Frank Cloud was the Director of Housing at Sam Houston State University from June 1972 until his retirement in December of 1990.  He was an active and involved member of SWACUHO, having served the Association as Secretary, President-Elect, President, and Past President.  He was honored for his service with both a SWACUHO Distinguished Service Award and the Jim Gibson Exceptional Service Award (the highest honor of the Association).


Frank Cloud Award of Excellence

Established in 1975, the Frank Cloud Award of Excellence is presented to member institutions for demonstrating excellence in a designated area of student housing operations.  Each year, a different topic or functional area is announced for departments to submit applications highlighting extraordinary achievement in said area.

Institutions that believe their housing program has exemplified excellence in the stated area in previous academic years are welcome to submit an application.  Finalists will be invited to present a 15-20 minute program sharing their case study in a session before a panel of judges at the SWACUHO Mid-Year meeting.  The winning institution will be recognized and required to present their program at the SWACUHO Annual Conference the following February.

Past Winners:

2024 University of Central Arkansas, Professional Staff Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

2023 University of Central Arkansas, Innovation in Student Support

2022 Award held for re-evaluation

2021 None, Violence Prevention and Response Education

2020 None, Inclusive Policies and Practices

2019 University of Central Arkansas, Delivering Excellent Customer Service
Texas Tech University, Delivering Excellent Customer Service

2018 Texas Tech University, Facility & Project Management

2017 Oklahoma State University, Student Advocacy & Empowerment

2016 Texas Tech University, Social Media

2015 Sam Houston State University, Resident Education Services

2011 Arkansas State University, Recognition in Student Housing

2009 The University of Texas at Austin, Sustainability

2006 University of Central Arkansas, Housing & Learning Communities

2005 West Texas A&M University, Solicitation, Utilization, and Implementation of Input

2004 Southern Methodist University, Crisis Response Plan Within Housing & Residence Life

2003 University of Arkansas, Staff Recruitment and Retention

2002 Texas State University, Behavior Education & Judicial Process in Residence Life

2001 Texas Tech University, Safety and Security Issues in Housing

2000 Texas Woman's University, New Academic Initiatives in Residence Life

1999 University of Central Arkansas, Residence Life Accountability Issues

1998 University of Central Arkansas, Residence Life Orientation Programs

1997 Texas Tech University, Staff Training and Development

1996 Texas State University, Building and Developing the Residence Hall Community

1995 Texas Tech University, Developing Leaders Through Residence Life

1994 University of Texas at Austin, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs

1993 Texas State University, Mentoring Programs for At Risk College Students

1992 Sam Houston State University, Promoting Diversity in Residence Life

1991 University of Texas at Austin, Innovative Resident Services

1990 Sam Houston State University, Academic Commitment in the Residence Halls

1989 Oklahoma State University, Retention of Students in the Residence Halls

1988 Oklahoma State University, Residence Life and Campus Health Issues

1987 Texas State University, Community Service

1986 Prairie View A&M University, Staff Development

1985 Texas A&M University, Programming

1984 University of Texas at Austin, Computer Programs

1983 Arkansas State University, Environmental Planning

1982 University of Houston, RA Selection and Training

1981 University of Texas at Austin, Safety and Security

1980 Arkansas State University, Communications

1979 None, Custodial Services

1978 University of Arkansas, Student Involvement

1977 University of Houston, Custodial Training and Services

1976 University of Arkansas, Summer Conference Operations

1975 University of Texas at Austin, Programs and Activities



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