1999 - SCUP Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Daniel K. Paulien


At left, Paulien expressing thanks for receiving SCUP’s Distinguished Service Award; at right, Awards Committee Chair Sarah Loughran, Daniel K. Paulien, and 1998–1999 SCUP President Elizabeth H. Sibolski.


“He embodies the heart of SCUP … and stands ready to serve where needed most.”
—Lizabeth J. Elkins, Midcontinent Regional Representative

“After working with this SCUPer for almost thirteen years, I continue to be amazed at the high level of his enthusiasm, his willingness to tackle the tough issues with a smile on his face.”
Helen Giles-Gee, Past President


At left, Paulien receiving SCUP’s Distinguished Service Award from Awards Committee Chair Sarah Loughran; at right, Susan Paulien, Daniel K. Paulien, and Helen Giles-Gee prior to the awards ceremony.


“It’s almost thirty years and this man is still attending SCUP events, making a difference.”

Awards Announcement text

My name is Sarah Loughran and I have the honor, as Chair of the Awards Committee, to present this year’s Distinguished Service Award. This is a special individual, about whom the above quotes were given to me to share with you today.

By way of introducing our award recipient, I would like to talk about volunteerism. I have noted four rules about this human element and, as we proceed, I will share them with you.

But first, let me thank my volunteers. As the awards committee, we give time, resources and care. Our members are: from the Pacific Region, Roberta Hopkins; from North Central, Lawrence Anderson; Mid-continent: Dilip Anketell; North Atlantic, Tom Flaherty; Mid-Atlantic, Robin Dasher-Alston and from our host Southeast Region, Jerry Norris. Guiding us was SCUP President, Beth Sibolski, and from the home office: Jolene Knapp and Connie Taylor.

Rule number One: volunteers are found at events. Our honored recipient began showing up at annual conferences in 1970. By 1974 he felt comfortable enough to volunteer to serve on the planning committee for an Annual Conference. It would not be until the mid-eighties before he would volunteer again. This highlights the Second Rule: bring them along – easy.

Fortunately for SCUP there was a second chance. In 1987s, when asked, he agreed to become a State Membership Coordinator and after that served as a Regional Membership Coordinator. Now fully recovered, after 16 years, from the first Denver Annual Conference and with it returning to his home town, he volunteered again, as Local Arrangements Chair for the 1989 SCUP Conference. Those of us who have undertaken this task, even on the Regional level, know in our hearts with this effort alone, one can meet the requirements for the Distinguished Service Award. But do it twice!!? This of course brings me to the Third Rule of Volunteerism: do a job twice, its yours – for life – unless you move fast. Do it three times, well we all know the phrase “three on a match.”

To be Distinguished in Service – to stand out, means taking risks. Or in the case of SCUP, running for elective office. Its 1990, our man runs and wins, as Mountain Region Representative. In this position, feeling the flush of success, he joins a revolutionary front of fellow Regional Representative renegades and changes SCUP’s procedures for communications between the Board and its Regional Representative. These risks, taken by our award recipient, have made SCUP stronger today.

Moving along, in 1994, then President Elect, Helen Giles-Gee, moving faster than our hero, convinced him to Chair the 1994 San Francisco Conference – a dull event which broke all previous SCUP attendance records and contributed a buck or two to the coffers. However, re-read Rule number three. This was a third conference and is meant as foreshadowing.

Meanwhile, aware of the three time curse, our Colorado volunteer ran for SCUP President and won. While in the wings as President Elect, he oversaw the selection of our new director and foresaw SCUP’s impending economic collapse – due six month into his elected term. Turning to planning concepts learned along the way, he shepherded the proceeds from the SF conference and publication of “Transforming Higher Education” towards averting financial doom and stabilizing the future.

With cash on tap, and a strong new director in place, our once novice volunteer, from the consultants’ ranks, rode into Washington as SCUP President, with Pro status. It was 1996. He was assigned his fourth Annual Conference. Records were shattered for attendance and profitability. As he finished out his term, and moved into his year as Past President, with twenty seven years of SCUP service at his finger tips, he was again at work. Only a Consultant from the Rockies could conceive of proposing, initiating and implementing the successful “Winter Workshops” program. It’s almost thirty years and this man is still attending SCUP events, making a difference.

Now a final rule – Rule number Four: Successful volunteers brings a personal strength and distinction to their organization, making it stronger and more distinguished.

Please, everyone, join me and my committee in giving a ringing round of applause to the 1999 Recipient of the Society for College and University Planning’s Distinguished Service Award: it goes to a man who has brought SCUP strength and distinction, Daniel K. Paulien.