Mike Stang, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, received the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) prestigious Parthenon Award during the organization’s annual conference on July 7 in Denver.
Stang was one of five recipients from around the country to be awarded the association’s highest honor for his outstanding achievement, service, leadership and contributions to the field of university housing.
“Working in university housing is so rewarding,” Stang said, who joined NIU in 1997. “We are creating an awesome living environment for students, one in which they can learn in and out of the classroom environment and be successful at the university they are attending.”
To be considered for the Parthenon, members must have at least 10 years of service in housing, residence life or an affiliated field and must be nominated by their colleagues. In addition, they must have at least five years of service at the regional or international level with ACUHO-I and have a proven track record of making an impact on the campus housing profession.
“It’s nice to be recognized for the contributions I have been able to make but I would attribute an awful lot of that to the team here at Northern,” Stang said. “I feel very fortunate to work at a university that encourages these types of volunteer activities and professional development opportunities.”
Kelly Wesener Michael, NIU Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, said Stang is a consummate professional who approaches each day with students at the heart of his work.
“Mike is the first to ensure that student voices are heard, campus partners are included and that he and our Division are acting in the best interest of all,” Wesener Michael said.
In turn, Wesener Michael said Stang’s attention to the guiding principles – creating inclusive communities, student-centered learning, building collaborative relationships and customer service – are seen in his work not only when it is convenient or easy, but in all that he does each day.
“Mike’s quiet strength, genuine concern for others and intelligence has helped him gain respect from faculty and staff from across the campus,” Wesener Michael said. “We are fortunate to have him as a contributing member of our community.”
Fellow ACUHO-I member Patricia Martinez, Assistant Vice President for Student Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shared the sentiment.
“Mike is a true inspirational leader filled with compassion and wisdom and we are fortunate to have him within our profession,” Martinez said in her nomination letter. “He has mentored multiple staff members and contributed to various professional development initiatives at the international and regional levels.”