Leadership Awards

Outstanding Program Award Descriptions

The Outstanding Program Awards were established by the Division of Student Affairs in 1996. These awards are given to student groups that exemplify leadership by providing the university community outstanding programs that accomplish one of three goals: promoting an understanding of diversity, increasing school spirit or fostering service to others.

  • Diversity Programming Award: This award is presented to the group(s) which improved the campus climate by presenting a program or programs of lasting impact that increased students' understanding of peoples (diversity includes, among others: race, ethnicity, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, religion, or disability).
  • W. Houston Dougharty Hearthstone Award: Presented annually by the Union Board to an individual or group who has contributed, over the year, to enhancing life in the student center. The role of the college union is as the living room or "hearthstone" of the college. "The union serves as a unifying force in the life of the college, cultivating enduring regard for and loyalty to the college."
  • Spirit Programming Award:This award is presented to the group(s) which have brought to the campus community program(s) of lasting impact that improved the campus climate by inspiring renewed school spirit and pride in our campus community.
  • Service Programming Award: This award is given to the group(s) which have provided service programs of lasting impact either on or off campus.
  • Kristine M. Bartanen Ensemble Award: Presented annually by the Dean of Students Office to an individual, a group, or an initiative that emulates a true spirt of collaboration and "ensemble." It was created in 2004 to recognize the outstanding, unselfish, visionary, and collaborative leadership that Dean Bartanen provided when she served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, 1999-2004. She was the original recipient of this award.

ASUPS Award Descriptions

  • Charles T. Battin Award: Presented to a junior or senior who has displayed significant potential for future service in the field of government.
  • Chimes Cup: Awarded in recognition of the student or students who have given the most unselfish service to the university.
  • Norton Clapp Arete Award: An award established in 1983, in honor of the 50th year of trustee service by Norton Clapp, late chairman of the Board of Trustees. Awarded to that graduating senior who, in the course of his or her college career, has exemplified the highest levels of achievement and personal development.
  • Kleiner Family Endowed Humanitarian Award: An award and scholarship presented to the student who has notably exemplified and fostered the spirit of friendliness and community within the student body.
  • Ralph Olson Memorial Award: Awarded to an outstanding senior fraternity member in recognition of his inspiration to the university community.
  • Nancy Riehl Hoff Award: An award in honor of alumna and trustee Nancy Hoff. Awarded to an outstanding senior sorority member in recognition of her inspiration to the university community.
  • Eric Spurrell Memorial Good Government Award: Originally the Sigma Nu Good Government Award, and renamed in memory of a former member of the fraternity, this award is presented to the student who has achieved the most for the cause of good government.
  • Spirit Trophy: Awarded to the person or persons who have done the most to promote school spirit through extracurricular activities.
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated unusual ability in a particular endeavor and, as a result, has achieved regional or national recognition.
  • Oxholm Award: Awarded annually to an organization in recognition of superior service to the university.
  • Yumi Kawaji Outstanding Woman Award: An award commissioned to honor Yumi Kawaji, Class of 1987. Conferred on that independent woman whose record of service and influence most ably continues the legacy of Yumi Kawaji.
  • Scott Jackson Outstanding Man Award: An award commissioned to honor Scott Jackson, ASUPS president in 1979. Given to the independent man whose inspiration and leadership are an exemplary contribution to the university community.
  • Sky Cup Award: An award which honors Sue Yowell, former Assistant Dean of Students. Conferred on the graduating student who has shown proficiency in at least one of the student medias, helped to educate others about the role of the media, and modeled an acceptance of diversity in daily life.
  • Dottie Rasmussen Leadership Award: This award honors the memory and example of alumnae Dottie Rasmussen. Given to that outstanding freshman, sophomore, or junior whose exemplary leadership has been a significant positive influence within the campus community.
  • Eric J. Konzelman Award: A student-to-student scholarship awarded to the junior who best exemplifies Eric's leadership in a multitude of on- or off-campus activities.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award: This award honors a university faculty member who supports students in and outside of the classroom.
  • Outstanding Staff Award: This award honors a university staff member who supports students in and outside of the classroom.

Greek Life Award Descriptions

  • Greek Man/Woman of the Year: These awards recognize two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Greek and campus communities and have demonstrated a successful balance of academics, athletics, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors.
  • New Member of the Year: This award recognizes new members who pledged in the fall or spring semester of the current year and have demonstrated leadership within the chapter, a balance of Greek life and academics, and outstanding contributions to the chapter and the university.
  • Sophomore of the Year: This award recognizes a sophomore who has made outstanding leadership contributions to his or her chapter and the campus, demonstrated a balance of Greek life and academics, and has promoted a spirit of interfraternalism within the Greek community.
  • Junior of the Year: This award recognizes a junior who has made outstanding leadership contributions to his or her chapter and the campus, demonstrated a balance of Greek life and academics, and has promoted a spirit of interfraternalism within the Greek community.
  • Community Service Award: This award recognizes individuals who have excelled and demonstrated exceptional involvement in the area of community service, to include volunteer work, service-related programming, etc. These individuals have demonstrated a balance between academic achievement and Greek involvement and have increased awareness of service within their chapter and/or the Greek community.
  • Fine Arts Award: This award recognizes individuals who have excelled and demonstrated exceptional talent in the area of fine arts, to include music, art, theater, photography, etc. These individuals have demonstrated a balance between academic achievement and Greek involvement and have increased awareness of fine arts within their chapter and/or the Greek community.
  • Athlete of the Year: This award recognizes varsity athletes who have demonstrated a successful balance between academic achievement, Greek involvement, and athletic involvement. Other considerations include number of years participated, any national or local awards, and new records set.
  • Scholar of the Year: This award recognizes members who have succeeded academically, have shown a balance between academics, Greek involvement and campus involvement, have been recognized by honor societies or the Dean's List, and are focused academically. Other considerations include scholastic-related achievements such as graduate school acceptances or scholarships.
  • Advisor of the Year: This award recognizes alumni advisors who have provided outstanding service to fraternities and sororities during the current year. If your organization feels that your advisor has provided outstanding service to you, or has demonstrated exemplary skill as an advisor, please consider nominating your advisor for the "Advisor of the Year" award.
  • Faculty/Staff Involvement Award: This award recognizes a university faculty or staff member who has exhibited exceptional support, service, and encouragement to fraternity and sorority members, and has dedicated unusual time, effort, and assistance to the Greek community.

Resident Student Association Award Descriptions

  • Residence Hall of the Year: This award is given to the residence hall which has built the strongest community. Criteria include an active and involved Residence Hall Association (RHA), a committed and caring staff, and exceptional educational and social programs.
  • Residence Hall Association Members of the Year: This award is given a student members of a Residence Hall Association (RHA) Board who has done the most to promote community within the hall and throughout campus, including successfully leading RHA, contributing to RSA President's Council, developing positive relationships in the hall, and sponsoring programs which foster interaction among residents.
  • Resident Programming Advisor of the Year
  • Resident Assistant of the Year