Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

2016 Student Organization & Multicultural Student Leader Awards

SELECT AWARDS ARE STILL OPEN! DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 1 11:59PM.

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awards detail 2016 

The Parks Student Organization Awards at The University of Toledo were created in memory of Donald S. Parks, who served as UT’s Dean of Students for an esteemed twenty-one years.  Park’s contributions have enabled the Division of Student Affairs to honor and recognize outstanding students and registered student organizations that have excelled in leadership and academics and made positive contributions to the greater university community. 

Funds established in Parks’ name are dedicated to advancing and celebrating student organizations success at UT.  This year, there will be eight monetary awards given in conjunction to the recognition award. Each award amount will be added to the 2016-2017 operating budget of the student organizations in addition to the base budget already allocated. In the event that the winning organization does not have an allocated budget, the award will be given through p-card purchases for a sponsored program.  The following is a summary of the awards presented.

2016 Parks Organization & Student Leader Awards:
Click the award name to submit nomination. Self nominations are allowed and encouraged.

Outstanding Student Organization Award (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) $

This award recognizes the most exceptional organizations over the past year. The organizations will be selected based on their goal setting strategies, event success, leadership development of members, collaboration with other organizations, and overall contribution to University and/or Toledo community. This award will be presented to the top 3 organizations. (1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100)

Outstanding New Student Organization $

The award recognizes the most successful new student organization formed in the last two years. The organization will be selected based on their organization’s development, leadership development of members, ability to overcome obstacles, and contribution to University and/or community. ($150 award) 

Most Supportive Student Organization $

This award recognizes an organization that goes above and beyond to support other student organizations on UT's campus. This support is demonstrated by any of the following: supporting organization events through collaboration, attendance or promotion, being a resource for other organizations in any capacity, acting as an advocate for all student organizations on campus, etc. ($150 award) 

Outstanding Overall Program/Event Award

The award recognizes the student organization which displayed the most successful program/event/initiative overall during the past year. The organization will be selected based on the overall uniqueness of the program, as well as the organization’s technique, creativity, marketing, and implementation strategies. 

Outstanding Multicultural Program Award

This award recognizes the student organization or program which exhibited the most successful service or philanthropic effort during the past year. The recipient of this award will have incorporated service to the University, Toledo community and/or a charitable organization, and will be selected based on overall impact on the community, implementation technique, and participation.

Outstanding Service Program Award

This award recognizes the student organization or program which exhibited the most successful service or philanthropic effort during the past year. The recipient of this award will have incorporated service to the University, Toledo community and/or a charitable organization, and will be selected based on overall impact on the community, implementation technique, and participation.

Outstanding Collaborative Program Award The Collaboration Award is presented to a student organization, or two or more partnering student organizations, that collaborated to develop a program, event, or initiative that benefited the campus and/or community. This can be a single or ongoing program, event, or initiative.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Faculty/Staff) $  This award is given to a faculty or staff student organization advisor who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities for the sake of the organization and its student members. The advisor must demonstrate the following qualities: a strong working relationship with the organization’s members; active participation in the organization’s activities; being approachable and accessible to the organization; being attentive to the needs and issues of the organization and its members. ($250 award to organization)
Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Volunteer/Community Member) $  This award is given to a student organization advisor who is not a staff or faculty member of The University of Toledo and has gone above and beyond their responsibilities for the sake of the organization and its student members. The advisor must demonstrate the following qualities: a strong working relationship with the organization’s members; active participation in the organization’s activities; being approachable and accessible to the organization; being attentive to the needs and issues of the organization and its members. ($250 award to organization)
Outstanding Student Leader Award This award is presented to a student who exhibits exemplary leadership skills throughout the campus community. The student must be a senior graduating in May 2016 or December 2016. The criteria for selection include quality of leadership, mutual respect among peers, dedication to the improvement of campus life, and the ability to promote leadership development at The University of Toledo. Student must be full-time students and be in good standing with the University to be eligible for this award.
Emerging Leader Award This award recognizes a freshmen or sophomore male and female who have excelled in their organization and have demonstrated true leadership qualities. The selection of the award will be based on his and her involvement in campus activities, leadership initiatives, school pride and overall contributions to their student organization or program. Student must be full-time students and be in good standing with the University to be eligible for this award.
Outstanding Student Organization Member Award  

This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to a student organization, without necessarily holding a leadership position within the organization. The individual will be selected based on contribution to organization and the role of that organization in his or her life today. Student must be full-time students and be in good standing with the University to be eligible for this award.

