25 April, 2017
NACCU Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Kristy Vienne, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Kristy Vienne received the 2017 NACCU Distinguished Service Award in recognition for her devotion to the industry, and for exemplifying excellence in all aspects of the campus card community.
Dr. Vienne is currently the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Sam Houston State University. Her vision and leadership at the Sam Houston State has been instrumental in the growth of the university’s campus card program, where she introduced initiatives and services to promote the development and testing of campus card technologies. Dr. Vienne was also responsible for the development of a student payroll and refund disbursement program at Sam Houston State in partnership with Bank Mobile. The program went live in November 2006 and remains in use to this day. Based on its success, the program would later become a model for other campuses to use.
Dr. Vienne also worked with BankMobile to implement a dual mag-stripe system, which separated the financial/banking mag-stripe from the on-campus mag-stripe, and made the system more secure and lessened the amount of financial data being transmitted. She also partnered with BankMobile to develop and launch an athletic travel advancement program.
In 2016, Dr. Vienne began developing an event tracking program that will enable students at Sam Houston State to earn points for attending campus events. These points can be cashed out for various food or merchandise items. Additionally, there are larger incentives offered such as scholarships and rebates. The program will be beta tested in the summer of 2017.
In addition to her many accomplishments at Sam Houston State, Dr. Vienne has been a huge asset to NACCU, serving in a wide variety of roles over the last 13 years. She has served on numerous committees, served on the Board of Directors, and held both the Board Secretary and Board President positions.
As a member of the NACCU Education and Conference Committees in 2010, Dr. Vienne proposed the development of both the New Professionals Institute (NPI) and Professional Development program for the NACCU annual conference. Both programs were approved and offered at the conference the following year. Now in its sixth year, the New Professional Institute has helped to educate and train hundreds of card office administrators on the basic foundations and best practices of the industry.
About the award
The NACCU Distinguished Service Award is sponsored by ASSA ABLOY/PERSONA and recognizes an individual who has made contributions not only to a particular campus, but to the card services industry as a whole — raising the stature of the profession. The recipient must demonstrate contributions to the industry through a combination of any or all of the following:
- Participation in the research and development of card-related technologies
- Development of solutions that have been shared with the industry
- Membership on advisory boards
- NACCU volunteer
- Other professional association volunteer
- Product testing
- Involvement in industry activity that is above and beyond an individual’s job description
- Demonstrated courage of convictions to take a risk — a pioneering spirit
- Published material