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NACCU Awards


Nominations are open for 2017 awards. 
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Past Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

New Professional Award

J. Paul Melanson Award

Innovative Technology Award

Marketing Excellence Award

Best Card Design

Best Contest(s)

Best Print Media and Promotional Items

Best Social Networking and/or Website

Best Video(s)


Distinguished Service Award

(formerly the Professional Development Award)

The purpose of the Distinguished Service award is to:

  • Recognize individuals or a campus working to implement programs in a college or university that have advanced the card service industry
  • Recognize the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Recognize the time, effort and sophistication of the accomplishment

Eligibility: Nominees should be:

  • Those who have contributed not only to a particular campus, but to the card services industry as a whole — raising the stature of the profession
  • Active participants in the research and development of card related technologies
  • Active members of the National Association of Campus Card Users
  • Those who have gone above and beyond their job description
  • Those who have had the courage of their convictions to take a risk — who have shown pioneering spirit
  • Those who are actively publishing, presenting or promoting the card services industry
  • Those who serve on advisory boards and are willing to test new products

Past Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2016: Mark McKenna
2015: Douglas Vanderpoel
2014: John Younk
2013: Joel Weidner
2012: Ann Marie Powell
2011: John Beckwith
2010: Kathleen Kelly
2009: Shirley Everson
2008: Kathy Gallagher
2007: Jeanine Brooks
2006: Matthew Drummond
2005: Brenda L. Hovden
2004: Eugene McKenna
2003: Homer Tedder
2002: Deb Hoefer
2001: Cindy Vetter
2000: Joe Pietrantoni


New Professional Award

The New Professional Award, new in 2012, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to their institution, the industry and to the Association within a relatively short period of time.

New Professional Award Recipients

2016: Melissa Hannah
2015: Angela Edge
2014: Scott Thompson
2013: Marsha Amanova
2012: Patrick Genest


J. Paul Melanson Award

The J. Paul Melanson award is named in honor of one of the founders of the National Association of Campus Card Users.

This award is given to members of the college and university community and campus card corporate members who have spurred the growth of the campus card industry, been pioneers in campus cards, significantly and freely helped NACCU members to implement or advance systems on their campuses, or been instrumental in the growth and stability of NACCU.

Nominees and recipients will be identified by the NACCU Board of Directors at their discretion and the award will not necessarily be given every year.

J. Paul Melanson Award Recipients

2016: John Beckwith
2007: Lowell Adkins
2001: Tom Bell
2001: Bill Norwood
2001: Joe Pietrantoni
1998: Mel Blackburn
1996: Paul Melanson


Innovative Technology Award

The Innovative Technology Award, new in 2012, is awarded annually to an institution that has introduced a unique technology-based solution to a problem or opportunity. 

Innovative Technology Award Recipients

2016: University of Ottawa
2015: Vanderbilt University
2014: University of Victoria
2013: Illinois Institute of Technology
2012: Arizona State University


Marketing Excellence Award

(Formerly Excellence in Interactive Marketing Award)

The Marketing Excellence Award recognizes an institution’s use of a variety of marketing efforts to enhance their campus card’s visibility and value on campus.  

Marketing Excellence Award Recipients

2016: York University
2015: Florida SouthWestern State College
2014: Ryerson University
2013: University of Alberta
2012: Sam Houston State University
2011: Carleton College
2010: 1st: Carleton University 2nd: University of Alabama 3rd: University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Best Card Design Award

The Best Card Design Award is chosen by a vote conducted online and/or at the conference. All NACCU members are encouraged to vote. 

Best Card Design Award Recipients

2016: Gonzaga University
2015: Louisiana State University
2014: University of Hawaii Manoa
2013: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
2012: Liberty University
2011: George Washington University
2010 Texas Tech University
2009 New Mexico State University
2008 St. Peter's College
2007 University of Wyoming
2006 University of Central Florida
2005 Nova Southeastern University
2004 University of Alabama
2003 Louisiana State University
2002 Xavier University
2001 University of Utah
2000 University of Missouri - Columbia
1999 Georgia Tech 1998 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Best Contest(s) Award

The Best Contest(s) Award was chosen by a vote conducted online and/or at the conference. All NACCU members are encouraged to vote. 

Best Contest(s) Award Recipients

2012: Pennsylvania State University


Best Print Media and Promotional Items Award

(Formerly Best Marketing Award)

The Best Print Media and Promotional Items Award recipient was chosen by a vote conducted online and/or at the conference.

Best Print Media and Promotional Items Award Recipients

2012: Dalhousie University
2011: Deakin University
2010 Louisiana State University
2009 Salem State College
2008 Waterford Institute of Technology
2007 Sam Houston State University
2006 Pennsylvania State University
2005 University of Cincinnati
2004 University of Alabama
2003 University of Alabama
2002 Ryerson University
2001 University of Utah
2000 (Tie) Duke University University of Colorado – Boulder
1999 Cleveland State University 1998 University of Arizona


Best Social Networking and/or Website Award

The Best Social Networking and/or Website Award is chosen by a vote conducted online and/or at the conference. All NACCU members are encouraged to vote. 

Best Social Networking and/or Website Award Recipients

2016: The University of Alabama
2015: Ryerson University
2014: Holland College
2013: North Carolina State University
2012: Virginia Commonwealth University


Best Video(s)

The Best Video(s) Award is chosen by a vote conducted online and/or at the conference. All NACCU members are encouraged to vote. 

Best Video(s) Award Recipients

2016: Brigham Young University
2015: Georgia Institute of Technology
2014: Florida International University
2013: Ryerson University
2012: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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