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Student Organization Recognition

 

Each year, we honor student organizations and student leaders who have made an impact on the Volunteer community over the last academic year. Even though our environment looks a little different this year due to COVID-19, we want to honor the groups that embody the Volunteer spirit and make Rocky Top home sweet home for so many!

The following awards will be given out to student organizations:

Large Student Organization of the Year (50+ Members)
Small Student Organization of the Year (Less than 50 Members)
New Student Organization of the Year
Graduate Student Organization of the Year

The 2020 Student Organization Recognition Awards will be announced on Zoom at 4:30 p.m. EDT on April 29th, 2020. Winning organizations will receive physical awards at a later date.


Award Descriptions

Student Organization Awards

 

Outstanding Organization Awards (Types: Multiple Awards Awarded)

  • Large Organization (50+ Members)

Eligibility: Registered student organization with 51 or more active members

Description: This award recognizes a large student organization that has fulfilled its mission, involved the campus in its purpose, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open-minded and intentionally inclusive, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways. This honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life. The organization fosters positive change within the university community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming.

  • Small Organization (Less than 50 Members)

Eligibility: Registered student organization with 50 or fewer active members

Description: This award recognizes a small student organization that has fulfilled its mission, involved the campus in its purpose, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open-minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways. This honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life. The organization fosters positive change within the university community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming.

  • New Student Organization

Eligibility: Registered student organization newly registered on VOLink during 2019-2020 academic year

Description: This award will be presented to a student organization that registered on VOLink for the first time during the 2019-2020 academic year. This organization will have demonstrated promise in recruitment, retention, creativity, and teamwork. The organization has made a positive impact on the campus and community in their first year on campus and fulfilled its mission. This honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life. 

  • Graduate Student Organization of the Year

Eligibility: Registered student organization predominantly serving graduate students

Description:  This award recognizes a graduate student organization that has fulfilled its mission, involved the campus in its purpose, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open-minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways. This honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life for graduate students. The organization fosters positive change within the university community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming and building community.