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January 2016
Volume 19 Issue 1

Introducing Recruit 5!
NACCU Board of Directors Election Results
NACCU 2016 Conference Registration Update
Submit your Nomination for 2016 NACCU Awards
From the Executive Director: Happy New Year!

AnchorRecruit 5Introducing Recruit 5!

What is Recruit 5?

Recruit 5 is a NACCU initiative to seek new institutional members using NACCU's best resource - you!

Best of all, by referring schools who aren't currently members of NACCU, you can receive $100 off your NACCU 2016 conference registration - or even a complimentary NACCU membership!

For more information, visit

We are very excited to launch Recruit 5 and look forward to your participation...starting now!

AnchorNACCU Board of Directors Election Results

NACCU recently held its annual election for three positions on the NACCU Board of Directors.

The election results are in.

We are pleased to announce that Ken Boyer from Mercer University has been elected to a 2nd term on the Board.

We are delighted to welcome Larry Drees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Tova Sturmer from Tompkins Cortland Community College to the Board. Larry and Tova will fill the positions left open by retiring Board members Brian Bollich and Brenda Saugstad.

Ken, Larry, and Tova will begin three year terms at the conclusion of the 2016 conference.

Thank you to all who submitted nominations, ran for a position in the election, and voted. Your participation is very appreciated and important.

Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer
Mercer University

Larry Drees

Larry Drees
University of Colorado
at Boulder

Tova Sturmer

Tova Sturmer
Tompkins Cortland
Community College

NACCU 2016

AnchorNACCU 2016 Conference Registration Update

NACCU is in the midst of implementing new software for our member database and event registrations.

Therefore, the exact date for the opening of conference registration is pending. We will open registration just as soon as we can.

We encourage you to make your travel plans and reserve your hotel room, and be prepared to register for the conference as soon as registration opens. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Janice Weston at (602) 395-8989 or

To be sure you receive the announcement when registration opens, sign up to receive NACCU 2016 updates. 

AnchorSubmit your Nomination for 2016 NACCU Awards!

It is time to recognize those who have stood out as shining examples of excellence this year. The NACCU Awards program honors the accomplishments of deserving individuals and institutions within the card industry.

You may nominate yourself or someone else for the Distinguished Service Award or the New Professional Award.

You may nominate your card program (or another school's card program) for the Innovative Technology Award, Marketing Excellence Award, Best Card Design Award, Best Social Networking and/or Website Award, or Best Video Award. 

Learn more about each award and how to submit nominations here.

If you have questions about the NACCU awards lineup, please contact
Crystal Bazarnic at

AnchorFrom the Executive Director: Happy New Year!

Lowell Adkins

2016 …Happy New Year!  While the date on our calendars is changing, for most of us this is really mid-year in the academic schedule and in the midst of our fiscal year. Nevertheless, it is a new calendar year and a good time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one.

For NACCU, 2015 was a year of solid accomplishments as we continued to provide a wonderful array of services to our membership. The conference in New Orleans was another outstanding event; the listserv remained a vibrant resource for those needing an answer to a question; the website expanded the collection of useful industry knowledge; web conferences were offered on a number of important and timely topics; and we had great regional workshops at the University of Notre Dame and Mount Holyoke College.

As a reflection that we are offering services our members value, and with a lot of great effort from our Membership Committee, we attained a 96% retention rate among our institutional members for 2015-2016!  This is a significant achievement for us.

In mentioning the Membership Committee, let me say that the entire Association committee structure continues to develop. Indeed, the various committees are producing valuable results and are creating plans to do even more in 2016 and beyond.

A project begun in 2015 that we look forward to implementing fully in 2016 is new association management software – database technology for maintaining membership records, a new infrastructure for the website and more.  We believe this new system will meaningfully improve the member experience on the NACCU website, in searching the member directory, in locating relevant content and in collaborating with colleagues on committees and within interest groups. Look for updates on this in the weeks to come.

The Board of Directors has been particularly focused on strategically planning for our future - to provide enhanced benefits and services to our members while maintaining a strong financial position. In 2015, and through the early part of 2016, an important part of that focus has been and will be moving through the search process for a new Executive Director.

2015 was a good year for NACCU; 2016 is shaping up to be even better. The conference in San Francisco promises to be outstanding. The Board continues to develop a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie that will result in many good things for NACCU. The national staff is committed to enhancing the services we offer our members. While I will be with you for only a part of it, I am really looking forward to this new calendar year.

I encourage you to resolve in this new year to expand your horizon, to participate in the greater campus card community, to become involved in some aspect of NACCU, and offering help to a colleague by sharing your experiences and your knowledge.

Next January, may we all be able to look back on 2016 and say, it was a good year – a very good year!


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