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Robertson honored by Association of College Unions International Region 5

BOONE—David Robertson, director of student programs at Appalachian State University, has received the C. Shaw Smith Service Award from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 5.

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ACUI’s Region 5 is comprised of public and private institutions in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The award was presented during the association’s regional conference held at Northern Kentucky University Nov. 2-3.

The award recognizes union and student activities professionals of Region 5 member institutions who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the profession, Region 5, ACUI and their campus community.

Robertson has worked in higher education since 1974 when he became an assistant dean of students for residence life at UNC-Wilmington. He came to Appalachian in 1985.

He has overseen every transformation of Plemmons Student Union since the first addition and renovation was completed in 1995 to the 58,000-square-foot addition that will open in January 2013. Through his leadership, the building has become a model of sustainability and energy efficiency through the installation of solar thermal water panels, LED lights and recycling receptacles throughout the building. The 53,000 square foot expansion also features energy savings and environmentally friendly features.

Robertson’s service to ACUI includes participation on the 2002 Albuquerque Conference Planning Team and co-editing the book “From Vision to Reality: Designing and Building College Unions to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century Student.” He regularly presents at conferences and serves as a mentor to others in the profession.

C. Shaw Smith was the union director at Davidson College for more than 30 years and also served as the Region 5 coordinator twice and as ACUI national director.