Honorary Lifetime Membership

Honorary membership is conferred by the Board of Trustees on those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the Association. This distinction normally is reserved for college union and student activities professionals upon retirement from the field. On appropriate occasions, it may be awarded to non-union personnel whose efforts have served to enhance the Association and the college union ideal, or to a professional who has rendered exceptional service but has left the college union and student activities field in pursuit of other careers.

Minimum Qualifications Include: 

  • 15 years of employment in the college union and student activities field at ACUI member institutions; OR be a non-union/activities professional who has rendered exceptional service, but has left the college union and student activities field in pursuit of other careers.
  • Ten years of exceptional service to the Association, with at least five years of service at the Association level. Additional years can be service to the Association in other capacities. 
  • A nomination letter or letter(s) of support must be submitted for the member to be considered for Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, describing instances how an individual has given exceptional service to the Association and demonstrating how the exceptional service has made an impact.

Do you know someone who is retiring?

While there is an annual process for recognizing retirees from the profession through Honorary Lifetime Membership and the Emeritus Award, we know retirements happen at various points throughout the year. Help us track information about who is retiring by filling out this basic form. 

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Nomination information

Please place nominations online by filling out the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award nomination form to include the following information:

  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of the nominee
  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of the nominator
  • Institutions and years employed in college union or student activities departments of ACUI member institutions
  • Positions and years of service to the Association at the international level (Board of Trustees, regional director, special appointment, international program team member, community/committee chair, etc.)
  • Positions and years of service to the Association in other capacities (regional leadership team, special committees or task forces, etc.)
  • Anticipated retirement date (if applicable)
  • At least one letter of support from an individual at an ACUI member institution describing instances how the individual has given exceptional service to the Association and demonstrating how the exceptional service has made an impact.

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


Previous Recipients

2016 recipients:
Christine Chergi, University of Pittsburgh
Ann Claussen, Moravian College
Sarah-Ann Harnick, New Jersey City University
Michael Henthorne, Oregon State University
Bob Mindrum, Purdue University
Monika Rodie, Weber State University
Robert Rouzer, University of Illinois–Chicago
Tom Rufer, University of North Texas
Ed Slazinik, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Christine ChergiMichael HenthorneRobert Rouzer   

2015 recipients:
Patrick Bailey, California State University–Northridge
Marsha Herman-Betzen, ACUI
Bernard Pitts, Kansas State University
LeNorman Strong, University of California–Berkeley 

2014 recipient:
Jerry Mann, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

2013 recipients:
Martha Blood, ACUI
William Edwards, Oregon State University

2012 recipients:
Michael Bowen, Wayne State University
Don Luse, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Bob Rodda, College of Wooster 

2011 recipients:
Neil Gerard, Pomona College
Kim Savage, University of Illinois–Chicago

Selection and Presentation

Nominations will receive written or electronic notification confirming receipt. Honorary lifetime membership is awarded by the Board of Trustees. Honorary members are granted all rights and privileges as defined by Article III, Section 5 of the ACUI Constitution with the added privilege that their annual dues will be waived and that their annual conference registration fee will be reduced to cover meals. The recipients will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

Updated Jan. 9, 2017