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Involvement Awards

Involvement Awards

The Involvement Awards serve as an opportunity to recognize outstanding student leaders and organizations for their tremendous contributions to the University of Florida and the Gainesville community. Awards are presented to student organizations recognizing leadership, programming, innovation and creativity. 

The 2017 nomination period closes at 5 p.m. on March 15. Click here to nominate your favorite organizations and leaders today! 

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Award Categories & Qualifications

William G. Cross Officer of the Year Award

2016 Winner: Ty Christoff-Tempesta, Speech and Debate Society

This award is presented for outstanding service to the University of Florida through student leadership and recognizes the contribution of a student leader who is currently serving on the executive board of a student organization.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contribution to the organization
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Innovation and change made as an executive board members
  • Impact on the membership
  • Commitment to being a role model

Member of the Year

2016 Winner: Erick Rodriguez, Entrepreneurship Club

This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a student leader who is not currently serving, nor has previously served, as an officer of the organization.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contribution to the organization
  • Embodying the purpose of the organization
  • Demonstrating a desire to develop skills and knowledge that would further the organization
  • Displaying initiative in addressing the needs of the organization 

Student Organization Advisor of the Year

2016 Winner: Kate Fogarty, Collegiate 4-H

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a student organization advisor to a student organization. The Involvement Team will personally invite the student organization’s advisor if they are selected to receive the award. The student organization will also be notified prior to the award ceremony.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Impact on the organization
  • Commitment to the development of the organization and its members
  • Accessible to members and has a presence in organization meetings and events
  • Must serve as an advisor for the organization for at least two years continuously

Innovative Event of the Year

2016 Winner: Indian Students Association

This award recognizes a student organization that has brought an innovative program or initiative to the University of Florida campus or Gainesville community and has record of the impact of the event.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Addressing new audiences or objectives 
  • Identifying why the need for innovative event exists
  • Providing evidence of impact or success
  • May not be a program held before on the UF campus or in the Gainesville community

Outstanding Performance Organization

2016 Winner: Floridance

This award recognizes creative and innovative programs hosted by a student organization that is dedicated to the performing arts.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Successful display of performances on the University of Florida campus and in the surrounding Gainesville community
  • Contribution to the University of Florida or Gainesville community
  • Accessibility to members at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels

Outstanding Academic/Professional Organization

2016 Winner: Community Health Service Corps

This award recognizes the organizations that are dedicated to academic subjects or professions, accomplishments, and their contribution to the campus community. This award recognizes those organizations that foster learning and growth through bringing together students with common academic or professional interests.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Focusing on a specific academic subject or profession
  • Impact on members and the campus community
  • Contributing to research or knowledge community related to academic area or profession
  • Accessibility to members at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels

Outstanding Cultural Organization

2016 Winner: Catholic Gators Coalition

This award recognizes the outstanding organizations dedicated to showcasing cultural diversity and their involvement on campus through an inclusive environment.

Qualification includes, but is not limited to:

  • Honoring, celebrating, or raising awareness to the culture that is represented by the organization
  • Holding campus program(s) that provide an opportunity to honor, celebrate, or raises awareness on topics related to the organizations purpose
  • Accessibility to people of all backgrounds

Outstanding Ambassador Organization

2016 Winner: Employer Relations Ambassadors

This award recognizes an outstanding ambassador organization dedicated to showcasing their program, department, or college within the University through their influence and outreach with the student body.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Official association with a college, department, or office within the University of Florida
  • Demonstrating how they support the area they represent
  • Offering programs or services to the UF community  

Inclusive Excellence

2016 Winner: Inter-Residence Hall Association

This award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated and sustained a passion for the advancement of diversity and inclusion.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion
  • Pursuing inclusivity within their student organization
  • Raising campus and/or community awareness of diversity issues
  • Promoting opportunities for open, honest dialogue centered on issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Held campus programs that provide education and raise awareness on topics related to diversity

Organization of the Year

2016 Winner: Collegiate Veterans Society

This award recognizes an organization that has impacted their members and the UF community through intentional development and engagement.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Successful recruitment and retention of organization members
  • Quality of programming provided
  • Impact on the campus community
  • Leadership opportunities provided through membership
  • Contributions to furthering the mission of the University of Florida

Campus Collaborator

2016 Winner: Culinary Arts Student Union

This award recognizes a student organization who brought together other student organizations, university departments, or other campus partners through their strong sense and relationship building.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrating successful collaborative efforts with other organizations, university departments, or other campus partners
  • Explaining purpose of the collaboration
  • Results of collaboration on organization or population they serve
  • Benefits to the University of Florida community

Outstanding New Student Organization

2016 Winner: Delta Delta Sigma

This award recognizes a student organization that has been a registered student
organization for fewer than three years, and has made a noticeable impact.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Creating significant membership roster
  • Have a unique mission and purpose that addresses an unmet need at the University of Florida
  • Strong visibility in the campus community and opportunities provided to students
  • Shares how the organization contributes the the University's missions
  • Addresses why there was a need for this organization and the benefits members and the UF community have received as a result

Outstanding Graduate Organization

2016 Winner: Graduate Student Council

This award recognizes a student organization that has augmented the college experience for University of Florida graduate students exemplifying commitment to the betterment and strengthening of the organization’s chosen community/audience

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serving the University of Florida graduate population
  • Successful recruitment and retention of organization members
  • Quality of programming provided to graduate population
  • Professional development opportunities provided through membership
  • Contributions to furthering the mission of the University of Florida

Outstanding Professional Development Program

2016 Winner: Collegiate 4-H

This award recognizes a student organization demonstrating excellence in professional development through workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum provided by the members of the organization. Professional development is exemplified through workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum that benefit the mission and members of the organization.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum designed for skill enhancement of members
  • Description of how workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum benefited the mission and members of the organization
  • Evaluation of quality of the program(s) provided

NOTE: The Student Involvement Awards include several monetary awards supported by the Gator Bassmasters student organization. Gator Bassmasters have generously given back to Student Involvement and Activities to support initiatives created by new student organizations and new student leaders. 
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