Brant receives top I.T. award

Posted May 22, 2012

ACU's director of enterprise infrastructure Arthur Brant was selected as the recipient of the first annual Jeri Semer Volunteer Recognition Award by The Association of Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA). Brant has served in information technology at ACU since 1997, expertly handling the university's network, servers, telephone system, cable television system and network security.

Kay Reeves, executive director of information technology at ACU, praises Brant for this honor.

"It was a privilege this week for me to attend the ACUTA conference and witness Brant receiving a very impressive award. We are so proud of him and his representation of ACU in this organization," says Reeves.

The Jeri Semer Award is given to one individual annually who has shown outstanding volunteer efforts in information technology during the past year. Brant has been a part of ACUTA since 2007 and a member of the social networking, new media and web Resources subcommittee since 2009. In 2011-2012, Brant chaired this subcommittee. He has co-authored or authored three articles for the quarterly ACUTA Journal and has also been a presenter and/or moderator at several ACUTA seminars and conferences and one webinar.

ACUTA represents more than 1900 individuals at more than 700 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest higher education institutions in the U.S. Member institutions represent all 50 states, Canada, New Zealand and Slovenia.

Jeri Semer, for whom the award is named, served as executive director of ACUTA from 1994-2011 and did much to foster the growth of opportunities for ACUTA's active members to contribute to the organization and its future. Semer passed away last year.

"I am humbled to have received this award which honors the legacy of Jeri Semer," says Brant. "As ACUTA's executive director, Jeri firmly held the belief that the strength of this organization was reflected in its members, who volunteered their time, talents and energies. I am thankful for the support of ACU's Information Technology organization and senior administration who encourage faculty, staff and students alike to participate associations such as ACUTA."

The award was presented at the opening general session of ACUTA’s 41st Annual Conference on Monday, April 30, in Indianapolis, Ind.