Brad Vest, associate director of operations for Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union and Legends entertainment facility, received the Smith-Steel Award for Professional Staff at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region III Conference.
The award recognizes union and student activities professionals of Region III member institutions who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to their profession, as well as ACUI, Region III and their campus community.
The nominee must be a staff member of an active ACUI member institution and have held their position for at least 10 years. The recipient receives a $500 monetary award.
The Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff is named for two individuals who have dedicated their lives to the profession — C. Shaw Smith and Richard Steele — and is the highest professional recognition given within Region III.