Awards Criteria

NACAS, with the financial support of the NACAS Education Foundation, honors the best and brightest in our industry with 11 different award categories. Nominated by their professional peers, award winners are announced and honored at each year’s NACAS Annual Conference. Learn more about the nomination process and criteria for each award below.

Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service

The Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service is the most prestigious award recognizing an individual who has displayed extraordinary and outstanding service to NACAS and to the profession.

Eligibility

  • Any current, retired, or retiring employee of a NACAS member institution or Business Partner.

Criteria

  1. Contribute over a minimum period of 10 years to the cumulative knowledge and stature of the profession.
  2. Promote the auxiliary services profession through NACAS and/or the Regional Associations in an on-going fashion, establishing him/herself as an effective leader within the auxiliary services field and serving as an example to others in the profession.
  3. Provide significant contributions to NACAS through committee assignments, committee chairships, and/or service on the national or regional boards.
  4. Other items such as awards received, literary contributions to the profession, etc., are also considered in selecting the recipient.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Awards Committee.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written statement addressing how the nominee has met the criteria.
  • Letters of support should be provided by members of the region, the nominee’s institution, as well as current or past regional or national board members.
  • Please include a list of regional and/or national board service, committee service or assignments, and other key contributions to NACAS or auxiliary services.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Edwin R. Golden Award for Inclusive Excellence

This award was established in 1992 in honor of Edwin R. "Bob" Golden for his foresight in acknowledging the need for attention to issues of cultural diversity in the Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding campus leadership, activities and/or programs promoting cultural awareness and inclusion. This award recognizes exemplary and outstanding service to cultural awareness in the profession of college auxiliary management and the promotion of inclusion in an on-going fashion, through leadership in the areas of cultural diversity and equality.

Eligibility

  • Any current individual member, institution or Business Partner. Self-nominations welcome.

Criteria

  1. Demonstrate exemplary and outstanding service to cultural awareness in the profession of college auxiliary management
  2. Promote inclusiveness in an on-going fashion, through leadership in the areas of cultural diversity and equality
  3. Provide written documentation of a change or increased diversity on campus/in company.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Inclusive Excellence Committee.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written description of the campus leadership, activity, and/or program which promotes cultural awareness and inclusion and its impact on the campus community. Backup documentation and letters of support are highly encouraged.
  • No more than three awards will be given in any one year. This award is not necessarily an annual award. The committee will recommend a recipient only in the case of exemplary and outstanding service.

Award

Winners will be featured in the NACAS magazine, College Services, and will be invited to present an educational breakout session at the C3X Annual Conference & Expo if the topic allows for a 60 minute presentation format.

Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services sponsored by indiCo

This award recognizes imaginative and unique quality of product, service or program that enhances customer service, generates additional revenue or reduces costs, and provides adaptability for other institutions.

Eligibility

  • Eligible professionals must be employees of a NACAS member institution

Criteria

  1. The service or program must be imaginative/unique in quality.
  2. The service or program must demonstrate documented enhancement of customer service.
  3. The service or program must demonstrate generation of additional revenue or reduction of costs.
  4. The service or program must provide adaptability for other institutions.
  5. Overall presentation quality.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Awards Committee.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written description of the program or project, not to exceed five pages of descriptive data. Supporting documentation should include statistics or data showing the impact of the innovative service or program to campus. Please include a brief summary (one to two paragraphs) of your report.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

David H. Lord Award for Exemplary Community Service

Auxiliary Services are leaders on our campuses in making a difference in our communities. Community encourages active citizenship and leadership by students and staff to step up and make the needed changes on our campuses and communities. NACAS Institutions, Members, and Business Partners have an obligation to set the example to make a difference in our world.

Eligibility

  • Any current or retired employee of a member institution or Business Partner
  • Project or activities should be associated with a nonprofit organization.

Criteria

  1. Any current or retired employee of a member institution or Business Partner
  2. The award is to showcase members who are benchmarks for the entire Association of outstanding examples of Community Service.
  3. Nominee should demonstrate an impact made on the nonprofit community/organization

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by Awards Committee
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written statement addressing how the nominee has met the criteria.
  • Letters of support should be included in the nominations packet. This information can include: documentation from the nonprofit organization, letters of support from supervisor or colleagues, and/or community members.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Award

The winner would be provided $500 towards travel reimbursement to attend the C3X Annual Conference & Expo and receive the award. The Association would provide complimentary registration to the award winner. Instead of the travel reimbursement the winner can designate a $500 donation to the charity of their project. The winner’s project would be presented in an article in College Services magazine and/or at a session during conference.

Regional Rising Star sponsored by Spelman Johnson

This Award recognizes one individual in an auxiliary service unit or central management organization who has provided excellent services and has demonstrated the ability and desire to excel in the field of auxiliary services management. Candidates must possess the potential to assume progressively more auxiliary management responsibilities. There is one recipient of this award and scholarship per NACAS region.

Eligibility

  • Eligible professionals must be employees of a NACAS member institution and possess at least three years of experience in auxiliary services.
  • Preference will be given to those professionals who are CASP certified.

