Recognition Awards

It is important to CACUSS to recognize our members for their contributions to the field and to the organization in a more collegial way. Being recognized in this way is important to support member retention and engagement and encourage continued involvement with CACUSS.

Award applications/nominations are due January 15, 2020.

 


Life Membership

Description:

CACUSS members who have retired or are retiring from their position in Student Affairs in a post-secondary institution may be eligible for Life Membership in CACUSS. Life Membership recognizes the career and milestone of retirement of an individual whose impact on their campus or to CACUSS is to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Communities of Practice, CACUSS members, and Directors may nominate individuals who have retired from their position in a post-secondary institution for the Life Membership in CACUSS.

How to Apply/Nominate:

An online application should be submitted nominating the individual with 2 letters of support accompanying the nomination. The individual may also be recommended in writing to the CACUSS Board of Directors. Nominations should be submitted by Nov 30 or Mar 30 annually.

Criteria for Consideration:

  • The nominee must have been a member of CACUSS in the last 5 years and had active membership over the course of their career.
  • The nominee is retiring between May 1 and April 30 of this year.
  • Nominees for Life Membership are approved by the CACUSS Board of Directors.

Award Details:

Life Members are exempt from payment of dues to the Association but retain all rights and privileges of dues paying members, except for holding office or voting. Life Members are awarded a certificate at the Annual Conference.

 


Collaborative Partnership Award (new in 2020)

Description:

CACUSS wishes to recognize that an important aspect of the work of Student Affairs is collaboration between departments, programs, or across student and academic affairs. As such, this award recognizes an exemplary partnership to deliver excellence or innovation in student affairs for a sustained period of two or more years. This award recognizes achievement in supporting the student experience and/or learning environment. Achievements may inform practice, policy or programs on a campus or across campuses.

How to Apply/Nominate:

  • Application should be submitted with a nomination letter that articulates the program’s benefits to students; how the collaborative relationship is critical to the achievement of the program/initiative’s goals and outcomes (may include examples of expression of values, roles/responsibilities, communication, and teams/teamwork)
  • A brief abstract of the program/collaboration/partnership
  • Copies of marketing materials, articles, or other publications related to the program, if appropriate
  • Two supporting letters from leaders in the field OR a letter from the institution’s Head of Student Affairs (e.g. VP, AVP, Dean) expressing why the collaboration is important to the institution
  • Brief statements of support from the senior leaders in the collaborating areas that articulate their support for the partnership/program

Criteria:

  • Evidence of exemplary partnership or collaboration of at least two years in duration
  • Evidence the program supports the student experience and/or learning environment
  • Documented assessment of the program learning outcomes and results
  • Demonstrated commitment to CACUSS

Collaborative Partnership Award rubric (coming soon)

Award Details:

TBA

 


Leaders in Learning Award

Description:

The Leaders in Learning Award is named to acknowledge the CACUSS Identity Project launched in 2012-2014, and the resulting organizational change which enhanced our membership structure through the creation of Communities of Practice and Networks.

This award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to professional development activities (e.g., publications, contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination, online courses/webinars, conference presentation, workshops, etc.) It also recognizes outstanding service and leadership to CACUSS and/or a Community of Practice as a chair or participant in a Community or Committee. The nominee(s) demonstrate a commitment to advancing the CACUSS SAS Competency Model in their work and practice that supports the learning of members. Nominations for this award may come from any CACUSS member or CACUSS staff person.

How to Apply/Nominate:

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be a current member of CACUSS.
  • The individual must have contributed in a significant way to either leading their Community or to the development of an initiative that has a direct benefit to other CACUSS members (such as a course, event, or publication).
  • The contribution and the extent of its impact must be demonstrated in the nomination or supporting materials.

Award Details:

Recipients will receive a glass sculpture and a letter to their immediate supervisor and VP or President of their home institution. Recipients will be acknowledged at the Annual Conference.

 


Award of Service

Description:

This Award acknowledges recognizes the service of Directors and Conference Program Committee members.

Criteria:

The CACUSS Award of Service is presented to outgoing Directors of the CACUSS Board and members of the Annual Conference Program Committee.

Award Details:

Recognition of outgoing Directors & Conference Program Committee members: Each individual will receive a framed certificate recognizing their service and contribution to be presented at the Annual General Meeting.  They will also receive a letter acknowledging their contribution to their home institution (supervisor and/or Vice-President).

Recognition of the President: During the transfer of the Presidency that takes place at the Annual General Meeting, the outgoing president will receive a gold pin, recognizing their leadership and service to CACUSS. The pin will be presented by the incoming President and Executive Director.

 


Volunteer Recognition/Contribution Citation

Description:

CACUSS recognizes the significant contributions of members of our association in various volunteer roles.

Criteria:

This recognition is presented to volunteers who have made significant contributions to CACUSS throughout the year by participating as active members in the following ways:

  • Participation/active membership in an official CACUSS committee/working group at the end of their term
  • Co-chair/Leader of a Community of Practice at the end of their term          
  • Participation in one of the sub-committees of the Conference Program Committee at the end of their term.

Award Details:

These volunteers will be recognized in the following way(s):

  • Acknowledgement of service and recognition by name at the Annual General Meeting
  • A thank you note sent by the Executive Director
  • A gift/item/certificate (pin) presented at an appropriate time during the conference or sent with the thank you note.

 

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