The Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Founders’ Award recognizes an individual in the midst of their career who has exemplified the values and mission of their institution and ACUI. This award intends to inspire recipients by providing financial support for an educational activity that will develop them as a leader.
2023 Recipient: Adriane Reilly, West Chester University
Adriane Reilly is dedicated to leadership on campus, creating a new student employee development program titled RISE (Rams Integrating Skills and Education). The program has been implemented with success and presented at the Region VII conference. As a rising leader within the Division of Student Affairs, she demonstrates a commitment to aligning her contributions with the core values of ACUI.
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About Edward S. “Beanie” Drake
Edward S. “Beanie” Drake was one of the founders of ACUI, and was instrumental in the early growth of the organization. Drake served as director of the Ohio Union from 1913 to 1946, and was the host and moving force behind the first organizational meeting of the “National Association of Student Unions,” the original name of ACUI, on the Ohio State campus in December 1914. He was the only professional staff member in attendance with students from the nine Midwestern colleges and universities.
His commitment to the Association continued throughout his career. Drake was secretary from 1919 to 1932 and served as editor of the ACUI’s Bulletin for a number of years. In 1933, Drake was elected president of the Association. In his nomination speech, Foster Coffin said, “We all know that there has been one man more than any other who from time immemorial has been carrying the load for this organization. We refer, of course, to Mr. Edward S. Drake.” In accepting the nomination, Drake replied, “I have never wanted to be president of anything. I have a feeling you are spoiling a fair secretary to make a poor president. However, if it is your will, I shall do the best I can.”
Drake’s vision and guidance during the organization’s infancy was vital in building the foundation for today’s ACUI. The endowing of this award, through the fundraising leadership of The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University, was fitting as it recognized Drake’s visionary commitment to college unions and to the many students that we serve.