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Student Organization Awards

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

Nominations for the 2021 awards have closed. See award recipients at the bottom of this page. Nominations for the 2022 awards will open in Fall 2022. 

Advisor of the Year Award 

This award honors a student organization advisor who has positively contributed to the development, management, and success of a student organization which they advise. This individual challenges, educates and encourages organization members and, through their remarkable dedication, provides a level of support that exceeds expectations. 

Eligibilty: The recipient of this award must currently be listed as an Advisor in OrgCentral. The person completing the nomination must be listed as member of the student organization which the nominee advises in OrgCentral. The student organization must currently be registered with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging Award

This award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive campus community amd creating a sense of belonging for all. This organization recognizes and appreciates the unique characteristics of individuals and seeks to identify and address barriers that hinder inclusion. 

Eligibility: The recipient of this award must be a student organization currently registered with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Student Leader of the Year Award 

This award honors a member of a student organization who has positively contributed to the development, management, and success of their organization. This individual inspires, innovates, and leverages personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. This award will be given to a student who, through their remarkable dedication, provides a level of leadership that exceeds expectations.  

Eligibility: The nominee must have been enrolled as a student at Kansas State University at some point since January 1, 2021. The nominee must be listed as a member or contact of a student organization in OrgCentral. The person completing the nomination must be listed as a member or advisor of the same student organization as the nominee in OrgCentral. The student organization must currently be registered with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Student Organization Event of the Year Award 

This award honors student organizations for conceiving, planning, promoting, and executing an outstanding event that met or exceeded the intended goals and outcomes and made a significant impact on the participants and/or K-State community. 

Eligibility: The recipient of this award must be a student organization currently registered with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Student Organization of the Year Award 

This award honors a student organization that has demonstrated excellence in fulfilling their mission and purpose as an organization. The have made outstanding achievements in the areas of membership involvement, leadership development, organizational activity, and contribution to campus and community.  

Eligibility: The recipient of this award must be a student organization currently registered with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Award Recipients

2021 Student Organization Award Recipients

The Center for Student Involved is excited to recognize and celebrate the recipients of the 2021 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 continue to 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.  

On February 17, 2022, the Center for Student Involvement announced the following 2021 Student Organization Awards recipients during a live ceremony in the K-State Student Union Courtyard. 

The 2021 Student Organization Awards recipients are:  

Advisor of the Year 

Janine Duncan, advisor to Family & Consumer Sciences Education Organization, nominated by Mia Schindler and Morgan Paddock. 

Janine has strived to put developing members’ knowledge and education at the core of her involvement within her student organization. She has also challenged members and officers to think about perspectives and experiences that differ from their own while also consistently reminding them that she isn’t just here during their college experience, but that she will be their biggest advocate once they graduate as well. 

Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging 

Student Foundation, nominated by Delaney Kemp. 

Student Foundation has a strong commitment to serving students across campus, even if they aren’t members of the organization itself. The organization also provides a unique opportunity for members to discover new facets of philanthropy, discover new career pathways, and build meaningful relationships. 

Student Leader of the Year 

Sierra Statz, member of Engineers Without Borders, nominated by Engineers Without Borders, Carley Phelps, Cassidy Hartig, Cohen Lyle, Danielle Larson, and Zachary Kelvington. 

Sierra has demonstrated enthusiasm and inspiration at each event, meeting, and volunteering activity and knows every member by name. She has empowered other people to step into leadership and created an atmosphere that allowed for productive teamwork. Sierra devoted herself to the Kansas State chapter, ending her presidency with a record three international projects underway, more members within the organization than ever before, and having helped the chapter to raise over $20,000 in donations in 2021. 

Student Organization Event of the Year 

"Mental Health Awareness Hotdog Stand,” hosted by American Nuclear Society KSU Student Section, nominated by Broderick Sieh. 

The idea behind the Hotdog Stand was to host an event that promoted the mental well-being of students and mental health awareness within the K-State community. However, the event went above and beyond that thanks to the comradery shared among the organization. The group’s happiness and positive attitudes were contagious to all those who stopped by throughout the day. Members were able to engage in valuable conversations with the students involved. 

Student Organization of the Year 

Popenoe Entomology Club, nominated by Cameron Osborne 

This past year, the organization engaged in numerous campus and community outreach education events. They have stepped out of the shadow of the pandemic to bring interactive outreach events back to campus and the larger community. They have also launched several initiatives to give back to their student members and campus, including raising funds to restore historical works housed in the library, modernizing their finances by launching a digital storefront, connecting students and faculty with research opportunities, and engaging with the community through social media. 

 

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 therefore K-State, a welcoming, active, and inclusive community through your leadership and support. 

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.