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2017 DSL Award Winners – Students

Title: Rising Leader of the Year

Eligibility: Undergraduate student in their first or second year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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.

Winners (2): Mustafa Ali-Smith & Emily Love

Title: Leadership Legacy Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate student in their third or fourth year 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. Nominees 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.

Winners (3): William Dyer, Juliet Quebatay, & Jared Smith

Title: Graduate Student of the Year

Eligibility: Graduate student

Description: This award recognizes graduate students for their character, service, outstanding contributions, and academic achievements at the University of Tennessee.

Winner: Tabitha Johnson

Title: Unsung Hero

Eligibility: Undergraduate student

Description: This award recognizes students who have positively influenced a program or organization from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary, and a commitment to excellence.

Winners (2): Kristen Bright & Eric Hampton

Title: Small Organization of the Year

Eligibility: Registered student organization with 20 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 and/or student activism.

Winner: Filipino-American Association

Title: Large Organization of the Year

Eligibility: Registered student organization with 21 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 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 and/or student activism.

Winners (2): Bachelor’s Social Work Organization & Block and Bridle Club

Title: New Organization of the Year

Eligibility: Registered student organization newly registered on VOLink during 2015-2016 academic year

Description: This award will be presented to a student organization that registered on VOLink for the first time during the 2015-2016 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. The organization fosters positive change within the university community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming and/or student activism.

Winner: Students Who Stand

Title: Innovative Program of the Year

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 which result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.

Winner: Culture Week and Campus Events Board

Title: Organization Advisor of the Year

Eligibility: Staff or faculty advisor to a registered student organization

Description: This award is designed to recognize a faculty or staff advisor to a student organization who 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.

Winner: Shanna Pendergrast, Gamma Sigma Sigma

 

Title: Civic Engagement

Eligibility: Undergraduate student

Description: This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated a substantive and positive community impact through involvement and engagement. Civic engagement includes a wide range of activities by which students are engaged in service to the campus, local, national and/or international communities.

Winner: Betsy Pierce

Title: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Eligibility: Undergraduate student

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 who is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.

Winner: Colleen Ryan

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