By Andres Tamayo
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 22, 2017)—The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) recently recognized Joshua Brandfon, the University of Miami’s director of student activities and student organizations, with its NACA Legacy Award for both his longtime volunteer service to the organization and future volunteer aspirations.
“I’m thankful to have been nominated for this award and appreciate being recognized for my contributions to the association,” Brandfon said. “NACA helps us better serve UM students by providing us with the knowledge, research, and resources we need to do our jobs well.”
As the director of student activities and student organizations, Brandfon is responsible for setting an overall vision and defining the co-curricular experience through campus programming. He directly advises UM’s homecoming program and student funding board (SAFAC).
“Josh is one of our innovative minds ensuring that we are anticipating future student trends and student union needs and is a major contributor to the Division of Student Affairs’ efforts to drive student engagement,” said Gail Cole-Avent, executive director of Student Life.
Over the years, Brandfon and his staff in Student Activities have volunteered their time to help plan programs and events for NACA. Brandfon, who has been heavily involved with the association since his days as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, has served in both regional and national roles.
Currently, Brandfon serves on the NACA Research and Scholarship Group and was recently part of a committee that helped develop NACA’s new strategic plan. He’s a candidate for the NACA Board of Directors and works closely with fellow NACA professionals, agents, and artists to share and implement ideas on how to enhance student engagement on campus.
Brandfon is happy with what he and his team have accomplished over the years. “I look forward to continuing to give back to an organization that has given so much to me throughout my career,” he said.
For more information on the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations, visit the website.