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Alison Ward wins the Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff

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Alison Ward, assistant director of events and operations for the Student Union

Alison Ward, assistant director of events and operations for the Student Union was recently awarded the Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff through the Association of College Unions International.

This award recognizes 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.

Dwayne Isaacs, director of Student Life & Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and director of ACUI Region III shared that,

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. Alison has an unwavering dedication and commitment to advancing campus community.

Student Union staff gather for a photo at the 2019 ACUI annual conference

Student Union staff gather for a photo at the 2019 ACUI annual conference

The Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff is named for two individuals whohave 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.