September 18, 2012 | 8 a.m.
By Samantha Allgood '12
Vice President for Student Life Edee Schulze was awarded the Don L. Boender Distinguished Service Award at the annual Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) conference this summer. The award recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to ACSD and have served in the field of student development for 10 or more years.
ACSD president Steve Beers presented the award during the conference’s opening session, where Schulze was praised for her strong leadership and excellence in challenging her staff to work “smarter, not harder.”
Schulze served as ACSD secretary from 2005-2009 and was instrumental in developing a new way of connecting members within the organization. She led a team through the transition from what was termed “Regions” to “Collaboratives,” focusing on common interests and job positions instead of geographical proximity of members. “Now we have four Collaboratives and are working to implement more connections between ACSD members,” she explains. “The switch is working and people are pleased with more opportunities to connect with each other and the organization.”
The Don L. Boender award is one of two ACSD awards given annually. The award is named for the past vice president for student life at Calvin College who partnered with Ruth Bamford of Wheaton College to found ACSD.