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Student Leadership Awards

 

The Center for Student Engagement seeks to recognize student leaders and student organizations at the University of Tennessee. This year, we plan to recognize the accomplishments of our students and student organizations with the first Student Leadership Awards.  Award descriptions are below.

Deadline to submit a nomination is by March 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM

 


 

Complete a Nomination Form Here

 

*if completing multiple nominations, you will submit one form for each nomination

Save the Date! The event will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:30 PM in the Student Union Ballroom. Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Student Leadership Awards Descriptions

Individual Student Awards

Commitment to Social Justice

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

Description: This award embodies the division’s commitment to educate and/or advocate for the importance of valuing and appreciating difference, similarities, and uniqueness within our community and beyond. The award will be given to an undergraduate and graduate student who is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.

 

Commitment to Civic Engagement

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

Description: The recipient of this award will be actively engaged in the Knoxville community. This could mean serving on a board, committee, or organization; or regularly volunteering with local or national organizations. This person balances their campus engagement with their commitment to the community.

 

Rising Leader Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate student in their first or second year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (can include a transfer student who is in their first or second year at UTK)

Description: This will be awarded to student leaders who have shown tremendous growth during their time at the institution and may be defined as “emerging leaders”. Nominees should be respected by their peers and should demonstrate leadership potential at UT.

 

Leadership Legacy Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate student in their third year of studies at a minimum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Description: This award celebrates students who have made a significant impact on the UT and/or surrounding community during their time at the institution, with an emphasis on how they have influenced the development and mentoring of future leaders. Winners will be selected based on their breadth and/or depth of involvement and leadership in co-curricular activities, service in the community, involvement in professional and academic development experiences, and their overall impact on campus life and learning for students.

 

Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award

Eligibility: Graduate or professional student currently employed in an office under the Division of Student Life

Description: This award recognizes graduate students for their character, service, outstanding contributions to the Division of Student Life, and academic achievements at the University of Tennessee. Nominated graduate students must be employed in an office under the Division of Student Life.

 

Student Organization Leader Excellence Award

Eligibility: Current Registered Student Organization Leader

Description: This award recognizes a current student organization leader for their service, commitment, and contributions to their student organization.  Emphasis should be placed on how well the organization leader has grown and developed as a result of being involved with the student organization.  Nominated student organizations leaders should be in good academic standing with the University.

 

Unsung Hero Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate and students

Description: This award will be given to someone who typically does not receive the recognition they deserve. This person goes above and beyond without expecting praise.  

Student Organization Awards

Student Organization Advisor Excellence Award

Eligibility: Staff or faculty advisor to a registered student organization

Description: This award is designed to recognize a faculty or staff member who has volunteered their time to serve as an advisor to a registered student organization. This person has made a significant contribution to both the student members and the organization as a whole. The award will recognize an individual for their service, dedication, mentorship, compassion, consistency, and wisdom.

 

Student Organization Innovative Program Excellence Award

Eligibility: Registered student organization

Description: This award honors excellence in the development and implementation of an original program. Recognized programs demonstrate: 1) the growth of students and enhancement of campus life, 2) new ideas, methods or programs that result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.

 

Student Organization Collaborative Excellence Award

Eligibility: Registered student organization

Description: This award honors excellence in the development and implementation of an original program. Recognized programs demonstrate: 1) the growth of students and enhancement of campus life, 2) new ideas, methods or programs that result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.

 

Student Organization Journey Award

Eligibility: Registered student organization

Description: This department demonstrates a commitment to consistently improving their practices, programs, initiatives, and/or internal structure. The department selected is innovative and intentional about their growth and development. 

 

Student Organization Commitment to Social Justice Award

Eligibility: Registered student organization

Description: This award embodies the division’s commitment to educate and/or advocate for the importance of valuing and appreciating difference, similarities, and uniqueness within our community and beyond. The award will be given to a registered student organization that is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.

 

Outstanding Organization Awards (Types: 3-6 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.