Region V offers awards that recognize achievements by individuals and campuses.

ACUI Region V is proud to acknowledge those members who have gone above and beyond their usual call of duty to contribute to their institution’s and the organization’s success through our annual regional wards.

Congratulations to the 2020 Region V Award recipients!

Undergraduate Student of the Year Award
This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student at a member institution of Region V who has shown dedicated work ethic in the student union/student activities field. The nominated individual will have demonstrated significant contributions to their home campus and serve as a role model for fellow peers and students in addition to exemplifying the core values of the Association in their work and studies. Nomination materials must include online nomination form, two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current supervisor), proof of good academic standing, and other supporting documents (if applicable).  


Undergraduate Student of the Year Award Recent Recipients

  • 2020: Carmen Seda, Marquette University 
Graduate Student of the Year Award
This award is given to an outstanding graduate student at a member institution of Region V who has shown exemplary performance in the college union/student activities field and commendable service to ACUI. The recipient of the award must currently be employed in the college union/student activities field at a Region V college or university and pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. degree. The individual will have demonstrated a positive impact on the community served and commitment to fulfilling the role of the college union by serving as a role model for fellow peers and students and exemplify the core values of the Association in their work and studies. Nomination materials must include online nomination form, two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current supervisor), proof of good academic standing, and other supporting documents (if applicable).


Graduate Student of the Year Award Recent Recipients

  • 2020: Jasmin Valadez, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
“Rising Star” Award for New Professionals
This award is given to an outstanding new professional, having served not less than two years and no more than five years in the profession of college unions and/or student activities and who has been identified as a model of employee service and volunteer involvement. The nominated individual will have demonstrated positive impact on the community served, and commitment to fulfilling the role of the college union. Additional consideration will be given to individuals who have demonstrated support to Region V and/or the Association by their involvement in Educational Council, the Leadership Team, hosting regional events or tournaments, or similar. Nomination materials must include online nomination form, two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current supervisor), and other supporting documents (if applicable).


“Rising Star” Award for New Professionals Recent Recipients

  • 2020: Ashley Hall, University of Illinois–Springfield
“Inspiring Vision” Award for Mid-Level Student Affairs Professionals

This award honors an individual employed by a member institution who has exemplified the mission, vision, and values of their home institution and ACUI. Any individual employed part-time or full-time by an ACUI member institution with a minimum of five years of continuous service (but no more than 15 years) in support of the college union is eligible for the award. 

Nominations should address how the candidates meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Creating campus environments that promote student learning and personal development.
  • Being involved on their campus beyond their direct area or department. 
  • Enhancing the quality of work life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers. 
  • Providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in service to faculty, staff, students, community, and/or other customers. 
  • Developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department or university operations. 
  • Consistently demonstrating one or more of their institution’s values. 
  • Showing dedication to the ideals of ACUI.   

Additional consideration will be given for those who are involved at the college, regional or international levels of ACUI.    

Nomination materials must include online nomination form, two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current supervisor), and other supporting documents (if applicable).

“Inspiring Vision” Award for Mid-Level Student Affairs Professionals Recent Recipients

  • 2020: Sarah Meyer, University of Wisconsin–River Falls
Susan Maul Distinguished Service Award

This award has been established as the highest honor presented by ACUI Region V. The recipient must be a person who has participated in the college union and student activities movement as a professional for a minimum of 10 years and who is active in the field at the time of nomination. The nominee must have attained prominence through their efforts to develop the college union and student activities movement through his or her work within the Association and on campus. Candidates must be: 

  • A person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of their college will take pride in and be inspired by this recognition. 
  • A person eminently successful on campus, in the Association and in the community, with a record of accomplishment that is impressive to the college union and student activities movement.   

Nomination packet should include: 

  • Name, title, and contact information for the person being nominated for the award 
  • Completed online nomination form 
  • Supporting evidence of their fulfillment of all eligibility requirements and award criteria (this could include a resume of nominee outlining involvement in ACUI and their contributions to ACUI and their college)
  •  Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues and one letter of recommendation from a student that would support the nomination of the person for the award, including present and past positions held in the college union and student activities field, service to ACUI (local, regional, and international), service to the nominee's own campus(es), service to other professional organizations (if applicable), community activity, and other qualifications or comments.


Susan Maul Distinguished Service Award Recent Recipients

  • 2020: Maggie Towle, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

“Igniting Innovation” Award for College Union Programming

This award is presented to an institution, group, or individual for executing an outstanding program, event, or activity that fosters the enhancement of the campus community. The selection of the award is based on several factors, including student involvement, creativity, and the success of the program. Nomination materials must include online nomination form as well as a summary of the program, addressing title and description of the program (including intended programmatic outcomes). Other supporting documents that may be submitted include: program budget and identified funding sources; evidence of achievement of goals through program evaluations; supporting documentation of program including, but not limited to photos, videos, marketing samples, etc. that directly support the program.


“Igniting Innovation” Award for College Union Programming Recent Recipients

  • 2020: #MorrisMission, University of Minnesota–Morris

 


Region V 2020 Graphics Contest Winners

Poster

Professional

  • First Place: Lunch at the Lanes, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
  • Second Place: VR Haunted House, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale

Student

  • First Place: DePaul After Dark: Drag BINGO, DePaul University
  • Second Place: Disney Pixar Trivia, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Brochure
Professional
  • First Place: UIC Dining Brochure, University of Illinois–Chicago
Student
  • First Place: Student Involvement Spring 2020 Quarter in Review, DePaul University
  • Second Place: DePaul E-sports Infographic, DePaul University
Multi-Page Publication
Professional
  • First Place: College of Pharmacy Annual Report, University of Illinois–Chicago 
Logo/Brand Identity

Professional

  • First Place: UIC Sports Club Logo, University of Illinois–Chicago

Student

  • First Place: MAV-Hunt, Minnesota State University–Mankato
Large Media

Professional

  • First Place: Student Centers Bridge Mural, University of Illinois–Chicago
  • Second Place: SIU Door Wrap, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale

Student

  • First Place: Kimmel Windows, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
  • Second Place: I AM SIUE Staircase, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
T-Shirts
Professional
  • First Place: UIC Life T-Shirt, University of Illinois–Chicago
Student
  • First Place: Decades Dash T-Shirt, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
  • Second Place: Welcome Week 2020 T-Shirt, DePaul University
Promotional Campaign
Professional
  • First Place: “Don’t Sit Here” Signs, University of Minnesota–Duluth
Student
  • First Place: Marquette Homecoming, Marquette University
Digital
Professional
  • First Place: Valentine’s Dogs, University of Minnesota–Duluth
  • Second Place: The Great Kirby Quarantine Challenge, University of Minnesota–Duluth
Student
  • First Place: Disney Trivia Digital Signage, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Video
Professional
  • First Place: SIU Food Pantry, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Student
  • First Place: SIU Esports Arena Tour, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
  • Second Place: Friends Trivia Promo Video, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Best in Show
DePaul After Dark: Drag BINGO, DePaul University 
Viewer's Choice
College of Pharmacy Annual Report, University of Illinois–Chicago