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Annual Awards Descriptions and Hall of Fame

Richard W. Vomacka Student Speaker Competition

Initially introduced at the 2002 Annual Conference, The Richard W. Vomacka Student Speaker Competition is named for an NCEMSF mentor who passed away in October 2001. This symposium is a chance for student lecturers to showcase their presentation skills and earn bragging rights for their collegiate EMS organization. The competition is judged on a speaker's ability to deliver a relevant high-quality seminar to his/her peers - points are awarded based on strength of the submitted abstract, quality of the delivered presentation and audiovisual materials. See the annual conference Web site for submission criteria and deadlines.

  • 2002 - David Rand (George Washington University)
  • 2003 - Christopher DeRienzo, Matthew I. Harris (Brandeis University)
  • 2004 - S. Corey Pitts (Virginia Tech)
  • 2005 - Jill Neiman (Muhlenberg College)
  • 2006 - Evan Silverstein (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2007 - Holly Emmanuel (Pennsylvania State University)
  • 2008 - Andrew Harris (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • 2009 - Vincent Storie (Brandeis University)
  • 2010 - Sandra Bedoya, Timothy Laughlin, Michael Smith (Syracuse University)
  • 2011 - Daniel J. Johnson (Pennsylvania State University)
  • 2012 - Sean McMullen (Arizona State University) and Bartholomew Grabman (Willamette University)
  • 2013 - Timothy Bach (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • 2014 - Ariel Low (Dartmouth College)

Collegiate EMS Week Celebration of the Year

Held annually the second full week in November, Collegiate EMS Week is a week-long recognition and celebration of campus based EMS and provides an annual opportunity for campus-based EMS organizations to highlight their activities and educate their communities. National Collegiate CPR Day kicks off Collegiate EMS Week each year and is designed to educate as many college students as possible in the basic principles of CPR on a single day. NCEMSF receives reports of creative activities celebrating the week, but wants to hear more. Share what your group did to celebrate Campus EMS Week and your organization could win bragging rights. There is no faking it; verifiable documentation of what your group did to honor this special week is needed. Send your press releases, news articles, pictures, public service announcements, and other related materials. Submissions are judged on the basis of activity creativity, appropriateness, and positive exposure generated.

  • 2007 - Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009 - Ryerson University
  • 2010 - University of Dayton
  • 2011 - Cornell University
  • 2012 - University of Dayton
  • 2013 - University of Dayton
  • 2014 - Johns Hopkins University

Collegiate EMS Video of the Year

Collegiate EMS Video of the Year acknowledges the video that best embodies the spirit of collegiate EMS and the NCEMSF mission. The rules are simple: The video must be wholly created by members of a campus-based EMS organization. The content of the video must embody the goals, traditions, and spirit of collegiate EMS. Embarrassing, unsafe, indecent and illegal content is prohibited.  The video should be no longer than three minutes including intro/pre-roll and credits. Only one entry is allowed per campus EMS organization per year. The video should be MPEG video, DVD quality or higher. Videos will be featured during annual conference activities. To submit a video, upload it to Google Video or YouTube and e-mail to let the awards committee know that your entry has been uploaded. Follow-up your online submission with a DVD copy of your entry in the highest resolution available to the NCEMSF PO Box.

  • 2008 - Emory University
  • 2009 - Montclair State University
  • 2010 - Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011 - University of Delaware
  • 2012 - Emory University
  • 2013 - University of California - Los Angeles
  • 2014 - Emory University

Collegiate EMS Web Site of the Year

This award recognizes the campus EMS group with the most creative, user-friendly, and informative Web site. Judging is based on accuracy and currency of information, appropriateness of information, utility of information to your members and the public, aesthetic appeal of the Web site, organization and flow of the site, and bandwidth utilization. The committee looks at source code in addition to information. The committee requests that temporary special access be granted to view any member’s only sections of your Web site, such that the site may be evaluated in its entirety – such access codes should be supplied in the nominating letter.

  • 1999 - Tufts University
  • 2000 - Villanova University
  • 2001 - Georgetown University
  • 2002 - Rice University
  • 2003 - Cornell University
  • 2004 - Villanova University
  • 2005 - Columbia University
  • 2006 - Villanova University
  • 2007   Oneonta State University
  • 2008 - George Washington University
  • 2009 - University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010 - Virginia Tech
  • 2011 - Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2012 - Syracuse University
  • 2013 - St. Michael's Fire and Rescue
  • 2014 - Rice University

Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year

This award honors a faculty advisor, college administrator or medical director who has contributed significantly to the success of campus-based EMS providers and their organizations. Recipients excel at mentoring student collegiate EMS members and dedicate extraordinary time and energy to educating and providing all types of support.

