The Earl Whitfield Regional Outreach Award celebrates region’s within ACUI for their innovative communication campaigns. It acknowledges and promotes marketing ideas that satisfy a need for regional outreach regarding conferences, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities to inspire member engagement.

2024 Recipient: Region III

With a comprehensive communications campaign that included the busiest Instagram and Facebook pages of any ACUI region, Region III was able to support members and students through Regional Conference scholarships for presenters, first-time attendees, and students. Awards for mentoring, professional staff, student leaders, and programs helped complete a vibrant and busy Region III Conference at North Carolina A&T University, where members raised thousands of dollars for future scholarships.

ACUI is now accepting nominations through November 20.

Submission materials must include the following:

  1. Name, institution, and contact information for all contributors.
  2. One compiled packet that includes samples of information from the outreach campaign, such as newsletters, website screenshots, photos, etc.

ACUI is accepting nominations through November 20!

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

  • Communicate relevant and timely information to effectively reach its intended audience.
  • Cover a variety of issues through clear, concise writing.
  • Be designed in an appealing, creative, and easy to navigate manner. 

All ACUI regions are eligible to apply for this award.

Submissions will receive electronic notification confirming receipt of materials. A confidential panel of judges will conduct an anonymous review of the materials to make the selection based on the criteria identified for this specific award. One physical award will be given to the recipient, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference and in subsequent publications. 

  • 2022: Region III, #StayConnected
  • 2020: Region VII Newsletter
  • 2018: Region VI “Give. Serve. Go” Campaign
  • 2017: Region V “Fun in Flyover Country” Newsletter
  • 2016: Region V “Fun in Flyover Country” Newsletter
  • 2015: Region V “Fun in Flyover Country” Newsletter
  • 2014: Region 8 Communique
  • 2013: Region 1 Blog
  • 2012: Region 2 Newsletter
  • 2011: Region 3 Netline
  • 2010: Region 3 Netline
  • 2009: Region 8 Communique
  • 2008: Region 2 Newsletter
  • 2007: Region 7 Newsletter
  • 2006: Region 7 Newsletter
  • 2005: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 2004: Region 8 Communique
  • 2003: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 2002: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 2001: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 2000: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 1999: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 1998: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 1997: Region 15 Newsletter
  • 1996: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 1995: Region 10 Newsletter
  • 1994: Region 10 Newsletter
  • 1993: Region 7 Newsletter
  • 1992: Region 4 Newsletter
  • 1991: Region 14 Northwest Passages
  • 1990: Region 5 Newsletter
  • 1989: Region 9 The Nineline
  • 1988: Region 3 Newsletter
  • 1987: Region 3 Newsletter
  • 1986: Region 5 Newsletter
  • 1985: Region 5 Newsletter

About Earl Whitfield

The Earl Whitfield Award was created to promote excellence in regional newsletters and to recognize those volunteer leaders who produced them. Through Whitfield’s involvement, he worked hard to ensure that member institutions in ACUI were provided services, support, and communications on a regional basis long before we had websites, email, social media, and all the technology of today. He believed that regional support and communication were the foundation for member engagement and service. Whitfield was a professional that believed in one of the most basic core values of our Association: providing the opportunity and the structure for learning.

Whitfield learned what the union was all about from his days as the president of the student government at California State University–Fresno. As he often said, “the skills I learned from the out of class experience prepared me to become the first union director at Fresno” and later, for his engagement with ACUI. From serving as a regional representative to being selected as the Association’s president in 1983, he was a mentor for many. His vision for strong regions that impact institutional communities enhanced the path to where we are today. Sincerity, warmth, and patience were Whitfield’s mark on all of us—and his sense of humor and humility were among his exemplary traits.