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Student Life Awards

The Division of Student Life is home to hundreds of staff members and graduate assistants, as well as thousands of dedicated student leaders.

Each year we gather to celebrate the outstanding work of our students, staff, and organizations.

This event is coordinated by the Student Life Awards Committee, who endeavor to provide students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to nominate individuals to be recognized for their commitment and contribution to the campus community.

The nomination period runs from Feb 23 – March 21, 2018. Nominations will close at 11:59 PM on March 21. Nominees will be notified later that week.

Click here to submit a nomination. You will be asked to provide a nomination in 250 or 500 words or less for your nominee in addition to their contact information.

Questions regarding your nomination? Contact Tyger Glauser for more information.

Recognition Committee Members


Awards Information

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.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion – Student
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.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion – Student Organization
Eligibility: Registered student organization
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 a registered student organization that is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.
Self-nominations will be accepted.

Graduate Student of the Year
Eligibility: Graduate or professional student
Description: This award recognizes graduate students for their character, service, outstanding contributions to the Division of Student Life, and academic achievements at the University of Tennessee.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

Healthy Vol Award
Eligibility: Undergraduate Student
Description: This award will be given to someone who engages others in wellness management through awareness, resources, or education. This person maintains a healthy life balance.

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 that result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.
*Events occurring after the March 21st deadline will be eligible for the 2018-2019 awards.
Self-nominations accepted.

Large Organization of the Year

Eligibility: Registered student organization with 51 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.

Self-nominations accepted.

Leadership Legacy Award
Eligibility: Undergraduate student in at least their third 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. Winners 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.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

New Organization of the Year
Eligibility: Registered student organization newly registered on VOLink during 2017-2018 academic year
Description: This award will be presented to a student organization that registered on VOLink for the first time during the 2017-2018 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.
Self-nominations accepted.

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 member who has volunteered their time to serve as an advisor to a registered student organization. This person 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.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

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.
No self-nominations will be accepted.

Small Organization of the Year
Eligibility: Registered student organization with 50 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.
Self-nominations accepted.

Unsung Hero
Eligibility: Undergraduate student
Description: This award will be given to someone who typically does not receive the recognition they deserve. This person goes above and beyond without expecting praise.
 No self-nominations will be accepted.


Civic Engagement
Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life
Description: The recipient of this award will be actively engaged in the Knoxville community. This could mean serving on a board, committee, or organization; or regularly volunteering with local or national organizations. This person balances their campus engagement with their commitment to the community and their chosen field.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life
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 a staff member or graduate assistant who is dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and celebration of our diversity.

Healthy Vol Award
Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life
Description: This award will be given to someone who engages others in wellness management through awareness, resources, or education. This person maintains a healthy work-life balance.

Innovative Program of the Year
Eligibility: Department within the Division of Student Life
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 that result in improved educational activities or services for the campus community. Both new and revamped programs are eligible for this award.
*Events occurring after the March 21st deadline will be eligible for the 2018-2019 awards.

Journey Award
Eligibility: Department within the Division of Student Life
Description: This department shows a commitment to consistently improving their practices, programs, initiatives, and/or internal structure. If the department has undergone a Program Review, they have actively implemented many changes based on the results.

New Staff Member of the Year
Eligibility: Full-time staff member employed within the Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee for 3 years or less (not including graduate school)
Description: This staff member utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community through their role as a staff member.

Employee of the Year
Eligibility: Full-time staff member employed within the Division of Student Life who has served the University of Tennessee for 4+ years (not including graduate school)
Description: This staff member utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This person exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and has made significant contributions to the University community through their role as a staff member.

Service Excellence
Eligibility: Non-exempt staff members within the Division of Student Life
Description: This award will go to the non-exempt staff member who goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service to all guests of their department. Nominations for this award must include specific examples to show the extent of the nominee’s dedication to service excellence.

Unsung Hero
Eligibility: All staff and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Life
Description: This award will be given to someone who typically does not receive the recognition they deserve. This person goes above and beyond without expecting praise.


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