Honorary membership is conferred by the Board of Trustees on those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to ACUI. Honorary members are granted all rights and privileges as defined by the ACUI Constitution, with the added privilege that their annual dues will be waived and that their annual conference registration fee will be reduced.

Normally reserved for those retiring from the profession, on appropriate occasions, it may be awarded to non-union personnel whose efforts have served to enhance the Association and the college union idea, or to a professional who has rendered exceptional service but has left the profession in pursuit of other careers.


2020 Recipient

2020 recipients were offered the opportunity to be recognized this year or to defer their recognition until the next association gathering. We are happy to celebrate one recipient of Honorary Lifetime Membership at this time.

Tami Kuhn served in the college union field for nearly 30 years, which began in student life and activities offices, and evolved into serving as the manager of the Michigan State Union. Through this time, she has been a consistent volunteer across all levels, and with her career path recently transitioning to work within human resources, Kuhn shared the following sentiments:

“ACUI has been nothing but a blessing in my life. I have met so many wonderful people through ACUI and learned so much from all of them. I even learned that Wolverines can be great friends and colleagues (GO GREEN!). I can remember sitting at my first conference thinking what a remarkable group of professionals were assembled in that ballroom for the final dinner. All of the people there cared so much about students and their success! But they also nurtured each other in so many ways. I mean, if you are a hugger like me, you just fell into clover!

"I want to thank Michigan State University for giving me space to be a member of the ACUI community. I’ve been on regional and annual Conference Planning Committees, the Education and Research Fund Team, several special projects, and the Education Council. In each of these opportunities, I believe that I learned much more than I contributed. ACUI is the best of both worlds—a personal and professional heaven. I wish I could name all the people who have become friends, mentors, and colleagues. You are all wonderful and what makes ACUI what it is. Thank you for this honor, and I’ll see you soon!”

Tami Kuhn

Past Recipients

Dan Adams
Patrick Bailey
Gary Bartlett
Ernest Bebb
Boris Bell
Joseph Benedict
Colette Berge
Fay Blackburn
William Blain
Martha Blood
Michael Bowen
Jay Boyar
William Brattain
Ruth Burnham
Matthew Carey
Jan Carlson
Jim Carruthers
Joseph Cavalla
Christine Chergi
Frank Cianciola
Ann Claussen
Patrice Coleman-Boatwright
Archie Copeland
John Corker
Christopher Cottle
Kaye Cross
Manuel Cunard
Nancy Davis Metz
J. Scott Derrick
William Edwards
Linda Eldred
Wendell Ellenwood
Earl Finder
Michael Georgeson
Neil Gerard
Joe Gutowski
Sally Hammock
Sarah-Ann Harnick
Kim Harrington
Michael Henthorne
Marsha Herman-Betzen
Ted Hoef
Audrey Hozack
J. William Johnston
Bruce Kaiser
Thomas Keys
Jean Kistler Kendall
Gretchen Laatsch
Floyd Land
Thomas Lile
Ronald Loomis
Donald Luse
Jerry Mann
Susan Yung Maul
Dale McHenry
Robert Mindrum
Peter Neville
Jack Overman
Susan Payment
Bernard Pitts
Shirley Plakidas
Michael Poe
George Preisinger
Carol Prior Heller
Charles Rausch
Timothy Reed
Bob Rodda
Carolyn Rion
Monika Rodie
Donald Rohel
Robert Rouzer
Thomas Rufer
Loren Rullman
Holly Sateia
Kim Savage
Robert Schneeweiss
Judi Schwartz
Paul Sherbakoff
Winston Shindell
Edward Slazinik
Curtis Smout
William Smriga
Bill Spelman
Elizabeth Jane Stachowiak
LeNorman Strong
Marvin Swenson
Gordon Teigen
Nancy Turner
Billy Joe Varney
Gerri Walters
Warren Wiese
Cynthia Woolbright
F. James Zwickey

Criteria and Eligibility

At a minimum, individuals eligible for this award must:

  • Have 15 years of employment in the profession at ACUI member institutions; or be a non-union/activities professional who has rendered exceptional service to ACUI, but has left the profession in pursuit of other careers.
  • Have ten years of exceptional service to ACUI, with at least five years of service at the Association level.
  • Have nomination letter(s) support submitted describing instances of how the individual has given exceptional service to the Association and demonstrating how the exceptional service has made an impact.


    Submission materials must include the following:

    1. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominee.
    2. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominator.
    3. At least one letter in support of the applicant to receive the award written by individual(s) such as direct supervisors/advisors, peers/colleagues, students, faculty members, etc., addressing:
    • The achievements of the nominee in the profession.
    • The demonstrated commitment of the nominee to the criteria identified for this specific award.
    • A summary of the nominee's background to provide evidence that they meet the criteria identified for this specific award, including information related to professional experience and volunteer service—providing a current resume for the nominee is optional.

    Note that only one nomination is necessary for a nominee to be considered, and the identity of the nominator will not be disclosed during the selection process.

    The nomination deadline is December 11.

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    Nominators will receive electronic notification confirming receipt of materials. This honor is conferred by the Board of Trustees. A physical award will be given to the recipients, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference and in subsequent publications.