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Student Organization Awards Reception 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. - Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union

All student organizations are invited to the Student Organization Awards Reception, a collaborative effort between the Office of Student Affairs and the Center for Student Involvement.

This reception is an opportunity to honor students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to various student organizations and student involvement opportunities at Fort Hays State University. Students, faculty and staff members continue to make a difference, and this is a chance to publicly and formally recognize those who have made contributions to student life, leadership development and the community.

Student organizations are encouraged to nominate their members, programs and group for awards. Organizations may submit one nomination for each award and the same program or individual cannot be nominated for multiple awards.

The following awards will be presented: (please scroll down for a full description of each award)

Individual Awards
Rising Star Member
Outstanding Student Leader
Diversity Ally
Outstanding Advisor

Program Awards
Best New Program
Outstanding Community Service Project
Best Program

Group Awards
Volunteer Organization of the Year
Civic Engagement Award
Most Improved Organization
Student Organization of the Year

Individual Awards

Rising Star Member
A successful student nominee for this award will be a new member (not necessarily a freshman) of the organization, who has already made significant contribution to the organization.  This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service to others.
  • Outstanding leadership skills.
  • Planning a program or activity that benefits students.
  • Helping to make the organization and campus culture a positive experience for students.
  • Going beyond what other students are contributing on campus.

Outstanding Student Leader
A successful student nominee for this award will have gone above and beyond in representing their student organization. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Outstanding academic achievement, motivated and inspired others and exemplified integrity in words and actions.
  • Provided exemplary service, commitment, and strong leadership to Fort Hays State University community and demonstrated on-going flexibility, creativity, and perseverance in efforts.
  • Made a meaningful contribution to students, University, and surrounding communities while working with and for others.
  • Was willing to address existing problems and valued feedback from others.
  • Made herself/himself available to group members and brought out strengths of individual group members.
  • Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to positively impact the future.

Diversity Ally
A successful student nominee for this award will have enhanced, supported or celebrated diversity within the Fort Hays State University community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Recognizing absent or neglected perspectives.
  • Trained or educated leaders, members and peers on diversity.
  • Recognizing systems and structures of privilege, specifically related to social identify groups.
  • Advocating for social justice.

Outstanding Advisor
A successful advisor nominee for this award will have displayed significant effort for the improvement of the organization and provided continuous support for the group. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Allowed students to take responsibility for their own learning and understanding of the organization while providing advice, encouragement, and support to all students.
  • Made himself/herself available to others, and was approachable and open to new ideas.
  • Valued initiative and student input.
  • Utilized different and creative approaches to educating and assisting members.
  • Served as a positive role model.
  • Helped organization reach its goals.

*Center for Student Involvement Staff are not eligible for this award.

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Program Awards

Best New Program
A successful program/event nomination for this award should be a new program during the 2015-2016 school year that made a meaningful contribution to the Fort Hays State University community. This could be demonstrated through the following: 

  • Program enhanced the Fort Hays State University community by utilizing a creative and unique approach.
  • Explored and fostered innovative and efficient ways of reaching and involving diverse student audiences.
  • The program was well planned and open to all University students.
  • This award will be presented to the organization that coordinated and managed the event.

Outstanding Community Service Project
A successful program/event nomination for this award should have been thoughtful and meaningful program that made a positive impact on the Fort Hays State University or surrounding community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Program addressed an existing community need.
  • Regardless of whether the project was a single day or long term, it addressed a single need.
  • Volunteers were educated and actively involved in addressing this community need.
  • There is evidence this project benefited a group or groups of people.

Best Program
A successful program/event nomination for this award should have made a meaningful contribution to the Fort Hays State University community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Program enhanced the Fort Hays State University community by utilizing a creative and unique approach.
  • Explored and fostered innovative and efficient ways of reaching and involving diverse student audiences.
  • The program was well planned and open to all University students.
  • This award will be presented to the organization that coordinated and managed the event.

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Group Awards

Volunteer Organization of the Year
Awarded by Tigers in Service, this award is presented to the student organization who has logged the most service hours during the academic year. No application is necessary for this award.

Civic Engagement Award
The successful organization for this award demonstrates excellence in the areas of leadership and service and seek to apply these abilities in innovative was to improve the lives of others. A strong application would also display a commitment to equity and inclusion. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Leaders and members participated in activities that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills and values
  • Identified and acted on community or campus issue(s).
  • Action was taken that had a direct impact on the quality of life in the community.
  • Created public policy change or other positive change for the campus or community.
  • Developed a plan for continued work on identified problems or issues.

*Projects in the Center for Civic Learning are not eligible for this award.

Most Improved Organization
The successful organization for this award will have 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 programs or events
  • Intentional collaboration with other student organizations or University departments
  • Established a plan to ensure continued organizational growth and sustainability of the organization.

Student Organization of the Year
The successful organization for this award will have displayed significant effort and have made a meaningful contribution to Fort Hays State University students. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Leaders and members participated in development opportunities (Student Organization Leadership Retreat, Peer Mentor Institute, TigerLink Curriculums, etc.)
  • Offered personal development programming to members on a consistent basis.
  • Demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance.
  • Attracted members from different backgrounds, life experiences, and diverse perspectives.
  • Worked in collaboration with other organizations on campus to enhance organization’s goals.
  • Developed a responsible transition plan for the continued success of the organization.

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