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Student Organization Awards

The Center for Student Involvement is sponsoring awards recognizing students, advisors, and organizations for their work over the past year. 

Nominations for the 2020 awards are closed. View 2020 awards recipients below. 

2020 Student Organization Award Recipients

The Center for Student Involved is excited to recognize and celebrate the recipients of the 2020 Student Organization Awards!

Student organizations help shape the culture and experience of our shared community at K-State. We know this has been a challenging year for many organizations as we navigate a global pandemic and strive to maintain our community's health and safety as a top priority. Thank you to everyone who took the time to recognize and nominate your peers for the outstanding work they have done. 

Awards nominees were recognized on the Center for Student Involvement's Twitter and Instagram accounts. On November 17, 2020, the Center for Student Involvement, in partnership with Blue Key Senior Honor Society, announced the 2020 Student Organization Awards recipients via Instagram Live. Watch a recording of the announcements. 

The 2020 Student Organization Awards recipients are: 

Outstanding Collaborative Event of the Year

"Colin Ryan Financial Comedian: Manage Your Money. Reach Your Dreams.", hosted by the Union Program Council, Powercat Financial, K-State Proud, Personal Financial Planning, and the Wildcat Wellness Coalition; nominated by Baliegh Fry. 

This event was organized to educate students about the ways to manage money effectively in college and to share information about the resources available on campus such as meeting with a Peer Financial Counselor at Powercat Financail to discuss budgeting, student loans, and evaluating job offers or applying for a Student Opportunity Award through K-State Proud. 

Intercultural Event of the Year

"ICC Food Festival", hosted by the International Coordinating Council, nominated by Tahmineh Azizi. 

The ICC Food Festival let the campus community try native dishes from cultures around the world right in the middle of campus. This event was planned by students who dedicate themselves year-round to celebrating their own cultures and heritage. The event was hosted as part of an ongoing effort to incorporate diversity related themes in school culture. 

Student Organization Event of the Year

"Orgiami", hosted by the Math Club, nominated by Tahmineh Azizi. 

Origami was hosted across 2-hous where undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines could network, learn, experience and tackle on of the most fun and amazing math challenges: origami. Students were able to take advantage of one of the best educational events and most interactive sessions at K-State and experience the greatest teamwork with other students to achieve the goal.

Advisor of the Year

Jordan Kocher, advisor to Interfraternity Council & Panhellenic Council, nominated by Michael Porter. 

Jordan Kocher has been not only an exceptional advisor and advocate for IFC & PHC, but has also proven to be a figure of inspiration and strength for the greek community here at K-State. During the COVID-19 outbreak, her leadership has proven to be invaluable as the councils navigate the uncertainty the virus brings. Despite the councils not knowing what will come next with the virus, they do know that they can always depend on Jordan to provide exceptional guidance, inspiration, and leadership. 

Student Member of the Year

Cadence Ciesielski, member of Pre-Law Ambassadors, nominated by Tracey Lee. 

Cadence is an outsanding member of the Pre-Law Ambassadors who goes above and beyond to create and deliver meaningful programming to students and to provide a welcoming and inclusive community for any K-Stater who wants to learn more about the law. Cade's goal is to help students meet their own career goals and was quoted to say, "If I help somebody in the program, then they can use their knowledge to help somebody else."

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees, and especially to the award recipients. The Center for Student Involvement thanks you for your hard work in making your organizations, and therefor K-State, a welcoming, active, and inclusive community through your leadership and support.

Outstanding Collaborative Event of the Year 

This award recognizes a specific event that was planned by two or more student organizations and/or community organizations and effectively met the organization's goals for the event providing specific and valuable takeaways that will impact students far beyond the event. This award will be given to the collaborating organizations that hosted and organized the event. 

Intercultural Event of the Year 

This award honors a specific event that was planned, promoted and executed adequately, but also aided in the increased intercultural competency and appreciation across campus, leaving a lasting impact for years to come. This award will be given to the student organization(s) that hosted and organized the event. 

Student Organization Event of the Year 

This award honors a specific event that was not only planned, promoted and executed adequately, but also effectively met the organization's goals for the event providing specific and valuable takeaways that will impact students far beyond the event. This award will be given to the organization that hosted and organized the event. 

Advisor of the Year Award 

This award honors an individual who has made a commitment to a student organization and its goals by challenging, motivating and supporting students in the group. We would like to recognize these individuals who not only dedicate themselves to an organization and its students, but who go above and beyond their basic responsibilities to the organization. This award will be given to the advisor who has demonstrated these abilities. 

Student Member of the Year Award 

This award recognizes an individual who has personally excelled within their student organization, continuously worked to contribute to and promote their organization throughout the year, and developed and supported other members in their organization. This award will be given to the student member who embodies these characteristics.