Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award

The Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award, established in 1995, honors the memory of one of ACUI’s most influential leaders for more than three decades. Blackburn served ACUI in numerous leadership positions, and demonstrated continuous commitment to the development of student leaders and to new professionals.

In addition to the honor of the award, starting in 2012, the recipient will also receive a $400 cash prize. 

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • Be employed full-time at an ACUI member institution
  • Have been in the field at least two years but not more than five years
  • Have demonstrated commitment to the college union and student activities field through institutional involvement
  • Have demonstrated commitment to ACUI through regional and/or Association-wide involvement

Criteria

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

  • Achievement in student activities or college union management
  • Demonstrated enhancement of the college union ideal
  • Service to the Association

Previous RecipientsMorgan Meehan

2016 recipient:
Morgan Meehan, The Ohio State University, who is committed to her department, institution, and ACUI. Meehan has served as an "Open Doors" facilitator, been on the Conference Management Team and the Volunteer Development Team, and also attended IPDS. 

2015 recipient: Kim Kruchen, University of Colorado
2014 recipient: Kim Pho, University of Notre Dame
2013 recipient: Daniel Gray, University of Houston
2012 recipient: Jody Poth, The Ohio State University
2011 recipient: Kristen Salo, University of Colorado

About Richard D. Blackburn

Richard D. Blackburn

Blackburn served ACUI in numerous leadership positions, including president in 1968-1969 and executive director from 1982-1991. Throughout his career, which included serving as the director of the union on three college campuses, he demonstrated continuous commitment to the development of student leaders and to new professionals.

His support and encouragement of individuals is felt today through the leadership of college union and student activities administrators everywhere who had the privilege of working with him in the early stages of their careers. His influence on and encouragement of new professionals is reflected in this award, given annually to an individual who demonstrates the potential for excellence in the field of college union and student activities work.

"Richard D. Blackburn, throughout his professional life, demonstrated true commitment in working with young professionals. His time was never too valuable to spend with graduate students and young professionals. His words were always optimistic, uplifting, and supportive of a life of service in the college union field and ACUI." - Loren J. Rullman, Associate Vice President, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Nomination Information

Please place nominations online by filling out the Richard D. Blackburn New Professional 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
  • Evidence that the nominee meets the above criteria
  • 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 from nominee's immediate supervisor, a student leader or peer colleague who has worked with the nominee, and an ACUI colleague or peer that support the nomination

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

Selection and presentation 

Nominations will receive written or electronic notification confirming their receipt. The ACUI awards committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review the applications to determine a winner. One winner will be chosen; one physical award will be given to the winner. The winner will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

 

Updated Jan. 7, 2017