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.


2022 Recipients

Victoria Angis, Carelton State College

Victoria Angis is one of the most respected members of Region VIII. Over the years, she has served in numerous positions and some, more than once: conference chair, conference host, conference presenter, committee chair, committee member, Regional Director, innovator, volunteer extraordinaire, and chief cheerleader. She has significant involvement in association-level committees, such as the Women’s Concerns Committees, and completed a full term on the board as vice president of committee affairs. Angis also served on both the 75th and 100th Anniversary Conference Planning Teams. 

Angis has worked for 46 years in student affairs, including as director of the Carelton campus center, assistant dean of campus life, and associate dean of students. She retired in October 2021. 

Elizabeth Beltramini, ACUI

Elizabeth Beltramini has provided impressive, thoughtful leadership to ACUI on the Annual Conference, publications, and work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through it all, she actively exhibits ACUI's core values through and through—always being accessible as a sounding board confidant. Beltramini has been a positive force on the ACUI staff for nearly 20 years, keeping ACUI focused on members and their experiences with our programs and services.

Beltramini has served in various professional roles and worked with numerous volunteers during her time at the ACUI Central Office. This includes as director of content curation, director of outreach, senior diversity officer, director of strategic initiatives, director of educational programs and services, and director of communications. As a liaison, Beltramini served as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Team, Research Program Team, Council for Diversity & Inclusion, Benchmarking Team, Research Task Force, and the Education Council. She will leave ACUI in April 2022. 

Mary Connelly, University of Massachusetts–Lowell

Mary Connelly has an unparalleled commitment to supporting students and valuing unconditional human worth. She has made lasting impacts on those she has advised and mentored—as well as on the culture of her institution, which finally opened its first formal student center in 2014. Connelly has served ACUI as a Conference Program Team volunteer, Education Council member, and a community leader; and her regional impact has been impressive, serving in many roles from committee liaison to regional representative. Through it all, Connelly has instilled the importance of giving back and challenging yourself in many generations.

Connelly worked for more than 35 years in the profession, retiring as dean of student affairs in 2019.

Jim Eustrom, Chemeketa Community College,

Jim Eustrom was heavily involved committees through his career, volunteering to support educational programs, two-year colleges, arts-related activities, and the Annual Conference, culminating in his time sitting on the ACUI Board of Trustees. In addition to his international roles, Eustrom was also a regional champion, often sending a dozen students to the Regional Conference, or organizing buses to the conference, making it affordable to send larger delegations.

Eustrom spent 34 years in numerous student affairs roles, including at vice president of academic affairs. He retired in June 2021. 

Whit Hollis, University of Utah

Whit Hollis has a gift to make each person believe in themselves and feel belonging. Starting his involvement with at the regional level, Hollis quickly engaged with committees, ranging from computer applications, LGBTQ+ concerns, and Conference Program Teams. Serving as president of the Association in 2001–02, Hollis recipient recently retired after decades of leadership at the University of Utah and is known for his caring, giving, and compassionate personality.

Hollis gave 43 years of service in student affairs. He retired in December 2021.

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
Mike Coleman
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
Mandy Ellertson
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
Tami Kuhn
Gretchen Laatsch
Floyd Land
Thomas Lile
Ronald Loomis
Donald Luse
Jerry Mann
Susan Yung Maul
Dale McHenry
Robert Mindrum
Peter Neville
Meg O'Sullivan
Jack Overman
Susan Payment
Bernard Pitts
Shirley Plakidas
Michael Poe

George Preisinger
Chuck Price
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


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 2022 awards nomination period is now closed. Nominations for the 2023 awards process will open in November 2022. 

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.


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.