"A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Volume 74 | Issue 3
May 2006

ACUI's 86th annual conference

The ACUI annual conference in Kansas City had an exciting kick-off this year with its opening banquet. The conference attendees were greeted by an energetic traditional Irish band and a welcome from ACUI President Daniel Maxwell. But the star of the opening banquet was American hero Buck O’Neil.

Born in 1911, O’Neil grew up playing baseball in a segregated America. He showcased his talents in the Negro Baseball League as a player and manager, and later, in Major League Baseball, he has been a scout, coach, and advocate. O’Neil is an accomplished individual, having a baseball career that spanned seven decades, and but he is also an unofficial ambassador of Kansas City.

O’Neil spoke to ACUI delegates about his trials through life involving segregation and education. An influential teacher in his life, Mrs. Booker, did everything to challenge him and educate him. When it came time to go to high school, O’Neil wanted to attend the newly built school but was unable to because he was not white. This exclusion did not hold him back; rather, it pushed him forward. He succeeded in his education, and even when he became involved in baseball, he took time during the off season to learn. Although there were some financial pressures to play baseball year round, his mother reminded him that he probably would not be able to play baseball when he got older, and needed to have a plan for his future. O’Neil’s mother, Mrs. Booker, and the exclusion from education gave him the drive to be committed to a life of learning.

Years later he returned to receive an honorary diploma from the high school he was not allowed to attend as an adolescent because of his skin color. He told ACUI delegates how moved he was to be greeted after the commencement ceremony by “Sarasota students of all kinds—black, white, Asian, Native American—[who] all said, ‘You the man, Buck.’”

O’Neil’s charisma and humorous anecdotes caught the heart of conferees and let everyone see the importance of equality. As O’Neil scanned the audience, he stated: “I see all different types of people in this room. Everyone is working together. You can’t beat that.”

O’Neil ended his talk by having everyone join hands and, repeating after him, sing, “The greatest thing I ever did in all my life was loving you.” This song was a reminder to all that we need to appreciate the people around us. O’Neil set the tone of the conference by placing a strong importance on learning about one another and working to enhance the future of education.

Following dinner, delegates traveled by bus to the Negro League Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum for dessert. O’Neil, who had been the grand marshal in the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade earlier in the day, stayed at the museums until 11 p.m. chatting with ACUI members and signing autographs.


Stanley Fish

The intriguing title of Stanley Fish’s keynote speech, “Is it good for the Jews, or what about Terri Schiavo?” promised a provocative and stimulating session for ACUI delegates at this year’s annual conference. Fish, a literary theorist who has contributed many significant texts to his field, gave the first keynote of the conference on the morning of March 18. Fish is a nimble thinker who values the process of dialectical inquiry as much as the outcome, and this was apparent in his talk.

He began by mentioning his own experience as a university administrator at the University of Illinois–Chicago, where he once served as a dean. In an effort to relate to ACUI members and their place within the university, he mentioned the sense of entitlement held by many faculty members and their lack of appreciation for work done by non-faculty members.

Fish then launched into a challenging discussion of classic liberalism and fundamentalist schools of thought, using current events to illustrate his ideas. He argued that liberalism, which values procedural integrity over beliefs, is inherently incompatible with fundamentalism, a value system in which beliefs are upheld above all else. Fish’s title refers to the three questions one should ask when approaching a political or public situation: “Is it good for the Jews?” a question that can be transferred to any religious, ethnic, or special interest group; “Is it good for everyone?” meaning humankind; and “Is it right?” referring to an action’s morality. This final question is arguably the most difficult to answer, Fish said, as each culture, religion, and individual has a different understanding of morality. Varying responses to this question are at the root of the discord between liberalism and fundamentalism.

