Below are the Annual NEACUHO Awards with descriptions for each award. To see past award winners or to nominate someone for this year's awards, click the appropriate link here.
Service & Achievement Awards
Charles "Chuck" Lamb Lifetime Service Award
This award honors Charles "Chuck” Lamb for his long term commitment to NEACUHO and the housing profession as well as his being a role model, mentor, colleague and friend. This is an honor given annually in the form of a plaque to a NEACUHO member who has made a career in or has maintained business relations with the college/university setting, and through their profession has made a positive contribution to students, colleagues, and the NEACUHO organization.
An award given annually in the form of a plaque to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional service in the areas of social justice and diversity through advocacy, leadership, mentorship, educational initiatives or programming at the home institution and/or to NEACUHO.
Dr. Chester R. Titus Distinguished Service Award
This award is dedicated in Honor of the late Dr. Chester R. Titus who was NEACUHO’s founding father. Dr. Titus passed away in December 2017 peacefully at the age of 96 in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Titus called the first meeting of NEACUHO in 1955 not sure what it would lead to. As the first President, he led NEACUHO all these years ago and laid the foundation of our organization so that we could continue to evolve to where we are today. This award is given annually in the form of a plaque to an individual who has been a member of the NEACUHO organization for an extended period of time and has contributed significantly to the direction, administration, and governance of the association.
Elizabeth Sinkiewicz New professional award
This award is dedicated to the memory of the late Elizabeth Sinkiewicz Reid, former Director of Residential Life at Wentworth Institute of Technology (also served at WPI and Westfield State College), for her contribution to and support of NEACUHO in the role of Member-at-Large and Secretary. Elizabeth continually worked to promote new professionals’ involvement and development, not only in NEACUHO but also on her own campus. This is an honor given annually in the form of a plaque to a new professional who has contributed significantly to both their home institution and to the NEACUHO organization within the past year. Candidates for this award must have three years or less post-baccalaureate, full-time housing experience.
member emeritus award
Bestowed upon an individual who is retired from full-time employment in an effort to recognize lifetime achievements and substantial contributions to NEACUHO and the profession as determined by the immediate Past-President using established guidelines. In addition to a plaque, Member Emeritus Individuals so designated will receive a lifetime Affiliate membership to NEACUHO and the ability to attend any NEACUHO conference without cost for registration.
navigator article of the year award
*New Award in 2021
The Navigator Article of the Year award is designed to recognize outstanding article contributions to the NEACUHO sponsored newsletter. The award will be presented at the annual NEACUHO Conference.
Outstanding committee member award
*New Award in 2021
The Outstanding Committee Member award is designed to provide recognition for those individuals within the NEACUHO region that have served on a NEACUHO Committee. The award encompasses outstanding efforts and work that the individual has put in while a committee member from the previous year's NEACUHO conference to the current NEACUHO conference. The award will be presented at the annual NEACUHO Conference.
outstanding graduate student award
*New Award in 2021
The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is presented every year to a graduate student attending a NEACUHO member institution. The award encompasses outstanding efforts and work from the previous year's NEACUHO conference to the current NEACUHO conference. The award will be presented at the annual NEACUHO Conference.
outstanding mid-level professional award
*New Award in 2021
This award recognizes a leader in the student housing professional who has made significant contributions to the field, the Association and/or their home institution. The award will be presented at the annual NEACUHO Conference.
outstanding professional of color award
This award is presented to an outstanding professional of color who has contributed to the Association and the profession. This person has demonstrated service to NEACUHO and the profession through service to the Association and/or their home institution. Additional preferences will be given to the following service to the Association: contributions to the advancement of professionals of color in leadership in NEACUHO; previous service or involvement in the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee; served as a faculty member at an Association sponsored Institute (ie. RELI, NHTI) or completion of projects or policy statements that address issues for professionals of color. AND/OR This person has demonstrated contribution to the housing profession. The following are examples of contributions to the housing profession: actively participated at their home institution as an advocate for professionals of color; presented at local, regional, national or international conferences; published scholarship in relation to the housing profession, identity or related issues; service as an active role model for professionals of color in the housing profession, or service to NEACUHO including committee work and elected/appointed leadership. AND The award recipient much be a member of NEACUHO in active or emeritus status.
outstanding service award
An honor given annually in the form of a plaque to an individual who has most significantly contributed to the NEACUHO organization during the past year.
Women's issues outstanding achievement award
An honor given annually in the form of a plaque to an individual from a NEACUHO institution who is a mentor and role model and has assisted in the development of new female professionals. Candidates must have spent a minimum of 5 years in the field of housing, residential life or conference services. The successful candidate is respected by peers and colleagues, has made significant contributions to the field, institution and/or NEACUHO; as well as contributed to the research or distribution of information related to the preservation of women’s voice, gender issues and/or issues impacting women.
