Dr. Catherine Holbrook, associate vice president of student affairs, was honored by the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education with the Institutional Leadership Award. The honor is given annually in recognition of a professional who has contributed significantly to the growth and development of his/her home institution in the areas of programs, policies, staff or student development. The award covers the organization’s New England region, and was given to Dr. Holbrook at a conference held in Mystic, Conn. Seven administrators from across campus contributed nomination letters in her name. “I was shocked and honored and felt very humbled to be both nominated by my colleagues and then to be recognized by others in the profession,” Dr. Holbrook said. Earlier in the year she’d earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska, after completing her dissertation on the subject of first-year students. “It’s been a fun year,” she said.