Fish discussed the recent uproar over a Danish cartoon that depicted the prophet Mohammed in an unflattering light, as well as the debate over prolonging the life of Terri Schiavo, a woman described to be in a persistent vegetative state for several years prior to her death in 2005. In both of these cases, Fish said, one faction was fighting to uphold a moral belief; in the first case, belief in the holiness and dignity of Mohammad, and in the second, the inherent goodness in prolonging a Schiavo’s life. The opposing parties in these debates did not argue against these beliefs. Instead, they argued for the supremacy of objective systems; in the first case, free speech and freedom of the press, which gives cartoonists the right to print whatever they choose; in the second, the decisions made by courts in the U.S. legal system, which had ruled that Schiavo’s feeding tube should be removed, based on wishes verbally stated to her husband. The two factions’ arguments were so dissimilar, based on such different value systems, they lacked even the terms to engage, Fish said.

Fish’s challenging talk started the conference on a cerebral tone and gave delegates the opportunity to consider current event in a perspective they may not have previously used.

Debbie Wooten

During the annual conference, keynote speaker Debbie Wooten communicated a humorous and uplifting message to ACUI delegates about the importance of not letting someone else tell you that you cannot do something. Struck with polio at age 5, and diagnosed with spina bifida and scoliosis, Wooten described the isolation she experienced within the African-American community as a result of these conditions, as well as her delayed awareness of racial issues.

“I went to the crippled children school,” she said, where talk was not of skin color, but of braces, crutches, and wheelchairs. “I didn’t understand the larger world,” she said, and didn’t know she was black until she was 7 years old. “I thought polio was a race,” she said. Being black and having polio, she experienced a double stigma, and was told she would be unable to do many things in her life.

Wooten’s experiences in childbearing exemplify her success in overcoming these negative messages of her youth. Although her parents learned from doctors early in her life that she would be unable to have children, they kept this information from her.

“They finally told me after my third child that I couldn’t have kids,” Wooten said. “You can do a lot in this world when you don’t know you can’t do it.” Wooten continued to apply this philosophy to obstacles in her life, repeatedly conquering challenges and trying new things. She raised five children as a single mother, relocated her family from Chicago to Tacoma, Wash., and when her children were older, joined a public speaking organization. This last move eventually led to her successful career as a comedian and inspirational speaker.

Wooten summarized the lesson of her life story with an analogy about coal’s transformation into a diamond. To become a diamond, a piece of coal must undergo extreme pressure. Although difficult, the process results in a beautiful gem. This is not unlike Wooten’s life, she said, in which she has undergone extreme duress. However, she said, she has turned her challenges into assets and used her gifts to heal herself.

“I see my gift as humor,” Wooten said. “And I use it to build bridges,” so that people don’t focus on her skin color or other physical characteristics.

She challenged the audience to find and use their own gifts, and to embrace their own transformation as an educational and strengthening process.

Suzanne Forsyth

Suzanne Forsyth was the final keynote presenter at the annual conference, speaking Sunday morning. Forsyth’s talk, titled “Raising the E.Q.; Emotional Intelligence and Leadership,” focused on the changing nature of leadership during the past half-century, as it has transitioned from a hierarchical structure to one that is more egalitarian, focused on processes as well as results. Forsyth, a management consultant, is a former president of the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area. Her work focuses on using emotional intelligence to increase employee participation and ownership.

Forsyth began her talk by admitting that leadership is a nebulous topic that can be difficult to get one’s hands around. To do so, she presented a series of personality traits found in many successful leaders. In addition, she highlighted the shifting importance of certain factors. As working styles have changed, so has the profile of a successful leader. Whereas decisiveness was once considered one of the most important factors in determining a leader, other attributes such as resourcefulness and being able to pick up new skills easily, have now taken priority. Another quality that can determine a leader’s success is human relations skills. The ability to form, maintain, and especially repair relationships is key to success in the workplace today, Forsyth said.

Emotional awareness and intelligence, the “E.Q.” referred to in the talk’s title, can also affect a leader’s success. The ability to manage oneself, to regulate one’s responses to situations or conflicts, is especially important in the new democratized workplace, where personalities and relationships have become as important as the bottom line.

