NACCU New Professional Award

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About the NACCU New Professional Award


The New Professional Award is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to their institution, the industry and to the Association within a relatively short period of time.

2023 Award Sponsored by Transact



2023 nominations are closed. Watch for 2024 nomination opportunities later this year!


  • To encourage more participation in the association and the industry.
  • Cross promotion of all association programs - library, committees, mentorship, etc.
  • To recognize individuals early in their careers.
  • Provide a roadmap for new members.
  • Award submissions may be self-nominated or nominated by another NACCU institutional member or by a NACCU corporate member.
  • Nominee must be a member of NACCU to be eligible.
  • Awards Committee members are ineligible for this award while serving.
  • Must be working in the identification or transaction program no longer than 5 years
Nomination/Selection Criteria

May be self-nominated or nominated by an individual from another NACCU institutional member, an individual from a NACCU Corporate member, or nominated by the nominee’s institution. A nomination from the individual’s institution should illustrate the nominee’s contribution to the success or enhancement of the program, and may be submitted by a supervisor, faculty, staff, senior administrator, customer of the program, or a department that works with the identification and transaction system program. A letter of support from a colleague must be received with the nomination. Additionally, completion of the supplemental information form is required. If self-nominated, the form should be included with submission. All nominees will be contacted to complete the supplemental information form following the formal nomination process.

All nominees must demonstrate contributions to the industry through a combination any or all of the following:

  • NACCU conference attendance
  • New Professional Institute (NPI) attendance is preferred but not required
  • Contributions to NACCU
Award Selection

The Professional Awards sub-committee will determine results for the award based on whether the entry meets the eligibility requirements as well as provided the required supplemental documents. Each entry will be scored using a common scoring method by the full Awards Committee. The Professional Awards sub-committee will collect scoring matrixes from committee members and tally scoring to make a recommendation to the full Awards Committee. The nomination receiving top score will be the recipient recommended to the Awards Committee. 

NACCU New Professional Award Recipients


Nikayla Lampkins

Tufts University

2023 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

Nikayla attended her first NACCU conference in 2022 and has shown initiative by serving as a member of the Engagement Committee and contributing to the Guide to Going Mobile. She has been an active participant on the NACCU listserv and Listserv LIVE! events.   MORE


Wayne Fields

University of California - Irvine

2022 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

This year’s recipient is known for his collaborative professional leadership, focus on retention, recovery and re-population of his campus due to COVID-19, and his immediate adoption of enthusiasm for NACCU participation and resource utilization. MORE


Jennifer McDonald

Georgian College

2021 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

“I was touched and pleasantly surprised to find out that my colleagues had taken time out of their busy schedules to nominate me for this award,” said Jennifer. “When I joined the card industry a few short years ago, I very quickly realized what a valuable asset being a member of the NACCU community is. I was eager to give back to a group that had given me so much support and camaraderie. Thank you so much for this honor. It really means a lot to me to be recognized by such an incredible group of people.” MORE


Courtney Petrizzi

The University of Alabama

2020 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

“I am incredibly honored to be the 2020 recipient of the New Professional Award,” said Courtney. “In 2017, when I first started in my position, I knew absolutely nothing about card systems, but that didn’t stop me from pouring my heart into everything I did on behalf of The University of Alabama.” MORE


William Bourlier

University of Southern California

2019 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

William joined USC in March 2015. He brought a high level of energy and creativity to the operation, and poured himself into the campus card environment. William made it his mission to learn as much as he could through NACCU’s listserv, web conferences, annual conferences, presentations, and networking. MORE


Erin Chezick

Carleton University

2018 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

Erin has made a significant impact since joining Campus Card at Carleton University. She developed and implemented a comprehensive student staffing process that has proven beneficial for all that have adopted it. MORE


Martha Perrotin

Colorado State University

2017 recipient of the NACCU New Professional Award

Since joining the Ram Card Office, Martha has led the design and implementation of SharePoint tools, devised to improve the data management of the front office transaction activity and ID production for efficient inventory and tracking. Additionally, she led the creation and implementation of vending work order SharePoint tool that manages and tracks work orders and communicates them to the respective vendors. MORE


2016: Melissa Hannah

2015: Angela Edge

2014: Scott Thompson

2013: Marsha Amanova

2012: Patrick Genest