2013-2014 Student Leadership Awards - Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m., DSU Ballroom

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." 
                                                                                                                                    - John Maxwell

The Office of Student Activities believes that leadership, both inside and outside of the classroom, should be celebrated. The purpose of the Student Leadership Awards program is to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of students, advisors, and student organizations throughout the academic year and to recognize the leadership achievements of our students in their academics and co-curricular activities.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Student Leadership Awards Winners

Office of Student Activities - Student Organization Awards

  • Campus-Wide Program of the Year: Phi Mu's Leadership Program with Shannon Oliver
  • Outstanding Cultural Program of the Year: Campus Activities Board (CAB) Presents..."I Can't Believe You Asked That!" with Phillip Milano
  • Outstanding Student Organization of the Year: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by a Student Organization: Food Cooperative at CNU
  • Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year: Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi with "Top Chef Heart Healthy Cook Off"

Office of Student Activities - Individual Student Awards

  • Dean’s Service Award (Graduating Seniors): Ben Coffman, Olivia Hildenbrand, Danielle Stroessner, Sarah Smith, Zach Walseman
  • Exceptional Student Leader of the Year: Nick Mirra
  • Silent Inspiration Award: Victoria Dixon
  • Bridge Builder Award: Claire Stringfellow
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by an Individual: Olivia Hildebrand
  • Spirit of CNU Award: Evan Moog
  • Emerging Student Leader Award: Jacob Reeves

Office of Student Activities - Faculty & Staff Awards

  • Exceptional Student Organization Advisor: Will Reddy - R.E.A.C.H.
  • Outstanding Mentor and Supporter Award: Donna Woodbury - Office of Admission

CNU Academic and Departmental Awards

  • Santoro Prize - Presented by the Reiff Center ($1000): Kerry Campbell
  • Male Student Athlete of the Year: Aaron Chrzaszcz (Men's Lax)
  • Female Student Athlete of the Year: Annie Eckmann (Sailing)
  • Recreational Services - Student Leadership Award: Morgan Botkin
  • Recreational Services - Student Development Award: Jamal Christian
  • President's Leadership Program - Servant Leader Award: Christina Martin
  • Residence Life - Resident Assistants of the Year: Amy Bartgis, Julie Woon, Ann Gover

Student Organization Sponsored Awards

  • Order of Omega (Fraternity & Sorority Honor Society): 
    • Sorority Woman of the Year: Nicole Bunce (Alpha Sigma Alpha)
    • Fraternity Man of the Year: Cody Frank (Kappa Delta Rho)
    • Chapter Advisor of the Year:  Meghan Frum (Alpha Delta Pi)
  • Multicultural Student Association (MSA) - "Is It In You" Award: Ben Godwin
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB) - "Drive for Excellence" Award: Roger Jackson

Student Leadership Award Descriptions

Student Leadership Award Presentation Form (available May 1)

The purpose of this event is to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of students, advisors, and student organizations during the current academic year and to recognize the leadership achievements of our students in their academics and co-curricular activities. It is a catered dessert reception with the University’s leadership invited, as well as our top student leaders from across campus. It is an elegant and fitting way to recognize the achievements of our students.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Dean’s Service Award to no more than five seniors who have demonstrated exceptional service and leadership to the University over their time at CNU.

Award Nomination Form for 2014-2015 Student Leadership Awards will be available soon.

Please refer to the award descriptions (PDF) for the specific criteria for each award. 

You are encouraged to include supporting documents you feel are appropriate.  Supporting documentation can include, but is not limited to: resumes, letters of support, newspaper articles, photographs, event descriptions/overviews and event announcements and reviews. Supporting documents can be sent electronically to osa@cnu.edu or dropped off in the Office of Student Activities (DSU 330).  For supporting documentation, please include the 1) award title, 2) the person/organization being nominated, 3) your name, and 4) a contact email/phone #.

All supporting documentation will be due to the Office of Student Activities (OSA - DSU 330, osa@cnu.edu).

Questions/comments? Send to the Office of Student Activities - osa@cnu.edu,  594-7260

 

2014-2015 Student Leadership Awards - Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m., DSU Ballroom

Award Nomination Form - Will be available May 1, 2014

 
Please refer to the award descriptions for the specific criteria for each award.

You are encouraged to include supporting documents you feel are appropriate. Supporting documentation can include, but is not limited to: resumes, letters of support, newspaper articles, photographs, event descriptions/overviews and event announcements and reviews. Supporting documents can be sent electronically to osa@cnu.edu or dropped of in the Office of Student Activities (DSU 330). For supporting documentation, please include the 1) award title, 2) the person/organization being nominated, 3) your name, and 4) a contact email/phone #.