‘Charlie Brown’-style hero wins Butts-Whiting Award

At the closing banquet, Susan Maul, past president and Butts-Whiting Award winner, had the honor of presenting the 2006 Butts-Whiting Award to Matt Cameron. Cameron, assistant vice provost for student life at Santa Clara University, is the former director of the Benson Memorial Union and was ACUI president from 1999 to 2000.

The Butts-Whiting Award is the highest honor the Association gives, and its recipient is always a surprise until presented with the award during the closing banquet. The Butts-Whiting Award, named after union legends Porter Butts and Edgar Whiting, recognizes the outstanding leaders in ACUI who have made significant contributions in college unions and student activities.

Maul said Cameron’s nominators described him as humble and modest, kind and compassionate, caring, dedicated, calm, and personable. She said he is selfless and willing to put aside personal aspirations for the good of others. Maul recalled that when she was on the Board of Trustees, formerly the Executive Board, she assigned the other board members each a fitting cartoon character persona during a meeting one day. She dubbed Cameron the “Charlie Brown” of the group because he has never wanted or needed the limelight, but rather has recognized the talents of others and nurtured them to succeed.

Cameron has been a part of ACUI in many facets. He has served on the annual conference program committee, the annual conference host team, on the Leadership Team as a regional director, a member of the Board of Trustees, and volunteers whenever is he is needed. Some of the Cameron’s nominators described him as “the heart and soul of ACUI,” “someone who is unparallel in his selfless love for all of us,” and a man that “has spirit that will never give up in a time of adversity.” Cameron is truly a team player that helps contribute to the ACUI community and, with his long list of accomplishments and nominations, Maul said he is certainly a worthy recipient of the Butts-Whiting Award.

Referencing his 1999 presidential speech, Cameron told ACUI members that “volunteerism is the lifeblood of the Association, and that’s about time and it’s about the giving of oneself and acknowledging the people around us.” Cameron took the time to acknowledge the past recipients of the Butts-Whiting Award and to let them know how thankful he was of their contributions to ACUI over the years. He challenged members of the Association to contact someone who has made an impact on their life. He encouraged people to make this contact now before it is too late.

Cameron’s wife was present to surprise and accompany him in receiving his award. He spoke of his marriage to his wife not only as being a connection between soul mates, but being a commitment. He concluded his acceptance speech by saying that it is important to keep your soul mates close by, just like he tries to keep his soul mates, his wife and ACUI, near to his heart.

Annual Business Meeting

During the 2006 Annual Business Meeting, ACUI President Daniel Maxwell gave his sunset “State of the Association” address. In it he thanked his fellow volunteers and colleagues for the experiences he had during his three years on the Board of Trustees. Then, focusing on the past 12 months, he highlighted some of the Association’s many accomplishments, saying: “ACUI is better positioned for the future, stronger in our leadership and effective in providing programs and services to our membership.”

One of the most easily recognized accomplishments during the past year was the creation of ACUI’s next strategic plan, refined through an extensive and inclusive yearlong process with the assistance of a consultant, volunteers, and staff. “This document will be our guide over the next five years to continue to push us to be better, more reflective, and purposeful in the delivery of our programs and services,” Maxwell said. Supporting this plan’s implementation will be a Staff Operational Plan and a Volunteer Operational Plan. “As true partners in this process, we will successfully meet the goals as outlined in the new plan and we will be a better Association for our efforts,” Maxwell added. Maxwell also reviewed accomplishments that spanned various areas of the Association’s work.


For a second year in a row ACUI is “in the black, putting money in the reserves, and making a payment to the Association for the ACUI Procure start-up costs,” Maxwell said. In 2005, several years into its existence, the ACUI Procure group-buying program facilitated over $1.92 million in 1,100 sales transactions, collecting more than $22,600 in rebates for 200 institutions—large, small, public and private.

