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K-State Today

March 31, 2017



Submit nominations for Celebrating Service and Leadership Awards

By Anahi Arce-Gross

Each year, the K-State Staley School of Leadership Studies honors Leadership Studies students, community partners, and special individuals who have volunteered their time and leadership working to enhance, improve and impact the greater good of the campus and community.

In recognition of the power of volunteers to spark change and improve the world through community, the Celebrating Service and Leadership Community Service Awards are modeled after the Daily Point of Light Award, created by the administration of President George H.W. Bush. These awards embrace the challenge of tackling a community need through volunteer service. The Staley School of Leadership Studies recognizes that volunteering and community service can lead to increased civic involvement and leadership, not only for college students but for youth and community members.

To submit a nomination, complete the online form based on the criteria provided and submit it electronically to HandsOn Kansas State at handson@k-state.edu by noon April 5. Honorees will be notified by Monday, April 10, with the expectation they will be attending the Staley School of Leadership Studies' Celebrating Service and Leadership recognition event on Sunday, April 23, at the Leadership Studies Building.

Honorees are evaluated against the following criteria. Does the volunteer or service work:

  1. Meet a community need?
  2. Demonstrate specific impact?
  3. Lasts beyond a semester and has the capacity to be sustained?
  4. Reflect innovative or unique approaches?

One honoree will be selected for each of the following categories:

Outstanding K-State Student Volunteer: Any student who is enrolled at Kansas State University and has participated in HandsOn Kansas State service or civic learning activities during the 2015-2016 academic year. This student should demonstrate exemplary leadership in service and has addressed a need in the community. They should display dedication, responsibility, commitment and sensitivity to diversity while meeting the needs of the community.

Outstanding K-State Student Organization: Any organization that is recognized through K-State's Office of Student Activities and Services or a K-State department/college and has been active with HandsOn Kansas State during the 2015-2016 academic year. This organization promotes an ethic of service on and off campus through ongoing service or an exemplary one-time project. They are committed to involving others in service and activism, have effectively mobilized a large and diverse population on campus to address an issue of importance in the community

Outstanding Community Service Partner: A community service partner from the greater Manhattan area that has served to meet a community need, and has been active with HandsOn Kansas State during the 2015-2016 academic year. This partner should have promoted an ethic of service in the community through ongoing efforts or through an exemplary one-time project. They are committed to involving others in service and activism, and have effectively mobilized a large and diverse population to address an issue of importance in the community.

Outstanding Service Champion: An individual or group from the greater Manhattan area that has demonstrated outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service to meet a community need and has been active with HandsOn Kansas State during the 2015-2016 academic year. This recipient has displayed excellence in community service, civic engagement, corporate responsibility, and/or social change. Successful candidates also will have engaged in creative utilization of people, resources and opportunities while exercising leadership and advocating for positive change in their community. Their nomination should be able to demonstrate their impact through measurable outcomes.

Honorees will receive:

  • Recognition from Staley School of Leadership Studies during their Celebrating Service and Leadership event in April.
  • Recognition from Community First National Bank of Manhattan.
  • Media recognition as part of National Volunteer Week in April.
  • A $250 monetary donation to be given to a not-for-profit community organization on behalf of the honoree.
  • A Celebrating Service and Leadership plaque.
  • Name and nomination will be submitted to the national Daily Point of Light Award for potential recognition.

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