Student Affairs Awards

About the Student Affairs Student Awards

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. 

Student Affairs Student Awards & Selection Criteria

The Student Affairs Student Awards consists of four categories- leadership, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, and community and school spirit. Each category will have an award recipient for one student, one student group (registered student organization, fraternity, sorority, intramural team, club sport team, group sponsored by a department), and one program/event. 

The minimum qualifications for all nominees include: good academic standing (student), good standing with regards to conduct (student, student organization/group), good standing with sponsoring department (student organization/group). 

For more information about each award and the selection criteria, please see below.

  • This award is designed to recognize one student, student group, and event/program which best exemplifies the Division's emphasis on leadership development.  Strong nominees for this award will demonstrate the following behaviors and accomplishments:

    • Positions held within organization/group
    • Positive impact within organization/group
    • Created sustained legacy

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year or Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

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  • This award was created to celebrate one student, student group, and event/program that has a genuine dedication to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive campus.  Strong nominees for this award will demonstrate the following behaviors and accomplishments:

    • Demonstrating cultural awareness and competence
    • Encouraging a sense of belonging among peers
    • Commitment to an inclusive community

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year or Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

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  • This award acknowledges one student, student group, and event/program that models extraordinary commitment to voluntary service on campus and int he greater local and global community.  Strong nominees for this award will demonstrate the following behaviors and accomplishments:

    • Volunteering with intent for social change
    • Advocating for social issues within campus and the surrounding community
    • Demonstrating a strong sense of civic duty and democratic engagement

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year or Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

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  • This award is presented to one student, student group, and event/program that devoted time and passion to exhibiting the vision and values of Kennesaw State University while contributing to an engaging dynamic campus culture.  Strong nominees for this award will demonstrate the following behaviors and accomplishments:

    • Support for campus programs, events, and initiatives
    • Increasing a sense of school spirit among peers
    • Inspire and renew pride in campus community

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year or Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

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  • This award is presented to one student, student group, and event/program that demonstrates a commitment to innovative programming, ideas, and initiatives for the student body.  Strong nominees for this award will demonstrate the following behaviors and accomplishments:

    • Providing new and exciting program, initiative, or project for the campus community
    • Partnering with another group to implement program, initiative, or project
    • Finding creative methods for meaningful student engagement within organization

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year or Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

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  • This award is given annually to a junior, senior, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding overall service and scholarship for the benefit of the Kennesaw State community during their collegiate career.  The ideal nominee will have demonstrated a profound commitment to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Discovery, and Civility.

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  • This award is bestowed annually upon a first- or second-year student who has shown dedication to involvement in the Kennesaw State community.  The ideal nominee will have demonstrated initiation, motivation, and potential for student leadership.

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  • This award is given annually to a student group that is true to its stated mission and works hard to live out its purpose on campus.  In addition, this is an inclusive organization which has excelled in the recruitment and retention of its membership, provided consistent means of leadership development, collaborated with other student groups, and participated in KSU programming.  The ideal nominee will have demonstrated a profound commitment to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Discovery, and Civility.

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  • This award is presented annually to the Kennesaw State employee who advises/supervises a student group.  The ideal nominee will have demonstrated exceptional organizational advisement, personal mentoring, and leadership development among students.

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  • This award is given annually to an event/program that embodies Kennesaw State spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programmatic efforts to enhance the quality of campus life.  The ideal nominee will have a profound connection to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Discovery, and Civility.

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Previous Winners

    • Recipient
      Award
    • Karen DSouza
      Student of the Year
    • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
      Organization of the Year
    • "Students' Voices" hosted by K-Pop Club and Korean Language Club
      Event of the Year
    • Maya Parr
      Student Affairs Leadership Award, Student
    • Student Government Association
      Student Affairs Leadership Award, Organization
    • Amani Johnson
      Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award, Student
    • International Student Association
      Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award, Organization
    • Havan Temesghen
      Civic Engagement Award, Student
    • Civic Engagement Team
      Civic Engagement Award, Organization
    • Eunice Cuffie
      Community and School Spirit Award, Student
    • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
      Community and School Spirit Award, Organization



 

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