Student Leadership Awards & Recognition Reception - 2019
Event of the Year: Burger Bash-Chi Alpha
The Event of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding effort by an organization or area who planned and implemented an event that benefited our Columbus State University campus and/or Columbus community during the 2017-2018 school year. This event aligned with the organization's values and mission, and/or our University values. This can be a collaboration with another organization and/or department.
Most Improved RSO of the Year: Creative Writing Club
The Most Improved Registered Student Organization Award is given to an organization that has displayed significant effort for the improvement of the organization and therefore exhibited considerable progress in the development of the group. This could be demonstrated through the following: revitalized membership by improving recruitment and retention of new and diverse members, improved focus on the organization's mission and internal operation, creation or improvement of program(s)/event(s), intentional collaboration with other RSOs or University departments, and/or established a plan to ensure continued organizational growth and sustainability of the organization.
Student Government Association RSO of the Year: Chi Alpha
Organization of the Year is an annual point system for organizations to keep track of the events and forums they are attending. The Organization with the most points & participation at the end of the year will receive a trophy, a $500 cash check, and a $150 account for Aramark.
On-Campus Advisor of the Year: Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill
The On-Campus Advisor of the Year Award is given to an on-campus advisor who has at least two years experience as a registered student organization advisor at Columbus State University. This individual has had a positive impact on a student organization and the University community, demonstrated strong advising skills, is readily available to students, and takes great strides to help the organization's leaders and members. The on-campus advisor can be nominated by students, staff, and/or faculty of Columbus State University.
Emerging Leader of the Year: Laura McKenna
The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to honor the accomplishments of a student succeeding in a new position. Various examples of the emerging leaders include: Students who have been in an organization for a year or less, students who have not held an officer position prior to the 2018-2019 year, students who have allowed their leadership skills to flourish during the 2018-2019 year, and more. This award will be given to the individual who made a significant impact in their organization, department, and/or campus, exhibited a high level of participation and volunteerism, made a difference in the community and/or on campus, and who chose to go above and beyond what is asked of them.
Student Leader of the Year: Abby Grace Moore
The Student Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual who has inspired the growth and development of others, made themselves available to others and brought out strengths and talents in their peers. This individual demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future of their organization, department, campus, or community at large. He or she provided exemplary service, commitment, and strong leadership skills, exemplified integrity in all words and actions, and made a meaningful contribution to the student, university, and surrounding communities through leadership.
Graduate Student Leader of the Year: Cylina Velazquez
The Graduate Student Leader of the Year Award is given to a graduate student who has inspired the growth and development of others, made themselves available to others and brought out strengths and talents in their peers. This individual demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future of their organization, department, campus, or community at large. He or she provided exemplary service, commitment, and strong leadership skills, exemplified integrity in all words and actions, and made a meaningful contribution to the student, university, and surrounding communities through leadership.
Outstanding Online Presence: Campus Nerds
The Outstanding Online Presence Award recognizes a registered student organization with the most impressive online presence. This can include both web and social media pages. Web page originality, creativity (layout and graphics), usability/navigation, up-to-date/pertinent information, and intentional efforts to engage and inform the Columbus State University student body and/or the greater Columbus community. The page(s) must be created and led by a student(s). The page(s) cannot be professionally maintained. Highlights of number of followers alone will not be accepted.
Outstanding Teamwork & Collaboration: Delta Zeta and Sigma Nu
The Outstanding Teamwork & Collaboration Award recognizes two or more registered student organizations or department organizations that embody the elements of successful teamwork, collaboration, and quality programming which benefit Columbus State University and/or the greater Columbus community.
President's Volunteer Service Award: Daniel Hernandez, Larry Gary Kennedy, Mary Claire Halbrook, John Waller, and Carlonda Williams
The President's Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Established by executive order by George W. Bush, the award was established to honor volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping others through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. At Columbus State each semester, Community Outreach awards graduating seniors who have donated over 250 during their tenure at CSU with this Award.
Charles R. Eason Leadership Award: Mary Claire Halbrook
Charles R. Eason was the first recipient of the Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Director of Planned Giving through 2000. This annual award was established to capture the essence of Mr. Eason's love for CSU as a student, alumnus, sports fan, and employee. It recognizes a student who has shown exemplary leadership ability and a passion for Columbus State University.
Tower Traditions Medal Recipients:
iLead Completion Recipients:
Jessica Davis, Captain
Gerald Bruce Andrews III
Vunty Wan, Student Head Coach
Daniel Collins, Student Assistant Coach
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