All supporting documentation will be due to the Office of Student Activities (OSA - DSU 330, osa@cnu.edu).

Nomination Guidelines and Criteria 

Eligibility

Student Leadership Award Descriptions

Student Organization Awards

  • Campus-Wide Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Cultural Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
  • Outstanding New Student Organization of the Year
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by a Student Organization
  • Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year

Individual Student Awards

  • Dean’s Service Award (Graduating Seniors)
  • Exceptional Student Leader of the Year
  • Silent Inspiration Award
  • Bridge Builder Award
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by an Individual
  • Spirit of CNU Award
  • Emerging Student Leader Award

Faculty & Staff Awards

  • Exceptional Student Organization Advisor
  • Outstanding Mentor and Supporter Award

Nomination Guidelines & Criteria

The Student Leadership Awards are given to current Christopher Newport University students, faculty, and staff who have made a positive impact on the CNU community. Successful nominations will include supporting documentation that demonstrates that the individual or organization has made a meaningful contribution in one or more of the following ways.

Creates opportunities for involvement and engagement Creates innovative and new projects or activities
Promotes awareness of diversity and interculturalism Commitment to community service
Demonstrates potential for future achievement Quality of involvement/program (campus impact)
Builds community through collaboration Demonstrates positivity and school spirit
Exhibits dedication and hard work Emphasis membership development
Exhibits outstanding leadership with an organization or project

Supporting documentation should include the following information and materials:

  • Student Leadership Award Nomination Form (online) *required
  • Letter of Nomination (submitted to OSA via hard copy or email – osa@cnu.edu) *required
    The nomination letter must be submitted by a CNU student, faculty or staff member and should state clearly why the nominee is deserving of the Award and include examples of personal achievement and/or the impact the organization or program had on the campus community.
  • Letter(s) of Support (submitted to OSA via hard copy or email – osa@cnu.edu) *required
    At least one Letter of Support, from someone other than the person who submitted the Letter of Nomination, should be submitted that states why the nominee is deserving of this award .  Additional Letters of Support (up to 5 total) can be submitted to be included with the nomination.
  • Additional Documentation that supports the nomination
    Examples of additional documentation include: written statements, recommendation letters, congratulatory letters, certificates, newspaper clippings, flyers, etc.

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Eligibility

The following are eligibility requirements that must be met by each nominee:

  • Student nominees must be in good academic standing.
  • Student nominees must be enrolled during the semester the award is given, or have graduated the previous December (2013).
  • Nominations should represent programs & achievements that occurred from March 15, 2014 – March 14, 2015
  • Nominated organizations must be currently recognized by the Office of Student Activities. CNU Athletic Teams are also eligible.
  • Typically, work done as part of a compensated role is not considered, however extra-ordinary achievement by a student who goes above and beyond the normal expectations of work will be considered. Please indicate in your nomination if this is the case.

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Student Organization Awards

  • Campus-Wide Program of the Year
    Given to a recognized student organization, this award recognizes the planning and presentation of an outstanding program or activity. New approaches to programming, creative innovation, successful marketing strategies, and/or effective utilization of budget and resources are all factors which might distinguish an outstanding program. Programs will be judged on originality, creativity, popularity, value to the community, and degree to which the program fulfilled the intended purpose. (Eligible programs will have occurred between March 15, 2014-and March 14, 2015.)
  • Outstanding Cultural Program of the Year
    This award recognizes programs that positively contribute to the development of diverse culture on campus or promote education or sensitivity on diversity issues. Criteria include, but are not limited to: enhancement of interculturalism and diversity awareness among the general campus community, innovation, and originality. Further consideration will go to programs that have accomplished one or more of the following: foster meaningful relationships between diverse student groups, challenge stereotypical perceptions of diverse populations, help students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds, generate awareness and appreciation for a diverse culture. (Eligible programs will have occurred between March 15, 2014-and March 14, 2015.)
  • Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
    This award recognizes a registered student organization that has made a meaningful contribution to the CNU Community and/or the surrounding community. Demonstrating outstanding effort in the areas of campus programming, organization leadership and membership development, outstanding student organizations provide dynamic campus activities/programs, establish a commitment to exemplary leadership, foster the idea of community service, and strive to significantly impact the quality of campus life at CNU.
  • Outstanding New Student Organization (recognized between March 15, 2014 & March14 2015)
    This award recognizes a newly registered student organization that exhibits initiative in organizational development and has distinguished itself during the first year of existence on campus.  The organization has established a positive presence on campus, has experienced growth in membership and visibility on campus, has seen greater levels of activity from its members, and has shown a strong potential for contributing to the campus community.
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by a Student Organization
    This award is presented to the student organization that provided meaningful community outreach that demonstrated care and respect for others in the surrounding community and fostered growth and learning for those involved.  An outreach program does not include strictly a fundraiser or philanthropic event, or an awareness campaign.  It is a program or event that provides direct service to an organization, agency or community.  (Eligible service activities will have occurred between March 15, 2014 and March 14, 2015.)
  • The Outstanding Collaborative Program
    The Outstanding Collaborative Program award acknowledges two or more (2+) recognized student organizations on a campus program, project, or event organized and completed through their collaborative efforts. This award is based on the concept of encouraging recognized student organizations to demonstrate the collaborative spirit by seeking out other organizations to achieve a common goal.  Consideration will be given to programs that explored and fostered innovative and efficient ways of reaching and involving diverse student audiences, while integrating the purpose of all organizations involved.

