The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor outstanding leaders in ACUI who have made significant contributions to the college union and student activities movement and whose accomplishments and careers are a credit to ACUI.

This award also spotlights the accomplishments of the Association and thereby increases the pride of the staff and students who work with the college union program on each campus. It presents to college communities around the world tangible evidence of the effectiveness of the programs of the college union.

In establishing this program, it is recognized that the award is given for outstanding achievement and that no compromises diminishing the significance of the award are to be made.

Butts Whiting


The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below. The nominee must:

  • Have attained prominence through their efforts to develop the college union and student activities movement at the regional and association levels through their work within ACUI and on campus;
  • 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;
  • Be a person eminently successful on campus, in ACUI, and in the community, with a record of accomplishment that is impressive to the college union and student activities movement;
  • Reflect, through deeds and actions, the importance of their position in, loyalty to, and pride in the college union and student activities movement.


Individuals who have participated in the college union and student activities movement as a professional for a minimum of 10 years, who are active in the field at the time of nomination, and who are not previous Butts-Whiting Award recipients are eligible for this award.


Nominations will be accepted for this award again in December 2018, which must include the following:

  1. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominee.
  2. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominator.
  3. At least one letter in support of the applicant to receive the award written by individual(s) such as direct supervisors/advisors, peers/colleagues, students, faculty members, etc., addressing:
  • The achievements of the nominee in the profession.
  • The demonstrated commitment of the nominee to the criteria identified for this specific award.
  • A summary of the nominee's background to provide evidence that they meet the criteria identified for this specific award, including information related to professional experience and volunteer service—providing a current resume for the nominee is optional.

Note that only one nomination is necessary for a nominee to be considered, and the identity of the nominator will not be disclosed during the selection process.


Nominators will receive electronic notification confirming receipt of materials. A confidential Butts-Whiting Award Committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review materials to make the selection. Not more than one award will be presented during any year, and an award need not be given every year. One physical award will be given to the recipient, who will be recognized during the closing banquet at the annual conference and in subsequent publications.