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.
- 2021 Recipient: Dwayne Isaacs, University of South Florida–St. Petersburg
- 2020 Recipient: James Contratto, University of South Alabama
- 2019 Recipien: Alison Ward, University of Tennessee–Knoxville