Each year, West Chester University, through the Student Leadership Project Team, recognizes students and organizations for their contributions to the campus and community. There are various categories of awards given out each year including awards for individual clubs and organizations, programming efforts, outstanding student leaders, etc. Scholarships and other awards may also be presented at the ceremony that is held annually in the spring. Information on how to nominate will be available in January, 2014.
Any questions, please contact: Charlie Warner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-436-2117.
Organizational Award Descriptions
Best Student Club Collaboration Award
This award will be presented to those clubs & organizations that “pool” their resources, and co-sponsor a program or a series of programs that benefit the campus community. These programs could be educational, philanthropic, consciousness raising, entertaining, or feature cultural diversity understanding. Programs will be judged on the following: originality, creativity, popularity, value to the community, and degree to which the program has fulfilled its intended purpose.Only clubs & organizations can apply for this award - no University offices, please. (Eligible program nominations will have occurred between March 15, 2013 and March 14, 2014
Most Improved Student Organization Award
This award will be presented to a club or organization that has made significant strides towards achieving their goals and mission. Please include the role of leadership in this change and how the organization has transformed itself since last March, 2013.
Organization of the Year Award
This award will be presented to a club or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Such qualities may have been displayed through involvement in student activities, leadership development, organizational programming, and/or service. Please include information pertaining to how this particular organization has impacted the campus community.
Organization Program of the Year
This award will be presented to a group or groups who have provided the most out-standing program to the West Chester University campus, with consideration to those who have focused on philanthropic, consciousness-raising, entertaining, social, cultural diversity, or educational topics. Programs held on or off campus will be judged on the following (as it applies): originality, creativity, popularity, values to the community, and degree to which the program has fulfilled the intended purpose. Only clubs & organizations can apply for this award - no University offices, please. (Eligible program nominations will have occurred between March 15, 2013 and March 14, 2014)
Community Service Leadership Award
(Eligible service nominations will have occurred between March 15, 2013 and March 14, 2014)
Individual Award Descriptions
Citizen Leader Award
This recognition will be presented to those Students, faculty, or staff member who, in their daily life, understand and embody the virtues of honor, embracing diversity, empathy, team-work, and social responsibility.
Madeleine Wing Adler Emerging Leader Award
This award focuses on the first year or sophomore student leader (student with less than 60 credits) who has shown the most promise of leadership. The promise could be displayed through leadership roles or active participation in student organizations, academia, or service.
Diane DeVestern Ethical Leadership Award
This award is given to a student leader who demonstrates strong ethical principles in service to others. Nominations should discuss how the nominee has exhibited ethics and integrity. This award is given in tribute to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Diane DeVestern, a long-time employee of Student Affairs and friend of WCU.
Beverly A. Domenick Award for Leadership
This award is given to a student leader who displays the following characteristics: practical, resourceful, responsible decision-making, integrity, compassion for others, and the ability when leading to know when to “just do it”. This award is given in memory of Beverly Domenick, a long-time employee of Student Affairs and friend of WCU.
Organization Adviser of the Year
This award will be given to an adviser who has served a West Chester University group above and beyond expectations. This individual may be new to the position or may have been working with the group for several years. (only nominations from students will be considered)
People's Choice Award
This award will be presented to an individual at W.C.U. (student or employee) who has a genuine concern for others, is committed to serve and has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the campus community. Please include in your letter how this person has impacted you and/or the student body.
Senior Leader Award
This award focuses upon the senior leader (student with 90 or more credits) who has shown the most capable leadership ability throughout his/her years at W.C.U.. The individual's leadership ability may have been displayed through excellence in student organizations, academia, or service.
W.C.U. Leader Award
This award will be presented to a West Chester University student who has held a variety of leadership positions and demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Please include information on how this nominated individual has impacted the campus community.
Golden Ram Award
This award is given to an undergraduate student who demonstrates high involvement, creates positive experiences through the campus community, impacts student life at W.C.U. and enhances the Golden Ram spirit. This award recognizes a student who makes contributions to the University through participation in student organizations, W.C.U. traditions, and university events.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student leader who has made extraordinary contributions to his or her scholarly, campus, and/or wider communities. The recipient should demonstrate strong leadership skills through such activities as peer mentoring, teaching, research, publishing creative work, and service, employment and/or participation in professional association activities.
Outstanding Mentoring Award (New Award)
This award will be given to an outstanding student leader who has assumed the role of mentor for a fellow student or group of students at West Chester University. The definition of a mentor is "to teach or give advice or guidance to a less experienced and often younger person." Any student leader who has been a mentor to someone else on campus can be considered for this award. The nomination letter must discuss how this person's mentoring has directly impacted those he/she mentored.