Student Organizations

Student Life Awards

The Office of Student Life will be hosting the annual Student Life Awards (formally known as Recognition Awards) program on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM to highlight amazing student leaders, student organizations and university entities for their dedication to Grand Valley State University’s student life!  This event will be held in the Grand River Room on the second floor of the Kirkhof Center.

Students, registered organizations and university faculty/staff/departments may be nominated for several awards including programming awards, individual awards, & organizational awards along with area specific recognition (CSLC, Club Sports, etc.).  A full list of all the awards available with a description of each award can be found below.

The application process for these awards have never been easier: it's just a few clicks away.  Click HERE to begin a nomination now!  The Nomination Deadline is March 21st by noon (12pm). 

For more information please contact Todd Cox at coxt1@gvsu.edu.

Nomination materials may include:

  • A nomination letter stating why the nominee deserves the recognition. (Required)
  • Any other materials that help to make your case (Optional unless award description says otherwise).
    • Letters of support from other people or entities
    • Posters
    • Pictures
    • Newspaper articles
    • Press releases
    • Agenda’s
    • Minutes
    • Internal documents
    • Web site material, etc.

PROGRAMMING AWARDS (SINGLE PROGRAM)

CARE FOR COMMUNITY AWARD ($50)
Presented to an organization for an excellent program that includes a volunteer, philanthropic or fund raising component.   

OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ($50)
Presented to an organization that has presented an exceptional educational program that addressed a topic or issue with the goal of educating the campus community. Programs should be well promoted and attended.

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL PROGRAM ($50)
Presented to an organization that has presented an outstanding program in the area of cultural diversity. The program should have dealt with a multicultural issue, and attracted a diverse group of students, faculty, and members of the community.

COLLABORATION IN PROGRAMMING ($25/group, up to $100 max)
Given to an organization that has excelled in the area of co-sponsorship with diverse number of student organizations and departments. The recipient of this award should have programmed more than one event with other organizations throughout the year.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR ($100)
Presented to an organization for a program that is recognized for its excellence. **All program nominations will be considered for this award.


INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION

OUTSTANDING OFFICER
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as an officer (other than President) of an organization, through the use of leadership and organization development. **Nominees must have served a full term by the end of the academic year.

OUTSTANDING PRESIDENT
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as the President of an organization, through the use of leadership and organization development. **Nominees must have served a full term as president by the end of the academic year.

OUTSTANDING ADVISOR
Presented to student organization advisor(s) who are recognized for the outstanding job they have done. The nominee must be a volunteer advisor (one who is not an advisor due to their job description or payment given from the group). **Nominations should include information about the advisor’s style, commitment, and contributions to the organization.

OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBER
Presented to a faculty member that has had a significant impact on student life & engaging student learning (not as an advisor). 

OUTSTANDING GVSU DEPARTMENT
This award is presented to the GVSU department that has contributed to the growth and development of student life at GVSU. The recipient must demonstrate a committed effort of collaboration with students/student organizations to help maintain and enhance a vibrant GVSU community.

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ALLY
This award is presented to the non-profit organization/business that has contributed to the growth and development of student life at GVSU. The recipient must demonstrate a committed effort of collaboration with students/student organization. **The nominees cannot be affiliated with GVSU. 

EMERGING LEADER AWARD
Presented to a student leader who has been active in campus life and has made a commitment to improving the quality of life at Grand Valley. Nominees should have demonstrated involvement in such areas as residence life, student organizations, Laker Leadership programs, or other areas. 


ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS

BEST NEW ORGANIZATION AWARD ($100)
Presented to an organization that is new to campus life. The organization should have developed a solid and active membership, clear goals for the organization, and demonstrated involvement in campus life.

ART HILLS SPIRIT ($100)
Presented to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding school spirit. This award is named in honor of Art Hills who exemplified the enthusiasm for campus life at Grand Valley. Art retired in 1988 as Executive Assistant to the President. He wrote the Grand Valley Alma Mater and was always active in promoting a positive spirit at Grand Valley. Organizations should have demonstrated school spirit at campus events and participation in campus life activities.

SHELIA WILLIAMS OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION ($200)
Presented to an organization that has made a significant contribution to campus life, has bridged gaps between organizations and individuals, and has demonstrated a commitment to service. Shelia Williams was an alumna of Grand Valley who, through her involvement in student organizations and campus departments, demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student life. Organizations applying for this award should have demonstrated a similar commitment.

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