    Criteria: Two or more (2+) recognized student organization must have organized a program, project, or event in a cooperative effort.

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Individual Student Awards

  • The Dean’s Service Award
    This award is presented to up to five outstanding senior students whose service to the community demonstrates leadership in academics, service, co-curricular involvement and/or campus employment.  Recipients of this award must be nominated by members of the campus community and will be asked to complete an application outlining their involvement and contributions to the Christopher Newport University community. 
  • Exceptional Student Leader Award
    Different from the Dean’s Service Award, this award recognizes an individual(s) who consistently demonstrates high academic achievement, exemplifies service to CNU and displays outstanding leadership qualities.  This award is open to undergraduates not graduating in 2015. 
  • Spirit of CNU Award
    The Spirit of CNU award recognizes students who sustain a positive attitude, show true sportsmanship, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and integrity through creative expressions of their school spirit, pride, and loyalty to CNU.  Further consideration will be given to those who demonstrate high academic achievement and support for a variety of campus programming including athletics, student organizations and the cultural arts.
  • Silent Inspiration Award
    This award is given to a student who, in an unassuming and subtle manner, has made a significant difference, behind the scenes, in an organization and/or the University.  This individual may not hold an executive leadership position within an organization, but consistently works to improve his or her organization or cause. This award will recognize someone who goes above and beyond their responsibilities as a general member and does so to enhance the overall outcome of the student organization, a program, or an initiative.
  • “Bridge Builder” Award
    The Bridge Builder award recognizes students who have worked to establish or support connections between individuals and or groups to raise awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions to community issues.  The areas of collaboration can include campaigns, collaborative events and initiatives, exploration of diverse cultures, and education programs on issues that are challenging the campus and/or local community. Special attention will be given to those that have shown a commitment to exploration of diverse cultures, education about challenging issues, and/or social justice. Additional consideration will be given to an initiative that creatively address a community issue or concern that pertains to the relationship between CNU and Newport News.
  • Outstanding Community Outreach by an Individual
    This award is presented to a student who makes service to the outside community a priority.  This award is given to a student who has made an impact on an organization or community agency serving by being a positive role model and leading with courage, spirit and hope in service to the CNU community and beyond.
  • Emerging Student Leader Award
    This award recognizes a freshmen and/or sophomore student who demonstrates outstanding involvement and initiative within the CNU campus community while maintaining high academic achievement.  This award is given to a student who is dependable, dedicated to an organization, group, team or unit and has shown significant, positive growth in their leadership skills and consistent implementation of their leadership talents. Additional consideration will be given to the student who is committed to community service, builds and maintains beneficial relationships with others, and strives to be a positive example for his/her peers.

    Criteria: Full-time freshman or sophomore student who has shown significant, positive growth in their leadership skills over the course of the semester/year and consistent implementation of their leadership talents.

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Faculty & Staff Awards

  • Exceptional Organization Advisor
    This award is presented to a faculty/staff member who has served a recognized student organization above and beyond the respective role as an advisor.  This individual provided exemplary support to the organization he/she oversees.  Nominating organization must be in good standing with the university.
  • Outstanding Mentor and Supporter Award
    The Outstanding Mentor and Supporter Award recognizes faculty and staff who have provided encouragement and support to students both inside and outside the classroom.  This award will recognize someone who goes above and beyond the responsibilities of their specific role and demonstrates dedication to the overall success of students through the giving of their time and by offering guidance and direction.

    Criteria: CNU Faculty or Staff Member who is not acting in the official capacity as an advisor to one of our recognized student organizations.   NOTE: Organization advisors are eligible as long as the previous criteria statement is met.

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