership at Texas A&M University and the Doctoral Program in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.
She is a member of the National Association for Campus Activities, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Orientation Directors Association.
The National Association for Campus Activities™ (NACA) advances campus activities in higher education through a business and learning partnership, creating educational and business opportunities for its school and professional members. Established in 1960 to help increase the buying power of campus programming dollars, NACA now has more than 1,000 college and university members and close to 650 associate members who represent artists, lecturers and performers.