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Student Involvement & Leadership Awards

Each year, over nearly 50 individuals and groups are recognized for their efforts in creating community at MSU Denver through the Student Involvement & Leadership Awards. 

Nominations for 2013-2014 Awards will be accepted through midnight on March 3rd.  Nominations should be submitted online through the OrgSync Form  

Awards will be distributed on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Tivoli 320.  Families and friends are encourage to attend in support of nominees and celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding leaders at MSU Denver. 

Award Criteria 2014

Student Organization Awards
Student organization awards are presented to registered student organizations at MSU Denver.

New Student Organization of the year
Presented to an organization in its first year of existence. The organization should bring something unique to campus life, demonstrate healthy risk-taking opportunities, and make a positive impact on the campus community.
Event of the Year
The event of the year awards are presented to organizations for events that: a) provided opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others, b) gave students the primary role in planning, implementation, promotion and evaluation of the event, and c) promoted a sense of campus community and school spirit.

  • Educational Event of the Year - Provided an academically focused program to the campus community
  • Social Event of the Year - Provided outreach to the general public or the campus community
  • Community Event of the Year - Focused on volunteerism and service to either the campus or outside community
  • Multicultural Event of the Year - Focused on diversity education, understanding or promotion
  • Outstanding Fundraising Event - Awarded to the organization that has utilized their resources and creativity to gain additional financing for their organization

Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Presented to the MSU Denver faculty/staff member who has shown exemplary support to students and gone above and beyond the minimal responsibilities of the student organization advisor position. Through commitment to students, this mentor sets an example and works as an advocate for students among faculty and administration.
Outstanding Student Organization Member
This award is given to an individual who demonstrates special commitment and leadership to the organization. In nominating individuals, think of those members who will be difficult to replace due to their energy, efforts, or willingness to help move the organization forward. These individuals set an example for others to follow and help inspire others in the organization to get more involved.
Roadrunner Spirit Awards for Student Organizations
These awards are given to student groups for programs and leadership that may not fit into a traditional category or criteria. Examples include student organizations that have collaborated in unique and different way and student organizations that have taken a programmatic risk or challenged tradition.
Student Organization of the Year
Presented to the organization distinguishing itself as an example organization for others to follow.


Student Athlete Awards

Each year a Male Student Athlete of the Year and a Female Student Athlete of the year are selected and recognized at this ceremony.  Nominations and selections are coordinated through Intercollegiate Athletics


Student Employee Awards
Student employee awards are open to all student employees on campus who have maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA while working at MSU Denver.

Outstanding Customer Service by a Student Employee
Presented to a student who demonstrates exceptional customer service. He/she is friendly, dependable, and works hard to help all who come to the department. This student manages multiple tasks well and goes beyond expectations.

Outstanding Student Employee Project – Educational
Presented for work done on a single academic or education focused job or project that the student coordinated, facilitated, or managed independently and successfully.

Outstanding Student Employee Project – Multicultural
Presented for work done on a single diversity/cultural focused job or project that the student coordinated, facilitated, or managed independently and successfully.

Outstanding Student Employee Project - Service/Community
Presented for work done on a single community or volunteer focused job or project that the student coordinated, facilitated, or managed independently and successfully.

Employee of the Year
Honors the contributions of student employees who work to achieve the goals of MSU Denver and the work site. This student demonstrates commitment and growth in his/her position. The outstanding student employee goes beyond the stated job duties by taking initiative and advancing the goals of the department.

Student Employee Team Customer Service

Honors the work of a team of students for serving the campus community through attention to customer needs, reducing the run-around, and supporting eachother. 

Student Employee Team Event or Project

Honors the work of a team of student employees for an outstanding event or project completed in the 2013-2014 academic year.  The event or project should have a goal of contributing to the MSU Denver campus community.   

Honors the work of a team of student employees for overall achievement throughout the year.  The effort should contribute to the MSU Denver campus community through increasing school spirit, an undertanding of resouces, partnerships with other departments, student organizations, or community allies.  The effort should be supported by professional staff and faculty, but the program should be driven by and owned by students. 

Overall Leadership Awards

Roadrunner Leadership Awards
These awards are given to students who may not fill other categories and who best exemplify the following general competencies:

  • Cognitive complexity
  • Knowledge Acquisition, Integration and Application
  • Humanitarianism
  • Civic Engagement
  • Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competence
  • Practical Competence
  • Persistence and Academic Achievement

Honors the work of MSU Denver alum and current professional staff member, Amber Mozet, who made a name for herself at MSU Denver for her school spirit.  Recognition is given to someone who shows exceptional pride in MSU Denver.

Stephen M. Hay Leadership Award
Named for the late Stephen M. Hay, this award is given to an outstanding student who’s worked to create meaningful change in the lives of other students at MSU Denver. Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA, involvement in co-curricular programs, and a demonstrated commitment to increase student activism on campus.

Awards by Class Standing
These individual awards recognize outstanding senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman leadership demonstrated by contributions to the campus or in the community. These students set an example for other students and invested their own time to make a significant impact. They have shown creativity, initiative, potential and have taken risks as a student leader. Nominees must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.

  • Senior Leadership Award - Minimum of 90 credit hours
  • Junior Leadership Award - Minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Sophomore Leadership Award - Minimum of 30 credit hours
  • Freshman Leadership Award - Under 30 credit hours.