Criteria

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities commensurate with professional advancement.
  • Provide a written statement from a senior auxiliary services professional addressing how the nominee has contributed to the success of the institution. Specific examples should be provided.

Award
A one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is provided to recipients to be used to attend the C3X Annual Conference & Expo. This scholarship will be applied to the registration fee, and the remaining funds may be used towards travel and accommodation expenses.

Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Legacy Award

In recognition of the vision for a professional association serving auxiliary/ancillary services in higher education, NACAS is proud to offer a Legacy Award in the name of one the founders and the first president of NACAS, Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. In recognition of his extraordinary and outstanding service to NACAS, the institutions he served and the many professionals he taught and mentored, NACAS will each year honor an auxiliary/ancillary services professional or business partner member who demonstrates Dr. Lassiter's leadership qualities and his commitment to volunteerism and community service.

Eligibility

  • Any current or retired employee of a NACAS member institution or Business Partner.

Criteria

  1. Demonstrate the leadership and volunteer qualities of Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Learn more
  2. Have worked in higher education in a related capacity for a minimum of five years to promote volunteerism and service to the auxiliary/ancillary services profession.
  3. Demonstrate other contributions as evidenced by letters of support or achievement recognition.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Awards Committee.
  • Submission should include a completed nomination form and three letters of support.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Retirement Awards: Silver Torch & Emeritus

The Silver Torch Award honors an employee of a member institution or Business Partner who retires during the conference year, has served in the profession for ten or more years, and has served NACAS on a regional or national level. The Emeritus Award recognizes an employee of a member institution or Business Partner who retires during the conference year and who has contributed to the auxiliary services profession.

Eligibility

  • Any employee of a member institution or Business Partner who retires during the conference year.

Additional Criteria

  1. Nomination packages should include a completed nomination form, noting the nominee’s date of retirement, a brief summary of the nominee’s service to the profession and to NACAS, and a statement addressing how the nominee has met the award criteria.
  2. Letters of support from regional or national board members are highly encouraged.
  3. Self-nominations for both awards are welcome.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Awards Committee.
  • Retirement Awards are not necessarily annual awards, nor are they competitive awards. Multiple recipients may be considered to receive the awards each year.
  • Self-nominations for both awards are welcome.

Award

All those selected for the awards will be recognized at the Annual Conference. Award recipients will be featured in the NACAS Magazine, College Services.

Note: Retirees may continue to attend NACAS events at member rates (some events offer further discounts for retirees), receive NACAS publications, and access the NACAS website and online communities.

Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional volunteer work, at the regional and/or national level, that supports the NACAS mission. Nominees for this award should be individuals that have reached out to meet others in the organization, demonstrated exceptional work on a NACAS committee, unselfishly worked with others to improve the Association and its mission, and/or performed services or tasks that are not part of their normal assignments.

Eligibility

  • Any current individual member, institution, or Business Partner.
  • Nominee shall not be a regional or national officer in any capacity.
  • Members of the Awards Recognition Committee and staff liaisons are not eligible to receive this award.

Criteria

  1. If being nominated for their work on a recognized NACAS committee, task force, or specially appointed group – must be a current or one year prior member.
  2. Be nominated by a peer or supervisor in letter form, citing at least (3) three examples of why this individual has been nominated.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Awards Committee.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a separate written statement addressing how the nominee has met the criteria.  More than one accompanying support statement is permitted.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Outstanding Business Partner of the Year Award

This award is presented to the companies which have made particularly noteworthy contributions to NACAS member institutions and to the auxiliary services profession.

Eligibility

  • Any NACAS Business Partner in good standing.

Criteria

  1. Embodiment, on a daily basis, of the ideals of outstanding customer service and support of the educational process at NACAS institutions.
  2. Contributes to the success of NACAS and individual members (not necessarily financially) through creative and generous means (i.e. partnerships, sharing of info, etc.).

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Business Partner Committee.
  • Two winners may be selected each year – one company with a regional presence and one with a national presence.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written statement addressing how the nominee has met the criteria.

Award

Winner will be recognized at the Annual Conference and will be featured in the NACAS magazine, College Services.

Regional Mentor Award

This award recognizes a member in each region who has shown initiative in welcoming newcomers and promoting/encouraging involvement of members at the regional/national level.

Eligibility

  • Any employee of a current member institution or Business Partner who is not an officer, director or Board member at the regional or national level.

Criteria

  1. Participation at the regional level, rising above the call of duty to welcome new or potential members
  2. Promote involvement in NACAS at the regional or national level

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be evaluated by the Regional Board of Directors of the nominee’s region.
  • Submissions should include a completed nomination form and a written statement addressing how the nominee has met the criteria.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

Award

Winners will be recognized at their respective Regional Breakfasts at the C3X Annual Conference & Expo.

NACAS Presidential Service Award

This award, selected by the NACAS President, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact on NACAS and the auxiliary services profession. This award recipient has given willingly of their time and expertise with the simple goal of improving the profession.

Selection is based on an individual who has made the most significant contribution to the NACAS community through their participation and leadership, and contribution of support, vision, energy, and talent.

Each year, if appropriate, the NACAS President may bestow this recognition on an individual or individuals of his/her choosing.