Union Receives Awards and Recognition

Union south entrance stone sign

Several accolades and honors were earned by the K-State Student Union from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) during the spring semester.

The Union was recognized for 50 years of membership in 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. Bill Smriga, Union executive director, accepted the award on behalf of Kansas State University in March at the ACUI annual conference in Anaheim, CA.

Also featured at the annual conference was Hannah Ens, Union communication specialist. Ens was awarded first place in the national graphics competition for her outstanding work on the social media campaign for the Union Renovation Celebration Dedication in Oct. 2017.

The Bulletin, ACUI’s premier publication, featured the Union as part of the “2018 Renovation and Construction Showcase”. One of 14 projects recognized, the showcase highlighted the student-driven approach of the Union’s renovation, from the initial referendum proposal and focus groups, to having students meet regularly with architects and ultimately fund 91% of the project through student fees. With increased gathering spaces, streamlined services, a new food service model and enhanced ambience overall, the renovated Union was designed by students for students.

Audrey Taggart-Kagdis, assistant director of marketing, has been named to the 2018 regional conference planning team. Taggart-Kagdis will be in charge of region-wide marketing and communications for the conference. The group is currently organizing the event which is to be hosted by the University of North Texas in November.

The Union looks forward to continuing to serve the K-State community in an exemplary manner. Find additional information about the Union and ACUI here.