To help manage finances at all levels of the Association, the Board of Trustees recommended program financial procedures based on the hard work of a task force that included regional directors, regional business managers, program team leaders, and trustees. And as always, membership recruitment and retention is a top-level priority for the Leadership Team as well as staff, Maxwell said.


Maxwell seemed to take the most pride in the new Core Competency Implementation Team, charged with operationalizing the profession’s 11 core competencies “into the fabric of our work programs and services,” Maxwell said. The Core Competency Implementation Team will prepare a final report before the Leadership Team meets in Bloomington this July. “The work that has been done to date is a shining example of the caliber of professionals in and volunteering for our Association,” Maxwell added.

This year, the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees reviewed and revised the ACUI affirmative action officer job description. It also worked to streamline Association elections, recommending an online nominations process for our elections and utilizing outgoing/past regional directors as members of the Election Committee. On the regional level, a survey was conducted to assess the efficacy of regional elections processes.


This year’s student programs were the most impressive. More than 100 students participated in our two sessions of I-LEAD® this year, which took place at Indiana University and the University of Hawaii–Hilo. Our Stop the Hate! program trained 172 students through its three-day training sessions in different regions. In partnership with ACPA and NASPA, 45 graduate students traveled to Australia for our second two-week international study tour.


In addition to the ongoing, bimonthly publication of The Bulletin, the Association published the renovation and construction book, “College Union Dynamic: Flexible Solutions for Successful Facilities,” by Paul Knell and Stan Latta. ACUI collaborated with other student affairs associations to publish “Learning Reconsidered 2,” which was released in March. Stop the Hate!, in partnership with the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and funded partly by a grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center, developed the first-ever Fraternity and Sorority Action Guide. Stemming from several Bulletin articles about green design, ACUI became part of the U.S. Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Other business

Maxwell closed by saying: “Believe me, from what I have observed and have had the honor to lead, I know we will successfully and collectively meet our goals and we will do it—we will have to do it— together.”

Following the State of the Association, there was some discussion regarding a proposed change to the Board of Trustees structure. In April the membership voted on a bylaw change to add two at-large members plus the immediate past president to the board. It was suggested that the language of the proposed change be clarified so readers would understand the size of the board could not be modified mid-way through the nominations process.

The buzz at the Kansas City conference was certainly about the ACUI Education and Research Foundation Silent Auction. Participation in the 2006 auction was tremendous, from item donations to generous bids from the Association’s membership. Tables were overflowing with items, and friendly bids went back and forth among many in the final seconds of bidding. If you had the opportunity to stop by the auction, you saw that there were several packages that included regional baskets, Marriott trips, and gifts from ACUI vendors. All in all, the auction raised more than $14,000 for the ACUI Foundation, thanks to your generosity. A special thanks goes to Marriott and the PAC-10, whose items were very popular and have set a standard for future donations. Congratulations to Region 5, whose member institutions donated the most items for auction. And remember, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you’d like to donate for next year’s Silent Auction in Atlanta.

Runners and walkers ‘enrich their soles’

This year’s “Enrich Your Soles” 5K walk/run to benefit the ACUI Foundation, took delegates to Kansas City’s Loosle Park. Forty individuals participated, raising $1,798.

The top regional contributors were Region 7 with $754.99, Region 8 with $245.19, and Region 3 with $180.25. The champion individual fundraiser was Bob Rodda, The College of Wooster, with $608, followed by Carol Raske, University of Illinois–Chicago, with $222 for second place and Kevin Lockwood, Seton Hall University, with $148 for third place.

Of her participation, Raske said: “I ran in Reno and came in third female overall based on speed in covering the course. I felt I could not run any faster, and it became my goal to be a better fundraiser when I heard that every year Bob Rodda was able to raise a substantial amount. I feel ACUI does so much for its members and since I believe in the positive benefits of running and a lifestyle of fitness, participating in the FUNd Run is something I really enjoyed.”

