April 14, 2015 - The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) awarded the “2015 ACUI Values Award” to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; Keith T. Kowalka at its annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas. The ACUI Values Award recognizes an individual who actively and continuously demonstrates adherence to the core values of the Association (unconditional human worth, joy, caring community, learning, innovation, integrity and diversity) on their campus. Kowalka has successfully demonstrated these principles while at the University of Houston and his volunteer involvement with ACUI over his more than twenty years of service.
Kowalka’ s nomination was coordinated by Assistant Director for the Center for Student Involvement, Kristen Ernst with supporting letters of recommendation from Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Dr. Richard Walker, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Maxwell, and Director of Assessment & Planning for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Dr. Pam Shefman.
Kowalka has worked for the University of Houston since 1998. He continues to place students first in his everyday decisions and provides mentorship to those in the Student Affairs profession. He has been active in ACUI for over 20 years. His past international volunteer roles within ACUI include serving as the 2011 ACUI Annual Conference Chair, the I-LEAD® Program Chair, the Educational and Research Fund Program Team; and serving as the Regional Director, Conference Chair, and Development Coordinator at the Regional level.
This award serves as Kowalka’ s fifth from ACUI. The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services is pleased that ACUI has recognized the work of one of its own at the University of Houston.
About ACUI: Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community. ACUI enriches them all through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.