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Student Organization Leadership Awards

Student Engagement and Campus Life is pleased to celebrate the phenomenal contributions Virginia Tech students make across campus and within the greater community through their membership in student organizations (RSOs, UCSOs, USLPs). The purpose of the University Student Leadership Awards is to honor individuals who exemplify excellence in their role as student leaders. 

The Student Organization Leadership Awards (SOL Awards) are our revamped student organization recognition opportunity for the spring 2020 semester. Nominate yourself, your organization or fellow leaders and organizations to win an award. 

The in-person ceremony has been cancelled, but awards will be presented via a livestreamed ceremony on April 22nd and winners will receive physical awards in the mail.

AWARD 

WINNER 

RUNNER UP 

Rising Star 

Joanna Reinhold 

Biochemistry Graduate Student Association 

Grace Litsinger 

Sensation A Cappella 

Outstanding Advisor 

Andy Foiles 

Student Alumni Associates 

Dr. Bevlee Watford 

Student Engineers Council 

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader 

Trichia Caddette 

Black Graduate Student Organization 

Rachel Padget 

Roanoke Graduate Student Association 

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader 

Natasha Doshi 

Delta Chi Gamma 

Charlie Lertlumprasert 

Student Engineers Council 

Outstanding Student Organization Program 

Soundfest 

Virginia Tech Union 

Member Organization Support 

Black Organization Council 

Excellence in Member Engagement and Development 

Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Student Alumni Associates 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

AlexaSalsbury 

Biochemistry Graduate Student Association 

Alyssa Brunal-Brown 

Roanoke Graduate Student Association 

Commitment to Service 

Biochemistry Graduate Student Association 

Student Outreach Program at Virginia Tech Carilion 

New Organization of Excellence 

Origami at VT 

Comedy Conglomerate 

Outstanding Organization of the Year 

Active Minds 

N/A 

The Outstanding Organization of the Year Award honors one organization that demonstrated exemplary performance during the 2019-2020 academic year. This award recognizes an organization that works to fulfill their mission, offer opportunities and support to Virginia Tech students, and makes a significant on campus and/or in the lives of Hokies.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Integration of organization mission and/or purpose
  • High quality offerings, such as regular meetings, programs and events
  • Demonstration of achievement based on mission and goals
  • Significant impact on-campus and/or in the lives of Hokies

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Organization Mission
  3. What types of high-quality offerings or impactful initiatives has this organization offered?
  4. What has this organization achieved in the last academic year in line with organization goals?

The New Organization of Excellence Award recognizes an organization established within the last two academic years, between Fall 2018 and Spring 2020, that excels as a new organization by making an effort to establish a presence on campus, sponsoring or supporting initiatives that aligned with the organization's mission, and/or contributed to the VT community by fulfilling a need.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Efforts to brand the organization and establish a presence, including promotional materials and campaigns or events and programs that align with the organization’s mission
  • Demonstration of campus community need filled by the organization
  • Organizational growth, including increases in membership, development of leadership structures, and implementation of goal setting practices

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Organization Mission
  3. When was the organization established?
  4. How has the organization developed a presence (including branding, events, programs, etc.) on campus to meet a campus need?
  5. How has the organization grown since being established?

The Outstanding Student Organization Program Award recognizes a high-quality program put on by one or more organizations that impacted or enhanced the VT student and community experience. The winning program should have a clear connection to the organization’s mission, demonstrate creativity and efficacy, and be well-executed.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Connection to the organization(s) mission and purpose
  • Demonstration of campus community impact, including description of need met or measurements of program reach or feedback
  • Thoughtful execution of the program including collaboration, delegation and fiscal responsibility
  • Consideration of a wide, diverse audience and a program that seeks to be inclusive

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Organization Mission
  3. Please describe the program, including the title, date, time and summary of the program.
  4. What impact did this program have on the VT campus and community?
  5. What steps were taken during the planning process to ensure the success of the program?

The Award for Excellence in Member Engagement and Development recognizes an organization that has implemented initiatives or practices that promote the growth, engagement and retention of their membership. The winning organization should demonstrate an effort to support the growth and development of their members that connects to the mission of the organization and the needs of their membership in an on-going way.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Connection to the organization(s) mission and purpose
  • Demonstration of on-going member development programming, including but not limited to leadership development, team building, and educational sessions
  • Use of structures that promote member engagement such as committees, mentorship programs and regular communication
  • Awareness of the needs of members of the organization

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Organization Mission
  3. Please describe the ways the organization supports the growth and development of members.
  4. How is the development of members connected to the mission of the organization?
  5. How are the needs of members determined?

The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the involvement experience for all members of the VT community through making inclusive decisions, promoting diversity, and/or raising awareness about issues impacting members of the VT community.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual name (if applicabel)
  2. Organization Name
  3. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to diversity and inclusion?
  4. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote diversity and inclusion?
  5. How has this person or organization impacted the way diversity and inclusion  is viewed and integrated in their community?

