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We are re-imagining the Student Involvement & Leadership Awards for 2020.  We feel it is more important than ever to encourage recognition of the amazing people and groups who’ve contributed to campus community and change this year.  We've extended the nomination deadline to April 5th at midnight. 

We aren’t able to gather in April as we’ve planned, and will use this time of virtual engagement to encourage and support more nominations and honor the stories of the nominees in new ways. We plan to celebrate the recipients like nothing we’ve done before and will have some additional time to capture and share more stories of amazing work this year.  Come back to this website for updates or email with questions. 

Award Criteria 2020

Student Organization Award Criteria
Presented to recognized Student Organizations at MSU Denver in good standing as of March 1, 2020.  All organization awards are presented for unpaid work as a student organization.  If paid work occurs, please nominate in student employee categories.  

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

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 Award
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 Employee Award Criteria
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 
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 Educational Project
Presented for work done on an academic or education focused job or project that the student coordinated, facilitated, or managed independently and successfully.

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

Outstanding Community Project
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.

Outstanding Team Customer Service 
Presented to a team of student employees demonstrating exceptional customer service.  As a team, they are known as a resource on campus by other students with tremendous pride in customer service.

Outstanding Team Event or Project
Presented to a team of student employees for a project or effort spearheaded and implemented by students in the office or department helping to meet the mission and strategic plan at MSU Denver.

Roadrunner Spirit Student Employee Team
Awarded to a group of student employees for ongoing growth and contributions to the campus community in helping to meet with mission and strategic plan at MSU Denver.

Overall Leadership Award Criteria

Amber Mozet Roadrunner Leadership Award for School Spirit
Given to a student dedicated to boosting pride and spirit at MSU Denver

Vicki Golich Roadrunner Leadership Award for Student Success
Given to a student demonstrating a deep commitment to retention and student success through complex, holistic, multicentric learning that occurs through and across the college experience.  Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and a demonstrated commitment to supporting other students college experience through learning, equity and inclusion, and involvement in the local community.  

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.  

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

Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Award Criteria

Selected by Fraternity & Sorority Accreditation Panel

Awards are presented to recognized Fraternities and Sororities for Excellence in the Following Areas:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood
  • Campus Involvement
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Lifetime Loyalty
  • Service

Student Athlete Leadership Award Criteria

Selected by Staff in Intercollegiate Athletics

This award is presented to an MSU Denver student-athlete who has embodied the core values of MSU Denver – Community, Access, Diversity, Respect, Entrepreneurship (CADRE) – over the past year.  the values can be shown in any number of ways including community service, student engagement, and campus participation.  One male and one female award winner have been selected by the Department of Athletics. 

2019 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients:

Student Organizations:

Community Event of Year – American Association of Airport Executives

Educational Event of Year – Journey Through Our Heritage

Fundraising Event of Year – African Student Union

Multicultural Event of Year – Black Student Alliance

Social Event of Year – Human Services Education Organization

New Student Organization of Year – Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Association for Computing Machinery

Outstanding Student Organization Member – Dashawna (D.J.) Jackson & Monica Simpson

Roadrunner Spirit Award – Roadrunners Run Wild

Student Organization of Year – American Association of Airport Executives

Student Organization Advisor of Year – Dr. Tricia Hudson-Matthew


Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards:

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.—Lifetime Loyalty

Sigma Sigma Sigma—Academic Excellence, Ethics

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.—Inclusivity

Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.--Brotherhood, Campus Involvement, & Leadership


Student Employee:

Outstanding Student Employee Community Project--Seth Casias, Journey Through Our Heritage

Outstanding Student Employee Multicultural Project --Oscar Rivera, Center For Multicultural Excellence & Inclusion

Outstanding Student Employee Educational Project--Dominic Baca, Journey Through Our Heritage

Outstanding Customer Service Award--Olivia Keena, Welcome Desk

Roadrunner Spirit Student Employee Team--College Assistance Migrant Program Peer Mentors

Outstanding Student Employee Team Project Roadways Scholarship Support & Retention Alternative Break Site Leaders

Outstanding Customer Service Student Employee Team--Enrollment Services Call Center


Student Athlete C.A.D.R.E. Awards

Jaelynn Smith—Women’s Basketball

Draven Adame—Men’s Baseball


Overall Leadership Awards:

Amber Mozet Award for School Spirit--Chrysanctus Way

Roadrunner Leadership Award--Kory Dover

Stephen M. Hay Leadership Award--Dominique McKee

Faculty & Staff Roadrunner Spirit Award--Amber Mozet

Freshman Leadership Award--Lakshmi Abraham

Sophomore Leadership Award--Sean Easton

Junior Leadership Award--Daniel Guy

Senior Leadership Award--Monica Simpson


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