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44 Stars of Excellence Awards Gala Recognizes Student Leaders, Organizations and Advisors
At the annual 44 Stars of Excellence Awards Gala on April 19, students, registered student organizations and organization advisors were celebrated and recognized for their many contributions to the campus community.
Winners of the 2018 44 Stars of Excellence Awards were:
One University Award
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have recognized “the whole is greater than the sum of parts.” These students and organizations aim to bring University stakeholders together for a common purpose. They embody the mission of One University by efficiently and effectively working toward cultivating a collaborative campus community.
Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Lambda Theta Alpha
Award for Public and Community Service
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have exhibited exceptional effort in planning and implementing significant service projects within the University and Syracuse community.
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Award for Outstanding Media Production or Publication
Presented to registered student organizations that consistently produce publications or media that represent the organization in a positive manner, appeal to their intended audience and fulfill a specific niche on campus.
Best New Event or Initiative
Presented to registered student organizations that have implemented a brand new event/initiative for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year. The organization(s) made a conscious effort to promote, plan, implement and introduce innovative programs/initiatives that have not been addressed by previous planning.
First Year Players
University Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Student Association
Rising Star Award
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have demonstrated significant potential for establishing themselves as leaders, and making efforts to get involved early in exploration and career preparation.
SU Spirit Award
Presented to students who have demonstrated pride in Syracuse University by promoting, attending and being involved in a variety of student organizations and events, demonstrating to other students the importance of being part of the Orange Nation.
Award for Excellence in Programming
Presented to registered student organizations that have demonstrated excellence in programming through their successful efforts in planning and implementing a variety of events for students. Attendance at the program(s) was a key factor in this category.
Lambda Theta Alpha
Associate Vice President’s Award for Positive Advocacy
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have been the most effective in promoting social justice and raising awareness for a cause, whether on campus or in the greater community, in a timely and relevant manner.
Lambda Phi Epsilon
Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion by serving as advocates for awareness on campus and in the community.
Muslim Student Association
Black Reign Step Team
Irma Almirall-Padamsee La Fuerza Community Enhancement Award
Presented to graduating students in recognition of their outstanding contributions and commitment to diversity. These individuals have used their energy, spirit and leadership in initiating and implementing actions that help our campus community go beyond tolerance to create dialogue among people from diverse cultural groups.
Emerging Professionals Award
Presented to students and registered student organizations who have demonstrated significant potential for leadership and made significant efforts to get involved early in career exploration and preparation at the University. Specifically, student organizations have excelled through their innovative programming, membership recruitment, service and commitment to the University and Syracuse communities.
Dominic M Samuels
Sport Management Club
Lambda Alpha Upsilon
Award for Excellence by an Organization Advisor
Presented to student organization advisors who demonstrate outstanding commitment to an organization by providing mentorship to the organization and its leadership, supporting organizational programs and events, as well as ensuring successful leadership transitions within the organization.
Mark Trumbo, Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Huey Hsiao, Lambda Phi Epsilon
Entertainer of the Year Award
Presented to registered student organizations who made the most significant contributions through their quality performances in support of the performing arts.
Raices Dance Troupe
Black Box Players
Award for Excellence by an Organization President
Presented to registered student organization presidents who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to their student organization. Presidents should not only have enhanced their individual organization but also the Syracuse University community through their leadership and service.
Elizabeth Sedore, Pride Union
Jonah Rappaport, University Union
Senior Vice President’s Award for Outstanding Senior Leadership
Presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated dedication to developing themselves, others and the University through their involvement and leadership in the classroom and student organizations. These students are strong academically, active in the community and serve as role models to their peers.