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 2014-2015 Awards will be accepted starting February 20th. Awards will be distributed in April. Families and friends are encourage to attend in support of nominees and celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding leaders at MSU Denver.
2013-2014 Student Involvement Award Recipients:
STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS -
New Student Organization of the Year: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Social Event of the Year –Feminist Alliance & Triota Honor Society – Vagina Monologues
Community Event of the Year –Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc. – Bags for the Homeless
Multicultural Event of the Year –Journey Through Our Heritage & Sigma Lambda Beta Int. Fraternity, Inc. – Dia De Los Muertos
Outstanding Fundraising Event of the Year –Accounting Students Organization – ASO Spring Banquet
Educational Event of the Year –Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association – How to Avoid the Freshman 15
Student Organization Advisor of the Year –Mary Kay McCue – Vertical Fitness Club
Outstanding Student Organization Member –Kendal Cassidy
Roadrunner Spirit Award for Student Organizations –Mariachi Los Correcaminos
Student Organization of the Year –Accounting Students Organization
STUDENT EMPLOYEE AWARDS
Outstanding Customer Service by a Student Employee –Virginia Tuckwell – Human Resources
Outstanding Student Employee Project – Educational –Angie Alvarenga – TRiO Student Support Services
Outstanding Student Employee Project – Multicultural -Azusa Yamano – MSU Denver Global Community
Outstanding Student Employee Project – Service/Community –Michael Diaz Rivera – Journey Through Our Heritage
Student Employee Team Customer Service –Applied Learning Center
Employee of the Year –Megan Gibson, Urban Leadership Program
OVERALL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Roadrunner Leadership Award –Stephanie Porteous
Amber Mozet Roadrunner Leadership Award –Tyler Antikainen
Steven M. Hay Leadership Award – Katherine Miller & Anthony Sylvester
Freshman Leadership Award –Nelson Moreno Avila
Sophomore Leadership Award –Jessica Madrid
Junior Leadership Award –Cristal Hernandez-Cruz
Senior Leadership Award –Courtney Cusimano
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 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
- 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.