Student Affairs Awards

The Student Affairs Awards Ceremony

The Division of Student Affairs has the privilege of working with some of the most engaged students, faculty, and staff members at Kennesaw State University.  In 2016, the Division created the Student Affairs Awards Ceremony to honor their outstanding achievements and recognize exemplary commitment to Kennesaw State University. 

The Student Affairs mission states, “our students will achieve success through practical application of knowledge by becoming engaged ethical leaders who serve their local and global communities.”  The ceremony is the embodiment of that practical application and provides an opportunity to applaud the success of many individuals and programs.

Overall Division Award Descriptions and Criteria for Selection

Student of the Year

This award is given annually to a junior, senior, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding overall service, scholarship, and leadership for the benefit of the KSU community during his or her collegiate career.  This award recognizes a student who has made a significant contribution to student life and positively impacted the co-curricular student experience at Kennesaw State University. This student is seen as a leader who demonstrates qualities of commitment, integrity, inclusivity, enthusiasm, collaboration, and service, and as someone who has worked to enhance the undergraduate and/or graduate experience at KSU. This student is someone who has worked to better the Kennesaw State University community by working in cooperation and collaboration with other organizations and entities to create initiatives that have a lasting impact at KSU.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following points: 

  • Evidence of active involvement in any of the above-named organizations or units.
  • Evidence of outstanding leadership ability.
  • Evidence of the ability to collaborate productively with others.
  • Tangible evidence of commitment to KSU.

Criteria:  Nominees must hold a 3.0 adjusted GPA, be currently enrolled students with junior, senior, or graduate standing, and be actively involved in the life of the campus through participation in campus life, including but not limited to: Orientation, Athletics, Sports and Recreation, Center for Student Leadership, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Organizations, Residence Life, or other areas that promote active involvement outside the classroom.  Nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership as measured by the quality, impact, and legacy of their contributions, outstanding service to the KSU community, exceptional initiative, creativity, and/or problem solving ability, co-curricular involvement through growth in responsibility, commitment, and exemplary behavior, character, and/or role modeling.

Advisor of the Year

The Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the KSU employee who has demonstrated exceptional organizational advisement or personal mentoring.  Advisors play a vital role in the development of student leaders and student groups. This individual will go above and beyond the basic expectations of an advisor. Nominees will have demonstrated outstanding support for and advisement of a student organization in pursuit of its goals.  Nominees should display high involvement with their organization(s), dedication to the campus community and the leadership development of group members, and support of the establishment, pursuit, achievement, and/or revision of individual or organization goals. 

Nominees will be evaluated on four points: 

  • Evidence of outstanding support for and advisement of a student organization in pursuit of its goals.
  • Evidence of the ability to motivate students.
  • Evidence of the ability to foster teamwork.
  • Length of service to organization(s).

Criteria:  Nominees must be KSU employees in good standing who don’t have advising as part of their job responsibilities.  Individual must have served as an advisor on a volunteer basis.

  
Organization of the Year

The Organization of the Year award is presented to an organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to Kennesaw State University and the surrounding community. This award recognizes the student organization that has demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance through their activities and programs.  Furthermore, the organization embodies the Kennesaw spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programmatic efforts to enhance the quality of campus life at Kennesaw State University.   The Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on campus.  This organization is true to its stated mission and works hard to live out its purpose on campus. In addition, this organization is an inclusive organization that has excelled in the recruitment and retention of its membership, provided consistent means of leadership development, collaborated with other student organizations, and participated in KSU programming.  

Nominees will be evaluated on the following points: 

  • Evidence of programming efforts of this organization during the past year.
  • Evidence of the organization’s collaborative efforts with other entities.
  • Evidence of the ability to work together as a team toward its goals.
  • Evidence of the organization’s focus on its mission.
  • Evidence of good stewardship of student money, if applicable.


Criteria:  Nominees must fall in one of these categories:

  • Registered Student Organization in good standing as determined by the Student Life at the time of the nomination submission.
  • Student group that is not required to be an RSO, but that is active in one of KSU’s departments (Club Sports, Orientation and Transition Services, Center for Student Leadership, etc.).

Student Affairs Partner of the Year

The Student Affairs Partner of the Year award is presented to an on or off campus business, office, department, or program that supports the mission and vision of the Division of Student Affairs by ensuring “students [will] achieve success through practical application of knowledge by becoming engaged ethical leaders who serve their local and global communities.” From successful collaborations with and support of student organizations, student groups, DSA offices or departments, the Partner of the Year is committed to KSU’s co-curricular experience and KSU’s dynamic and diverse student body.

Criteria: Nominees must be housed outside the Division of Student Affairs.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Evidence of successful collaborations with and support of KSU student organizations, student groups, DSA offices or departments.
  • Evidence of multiple years of interaction with KSU student organizations, student groups, DSA offices or departments.
  • Evidence of engagement with other units, departments, and/or businesses both on and off campus.
  • Evidence of a business, office, department, or program mission and vision that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion.
     

HOW TO NOMINATE

Nominations for the overall division awards may be found in Owllife.  Visit owllife.kennesaw.edu, and select Student Affairs as the organization.  Select “forms” to find the nomination documents.

Other Awards

Each unit within the Division of Student Affairs also presents awards for outstanding service to the unit.

Past Award Recipients
2016

Division of Student Affairs Overall Awards
Student of the Year:  Jaiva Crawford
Advisor of the Year:  Christopher Carter
Organization of the Year:  KSU Motorsports

Unit Awards
Adult Learner Programs
Mentor of the Year: Elainey Jones|
Collaboration, Leadership, and Service: George Hart
Outstanding Adult Learner: Brenda Owens

Center for Student Leadership
Samantha Abney:  Outstanding Owl Leadership Fellow
Marissa Jordan: Outstanding Engaged Owl Leader Coordinator
Joseph McCrary:  Outstanding Peer Leader

Fraternity and Sorority Life
Greek Man of the Year: George Greig-Dunn, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Greek Woman of the Year:  Maya Choucair, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Greek Chapter of the Year:  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

International Student Retention Services
Sudden Impact Award: Muhammad Bilal
Helping Hands Award:  Henriette N’kodia
ISA Spirit Award: Giuseppe De Fazio

Sports and Recreation
Engaged Student Award: Dallas Hall 
Student Legacy Award: Caitlee Greene 
Student Employee of the Year: Kyler Brady 

Student Life
SGA Member of the Year: Lily Roche 
Organization Leader of the Year: Cooper Lewis 

Student Media
Editor of the Year: Carson Long
Manager of the Year: Michael Moore

Volunteer KSU
Community Rising Star Award: Michael Simpson
You Make A Difference Award:  Dr. Janet Clark
Change Agent of the Year Award:  City of Kennesaw/Ms. Kimberly Flores 

 

  • Student of the Year Finalists 2016

     
  • ISA Award Recipients 

     
  •  SGA President as MC

     

For more information, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at 470-578-6310.

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