The 2020 Veterans Knowledge Community Ally and Advocate Award has been awarded to Dr. Seth Kastle of Fort Hays State University. Dr. Kastle was nominated by Dr. Phillip Olt also of Fort Hays State University. The Veterans Knowledge Community Ally and Advocate Award is meant to recognize the outstanding work individuals do with relations to supporting and/or advancing military-connected students. The Ally and Advocate award is awarded to non-NASPA members as the VKC acknowledges that great work happens across different lines of work and organizations, which may include non-NASPA practitioners. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Olt's nomination:
Here are the three most significant reasons why I believe he deserves this award. I will elaborate on these further in response to later questions.
- He was the driving force behind the creation and funding of the Transfer & Military Center on campus.
- He was the driving force behind the revistalization of the Student Veterans Association on campus.
- He was the driving force behind the return of the Army National Guard to campus.
Kastle gets big things done due to his tireless efforts, passion, and reputation. He has regularly been recognized at the institution, state, and national levels.
We, the VKC, heartily congratulate Dr. Kastle!
Do you know of someone like Dr. Kastle who we should recognize next year? More information on the Ally and Advocate Award is available and the nomination process will open again this fall.