Niagara University has announced that Bill Newton, assistant director of campus activities, has been named Campus Event Planner of the Year by Power Performers Inc., a national speakers and entertainment bureau. Chosen for the honor from among more than 4,000 of his peers at college campuses nationwide, Newton received special commendation for the role he played in bringing acclaimed mentalist Robert Channing to Niagara last fall.
Criteria for the award includes event organization, originality of theme, audience response and planner professionalism.
"One person's recognition is only as good as the team that he or she works with," Newton said. "I'm surrounded by a great team of fellow student affairs professionals and some fantastic, energetic and creative student leaders."
NU's Office of Campus Activities oversees many of the student body's functions, including all campus events, clubs, student organizations and honor societies, as well as new student orientation, the Niagara Index, the Niagaran and a leadership program.
Some of the high-profile performers that Campus Activities has helped bring to Niagara during the past year in addition to Channing include R&B singer/songwriter Jay Sean and magician Joel Meyers. Newton's office also recently introduced a weekly "Late Nite Niagara" program, which offers activities for students on Friday evenings that range from movie nights and comedians to open skating and game shows.
"Bill is an absolutely wonderful guy to work with," said M.J. Amelio, a sales representative for Power Performers Inc. "I've known Bill for years now and our interactions are always extremely pleasant."