Awards



AACE Lifetime Member 

Award

  • Dr. Ed Rayburn 2014

  • Paula Abraham 2014

  • Nelson Barnett, Lyon College

  • Herbert Davis, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired)        

  • Neil Jackson, Arkansas Tech University (Retired) 

  • James M. Jones, Arkansas Eastman (Retired)

  • Leo Langston, Internal Revenue Service (Retired)

  • Larry Stricklin, Arkansas Department of Human Services

  • Rebecca Teague, Harding University

  • Dr. Neil Vickers, The Vickers Group, LLC

  • William E. Yates, University of Central Arkansas (Retired)



Founders Award

  • Larry Stricklen 2016


Nola Holt Royste

Distinguished Service Award

  • Brenda Marks 2010

  • Julie Agee Gillaspy 2006

  • Larry Stricklen 2005

  • Allison Nicholas 2004

  • Eva Windsor 2003

  • Neal W. Vickers 2002

  • Leanne “BUBBA” Fender 2001

 

Founders Award

Awarded at the Board’s discretion based upon nominations solicited, vetted and recommended by Awards Committee.

The Founders Award is considered the most prestigious award AACE can bestow on one of its members. It is to be given only when the Board of Directors deems there to be a deserving recipient and is not an annual award. The award may be presented to a current or former member of AACE (including former SACE and SWACE members) who has made notable and significant contributions with distinguished achievement to the Association, the profession of career services and recruitment. To be considered for this award, an individual must have been active and contributed in the development of programs, held leadership roles in the Association for a considerable number of years, contributed in an innovative way to the professional development of the profession, authored publications of a creditable nature, and/or otherwise represented the Association in an exemplary manner. 

Southern Star Award

Awarded at the Board’s discretion based upon nominations solicited, vetted and recommended by Awards Committee.

The Southern Star Award may be presented to a person or persons to recognize significant and outstanding contributions to the profession, to society, or to AACE. The Southern Star Award is a prestigious recognition of service and contributions exceeded only in significance within AACE by the Founders Award. The Southern Star Award may be given to a college or employer representative. The recipient does not have to be, or have been, a member of AACE, but must have made notable or sustained contributions to the association or to the profession. Recipients of the Southern Star Award must have made a major and significant contribution to the career services and recruiting profession or had a sustained impact on AACE over a period of time. Nominations for Southern Star award recipients will be solicited by the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will make recommendations to the Board, which will consider nominees for recognition using the procedures established by the Awards Committee. 

New Professional Award

Awarded each year to one employer member and one college member. Recipients are selected by the Board based upon nominations solicited, vetted and recommended by Awards Committee.

The New Professional Award may be presented to AACE members with no more than five years of experience in the profession who have demonstrated significant contributions to career services and/or recruitment. It is meant to recognize “future leaders” within the association. Contribution may be to the association, a state association, SoACE, NACE, or through direct activities as a part of their normal employment. These activities must show innovation, reflect foresight, and display promise that the individual has the unique quality of future leadership. 

President's Award

Awarded annually at the sitting President’s discretion

President's Awards are given annually at the discretion of the sitting president to recognize individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves by their service to the Association in ways of particular significance to the President during his/her tenure in office. Recipients of President's Awards are not subject to the vote/approval of the Board of Directors.

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Awarded at the Board’s discretion based upon nominations solicited, vetted and recommended by Awards Committee. Award is not, by definition, an annual award.

Honorary Life Membership is awarded to individuals who have made notable and significant contributions to the Association over the course of their active membership in AACE. In order to be considered for Honorary Life Membership, an individual must have been active in AACE for at least five years, must no longer be eligible for active membership in the association because of retirement, job transition, or other similar reasons. Honorary Life Members are accorded all the rights and privileges of active members except the eligibility to vote on Association business matters or to hold office; however, Honorary Life Members may hold committee membership, be eligible to serve as committee chairs, and serve on committees in an ex-officio capacity. There is no annual membership fee for Honorary Life Membership, however Honorary Life Membership must be renewed annually. New Honorary Life Members are provided a complimentary conference registration the year in which they are officially recognized and receive discounted conference registration thereafter. All AACE Honorary Life Members retain their Honorary Life Memberships in AACE as long as they renew this membership annually.

Nola Holt Royster Distinguished Service Award


Awarded at the Board’s discretion based upon nominations solicited, vetted and recommended by Awards Committee. Award is not, by definition, an annual award.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards


AACE recognizes an individual and a group/organization that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to

the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in the community and workplace.



Contributions in advancing diversity could be in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other

initiatives. Criteria for these awards include:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the spirit of diversity and inclusion through active participation in promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives within the last twelve months

  • Supports positive communication and education that promotes mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation or tolerance among

  • people of different backgrounds

  • Demonstrates and exhibits a positive influence on constituencies 

  • Nominations for these awards are submitted with the association wide awards.





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