The Commitment to Service Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others on campus, in the New River Valley or in the global community through volunteerism, philanthropy, advocacy and civic engagement in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to service
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community and beyond

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual or organization’s name being nominated.
  2. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to service?
  3. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote service and Ut Prosim?
  4. How has this person or organization impacted the way service is viewed and integrated in their community?

The Commitment to Well-Being Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the well-being of themselves and others through the promotion of holistic wellness, including promotion of physical, social, mental, environmental and occupational well-being, and integration of structures that support a culture of care.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to wellness
  • Demonstrate a commitment to well-being through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual or organization’s name being nominated.
  2. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to wellness?
  3. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote holistic well-being?
  4. How has this person or organization impacted the way well-being is viewed and integrated in their community?

The Outstanding Graduate Student Leader of the Year Award celebrates a graduate student who is committed to their role as a leader and contributes to the success of their organization(s); makes a true effort to mentor and support their peers, and approaches the student involvement experience with innovation and creativity.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Student must currently be a graduate student and hold a leadership position in a recognized student organization
  • Demonstrates a commitment to invest in members of the organization through mentorship and support
  • Contributes to the organization’s ability to meet goals and work toward their mission by using their personal Strengths and talents

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Student Name
  2. Leadership Position Title
  3. Organization Name
  4. Please describe the ways this person has demonstrated a commitment to leadership.
  5. How does this person’s Strengths and talents contribute to the success of their organization?

The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year Award celebrates an undergraduate student who is committed to their role as a leader and contributes to the success of their organization(s); makes a true effort to mentor and support their peers, and approaches the student involvement experience with innovation and creativity.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Student must currently be an undergraduate student and hold a leadership position in a recognized student organization
  • Demonstrates a commitment to invest in members of the organization through mentorship and support
  • Contributes to the organization’s ability to meet goals and work toward their mission by using their personal Strengths and talents

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Student Name
  2. Leadership Position Title
  3. Organization Name
  4. Please describe the ways this person has demonstrated a commitment to leadership.
  5. How does this person’s Strengths and talents contribute to the success of their organization?

The Rising Star Award recognizes a non-graduating student who demonstrates great potential as a future leader. This student has taken initiative within the organization, their membership has made a positive impact on the organization, and they are recognized as someone with the capacity to become a leader in the organization.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Student must currently be a non-graduating student and not currently hold a leadership position in a recognized student organization
  • Demonstrates an active contribution to the success of the organization
  • Exhibits Strengths and talents that will make them successful as a leader in the future
  • Nomination Requirements:
  1. Student Name
  2. Organization Name
  3. In what ways has this person demonstrated a commitment to the organization and/or made a positive impact on the organization?
  4. What Strengths or talents does this person have that exemplify their potential as a leader?

The Advisor of the Year award was created to recognize the adviser of a student organization who has made outstanding contributions through support, energy, and resources.

This advisor dedicates time and talents to support the efforts of the student organization, provides resources and advice that contribute to the success of students and/or the organization, and challenges students to think critically and develop leadership skills

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Advisors cannot be a current student, but may be a community member, staff or faculty member, or an alumni of the organization
  • Demonstrates an active contribution to the success of the organization, including knowledge of resources and advice that assist the organization
  • Challenges the student leaders and members of the organization to grow and develop through their experience in the organization

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Advisor Name
  2. Organization Name
  3. In what ways has this person demonstrated a commitment to the organization and/or made a positive impact on the organization?
  4. How has this person challenged members of the organization to grow and develop?

The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the involvement experience for all members of the VT community through making inclusive decisions, promoting diversity, and/or raising awareness about issues impacting members of the VT community.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual name (if applicabel)
  2. Organization Name
  3. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to diversity and inclusion?
  4. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote diversity and inclusion?
  5. How has this person or organization impacted the way diversity and inclusion  is viewed and integrated in their community?

The Commitment to Service Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others on campus, in the New River Valley or in the global community through volunteerism, philanthropy, advocacy and civic engagement in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to service
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community and beyond

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual or organization’s name being nominated.
  2. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to service?
  3. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote service and Ut Prosim?
  4. How has this person or organization impacted the way service is viewed and integrated in their community?

The Commitment to Well-Being Award recognizes an individual student or student organization who have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the well-being of themselves and others through the promotion of holistic wellness, including promotion of physical, social, mental, environmental and occupational well-being, and integration of structures that support a culture of care.

Qualifications to be considered include:

  • Individuals must be a current member of a student organization and student organizations must be a currently recognized student organization (UCSO, USLP, RSO)
  • Articulate a personal or group values-based commitment to wellness
  • Demonstrate a commitment to well-being through student organization activities and actions that impact the VT community

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Individual or organization’s name being nominated.
  2. How does this group or individual’s values connect to a commitment to wellness?
  3. Please describe a project, initiative or structure that was implemented by the individual or organization to promote holistic well-being?
  4. How has this person or organization impacted the way well-being is viewed and integrated in their community?