  • 1999 - Jack Lynn (University of Delaware)
  • 2000 - Park “sparky” Knight (Texas A&M University)
  • 2001 - Noah Reiter (Rice University)
  • 2002 - Don W. Clark (University of New England)
  • 2004 - Debbie Wilson (Loyola Marymount University)
  • 2005 - Michele Helms (Santa Clara University)
  • 2006 - Mary O’Brien, MD (Columbia University)
  • 2007 - Lee Potter (Franklin Pierce College)
  • 2008 - Constance Richards, EdD, RN (Saint Anselm College)
  • 2009 - Ronald Roth, MD (University of Pittsburgh)
  • 2010 - Bill Ballard (University of Vermont)
  • 2011 - Michael Newton (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
  • 2012 - Paul Smyth (Syracuse University)
  • 2013 - Daniel Maas (Cornell University)
  • 2014 - Mark Forgues (MIT and Harvard)

Collegiate EMS Provider of the Year

Nominations for Collegiate EMS provider of the Year awards are accepted in two categories: Collegiate EMS Organization Leadership and Heroism and Valor(*) Criteria for nominations for the Collegiate EMS Organization Leadership category include: documented outstanding leadership to a campus based EMS organization such as through assuming a leadership position, planning and carrying out significant projects for the benefit of the campus (i.e. safety and health promotion and education projects, campus EMS organizational development projects, public relations, etc.) and significantly contributing to the success of the organization. Leadership in and service to other campus and community organizations can be considered, but are secondary to service to the campus EMS organization. Service should be exemplary and well beyond the scope of routine duty. Letters of recommendation and support from academic deans, campus administrators, EMS medical directors, and EMS organization advisors should be included. Criteria for nominations for the Collegiate EMS Heroism and Valor category include documented evidence of singular acts of heroism and valor in the line of duty as a campus EMS provider. The award is not made for acts resulting in saving a life or lives, but to individuals for acts of heroism, resourcefulness, and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at great personal risk to their own. Copies of newspaper clippings and certified transcripts of media accounts should be included. Letters from police chiefs, fire chiefs, hospital officials, and campus officials attesting to the acts of heroism and valor should also be included.

  • 1997 - Donald R. Woodyard (Cedarville College)
  • 1998 - Geoffrey C. Bartlett (Tufts University)
  • 1999 - Noah Reiter (Rice University)
  • 2000 - Steven W. Zils (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • 2001 - Peter P. Pascucci (University of Rhode Island)
  • 2002 - Eric S. MaryEa (University of Delaware)
  • 2003 - Joshua A. Marks (Columbia University) and Eric H. Beck (John Carroll University)
  • 2004 - Ana (Papasin) Matthews (Santa Clara University)
  • 2005 - Seth J. Komansky (Franklin Pierce College)
  • 2006 - Jeffrey A. Levine (Oneonta State University)
  • 2007 - Andrew S. Mener (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2008 - Shad Ahmed (University of Rhode Island)
  • 2009 - Kevin Smith (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2010 - John Casey (University of Massachusetts – Lowell)
  • 2011 - Jason Smith (Clark University)
  • 2012 - Kush Das (George Washington University)
  • 2013 - Richard Jamesley (University of Richmond)
  • 2014 - Benjamin Abo*

Collegiate EMS Organization of the Year

This award recognizes an EMS organization that has demonstrated outstanding service to its campus. This award is frequently a result of marked improvements in staffing, equipment, or level of service provided. Commonly, these groups hold the NCEMSF Striving for Excellence verification. This award can be self-nominated from within the group, or can be the result of a NCEMSF officer's experience interacting with a particular group (especially during a site visit or outreach program). Either way, as with all NCEMSF awards, supporting documentation and references are needed from the school's administration (advisor, dean, or other school official).

  • 1998 - University of Vermont
  • 1999 - University of Dayton
  • 2000 - Rice University
  • 2001 - Villanova University
  • 2002 - Loyola Marymount University
  • 2003 - University of Dayton
  • 2004 - Pennsylvania State University
  • 2005 - SUNY Geneseo First Response
  • 2006 - Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service (Binghamton University)
  • 2007 - University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • 2008 - Tulane University EMS
  • 2009 - Columbia University
  • 2010 - DeSales University
  • 2011 - University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 - Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service (Binghamton University)
  • 2013 - Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps
  • 2014 - College of Charleston EMS

George J. Koenig, Jr. DO Service Award

Named for NCEMSF President, George Koenig, this award is presented annually by the NCEMSF Board of Directors to an individual for distinguished service to the Foundation or extraordinary support thereof. The recipient may be a student provider, alumnus, campus administrator or anyone else involved, directly or indirectly, in collegiate EMS.

