A highlight of the AHEPPP experience is the learning from peer institutions and colleagues. As the premier association for Parent/Family Program Professionals, AHEPPP is pleased to recognize outstanding programs and service at our Annual Conference. Nomination/Application information for 2019 is available here. Please enjoy the work of our previous award winners featured below. 

2018 AHEPPP Award Winners

Best Institutional Initiative

Best Institutional Initiative, Large
Appalachian State University – "Parent & Family Reception Center"

Best Institutional Initiative, Medium
Bryant University  "Partners for Success in Higher Education: Understanding Today’s Parents

Best Institutional Initiative, Small
Trinity Western Universit– "Parent Volunteer Program"

2018 Excellence in Publication and Resources

The University of Alabama for their Family Calendar (People’s Choice)

Wake Forest University of their Parent and Family Calendar

University of Wisconsin for their Parent and Family Program’s website

Clemson University for their Family Handbook

2018 Powerful Partnership
Auburn University for their Navigate Webinar Series

2018 Outstanding Student
Purshotam Aruwani, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

2018 Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature
Kelly Dunn, Director of New Student Orientation and Support Programs, Johnson & Wales University

2018 Outstanding New Professional
Skylar Pritchard, Coordinator of Communication and Engagement, University of South Carolina

2018 Outstanding Mid-Level Professional
Lindsey Bray, Senior Coordinator, University of Memphis

Founders’ Outstanding Professional Award 
Branka Kristic, Director of Parent and Family Programs at Hofstra University

2017 AHEPPP Award Winners

Best Institutional Initiative

Best Institutional Initiative, Large 
East Carolina University – “Pirate Parents Live"

Best Institutional Initiative, Medium
Hofstra University – Student Access Services (SAS) Parent Support Network

Best Institutional Initiative, Small 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona for their expanded Parents’ Association 
(Growing from 35 members in 2012 to 1,792 members in 2017 through strategic communications,an enhanced and free Family Weekend, and effective assessment tools).

Excellence in Publication Awards

Excellence in Publication, Handbook/Calendar – 2017-18 Parent & Family Calendar - Purdue University 

Excellence in Publication, Newsletter – Bruinlink - UCLA

Excellence in Publication, Video – Aggie Moms - Texas A&M 

Excellence in Publication, Website/Social Media – University of Southern California
(USC maintains 17 parent Facebook pages and in 2017 launched their first ever USC Parent and Family Engagement Office Instagram Takeover).

Powerful Partnership Award

University of Louisville for their “Proud Parent” initiative

Individual Awards

Outstanding New Professional
Tess Gibson, Auburn University

Outstanding Professional
Christine Self, Texas Tech University

2016 AHEPPP Award Winners

Best Institutional Initiative

Best Institutional Initiative, Large 
Virginia Commonwealth University – Beyond Orientation: Partnering for Success in Today’s University

Best Institutional Initiative, Medium
Wake Forest University – The Daily Deac 

Best Institutional Initiative, Small 
Gonzaga University – 21st Birthday Program

Excellence in Publication Awards

Excellence in Publication, Handbook/Calendar – Parent & Family Guide - Auburn University 

Excellence in Publication, Magazine – JWU Family Connection - Johnson and Wales University 

Excellence in Publication, Newsletter – The BULLetin - University of South Florida

Excellence in Publication, Video – Sam Houston State University 

Powerful Partnership Award

Sam Houston State University for the creation of the SHSU Parents’ Association 
(a partnership between Parent Relations Office and Alumni Relations Office)

Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature
Parent and Family Engagement in Higher Education (2015)
, Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Dr. Casandra Harper, Delma Ramos, David Aguayo, Laura Page and Kathy Adams Riester, University of Arizona

Individual Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate/Graduate Student
Haydee Reyes, Ft Hayes State University

Outstanding New Professional
Anthonia Edgren, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

Outstanding Professional
Sharon Brownlow, Kennesaw State University


2015 AHEPPP Award Winners

Best Institutional Initiative

University of South Carolina – Parents Weekend

Publication - Video/Online Module – Helpful Hints for Families and Students - Purdue University

Powerful Partnership Awards

University of South Carolina – Talking Points: A Parent Guide to Discussing Responsible Decisions
(a partnership with University of South Carolina Academic Affairs)

University of Arkansas – Arkansas & YOU

The AHEPPP Board of Directors celebrates AHEPPP Awards at the 2015 National ConferenceIndividual Awards

Outstanding Parent & Family Programs New Professional
Kasey Harvill – Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs at Emory University

Outstanding Parent & Family Programs Professional
Amy Swank – Director of Parent & Family Programs at Gonzaga University

Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature
Adrienne Gallien, PhD Candidate - Capella University; Instructor - San Jacinto College

2014 AHEPPP Award Winners

Best Institutional Initiative

Mid Sized Institution - Vanderbilt University - Soiree at Sarratt Networking Event

Large Institution - University of Minnesota - Adopt a Family Program

Excellence in Publication

Publication - Newsletter – University of Tennessee

Publication - Handbook/Calendar – University of Tennessee

Publication - Website – University of Maryland

Publication - Video or Online Module – University of Arkansas