Thanks to all participants and volunteers who helped make the 2006 run/walk a success. Plans are already in the works for Atlanta in 2007.

2006 ACUI Foundation Golf Tournament

Fourteen ACUI conference attendees braved the cold winds of the Kansas plains to play golf at the Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park during the recent ACUI annual conference. The format for the match was a team scramble/best ball tournament.

Due to the generous support of nine golf tournament sponsors, both teams and individuals enjoyed competing for prizes and award plaques. The team of Bill Smriga, Chris Chelnick, Mark Wagner, and Michael Stickney won the team competition with an excellent four-under-par score of 68. There was a tie for second, with both teams coming in at an even par score of 72. A tie-breaker rule was applied, and the team of Ted Hoef, Mark Packer, Dave Wagner, and Joe Sedlacek was awarded second place, while the team of Steve Gardner, Bill Dean and Michael Henthorne took home the third place award. Also competing was the team of Chad Cardinal, Todd Fearnley, and Mark Simmons, which came in eight strokes over par.

The individual awards were given to Bill Dean with the longest drive on the second hole and closest to the pin on Hole 11. Winning the longest drive for Hole 12 was Chris Chelmick, and closest to the pin on Hole 8 was Dave Wagner.

We extend a special thanks to the 2006 golf tournament sponsors, including Panda Express, Pepsi, College Bowl, Seating Concepts, SICO America, Adden Furniture, Livermore-Edwards and Associates, The Baker Group, and Chick-fil-a. All proceeds above expenses from the tournament are donated to the ACUI Education and Research Foundation. We’re all looking forward to a warmer outing in Atlanta next year. Bring your clubs and join in the fun!

2006 ACUI Education and Research

Foundation Annual Conference Contributors

“Enrich Your Souls” Run/Walk
Rotimi Ariyo
Boyd Beckwith
Mike Breitner
John Burse
James Contratto
John Cory
Angela Crisp-Sears
Pam Davis
James Fawcett
Angela Feddersen Heinze
Tim Gregory
Brian Griffith
William Harcleroad
Daniel Harris
Candy Holt
Jeff Hughes
Tammy Lambert
Jaime Leal
Kevin Lockwood
Michelle Lopez
Francis Marsilli
Gregory McBride
Bill Olmsted
Jeff Pelletier
Josh Peters-McBride
Carol Raske
Jeff Rensel
Bob Rodda
Eve Scrogham
Pam Shefman
John Taylor
Julie Walters-Steele
Leasa Weimer
Melissa Winter Means
Greg Zackowski
Golf Tournament
Chad Cardinal
Chris Chelmick
Bill Dean
Todd Fearnley
Stephen Gardner
Michael Henthorne
Ted Hoef
Mark Packer
Joseph Sedlacek
Mark Simmons
William Smriga
Michael Stickney
David Wagner
Mark Wagner

