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AACUSS AWARDS LIST

Every year, AACUSS recognizes the outstanding achievements of members through the presentation of awards during the AACUSS Conference.


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

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.





AACUSS GRANTS LIST

AACUSS distributes three grants every year.


Special Projects Grant

The AACUSS Special Projects Grant has been established by AACUSS as a way of providing individuals/departments with the opportunity to complete research and develop new programs related to issues in Student Services. The new programs must enhance existing and/or develop new information in the field of student development. Subject to the availability of funds, this award consists of:

  • Up to $500 for the Special Project;
  • The grant recipient will receive notification at the AACUSS AGM;
  • A maximum of $500.00 travel bursary to present the findings at the next AACUSS annual conference.

Research Grant

This grant created by the AACUSS Executive during the 08-09 year was established to encourage registered AACUSS members (having been a member for at least one year) to apply for a research grant up to $1000.00 to conduct their research. Subject to the availability of funds, this award consists of:

  • Up to $1000 for the completion of research;
  • The grant recipient will receive notification at the AACUSS AGM at each AACUSS conference;
  • A maximum of $500.00 travel bursary to present the findings at the next conference subject to availability of funds.

Conference Grant Program

Originally established to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Conference, the AACUSS Conference Grant Program was created to assist applicants who can demonstrate financial need. This program provides up to eight grants to facilitate conference participation of AACUSS members from each of the four Atlantic provinces: Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The AACUSS Conference Grant Program includes two types of grants: Conference Travel Grants and Conference Registration Grants. AACUSS members are eligible to apply for one or both types of grants.

1. Conference Travel Grant

The Conference Travel Grant was established as a way of encouraging new and existing members to participate in the annual AACUSS Conference. This program provides up to four grants to facilitate conference participation of AACUSS members from each of the four Atlantic provinces: Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, (one grant per province).

2. Conference Registration Grant

The Conference Registration Grant was established as a way of encouraging new and existing members to participate in the annual AACUSS Conference. This program provides up to four grants to facilitate conference participation of AACUSS members from each of the four Atlantic provinces: Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia (one grant per province).


The final decision regarding the selection of persons deserving of the Award/Grant is at the discretion of the Awards Committee chaired by the past-president and are subject to funding availability.

List of Past Recipients

Atlantic Association of College & University Student Services


AACUSS
C/O Adam Daniels
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS
B3H 3C3

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