The Gretchen Laatsch Grant & Scholarship awards up to $1,000 to encourage the involvement of graduate students in scholarly research and writing for the field of college unions and student activities.
2023 Recipient: Kerry Spicer, Daeman University
Kerry Spicer’s research study “Latinx College Student Experiences: The Value of BAIT in Persistence” explores the lived experiences of Latinx graduates who had interactions with professionals on the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team (BAIT) at a small, private college during their undergraduate experience. Examination of the experiences are designed to help better understand how those interactions affected persistence.
ACUI is now accepting nominations for writing and research awards! Nominate by December 8!
About Gretchen Laatsch
Gretchen Laatsch’s professional career begin as a graduate assistant with the Indiana Memorial Union at Indiana University. After receiving her master’s at IU, she worked at the University of Georgia, then the University of South Carolina as the program advisor and then as program director. Throughout her time in programming, Laatsch had graduate student staff and truly loved working with entry-level folks. The last 19 years of her career were spent at the University of Akron as associate director in the Gardner Student Center, with an emphasis on operational policies, regulations, conferences, and special events. Never far from working with students, she advised a number of student organizations and assumed programming responsibilities during her final five years.
After serving as multiple terms as a regional representative, Laatsch became the ACUI vice president for regional affairs and was then elected to serve as ACUI president in 1994–95. She retired in 1998, when she also received the Butts-Whiting Award, the Association’s highest award.