Silent Auction Bidders
Dan Adams
Greg Albanese
David Albart
Judith Albin
Lydia Anderson
Beth Bailey
Jane Bailey
Patrick Bailey
Kay Ball
Beth Bare
Dave Barnes
Chad Barnhardt
Michael Baron
Leah Barrett
Boyd Beckwith
David Becnel
Elizabeth Beltramini
Laura Bestler-Wilcox
Debra Blade
Martha Blood
Mark Bodien
Boise State University
Jason Bosch
Mike Breitner
Ali Brown
Patrick Brown
Jacob Brumfield
Gayle Bullard
Adam Burden
Steve Burrell
Thomas Butcavage
Scott Buzek
Susan Canady
Donald Castle
Chris Chelmick
Ritter Clevenger
Carol Bishop Compton
Patrick Connelly
Guy Conway
Tina Cook
Kris Corda
Linda Corriveau
Mary Covell
Ian Crone
Jonathan Curtis
Erin Davis
Leslie Davis
Lorna Dawes
Carole Desgroppes-Brown
Jean Dorman
Lisa DuBose
Matthew Ducatt
Yvonne Dulaney
Julie Dunning
Mary Edgington
Michele Eicher Whiteside
Carolyn Farley
Julie Fleming
Hayden Greene
Jerilyn Grow
Joe Gutowski
Suzanne Halpin
Rosa Hanco
Chris Hargraves
Kim Harrington
Vicky Henderson
Michael Henthorne
Marsha Herman-Betzen
J. Randall Hicks
Cory Hilliard
Ted Hoef
Whit Hollis
Carol Houston
Regina Howell
Rowland Hughes
Shannon Hutchinson
Kimberly Jacobs
Eric Johnson
Lincoln Johnson
William Jones
Janet Jordan
Milton Karahadian
Patrick Keenan
Annemarie Kougias
Keith Kowalka
Tami Kuhn
Ellen Kusano
Gretchen Laatsch
Beverly Lahlum
Andrea Langeveld
Stephan Langley
Corey Lansing
Stan Latta
Lanita Legan
Marian Lipinski
Michelle Lopez
Ed Luther
Donna Maples
Francis Marsilli
Jillian Marx
Kevin Mauer
Gregory McBride
Heather McGinnis
James McHaley
Adell McMillan
Geoffrey Mecoy
Karen Mehnert-Meland
Charles Morrell
Al Morrison
Benita Murrel
Shelly Nalty
Jodie Nealley
Carol Neves
Stacey Oakley
The Ohio State University
Bill Olmsted
Mark Packer
Nate Panelo
Tammi Paul
Jeff Pelletier
Michelle Perez
Josh Peters-McBride
Meri Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Shirley Plakidas
Kate Porubcansky
John Poston
Theodore Pratt
Jennifer Puccinelli
Chandra Putnam
Timothy Reed
Kaineen Robinson
Lisa Rosenberg
Heidi Ross
Robert Rouzer
Thomas Rufer
Trish Saelens
Homer Salizar
Robert Schneeweiss
Kim Schoenadel
James Schuster
Eve Scrogham
Pam Shefman
Heather Shook
Sharon Silverstein
Barbara Slagle
Dani Smith
William Smith
William Smriga
Deborah Spina
Denise Stephenson
Margie Stoltz
Tara Stormoen Martinez
Tracy Stuck
Jean Sun
Gale Swanka
Bridget Talbot
John Taylor
Robb Ryan Thibault
Jack Thoman
Dave Timmann
Beth Ullum
Jordan Urich
Gerry Van Ackeren
Becky Voboril
Stuart Walker
Julie Walters-Steele
Corrine Ward
Cricket Watt
Helen Welford
Valerie Wetzel
TJ Willis
David Wiseley
Bobby Woodard
Eric Yarwood
Courtney Young-Law

