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Regional Awards

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Regional Awards
Silent & Live Auction
Community Art Project
Community Service Project
Spirit Stick
Deadline for submissions is Oct. 26, 2015

The following regional awards will be presented at this year's regional conference:

  • Edgar A. Whiting Award 
  • Christine A. Chergi Award 
  • Joseph H. Benedict Award 
  • Dr. Theresa D. Drummond Memorial Award 
  • Outstanding Community Building Program Award 
  • Outstanding New Professional Award 
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award 
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award 

For more information including full award descriptions and criteria, please visit the "Volunteer and Awards" portion of the website.


On Thursday, Nov. 12, there are four tours available that will go from 2–5 p.m. The fee for any of the tours is $20 which includes transportation.

Historic Tour Around Philadelphia

See the amazing sights of Olde City and the Constitution Center including the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House on this wonderful historic walking tour.  The tour will last for three total hours including transportation from the hotel to the Constitution Center and back. Total walking will be approximately two miles and will include entrance to the Original Independence Hall, a walk through the Betsy Ross House, walking past the Constitution Center and Liberty Bell as well as seeing the Philadelphia Mint and other landmarks. Anyone wishing to attend who has challenges walking will be provided a special shuttle.

Small School Campus Union Tour at Philadelphia University

Don’t miss the opportunity to tour two fantastic facilities at this year’s regional conference in Philadelphia. Philadelphia University showcases several award-winning spaces for any student affairs/operations professional from any size institution to see. Get to know how Philadelphia University is doing things and how the operations run at a smaller size institution.

The Kanbar Campus Center opened in 2006. The 72,000-sq.-ft. facility features an open design with walls of windows to optimize the spectacular natural setting. Inside it provides students, faculty, and staff with meeting areas, a 192-seat flexible, multi-purpose room, the University Bookstore, mail services, convenience store, a cafe/recreation area, and dining facility as well as Student Life Offices. This award winning building is the living room of the campus and offers numerous areas to sit, relax, study, and just hang out. It serves as the enduring centerpiece of the Philadelphia University campus and as a hub for learning, culture, and social activity for the campus community. After nine years, see and listen to how things have changed and how this building and program have held up at this ever evolving institution.

Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the opening of the RavenHub in 2015, the new social and learning space located on the ground floor of Ravenhill Dining Hall. The brightly decorated and sunny space includes televisions, billiards and table tennis, lounge and study space, and breakout rooms for work on collaborative projects. Another room serves as the new home of WPHU, the student-run radio station. “The environment we’ve created here will help our physical campus to fit with our philosophy of how to prepare someone to be a leader in the 21st century,” President Stephen Spinelli Jr. said at the opening.

Total tour time is three hours with approximately one mile of walking in total. Bus transportation provided from the Doubletree to Philadelphia University and back to the hotel.  Anyone wishing to attend who has challenges with the walk/walking will be shuttled as needed.

Large School Tour

Please join us as we take a walking tour through Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania’s beautiful campuses located in West Philadelphia. We will begin at Drexel University’s Ross Common’s, an historic Victorian style home converted for student use in 2001. We will continue on to the Creese Student Union Complex which consists of the student development center, lounge and conference space, a grand ballroom, and full dining center.

After completing our time at Drexel, we will make our way just down 34th street where we will find our nation’s first student union, Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Come share in the history of the Irvine Auditorium, home of Curtis Organ, the 11th largest working pipe organ in the world and visit the recently renovated Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH Building).  This hub of student involvement was created with the primary function of fostering community, creativity and social awareness. We will conclude our tour with S’mores in Houston Hall, the center of campus life at the University of Pennsylvania.

Total tour time is three hours with approximately one mile of walking in total.

Bus transportation provided from the Doubletree to Drexel and from Penn back to the hotel. Anyone wishing to attend who has challenges walking will be provided a special shuttle.


First time with ACUI? Want to connect with other students and professionals in ACUI? Then volunteer at the conference! Participate in greeting others at registration, educational sessions, entertainment, exhibits and vendors, and scholarships and fundraisers. Volunteering is a great way to actively participate in our new region and become more involved in your ACUI experience. Descriptions will be provided on the conference registration.

Silent & Live Auction 

The Region VII conference will once again host a Silent & Live Auction. Items auctioned off will help to support scholarships for individuals to attend a variety of ACUI affiliated programs. In past years, Region VII has awarded eight individuals the opportunity to attend I-LEAD® and the annual conference by covering registration fees in full. We are hopeful that next May we will be awarding opportunities for I-LEAD®, IPDS, and/or the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Silent & Live Auction Registration is now available here. Auction items that need to be mailed to the conference can be sent to:

Jason Levy Silent Auction
219M Student Center - Temple
1755 N. 13th Street
Phila, PA 19027

Come ready to bid on amazing items for you or your institution. 

For more information contact:
Alyssa Shoup 

Community Art Project

Region VII will be participating in its first ever community art project! We hope you'll consider joining us by decorating your mosaic tile with permanent metallic marker and bringing it with you to the conference. Follow Region VII on Facebook to see how your fellow delegates are getting creative with their tiles!

Community Service Project

Cap Creations is a joint initiative started by Lisa McMahon and Dr. Donna Sanderson at West Chester University. Bottle caps are a free, sustainable, and easy way to promote growth and development in a child. From math to science, literacy to art, there are endless possibilities to do and learn with your bottle cap kit! Join us on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 3:15–4:15 p.m. to help prepare Cap Kits for distribution! For more information about Cap Creations, visit

Spirit Stick 2015

The Conference Planning Team encourages school spirit, ACUI’s core values, and overall good citizenship during the conference. The recipient of the Spirit Stick will have exhibited ACUI’s Core Values. The Regional Leadership Team will select one institution per core value to receive 10 points toward their overall score. Additionally, all delegates are invited to cast their votes whenever they observe someone embodying the goal of the spirit stick. No one is permitted to vote for their own institution and each vote will count for 1 point. When voting, be prepared to answer the following question, "What specifically did this individual do that reflects the positive spirit of ACUI?" Voting will be available through Guidebook.
Here are some things to consider when voting:

  • Role Call at welcome
  • School Spirit apparel
  • Great participation/question in an education session
  • Random acts of kindness throughout the day
  • Energetic participation in conference events and activities



Updated Oct. 23, 2015