Joliet, Ill. – Each spring, the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling hosts an annual conference during which the organization recognizes the contributions of its membership. Eric Ruiz, the director of undergraduate admissions at the University of St. Francis (USF), was recognized at this year’s event on April 21 and 22 with the Molly K. Arnold President’s Service Recognition Award for providing strong and consistent leadership to IACAC.

“Being honored with this award is super humbling. Every year at the IACAC conference, I sit in awe as I cheer on the recipients of these awards. The Molly Arnold Award has always had recipients who I’ve looked up to. I’ve always thought to myself how amazing these people are, how hard they’ve worked, the level they were at inspired me so much! These recipients aren’t just doing their job description and helping students, they are creating paths, changing lives, changing culture, making a difference. It’s a level I’ve always wanted to get to,” Ruiz said.

“One of the coolest things I heard today, ‘he’s just a good human being.’ I mean, I’ve always wanted to be a good human being, but it was really awesome to hear that. I may not consider myself to be quite at the level as the other recipients or the past recipients of the Molly Arnold Award but I am in awe that maybe, just maybe, I may be viewed that way by whoever nominated me,” Ruiz added.

Ruiz, who joined the USF admissions team in 2007, is also a past winner of the James A. Alexander Newcomer Award (2011) and the Inclusion, Access and Success Service Award (2015) through IACAC.

“I am happy but in no way surprised by Eric’s selection for this award,” said Eric Wignall, USF’s vice president for admissions. “He truly is helpful in his advice to counselors, his guidance to new members, and his service to the organization.”

“Whether he is leading a training session or taking part in professional development workshop, Eric is a natural leader and very often that ‘person who gets things done.’ His help to counseling professionals helps them guide and serve more students. It’s the kind of person he—the kind of professional he is. He is a phenomenal representative of the University of St. Francis,” Wignall said.

About the Molly K. Arnold President’s Service Recognition Award

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s President’s Service Recognition Award was inaugurated in 1999, to recognize members with more than five years’ service who have provided strong and consistent leadership to IACAC. More than one award may be given each year. In 2010, the IACAC Executive Board renamed the award in honor of Molly K. Arnold.

About the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

According to their website, iacac.org, the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling “is an organization of counseling professionals dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. IACAC members are counselors, admission or financial aid officers, active retirees, or students who are concerned about the future of education in the State of Illinois and in the nation. IACAC is committed to maintaining high standards, which foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.”

Visit iacac.org for more information.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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