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Office of Student Activities and Union Services

Annual Student Club & Leadership Awards

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Each year,  the Office of Student Activities and Union Services hosts the Student Club and Leadership Awards.  This is an opportunity to take the time for peers and campus community members to recognize the achievements of their peers, organizations, and advisors.  A panel of judges (students, staff and faculty) rate and evaluate the nominations. Those that meet the minimal standards of each award are honored at a ceremony at the end of the spring semester. 

The Office of Student Activities and Union Services is pleased to announce that we are seeking nominations for outstanding achievement in co-curricular experiences for the 2013-2014 academic year. Our student clubs and organizations do amazing work to enhance campus life at New Paltz and fill the campus community with pride and energy. Not only do our students gain positive experiences from being involved, but their co-curricular activities gain them valuable skills and abilities that complement the classroom experience and mission of the college.

The student club or student leader nominees must be part of club or organization recognized by any of the following governing bodies: Student Association, United Greek Association, Residence Hall Student Association, or recognized directly by a University department. For verification purposes, groups seeking nomination that are recognized by a University department must also provide a letter of support from the department chair stating that the club is recognized by the appropriate university department.

2013-2014 CLUB & LEADERSHIP AWARD INFORMATION:
  • All Nominations must be submitted using the online form below.
  • For more information, attend the Club & Leadership Awards Information Session on Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00pm in Student Union Rooms 62/63.
  • Nominations must be received by 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, April 11, 2014.
  • A panel of judges (faculty, staff, and students) will review the nominations and determine an award recipient. 
  • Nominations who do not meet the minimum criteria or are incomplete will receive notification of ineligibility for that award; nominations must meet a pre-determined minimal standard to be eligible.  Awards with no nominations meeting the minimal standard will go un-awarded.
  • Top nominees and award recipients will be invited to the 2013-2014 Club and Leadership Awards Ceremony (Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Student Union Multipurpose Room); this event is by invitation only.
  • Click Here for the online Award Nomination Form
 CLUB & LEADERSHIP AWARD DESCRIPTIONS:CLICK HERE for a printable version of the Award Descriptions
Outstanding Promotional Award Open to all recognized student clubs/organizations, this award recognizes the group who placed a strong emphasis on promoting their organization and sponsored programs.  Understanding the importance of promotion, inclusiveness of campaigns (not the art itself), and demonstrating your organization's appropriateness in this award should be displayed.  This award will not necessarily be based on the quality of the work, however on the attempts to promote the organization. Please submit artwork and/or sample promotional items (photos of items accepted) for judges to review.
Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award This award honors the recognized student club/organization that is devoted to bringing together the diverse elements of the SUNY New Paltz community through intellectual and personal discovery to celebrate differences.  Criteria for this award includes the group's ability in creating, developing, demonstrating the organization's appropriateness for the award, promoting, and participating in events/programs that feature subject matter on diversity, and the group's participation in events/programs designed to increase one's awareness level of diversity.
Outstanding Community Service Award The community service award was created to honor the recognized student club/organization that has contributed to the quality of life outside of SUNY New Paltz and has striven to improve connections with the community at-large.  This service may have been demonstrated through members volunteering time in the community through projects, improving communication with the New Paltz community at-large, exhibiting behavior representative of the University in their commitment to the community, demonstrating organization's appropriateness for the award, and their willingness to offer assistance to the community members free of charge.
Outstanding Scholarship Award The key to any successful club/organization is the ability to balance co-curricular life with academics.  This award will be given to the recognized student club/organization that has shown they value the importance of scholarship and academic excellence from group members.  The group must demonstrate ability to balance co-curricular life with academics. It will be judged on the methods used to promote scholarship through programs, incentives, and/or recognition.
Outstanding Recruitment Award This award will be judged on promotion techniques, creativity, visibility at recruitment activities/events and steps taken to utilize members' skills and talents.  This category is open to all recognized student clubs/organizations.
New Club of the Year Eligible only to recognized student clubs/organizations that were founded between April 11, 2013 and April 1, 2014.  This award was created to recognize the most outstanding club/organization, in terms of quality of programming, publicity, recruitment of new members, ability to fill a needed niche, the organization's appropriateness for the award, and overall establishment of its presence on campus.
Club of the Year What makes your organization the best on campus this year? Maybe you hosted an outstanding program for the campus, maybe you increased your membership 100%, or maybe you set new goals for your group and achieved them.  This is your chance to brag to us about what makes you the best! This category is open to all recognized student clubs/organizations. Two separate awards will be decided by judges for this category: the Small Club of the Year and the Large Club of the Year.
Club President of the Year This award is presented to the student club/organization president that showed outstanding leadership for their group and represented their organization with grace, pride, and advocacy.  The individual receiving this award will be judged on their leadership skills within the student group, not necessarily the success of the organization. Also, the individual should have demonstrated positive role modeling and made strides for their student club to be a strong group at SUNY New Paltz.  A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required for award winners.  The Office of Student Activities and Union Services will verify GPA requirements.
General Club Member of the Year Do you have a general club/organization member who is always there for your organization, but is not a member of your executive board?  Here is your chance to honor that person for their hard work and dedication to your group.  Perhaps it is the person who always volunteers fora task and sees it through.  Perhaps it is the person that always helps to clean up after an event.  Candidate should demonstrate an impact on the organization, and a high level of involvement.  Take this opportunity to show that person that you recognize their efforts.  A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required for award winners.  The Office of Student Activities and Union Services will verify GPA requirements.
Club Leader of the Year This award is presented to the student club/organization leader who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through his/her involvement in student clubs and within the SUNY New Paltz community.  The individual receiving this award will be judged on the quality of leadership through the programs and services that they have been associated with, their persistence and dedication to their club, demonstration of an impact on the organization, and their ability to guide their organization members' in positive endeavors.  A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required for award winners.  The Office of Student Activities and Union Services will verify GPA requirements.
Club Advisor of the Year This award is presented to the student club/organization advisor that showed outstanding leadership and advisement in supporting the efforts of the student club. The individual receiving this award will be judged on their advisory and support skills for the student group, not necessarily the success of the organization. Also, the individual should have demonstrated positive role modeling and have found a balance of supporting the students in the club and not running the club. Only club/organization advisors that are employed by and/or have formal agreements with the State University of New York at New Paltz are eligible for this award.
Event/Program of the Year This award is open to recognized student clubs that has hosted a program for the entire campus community between April 11, 2013 and April 1, 2014.  It will be judged on attendance, use of budget, promotion, and overall effectiveness.  The program had to meet and embrace the need, appeal, and culture of the SUNY New Paltz community.  Two separate awards will be decided by the judges out of applications for this larger category, one for The Best Event (large-scale) and one for The Best Program (small-scale) of the Year.  Please also submit a detailed budget overview of the event and a detailed description of the event from beginning to end.

 PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS:

2012-2013 Club & Leadership Award Winners:

Outstanding Promotional Award: International Student Union
Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award: International Student Union
New Club of the Year: International Student Union
Club of the Year: Epic-Glee
Club President of the Year: Kelly Drummond, Recycling Club
Club Leader of the Year: Leo Vogel, The Shadow Proclomation
General Club Member of the Year: Robert LoBianco, New York Students Rising
Advisor of the Year: Lauren Burrier, Oasis/Haven

2011-2012 Club & Leadership Award Winners:

Outstanding Promotional Award: American Marketing Association
Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award: Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Outstanding Recruitment Award: American Marketing Association
New Club of the Year: R.E.A.L. Realistically Embracing All Ladies
Club of the Year: Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Club President of the Year: Alison Pletch, Chemistry Club
Club Leader of the Year: Stephen Lawrence, Up 'til Dawn
General Club Member of the Year: Wen Theng Aw, Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Advisor of the Year: Nancy Kassop, Political Science & International Relations Club
Event of the Year: 16th Annual Business Day Conference, American Marketing Association
Program of the Year: TransAction, Lefevre Hall Government

 2010-2011 Club & Leadership Award Winners:

Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award: Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Outstanding Community Service Award: Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity/Men of All Nations United (You Choose)
Outstanding Recruitment Award: Recycling Club
Club of the Year: Invisible Children Club
Club President of the Year: Lauren Brois, Recycling Club & Invisible Children Club
Club Leader of the Year: Hope Dobrzynski, Up 'til Dawn
General Club Member of the Year: Leslie Cutting, Recycling Club
Advisor of the Year: Ted Clark, American Marketing Association
Event of the Year: Spring Festival, Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Event of the Year: Sustainable Craft Fair, Recycling Club
Program of the Year: Roadies - Congo Tour, Invisible Children Club

 2009-2010 Club & Leadership Award Winners:

Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award: Men of All Nations United (MANU)
Outstanding Scholarship Award: Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority
Outstanding Community Service Award: Students in Free Enterprise
Outstanding Recruitment Award: American Marketing Association
New Club of the Year: New Paltz Dance Association
Large Club of the Year: American Marketing Association
Small Club of the Year: New Paltz Extreme Croquet Society
Club President of the Year: Bridgette Muller, American Marketing Association
Club Leader of the Year: Kristofer Pistillo, Residence Hall Student Association
General Club Member of the Year: Arantza Urruchua, Invisible Children Club
Event of the Year: Mission Recognition, National Residence Hall Honorary
Program of the Year: Up 'Til Dawn Letter Writing Campaign, Up 'Til Dawn

 2008-2009 Club & Leadership Award Winners:

Outstanding Promotional Award: American Marketing Association
Outstanding Promotion of Diversity Award: Black Student Union
Outstanding Scholarship Award: Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority
Outstanding Community Service Award: Future Teachers of America
New Club of the Year: Invisible Children Club
Large Club of the Year: Residence Hall Student Association
Small Club of the Year: Students for Sustainable Agriculture
Club President of the Year: Lauren Cook, WNPC-TV & Liz Delgado-Steo, Dubois Hall Government
Club Leader of the Year: Tiffany French & Christina Alch, Residence Hall Student Association
General Club Member of the Year: Renee Levine, Hillel
Event of the Year: Black Solidarity Day, Black Student Union
Program of the Year: Muslim for a Day, Muslim Student Association & Lambda Upsilon Lambda