Silent Auction Donors
ACUI Conference Program Team
ACUI Region 1
ACUI Region 5
ACUI Region 8
ACUI Region 12 Conference Program Team 2005
ACUI Region 12 Conference Program Team 2006
ACUI Region 14
Adden Furniture Inc.
University of Alaska–Anchorage
University of Alaska–Fairbanks
Appalachian State University
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Associated Students’ Bookstore of Western Washington
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Patrick Bailey
Baker Group
James Ball
Barnes and Noble
Colette Berge
Big 10 Unions
Martha J. Blood
Boise State University
Boston University
Bowling Green State University
Brunswick Bowling
University at Buffalo
Douglas R. Bugee/Brunswick Bowling
California State University–
Bakersfield/Matt Ducatt
California State University–
Long Beach
University of California–Davis
Matt Cameron
Castleton State College
University of Central Florida
Christine Chergi/Pitt Union
Coca-Cola Bottling of Raleigh
University of Colorado–Boulder
Colorado State
University of Connecticut
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth College
Lorna Dawes
Duke University
Elmhurst College
Explore Columbus – Student Discount Ticket Program
Rick Gardner
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
The John Glenn Institute
Hastings & Chivetta Architects
University of Hawaii–Hilo
Helen Welford
Highpoint Furniture
Dan Hill/AMF Bowling
Ted Hoef
Holzman Moss & Mackey Mitchell Architecture
University of Houston
Indiana Memorial Union/
Sodexho/Indiana University Auditorium
Indiana Memorial Union/ACUI
Indiana University–Bloomington
InFocus Digital Media
Iowa State University
James Madison University
University of Kansas
Kansas State University
Krueger International/Chuck Sliger
KSA Interiors/Kim Bruffy
Gretchen Laatsch
Louisiana State University
Macalester College
Marriott Global Sales/Kevin O’Keefe
Marriott Rivercenter
University of Massachusetts–Lowell
Adell McMillan
University of Memphis
University of Michigan–
Ann Arbor
Michigan State University
University of Missouri–Columbia
Monroe Community College
Moody-Nolan Inc.
County College of Morris
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
New Orleans Marriott
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University Bookstore
Northwestern University
Notre Dame Student Activities
The Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma
Oregon State University
Pac 10 Union Directors
Pennsylvania State University–University Park
Shirley Plakidas
Pomona College
Portland Community College
Providence College
Robert Rouzer
Sam Houston State University
University of San Francisco
Robert Schneeweiss
Shepherd University
Smith College
University of Southern California
University of Southern
California/Patrick Bailey
& Jenny Puccinelli
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Tracy Stuck
SUNY Downstate/Megan
Syracuse University
Eric Tammes
University of Texas–Dallas
University of Texas–Dallas
Student Union
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman’s University
Tufts University
Tulane University
UMB Bank
Unique Venues
University of Vermont
Virginia Tech
Weber State University
Leasa Weimer
Western Carolina University
Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University
Wichita State University
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin–
The Woolbright Group
WTW Architects

Fifth Annual Community Builders Awards Ceremony

Joy is one of ACUI’s core values, and it was certainly apparent during the Fifth Annual Community Builders Awards Ceremony. Keeping its good-time reputation, this year’s celebration featured a “Hairspray” theme, infusing the Broadway show’s upbeat music and silly hairdos. Styling the show and announcing award-winners were emcees Patrick Bailey, University of Southern California; Whit Hollis, University of Utah; Debra Hammond, University of California–Northridge; and Tracy Stuck, The Ohio State University.
In addition to the following individuals honored for their service to the profession and the Association, those professionals and students who worked to make ACUI programs and publications a success were recognized.

Richard D. Blackburn
New Professional Award
Tamara De Stefanis, University of Arizona

Two-Year College
Professional Service Award
Amanda Ellertson, Portland Community College–Rock Creek

Gretchen Laatsch Scholarship
Lindsey Thurgood, University of Utah

Earl Whitfield Regional Newsletter Award
ACUI Region 7 Newsletter

Revis A. Cox Memorial Award
Jeremy Schenk, Illinois State University

Emeritus Award
Jay Anderson, University of Memphis
Earl Cashon, Georgia Southern University
David Hertz, Salt Lake Community College
Phyllis Kuhl, Ball State University
J. Ryck Luthi, University of Utah
TJ Rutherford, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Tom Schubert, Texas Tech University

Perhaps the luckiest prize-winner was Rich Steele, Georgia Institute of Technology, whose name was drawn for a free trip to see “Hairspray” in New York City or Las Vegas.

