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The Office of Student Activities’ student club/organization awards are established with the purpose of recognizing the contributions of students, advisors and/or their clubs/organizations to the University of New Hampshire at Manchester campus.

General Information:

1) Anyone affiliated with the UNH Manchester community (student, group, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, etc.) may nominate for any of the awards.
2) Only recognized student organizations, individuals involved with a recognized student organization or campus departments are eligible. Please read the description of each award to see where to nominate.
3) No limit is placed on the number of nominations submitted by one person; however, each nomination form must be submitted separately for each award.
4) Nominations for all awards are due Tuesday, May 1, 2013 to the Office of Student Activities, Room 108.
5) A committee will choose which nominations receive the award for the banquet in May.

Awards/Criteria:

Event or Program of the Year:
This award is open to individuals, clubs/organizations, departments, offices, or committees who have sponsored a program for the entire campus community. It will be judged on attendance, use of budget, promotion, and overall effectiveness. The program had to meet and embrace the need, appeal, and culture of the UNH Manchester community.

New Student Organization of the Year:
This award is eligible only to recognized student clubs/organizations that were founded in the last two academic years. This award was created to recognize the most outstanding new club/organization- in terms of quality of programming, publicity, recruitment of new members, ability to fill a needed niche, the organization’s appropriateness for the award, and overall establishment of its presence on campus.

Student Organization of the year:
This category is open to all registered student clubs/ organizations. What makes your organization the best on campus this year? Maybe you hosted an outstanding program for the campus, maybe you doubled your membership or maybe you set new goals for your group and achieved them. This is your chance to brag to us about what makes you the best!

Outstanding Leader of the Year: (Nomination deadline: March 28, 2013)
Do you have a leader who is always there for your group? The ideal leader will have a balance that allows him/her to stick with ideas instead of giving up, make compromises, or creatively think of alternatives. The ideal leader will also give substantial amounts of time dedicated to the organization’s success. A leader sometimes takes no credit for involvement. Finally a leader makes others in the organization believe (in both the individual and the organization’s mission.)

Outstanding Senior of the Year:
Do you have a senior member who is always there for your group? Here is your chance to honor that person for his/her hard work and dedication to your group. Perhaps it is the person who always volunteers for a task and sees it through. Perhaps it is the person that always helps to clean up after an event. Candidate should demonstrate an impact on the organization and a high level of involvement. Take this opportunity to show that senior that you recognize his/her efforts.

Unsung Hero Award: (Nomination Deadline: March 28, 2013)
Do you have a member who silently attends meetings and is dedicated to the group’s cause? Here is your chance to honor that person for his/her hard work and dedication to your group. Perhaps it is the person who always volunteers for a task and quietly sees it through. Perhaps it is the person that always helps to clean up after an event and gives 110% effort. Candidate should demonstrate an impact on the organization.

Collaboration award:
Open to all recognized clubs and organizations and campus departments, this award honors student groups that have visibly made collaboration a top priority this past year. Collaboration may have been demonstrated through the organizations’ effort to work with, learn more about, and reach out to form positive relationships with each other- displayed through programming, publicity, demonstrating the organizations’ appropriateness for the award, and sharing of finances. Collaborations can be with any group from campus department, other student groups or community groups.

Promotional Award:
Open to all recognized student clubs and organizations, this award recognizes the group who placed a strong emphasis on promoting their organization and/or sponsored event or program. Understanding the importance of promotion, inclusiveness of campaigns, and demonstrating your organization’s appropriateness in this award should be displayed. This award will not necessarily be based on the quality of the work, however on the attempts to promote the organization.

Diversity award:
Open to all recognized student clubs and organizations, this award honors the group that is devoted to bringing together the diverse elements of the UNH Manchester community through intellectual and personal discovery to celebrate differences. Criteria for this award includes the group’s ability in creating, developing, demonstrating the organization’s appropriateness for the award, promoting, and participating in events/programs that feature subject matter on diversity, and the group’s participation in events/programs designed to increase one’s awareness level of diversity.

Community Service award:
Open to all recognized student clubs and organizations and entire campus community, the Community Service Award was created to honor the group that has contributed to the quality of life outside of UNH Manchester and has striven to improve connections with the community-at-large. This service may have been demonstrated through members volunteering time in the community through projects, improving communication with the UNH Manchester community at-large, exhibiting behavior representative of the University in their commitment to the community, demonstrating organization’s appropriateness for the award, and their willingness to offer assistance to community members free of charge.

Recruitment Award:
Open to all recognized clubs and organizations, this award will be judged on promotion techniques, creativity, visibility at recruitment activities/events and steps taken to utilize members’ skills and talents.

Excellence in Advising award:
This award will go to the current student club/organization advisor who has exemplified the Office of Student Activities mission and the values of UNH Manchester through their involvement with the organization. The candidate should demonstrate an impact on the organization and its leadership, a commitment to involvement in organization, and a willingness to meet the organization and student needs.

All awards run from May 1 of the previous semester until April 30 of the last semester (i.e. 12/13 – May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013)

2012 Award Winners

Community Service award:
Students in Action Bake sales

Collaboration award:
Voices of the (603) – Fall 2011

Promotional award:
InkBlot – Andres Reyes

Diversity award:
Daphne Galatas – Calling All Cultures 2011

Unsung Hero award:
Nae Marin, Classy Cats
Ruth Linehan, seamstress for Brick and Mortar / Milling Around vocalist Torie DiPippo, Students in Action/Brick and Mortar

Event or Program of the Year:
Classy Cats – Winter Benefit concert

New Student Organization of the Year:
InkBlot – Publication & Performance Series

Outstanding Senior of the Year:
Adam DiPippo, Brick and Mortar and UNHM Ballers Becky Mason, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Outstanding Leader of the Year:
Jill Souza, Classy Cats

Student Organization of the year:
Classy Cats