Excellence in Volunteer Service Award

Description and Criteria

The Excellence in Volunteer Service Award will be presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and success in their volunteer role within the Association during the previous 12 months. Up to six awards may be presented in any one year, and individuals are eligible to win this award on multiple occasions.


Nominees must:

  • Be any individual employed part-time or full-time by an ACUI member institution
  • Also have performed in at least one non-Leadership Team volunteer role during the previous 12 months.

Current volunteers on the ACUI Leadership Team shall not be considered eligible for this award. The ACUI Leadership Team is defined as current and outgoing members of the Board of Trustees, Education Council members, regional directors, and special appointments.


The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below.

  • Exceptional service to the Association through leadership roles
  • Demonstrated excellence in the enhancement of the college union ideal

Previous RecipientsHeather Beasley Jennifer Keegin

2016 recipients:
Heather Beasley, Purdue University, for her dedication to the organization in the many roles that she has held, including most recently the Region VI volunteer coordinator.
Jennifer Keegin, Binghamton University, for being a dedicated student affair professional, including providing volunteer leadership to the Technology Community of Practice this year.  

2015 recipient:
Michael Sprinkle, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis

2014 recipients:
Laura Ballou, University of Rochester
Mandy Ellertson, Portland Community College
Scott Reed, Virginia Tech
Molly Ward, Tulane University

Nomination Information

In addition to meeting the above eligibility, the following information will be submitted by one nominator through an online form to create a complete application:

  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of the nominee
  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of the nominator
  • Summary of volunteer positions and service to the Association during the previous 12 months  
  • Nominee's resume, including educational background and training, work experience, evidence of institutional and ACUI involvement, and any honors and awards received as a professional.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from nominee's immediate supervisor and two from ACUI colleagues or peers who have worked with this individual in a volunteer capacity that support the nomination.

Self-nominations will also be accepted and considered.

This year's nomination deadline has closed for this award, which will be presented at the 2017 annual conference. 

Selection and Presentation

The winner(s) of this award shall be selected by the awards committee as appointed by the ACUI president. ACUI members shall nominate eligible candidates for this award; self-nominations will also be considered. The winner(s) of this award shall receive the same symbol as other individual awards. The symbol should feature (at minimum) the name of the award, the winner’s name and institution, the year in which the award was presented, and either the ACUI name or logo. The winner(s) will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

Updated Jan. 7, 2017