Facility Design Awards

During the Community Builders Awards Ceremony at the annual conference, four winners of the 2006 ACUI Facility Design Awards were announced. The recipients selected to receive this honor were:

MHTN Architects, Inc.
Park Student Union
University of Arizona

MHTN Architects, Inc.
Paulsen Architects
Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State
WTW Architects
Lincoln Park Student Center
DePaul University

WTW Architects
Student Center
University of Akron

The ACUI Facility Design Awards were created to encourage excellence in the design of student-centered facilities that support campus community building and student learning. Awards may be given in four budget categories for new buildings, additions, renovations, restorations, outdoor environments, interior dining environments, interior or exterior recreation environments, and interior design and refurbishing.
Architecture firms were able to nominate their institutional projects for consideration for an award. Entries were judged not only on the basis of the facilities’ appearance, but on the process used to arrive at the design and how the new or renovated facility has impacted the campus. In total, 14 nominations were received and evaluated by a committee of senior-level union professionals from across the United States appointed by the ACUI president.
During the annual conference ACUI Facility Design Award winners displayed their projects and were able to participate in the Architecture and Design Showcase to meet with campus professionals.
If you are an architect wishing to submit your completed project for the 2007 ACUI Facility Design Awards Program or if you are a campus professional and want more information about the program, please contact Martha J. Blood at 812.245.8070 or mblood@acui.org.

Region 7 Wins
Battle of the Regions

Hat Contest
Each ACUI region was asked to create a hat representing its region, which the regional director then modeled during the Community Builders Awards Ceremony Hat Contest. Examples included Region 7’s gigantic “7” atop a football helmet painted with local teams, a Wisconsin-cheesehead chapeau with cherries and other paraphernalia symbolizing Region 8 stuck to it, and the winning submission, a green umbrella from which various animals dangled, showcasing Region 14’s rainy weather and scenic country.

Shuttlecock Olympics
1st Place: Region 5
2nd Place: Region 13
3rd Place: Region 12

Spelling Bee
1st Place: Region 6
2nd Place: Region 12
3rd Place: Region 3

College Bowl
Region 5 beat Region 15 to steal the College Bowl cham-
pionship title. Region 3 and 9 tied for third place.
Poetry Slam
J. Randall Hicks of Region 7 won this year’s Poetry Slam Competition, which featured many star poets. The room was hot with excitement during the contest until ultimately Hicks got the highest score. His winning poem about ACUI is included on p. 52.

ACUI is Good for the Soul

by J. Randall Hicks

From the moment the plane touched down on the ground
And arrived at the gate for this 86th annual conference
And I saw the skyline of Kansas City rise up
From the shuttle bus dash, I started to wonder
            And ponder
            The number of ways my soul
                        Might be

At six foot two and two hundred and “plenty”
I’m a formidable freaking force of flesh.
But arriving here
            This year
                        I swear, I saw basketball players playing
                        ball in the hall and they all
Made me feel quite …

And it’s good for the soul to feel a little bit different than what you think of yourself.

At the first conference meal it was a thrill to hear
Buck O’Neil speak with a smile on his face
            All about
            Baseball and the
            Race wall coming

Down at his feet … “uh-huh! Yeah … that’s right.”
And we clamored to busses to get to 18th and Vine
To see him at the Negro League Museum.

And it’s good for the soul to meet athlete’s who are
old but remembered,
Not for winning or losing,
But how
They played
The game.

You know the old saying, “When in Rome do as they do,”
So I round up my crew and we get a taxi or two
And we head down to Jack Stack’s for a big rack
Of ribs and burnt ends and top crown barbeque.

And even though I know that this is the best meal
                                    Had …

I’m haunted by questions from the keynote speaker.
Yes, it is “good,” but is it “right” to consume five
Pounds of pure pig perfectly prepared for my pleasure? …

Is Kansas City barbeque “good for the Jews?”

Damn you, Stan Fish, it’s my favorite dish!

If it weren’t good for the soul they wouldn’t call it “soul food.”

And speaking of speakers I’m salutin’ Debbie Wooten
For killing the “cant's that kill people and dreams.”

I can't … press the point
I can't … thank her enough

But I can tell you this:

It's good for the soul to have the courage to laugh
When the life you get is coming apart
            At the
It’s good for the soul to be here for a while and remember
those things
That make our Unions matter. Though soon we will scatter
We’ll be a little better from the inside

And it’s good for the soul to be a slam virgin
Just to see what the hype’s all about.