Award of Merit
Initiated in 1984, the Award of Merit is the highest honour the Association gives to one of its members. Presented at the annual AACUSS Conference, the Award of Merit is in recognition of the following: significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of Student Services in the Atlantic Region and active participation within the Association itself. Active participation is defined as long-standing attendance at annual AACUSS conferences, facilitating workshops, giving presentations and/or serving on the AACUSS Executive. The Award is based on merit and, therefore, may not be presented every year.
Award for Excellence in Student Services
The AACUSS Award for Excellence in Student Services is given annually to a member of AACUSS or a member’s department that has demonstrated excellence over the previous year. Excellence or exceptional service which would qualify for this award may be demonstrated through the development of a new initiative beneficial to student life directly or indirectly; through the creative use of human or material resources; or through collaboration between the institution and local community that has enhanced the quality of student life or development.
Carol’s Creed is an annual award, established in 2003, in recognition and remembrance of the outstanding dedication to Canadian Student Services by Carol Jordan, longtime member of the University of New Brunswick . This award recognizes a student services professional who has shown “infectious enthusiasm” for the profession of services to students through a commitment to health, well being, love and laughter in their connection with students and colleagues on a personal level.
Dr. Richard Papenhausen Award for New Professionals
This award was established in 2004 and is named in honour of the late Dr. Richard Papenhausen, a long serving Director of Student Services at UNB Saint John, to recognize an outstanding new professional who has demonstrated a commitment to serving students and to the development of skills and knowledge in the Student Services field.
Life Membership Award
AACUSS members who have retired or moved away from a post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada and who were outstanding members of the association may be eligible for a Life Membership in AACUSS. Such membership shall be granted to an individual by a vote of the Executive on the recommendation and nomination of a current member of the Association. Life Members shall be exempt from payment of dues to the Association but shall retain all the rights and privileges of dues-paying members, except for holding office or voting.