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ACCED-I is pleased to announce the nominees for 2018 Awards & Recognition. Please help us acknowledge and celebrate our members’ achievements and recognize excellence in our industry. Listed below are the nominees for each award. Award recipients will be recognized at the ACCED-I 38th Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award

 Nominees:

  • Sarah Goodrich, CCEP, East Stroudsburg University
  • Dottie Warner, Dickinson College

This award recognizes an individual for distinguished service, devotion and dedication to the collegiate conference and events profession and to ACCED-I.  The nominee must have a minimum of ten (10) years membership and service to ACCED-I.  The individual should exhibit strong leadership, visionary and mentor qualities; possess strong professional ethics and principles; and contribute in positive ways to furthering the goals and objectives of ACCED-I.  Qualified candidates must have demonstrated service to the Association through two or more of the following accomplishments:  service as an officer or board member at the international level; service at the regional level as regional director and other leadership roles at the regional level (e.g. fall summit host/organizer, etc.); service as a committee chair/project team leader; and exemplary volunteer service at the regional and international levels.  Current board members are ineligible for award.  Board members completing their service may be nominated for this award.

Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award: Single Event

Nominees:

  • Boston College
  • Colorado State University
  • Kent State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Michigan
  • University of South Alabama
  • Yale University

This award recognizes a significant achievement by an institution in the conference and events field for a single event this past year.  The event may be a one-time event or a recurring event.  This achievement should be of noted value to the entire collegiate conference and events profession and inspire new ways of approaching event management.   The focus is primarily on the institution’s accomplishment.  The nomination should demonstrate significant innovation and measurable outcomes. The achievement must demonstrate a complete campus and/or community-wide effort (i.e. number of people involved in the effort, number of departments, etc.  Self-nominations are encouraged with documentation from event, university, and/or community partners.  Current board member institutions are eligible for this award.

Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award: Long-term Process

Nominees:

  • Lehigh University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • University of South Alabama
  • Venue ND – University of Notre Dame

This award recognizes a significant achievement by an institution in the conference and events field for a more long-term development/process that represents an outstanding milestone in the institution’s conference and events management.  This achievement should be of noted value to the entire collegiate conference and events profession and contributes new ways of approaching event management. The focus is primarily on the institution’s accomplishment.  The nomination should demonstrate significant innovation and measurable outcomes. The achievement must demonstrate a complete campus and/or community-wide effort (i.e. number of people involved in the effort, number of departments, etc.  Self-nominations are encouraged with documentation from event, university, and/or community partners.  Current board member institutions are eligible for this award.

    Outstanding New Conference and Events Professional Award

    Nominees:

    • Anna Bromaghim, Illinois Wesleyan University
    • Joseph Criscuoli, University of Maryland College Park
    • Melissa Glickman, Saint Mary’s College of California
    • Katie “Kay” Muniz, University of Florida

    This award recognizes outstanding work by a new professional to the collegiate conference and events field. This may include but is not limited to: innovative programming, development of new approaches/policies/procedures, significant contributions to the institution, etc.   Individuals nominated must have been in the profession no longer than three (3) years. Years of service include only post-graduate work experience.  Employment as a student worker, graduate assistant, or intern will not be considered for this award.  Any qualified ACCED-I member in good standing may be considered for this award. Current board members are ineligible for award.

    Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

    Nominees:

    • Paige Brassart, Texas Woman’s University
    • Suzette Escobar, CCEP, CMP, Stanford University
    • Melissa Manning, CCEP, Cornell University
    • Jill Shockley, Drew University

    This award recognizes a significant achievement by an individual this past year in the collegiate conference and events profession at the institutional level.  It may be based on a single program, event, or a more long-term development/process that represents an outstanding milestone in conference and events management.  The program, event, or development/process must demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:  innovation, vision, a significant change, or a development that could be applied throughout the industry.  Self-nominations are encouraged with documentation from event, university, and or community partners.  Please describe how this achievement went above and beyond standard job duties by how it impacted the collegiate conference and events industry and/or institution.  Preference will be given to nominees with significant endorsement by institutional and ACCED-I peers.  A nominee must be a current ACCED-I member and have been a member for a minimum of five (5) years. Current board members are ineligible for award.

    Patrick Perfetto Volunteer of the Year Award

    Nominees:

    • Sarah Goodrich, CCEP, East Stroudsburg University
    • Krysta Kasinski, CCEP, California Maritime Academy
    • Lina Layiktez, University of California Davis
    • Heather Rappaport, CCEP, University of Nevada Las Vegas

    The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an ACCED-I member who contributes their time and talents to the Association at any level and/or to ACCED-I headquarters to significantly add value to the Association, its programs and services. The emphasis is on service rather than achievement. 

    Outstanding Mentor Award

    Nominees:

    • Kendra Courson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Krysta Kasinski, CCEP, California Maritime Academy
    • Lina Layiktez, University of California Davis
    • Keisha Martin, Purchase College – State University of New York

    This award recognizes a member who has given their time and expertise to help other members as one of the following:  a CCEP mentor; a resource in a specific area (i.e., strategic plans, marketing, budgeting, etc.); someone who takes the initiative and extends him or herself to welcome new or potential members to the Association; or someone who promotes involvement in the Association in their region and/or beyond.  The mentor relationship can be with one or more individuals over a period of time or shorter-term relationship with many individuals.  Any qualified ACCED-I member in good standing may be considered for this award.  Current board members are ineligible for award.

    Session of the Year Award

    Nominees:

    • Kim Araya and Tess Mabry Saffar, “Best Practices for Summer Camps and Conferences”
    • Trish Carlson, “Lessons Learned: What Happens When Logistics Fail - Case Study”
    • Juliet Holzknecht, “Maximizing Student Potential through Lean Project Management Techniques - Case Study”