AUSTIN, Texas — Pamela Overall Price, student development specialist in the College of Fine Arts at The Univeristy of Texas at Austin, has won the prestigious Annuit Coeptis annual award given by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). This award is given to only five emerging professionals from across the United States.
Nominees for the award must demonstrate a strong, early contribution to the field in at least one of the following categories: administrative service or teaching; research or publication activities; professional organization activity and potential for leadership. They also are required to have no more than five years of full-time professional work experience since the completion of last graduate degree. Three senior professionals are also recognized each year.
Price was recognized for her work on the UT campus, where she established a career services office for more than 2300 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the visual and performing arts. She also advises the Fine Arts Student Council and within the first year of her tenure as adviser the group was recognized for excellence in Swing Out, a campus wide competition for student organizations. In the fall of 1997 Price received the “Employee of the Semester” award for the dean’s office in the College of Fine Arts. She is also a recipient of the “Eyes of Texas” award for excellence in service to the University.The 27-year-old Price is a Paris, Texas native and received her BA in history and her MA in art history from UT Austin. “I’ve always regarded the task of creating career services for the College of Fine Arts as my way of repaying the University,” said Price. “Not only did I receive two degrees from UT, but I also met my husband Kevin Price (assistant dean of students) while working here.”
Dr. Charles Roeckle, associate dean for student affairs at the College of Fine Arts, said, “Eighteen months ago Pamela joined us to establish and develop a career services area. Through her vision, incredible energy and resourcefulness, Fine Arts career services were transformed from merely a dream into a vital and essential part of student life in our college. It is not possible to exaggerate her accomplishments and contributions.”
The Annuit Coeptis Awards were created by ACPA to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Philip Tripp, an educator who played a role in the emergence of organization. He was architect of the earliest financial aid programs in the U.S. Office of Education.
Price will be presented this award at a special recognition dinner at the American College Personnel Association’s national convention in St. Louis in March. At the dinner, the eight award recipients will engage in wide-ranging discussion of present goals and future concerns that are central to the profession.