  • 1999 - Scott C. Savett
  • 2000 - Richard W. Vomacka
  • 2001 - Joshua A. Marks (Columbia University)
  • 2002 - Stu Rosenhaus (Brooklyn College) and Jack J. Van Cleve (Texas A&M University)
  • 2003 - Karolina Schabses
  • 2004 - Anna Johnson (University of Vermont)
  • 2005 - Eric S. MaryEa (University of Delaware) and David Strauss (Duke University)
  • 2006 - Timothy J. McMichael (Juniata College)
  • 2007 - Michael T. Hilton (Columbia University)
  • 2008 - NCEMSF Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Lt. John F. Washington (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2010 - Benjamin Lawner, DO (University of Maryland)
  • 2011 - Douglas R. Buchan (University of Iowa)
  • 2012 - Jennifer D. Siegel
  • 2013 - Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MPH
  • 2014 - Ian Feldman and Michael Guttenberg, DO

Striving for Excellence

The Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS recognition program begins with an institutional self-evaluation using the NCEMSF Striving for Excellence Packet. NCEMSF verifies the information submitted in the packet and presents organizations successfully meeting the standards outlined with this validation. Striving for Excellence organizations represent the gold standard for campus EMS delivery and care. They serve as benchmark organizations against which other campus based EMS groups should compare themselves. The recognition is available to operational EMS organizations of all types, whether providing quick response, basic life support transport, and/or advanced life support services. Striving for Excellence is a three-year certification. Recipients are acknowledged on the NCEMSF Web site and in the NCEMSF Comprehensive Database of Campus Based EMS Organizations. (R) = Renewal.

  • 1999 - Brandeis University, Pennsylvania State University, Rice University, Syracuse University, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, University of Rhode Island
  • 2000 - Columbia University, St. Bonaventure University, Texas A&M University EMS, Tufts University
  • 2001 - Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Albany, Villanova University
  • 2002 - Emory University, Pennsylvania State University (R), Rice University (R), Stony Brook University, Texas A&M University Rec Sports Medics, University of Dayton (R), University of Delaware (R)
  • 2003 - Columbia University (R), John Carroll University, Loyola Marymount University, Montclair State University
  • 2004 - Binghamton University, George Washington University, Rochester Institute of Technology (R), Syracuse University (R), University of Rhode Island (R)
  • 2005   Duke University, Montclair State University (R), Pennsylvania State University (R), Rice University (R), Tulane University, University of Delaware (R), Villanova University (R), Virginia Tech
  • 2006 - Columbia University (R), Loyola Marymount University (R), University of Dayton (R)
  • 2007 - Binghamton University (R), Brandeis University (R), Georgetown University, George Washington University (R), University of  Pennsylvania, University of Windsor
  • 2008 - Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University (R), Pennsylvania State University (R), Syracuse University (R), SUNY Albany (R), Tulane University (R), University of Massachusets – Lowell
  • 2009 - Columbia University (R), Cornell University, Muhlenberg College, Rice University (R), University of Dayton (R), University of Delaware (R), University of Rhode Island (R)
  • 2010 - Georgetown University (R), University of Pennsylvania (R), University of Windsor (R)
  • 2011   College of Charleston, Columbia University (R), Syracuse University (R), Temple University, University of Wisconsin 
  • 2012 - Emory University (R), Rice University (R)
  • 2013 - Cornell University (R), Binghamton University (R), University of Massachusetts - Lowel, University of Pennsylvania (R)
  • 2014 - Arizona State University Student EMS, College of Charleston EMS (R), Georgetown Emergency response Medical Service (R), Rochester Institute of Technology Ambulance (R), University of Richmond EMS, PennState University Ambulance Service

Annual Skills Competition Winners

  • 2006 - BLS: Muhlenberg College; ALS: Binghamton University
  • 2007 - BLS: University of Windsor; ALS: Binghamton University
  • 2008 - BLS: Texas A&M; ALS: Binghamton University
  • 2009 - BLS: University of Delaware; ALS: Duke University
  • 2010 - BLS: McMaster University; ALS: Carleton College
  • 2011 - BLS: Texas A&M; ALS: SUNY Stony Brook
  • 2012 - BLS: Cornell University; ALS: Virginia Tech
  • 2013 - BLS: McMaster University; ALS: Binghamton University
  • 2014 - BLS: UCLA EMS; ALS: Binghamton University

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