On November 5th, 2014 Von Stange was honored with the William B. Sweet Distinguished Service award at the Upper Midwest Region – Association of College & University Housing Offices (UMR-ACUHO) Annual Conference hosted by the University of Iowa in Coralville. The William B. Sweet Distinguished Service Award is UMR-ACUHO’s most prestigious award. The winner of this award represents a standard of excellence through contributions and dedication to the regional and international professional housing association and to the housing profession as a whole. The recipient’s service should leave a positive and lasting impact. Recipients should also be viewed as role models for colleagues and new professionals. They should be seen as someone who has made a significant impact on the student housing profession, and made significant contributions to the regional and national housing organizations.
Von has been an active participant in a variety of professional development opportunities both regionally and nationally since the late 1980’s. Currently Von serves as the Knowledge Enhancement Director for the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). He has also assisted on the journal board, and served as a faculty member for the National Housing Training Institution. In 2007 Von “graduated” from the ACUHO-I Standards Institute. On a regional level Von served as the UMR-ACUHO president from 1999-2002. He has also supported his staff in hosting the UMR-ACUHO Annual conference three times (1999, 2006, and 2014). In addition, he has been a UMR-ACUHO Committee member numerous times, written countless articles for the regional magazine, and presented at the annual conference regularly.
On the campus level, Von teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa where he is able to connect with graduate students pursuing a career in higher education. He also makes it a point to get to know all of his housing staff and maintain a thorough knowledge of residence hall life. A quick look at his vitae will show you he has been published over 25 times, and also presented at regional workshops for housing professionals.
Clearly, Von embodies the William B. Sweet Distinguished Service Award in his daily actions and was very deserving of such a prestigious honor to be bestowed upon him. Please join University Housing & Dining in congratulating Von for this honor.