Rocket Fanatic Award

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates true Rocket spirit through his or her “fanatic” activities at The University of Toledo sponsored events. The individual will be selected based on his or her personal qualities, school spirited activities, efforts to improve the quality of campus life, and overall love for and dedication to The University of Toledo. Student must be full-time students and be in good standing with the University to be eligible for this award.

Commitment to Service Award  

Nominees have maintained academic excellence while committing their time, energy, and resources to making a difference by volunteering in the community.
Demonstrating a passion to serve others is an important quality this nominee should possess.
Student must be full-time students and be in good standing with the University to be eligible for this award.

 

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT LEADER AWARDS

The Office of Multicultural Student Success and Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at The University of Toledo is excited to announce the Multicultural Student Leadership Awards. Diversity, inclusiveness, and individualism enrich our campus in many ways and it is time to recognize students for having the drive and commitment to make a difference in these areas. We are seeking student nominees who have exemplified excellent leadership in diversity awareness and appreciation of UT.

2016 MULTICULTURAL STUDENT LEADER AWARDS:
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Advocate Award ($ 75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card)

The Advocate Award is for a student who boldly questions campus standards and norms in the best interest of serving multicultural students at The University of Toledo. This student displays courage and conviction in facing an issue that challenges multicultural students and, through her/his efforts, has a positive impact on both current and future multicultural students at UT. This award is accompanied by a $75  Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Community Spotlight Award ($75 Barnes & Noble  Gift Card)

The Community Spotlight Award is for a multicultural student who has made a significant impact on one or more non-profit community organizations serving the diversified community which makes up Toledo and the surrounding area. This award is accompanied by a $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Emerging Multicultural Leader Award ($75 Barnes & Noble  Gift Card)

The Emerging Leader Award is for a multicultural freshman, sophomore, or first-year transfer student who has made a significant impact outside of the classroom and to campus life. This student demonstrates the potential to be a role model and effective student leader for the rest of her/his tenure at The University of Toledo. This award is accompanied by a $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Excel Award ($75 Barnes & Noble  Gift Card)

The Excel Award is for a multicultural student who has achieved academic excellence (cumulative GPA of 3.0 – undergraduate and 3.2 – graduate) and contributed significantly to the out of classroom experience. This person serves as a role model for students seeking a balance between academic and co-curricular success. This award is accompanied by a $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Defying the Odds Award ($75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card)

The Defying the Odds Award is for a multicultural student who has achieved academic and personal success despite tremendous obstacles such as financial hardship, lack of or few positive role models, and environmental circumstances not conducive to furthering her/his education. This student demonstrates outstanding loyalty and commitment to The University of Toledo through exemplary service to this institution. This award is accompanied by a $75Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Distinguished Multicultural Student Leader Award ($100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card)

The Distinguished Multicultural Student Leader Award is reserved for the student making the most profound impact on the culture of the multicultural population on The University of Toledo campus through leadership, drive and conviction. The individual recognized for this award has personally touched the lives of multicultural students in a positive way and has exemplified true leadership and integrity throughout her/his career as a student leader. This award is accompanied by a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

General Nomination Rules:

  1. Student must be currently enrolled at The University of Toledo
  2. Any student who has won an award will not be eligible to win the same award in the following years.
  3. Students may be nominated for as many categories as are available, but will only be eligible to win one award for the year.
  4. Students may be nominated by others or may choose to self-nominate.

 

*Students must be in good standing with the University academically and judicially to be eligible for awards. The Office of Dean of Students will perform grade and judicial checks to ensure each student is in good standing. A FERPA waiver must be signed in addition to the application.

Last Updated: 8/2/16