This award includes a $500 scholarship for professional development. The New Professional Award is given to a new professional within Region III who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the profession and Region III. Recipients of this award are active in their campus community and in ACUI initiatives. The recipient must be a staff member of an ACUI member institution and should meet the following criteria:
- Has been in the field at least two years but no more than five
- Has demonstrated commitment to the college union and student activities through institutional involvement
- Has demonstrated commitment to ACUI through regional and/or Association-wide involvement
The purpose of the award is to recognize union and student activities professionals of Region III member institutions who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the profession, Region III, ACUI, and their campus community. The nominee must be a staff member of an active ACUI member institution and have been in the profession for a minimum of 10 years.
The recipient will receive a $500 monetary award. The Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff is named for two individuals who have dedicated their lives to the profession: C. Shaw Smith and Richard Steele. Smith served as the first union director for Davidson College for more than 30 years, the Region 5 coordinator twice, and as the ACUI national director. Steele served Region 6 as a member of the Regional Leadership Team, as a regional director, and as an ACUI president.