Region VII offers awards that recognize achievements by individuals and campuses. Nominations for this year's awards are due April 13.

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Dr. Theresa D. Drummond Memorial Award

In honor of Dr. Drummond’s passion, commitment, and advocacy for multicultural education, this award is presented to an institution, group, or individual for executing an outstanding multicultural program, event, or activity that took place within the past academic year. The program in consideration should emphasize promotion of cross-cultural communication and acceptance, in addition to advocating for the inclusion of everyone in campus communities.

Past Recipients

  • 2017: Diversity Zone Training, University at Buffalo, Intercultural and Diversity Center
  • 2016: Language Matters, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 2015: Celebrate Diversity, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Outstanding Community Building Program Award

This award recognizes any program that fosters the enhancement of the campus community. The nominated program will demonstrate clearly stated objectives, include assessment data and/or evaluation materials, and supporting documentation including publicity material, photographs, and/or student testimonials.

Criteria

  1. Title and description of the program, including intended programmatic outcomes
  2. Program budget and identified funding sources
  3. Evidence of achievement of goals through program evaluations
  4. Supporting documentation of program including but not limited to photos, videos, marketing samples, etc. that directly support the program
Past Recipients
  • 2017: Camp TU, Temple University
  • 2016: Building Inclusive Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 2015: Freeze Fest: University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
  • 2014: Rowan After Hours, Rowan University
New Professional Award

This award is for an outstanding new professional having served five years or less in the profession of college unions and/or student activities who has been identified as a model of employee service and volunteer involvement. The nominated individual will have demonstrated support to the region and Association, positive impact on the community served, and commitment to fulfilling the role of the college union. Additional consideration will be given to individuals who have demonstrated support to Region VII and/or the Association by their involvement in Educational Council, the Leadership Team, hosting regional events or tournaments, or similar activity.

Past Recipients
  • 2017: Heather Maclin, University of Rochester
  • 2016: Alexandra Beynon, Temple University
  • 2015: Tina Young, Temple University
  • 2014: Allie Chornick, University of Pittsburgh
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This award is given to an outstanding graduate student at a member institution of Region VII who has shown exemplary performance in the college union/student activities field and/or commendable service to ACUI. The recipient of the award must currently be employed in the college union/student activities field at a Region VII college or university and pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. degree. The individual will have demonstrated a positive impact on the community served and commitment to fulfilling the role of the college union by serving as a role model for fellow peers and students and exemplifying the core values of the Association in their work and studies.
Past Recipients
  • 2017: Carly Samuels, Rowan University
  • 2016: Brittany Shaw, West Chester University
  • 2015: Allison McCarthy, University at Buffalo
  • 2014: Devan Kowalek, West Chester University
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student at a member institution of Region VII who has shown dedicated work ethic in the student union/student activities field. The nominated individual will have demonstrated significant contributions to their home campus and serve as a role model for fellow peers and students, in addition to exemplifying the core values of the Association in their work and studies.

Criteria

  1. Two letters of recommendation from an immediate supervisor, advisor and/or program faculty member
  2. If self-nominating, provide an essay detailing campus and ACUI involvement, as well as how you exemplify the core values of ACUI in their work and studies.

Letters of support should highlight examples of the following for each award nominee:

  • How the nominee has exemplified the core values of ACUI
  • How the nominee has contributed to the overall college union/student activities profession
  • How the nominee has demonstrated an exceptional commitment and contribution to their campus, colleagues and/or students
  • Any involvement in the Association through regional activities, leadership teams, programs and/or councils
Past Recipients
  • 2017: Maiya Robinson, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 2016: Megan Henry, Temple University
  • 2015: Christian Villatoro, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 2014: Tye Haynes, SUNY–New Paltz
Edgar A. Whiting Award

This is an award of the highest honor to an outstanding member of Region VII who has consistently performed above and beyond the call of duty in their role within ACUI and professional service for their institution. The individual has attained prominence through his or her efforts to develop the college union and student activities movement on a regional basis through their work within the Association and on campus. They exemplify the core values of ACUI, demonstrate exceptional commitment and support of other colleagues and to the Association, continually volunteers in the regional activities, councils, and programs, and often offer professional expertise to the region “free of charge” to help advance the mission of ACUI and the region. The nominee must be active in the field at the time of nomination and have participated in the college union and student activities movement as a professional for a minimum of 10 years.

Past Recipients
  • 2016: Dave Timmann, West Chester University
  • 2015: Christine Chergi, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2014: Jason Levy,  Temple University
Christine A. Chergi Award

This is an award to honor and recognize a longtime college union or student activities professional of a Region VII member institution who has made exceptional contributions and demonstrated a long-term commitment to the profession on their campus. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated long-term volunteer service to Region VII and the college union/student activities field with a minimum of 10 years relevant career experience. The nominee must currently be involved in or recently retired from an ACUI-affiliated institution in Region VII.

Past Recipients
  • 2017: Bridget Yule, Syracuse University
  • 2016: Meg O’Sullivan, SUNY–Downstate
  • 2015: Neela Patel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 2014: Michele Williams, Marist College
Joseph H. Benedict Award

This award recognizes leadership, volunteer service, and commitment to Region VII and the Association. The recipient will have 5-10 years of relevant career experience and service, activism, and participation in Region VII that demonstrates an inspirational commitment to the college unions and student activities movement in addition to the mission and values of ACUI.

Criteria

A resume that includes:

  1. Educational background and training
  2. Work experience
  3. Evidence of institutional and ACUI involvement
  4. Three (3) letters of support from the nominee’s immediate supervisor, a student leader who has worked with the nominee, and/or an ACUI colleague from another institution who has served with the person at the regional or international level.

Letters of support should highlight examples of the following for each award nominee:

  • How the nominee has exemplified the core values of ACUI
  • How the nominee has demonstrated a commitment and contribution to the overall college union/student activities profession
  • How the nominee has demonstrated an exceptional commitment and contribution to their campus, colleagues and/or students
  • Involvement in the Association through regional activities, leadership teams, programs and/or councils

Past Recipients
  • 2017: Toni Kampf, West Chester University
  • 2016: Kristen Mruk, Genesee Community College
  • 2015: Vincent Jackson, University of Delaware
  • 2014: Stacey Fisher, University of Rochester