James Casey New Professional award
This award honors the late James Casey, former Director of Residential Life at SUNY-Cortland and one of the founding members of NEACUHO, for his contribution to and support of NEACUHO in many roles, most notably his efforts to empower entry-level new-professionals in the housing/residential life field. This award is given in the form of a plaque and reimburses up to $275.00 towards registration for the NEACUHO Annual Conference. The recipient is required to have less than three years Student Affairs experience, post baccalaureate; home Institution must be a current member of NEACUHO, submit a program proposal to the Program Committee to present at the Annual Conference. (Priority goes to program proposal that is pertinent to new professionals in housing/residential life); must have SHO confirmation of status as a new professional; candidate must submit a current resume and a copy of their Annual Conference program proposal with application).
Professional Development award
*Previously the "Small College Scholarship Award, 1998-2005
This annual award reimbursement is given to a professional for the purpose of attending the upcoming Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Annual Conference and Exposition. Funding is intended to defray registration, lodging (double room rate), meals and travel expenses (valued at a maximum of $1,000). The recipient is required to be a mid-level or seasoned residence life and housing professional; have attended a minimum of four annual NEACUHO conferences (one of which may include the current year conference), must be a current, active member of NEACUHO (committee member/chair, task force member, executive board, etc.); demonstrated success at home institution in the area of professional development for self and staff; demonstrates that they provide a stimulus to the housing profession and the region through presentations, publications (i.e. campus/departmental newsletters, etc.), grant writing and/or research; SHO verification that institutional funds are unavailable and recipient would have to pay out of pocket to attend ACUHO-I; must be employed at a NEACUHO member institution.
Rising star award
This annual award reimbursement is given to a new professional for the purpose of attending his/her first ACUHO-I annual conference. Funding is intended to defray registration, lodging (double room rate), meals, and travel expenses (up to $2000).The recipient is required to have less than three years Student Affairs experience, post baccalaureate; home Institution must be a current member of NEACUHO; must be nominated by their current supervisor and a NEACUHO executive board member, have attended at least one NEACUHO annual conference (a previous conference or the current year conference); must not have attended any ACUHO-I annual conferences; must have SHO confirmation of status as a new professional and SHO verification that institutional funds are unavailable and recipient would have to pay out of pocket to attend ACUHO-I.
Annual Conference Awards
best of northeast award
An annual award selected by the Program Committee given to the presenter(s) of the program determined to be the best of the conference. The decision is based upon participant and program committee liaison evaluations as well as program content, audio visual aids, overall delivery of the program, adherence to the program descriptions, the presenter’s knowledge of the subject, and the presenter’s skills and enthusiasm.
first time presenter award
An annual award selected by the Program Committee to an individual(s) who has never presented at a professional conference. For consideration, all presenter(s) must have no previous professional presentation experience. The decision is based upon participant and program committee liaison evaluations as well as program content, audio visual aids, overall delivery of the program, adherence to the program descriptions, the presenter’s knowledge of the subject, and the overall presentation.
An annual award given to a NEACURH participant at a NEACUHO member school to attend the NEACUHO Annual Conference. This award will cover the costs of registration, meals included with the conference, and housing. In addition, travel funds of up to $100 may be covered by NEACURH, if requested. Nominations will be submitted to the NEACUHO Awards Committee by a date specified by said committee. The recipient will be determined by the NEACUHO Awards Committee, with feedback requested from the NEACURH Regional Director (or designee) and the NEACURH Regional Advisor. The recipient is required to be a full-time registered student; home institution must be a current member of NEACUHO throughout the selection process; be nominated by a member of their home institution’s RHA or the RHA Advisor from the candidate’s institution or candidate may self nominate but then must submit a letter of support from his/her RHA or Advisor; have attended one NEACURH Regional or Mini No-Frills conference; demonstrates contribution to NEACURH on the campus level (through participation in RHA or NRHH) and regional level (through active participation in committees, bid-writing, or other criteria as determined by the selection committee). An interest in the field of housing & residence life is recommended but not required.
new professionals case study competition award
Award presented to a team of New Professionals who rank as the top of all teams that participate in the Annual Conference case study competition.
best of the drive-in conference award
The Best of the Drive-In Conference Award is given to the presenter of the top program based on evaluations by conference attendees. Each year, one program from the Drive-In is selected by the Professional Development Committee to receive this award. Selection takes into account the relevance of the content as well as quality of the presentation. The Best of the Drive-In Award is presented at the NEACUHO Annual Conference that follows the Drive-In.
past president professional development award
*2015 was the final award year - now Dr. Tim Touchette Legacy Scholarships
The recipient of the Past President Professional Development Award is able to attend three one-day events sponsored by NEACUHO. The funding for this award comes from the Past President’s fund established in 2004 as a way for past presidents to give back to the organization. This award reimbursement opportunity is made in honor of all our past presidents in hopes that professionals at Northeast colleges and universities may benefit by the offerings of the NEACUHO organization.