The Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) recently awarded Michigan State University the Presidential Service Award for its contributions to the organization and to enhancing students’ residential experiences. The active president of ACUHO-I, currently Allan Blattner from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is responsible for selecting the award’s annual recipient.
Amongst other members of ACUHO-I, MSU is recognized as a leader in residence life for fostering a sense of community on campus with its neighborhoods concept, which localizes the resources students need to be academically successful. The university is also renowned for its cutting-edge culinary facilities and its incorporation of locally sourced foods into dining hall menus.
“The Presidential Service Award was truly earned by the hundreds of team members who deliver outstanding Spartan experiences every day,” said Vennie Gore, vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises. “I accept this award as recognition for the way their commitment to our guests changes lives.”
The Presidential Service Award is also meant to distinguish a university that actively contributes to and has made a lasting impact on ACUHO-I. MSU hosts the National Housing Training Institute through 2018, and a number of members of the university’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services have taken on roles within the association, including Gore, who formerly served as president.
“Spartans have consistently demonstrated a spirit of partnership to advance the campus housing profession,” Gore said. “Their contributions to ACUHO-I will impact students’ on-campus experiences at an international level.”
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