The Office of Student Life hosts the annual Student Life Awards program to highlight amazing student leaders, student organizations and university entities for their dedication to Grand Valley State University's student life! 

Students, registered organizations and university faculty/staff/departments may be nominated for several awards including programming awards, individual awards, & organizational awards along with area specific recognition (Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), Club Sports, Greek Life, etc.). A full list of all the awards available with a description of each award can be found below.

If you have questions, contact rso@gvsu.edu

*In order for nominations to be considered for the Student Life Awards, either the student organization or the individual nominated must be in good standing with the University. 

Award Descriptions

Care For Community Award ($50)
Presented to an organization for an excellent program that includes a volunteer, philanthropic or fund raising component.

Outstanding Educational Program ($50)
Presented to an organization that has presented an exceptional educational program that addressed a topic or issue with the goal of educating the campus community. Programs should be well promoted and attended.

Outstanding Cultural Program ($50)
Presented to an organization that has presented an outstanding program in the area of cultural diversity. The program should have dealt with a multicultural issue, and attracted a diverse group of students, faculty, and members of the community.

Collaboration In Programming ($25/group, up to $100 max)
Given to an organization that has excelled in the area of co-sponsorship with diverse number of student organizations and departments. The recipient of this award should have programmed more than one event with other organizations throughout the year.

Program of the Year ($100)
Presented to an organization for a program that is recognized for its excellence. **All program nominations will be considered for this award.

Outstanding General Member
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as a General Member of an organization, through their contributions to the functions of their organization as a whole. 

Outstanding Financial Officer/Treasurer
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as the Treasurer of an organization, through the use of leadership, stewardship of funds, and organization development. **Nominees must have served a full term as Treasurer by the end of the academic year.

Outstanding Vice President
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as the Vice President of an organization, through the use of leadership and organization development. **Nominees must have served a full term as Vice President by the end of the academic year.

Outstanding President
Presented to individual(s) who have excelled as the President of an organization, through the use of leadership and organization development. **Nominees must have served a full term as President by the end of the academic year.

Jo Ann Litton Outstanding Advisor
Presented to student organization advisor(s) who are recognized for the outstanding job they have done. The nominee must be a volunteer advisor (one who is not an advisor due to their job description or payment given from the group). **Nominations should include information about the advisors style, commitment, and contributions to the organization.

Outstanding Faculty Member
Presented to a faculty member that has had a significant impact on student life & engaging student learning (not as an advisor).

Outstanding GVSU Department
This award is presented to the GVSU department that has contributed to the growth and development of student life at GVSU. The recipient must demonstrate a committed effort of collaboration with students/student organizations to help maintain and enhance a vibrant GVSU community.

Outstanding Community Ally
This award is presented to the non-profit organization/business that has contributed to the growth and development of student life at GVSU. The recipient must demonstrate a committed effort of collaboration with students/student organization. **The nominees cannot be affiliated with GVSU.

Emerging Leader Award
Presented to a student leader who has been active in campus life and has made a commitment to improving the quality of life at Grand Valley. Nominees should have demonstrated involvement in such areas as residence life, student organizations, Laker Leadership programs, or other areas.

Best New Organization Award ($100)
Presented to an organization that is new to campus life. The organization should have developed a solid and active membership, clear goals for the organization, and demonstrated involvement in campus life.

Art Hills Spirit ($100)
Presented to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding school spirit. This award is named in honor of Art Hills who exemplified the enthusiasm for campus life at Grand Valley. Art retired in 1988 as Executive Assistant to the President. He wrote the Grand Valley Alma Mater and was always active in promoting a positive spirit at Grand Valley. Organizations should have demonstrated school spirit at campus events and participation in campus life activities.

Shelia Williams Outstanding Organization ($200)
Presented to an organization that has made a significant contribution to campus life, has bridged gaps between organizations and individuals, and has demonstrated a commitment to service. Shelia Williams was an alumna of Grand Valley who, through her involvement in student organizations and campus departments, demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student life. Organizations applying for this award should have demonstrated a similar commitment.

Most Improved Organization ($100)
Presented to an organization that has made significant improvements in the areas of membership, retention, and programming. The nominated organization should be able to prove a noticeable improvement from the prior semester or academic year.

Community Impact Award
This award is for GVSU student organizations who have been examples of active citizens and are committed to a life of community engagement and impactful partnership. 

Laker Active Citizen Award
This award is for GVSU students who have been examples of active citizens who are committed to a life of community engagement and impactful partnership.

The following awards are presented in collaboration with Recreation and Wellness:

Game Changers
This is the club that was innovative and make significant progress with their club.

GV Award
This is the club that was supportive of the overall club sport community and went above expectations to support other clubs.

Officer of the Year
This is for the officer that went above and beyond their duties to make a better program for themselves and their peers.

Club of the Year
This is the club that was a leader among other clubs and had an extraordinary year.


2021 Student Life Awards Nominees


Programming

Program of the Year Award Nominees

Analyst Training Program

Winner: Winterfest

Star Wars on the Field

PRSSA ReImagined

Spirit Week Spirit Search

Outstanding Educational Program Award Nominees

Analyst Training Program

Night of 1000 Ballads

Winner: PRSSA REIMAGINED

Outstanding Collaboration in Programming

Alternative Breaks - Drop-in Service and more

Winner: LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Winterfest

Night of 1000 Ballads

Care for Community Award Nominees

Winner: Life 101

Outstanding Cultural Program Nominees

Winner: Virtual Interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show

Ginger Ambrosia's Night of 1000 Ballads


Individual

Outstanding General Member Nominees

Erin Vielbig

Hannah Schafer

Josephine Lossing

Brynn Barckholtz

Sarah Laurenz

Winner: Brady Mills

Nicholas Raak

Jasmyn Pearson

Jacob Stone

Outstanding Financial Officer/Treasurer Nominees

Mason Kolanowski

Kylee Reinert

Winner: Eric Siegrist

Outstanding Vice President Nominees

Mackenna Byrd

Jay Chapa

Richard Doyle

Lindsay Corwin

Grace McMahon

Winner: Amber Peltier

Outstanding President Nominees

Maya Sanders

Landon Klasuing

Ryan Baldwin

Sara Polanco

Winner: Kayla Quinn

Alexa Iannarelli

Allison Canter 

Jo Ann Litton Outstanding Advisor Nominees

Robin Spring

Caroline Murray

Winner: LeaAnn Tibbe

Outstanding Faculty Member Nominees

Winner: Dr. Adrienne Wallace

Dr. Reginald Blockett

Neal Buckwater

Emerging Leader Award Nominees

Mason Kolanowski

Winner: Morgan Layne

Nick Raak


Organization

Best New Organization Award Nominees

Winner: Hospitality and Tourism Management Club

Art Hills Spirit Award Nominees

Winner: Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Public Relations Student Society of America

Shelia Williams Outstanding Organization Award Nominees

Ad Club

Winner: Lambda Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Seidman IPO

Student Senate

LIFT LGBTQ+. Inclusive. Fitness.Training

Public Relations Student Society of America

Most Improved Organization Award Nominees

Winner: Seidman IPO

Public Relations Student Society of America


Community Service Learning Center

Laker Active Citizen Award

Rebecca Walsh

2nd Place Winner: Maya Sanders

Joel Pagel

1st Place Winner: Julian Sanders

Community Impact Award

1st Place Winner: Alternative Breaks

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority

2nd Place Winner: Lambda Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Club Sports

Game Changers Award

Winner: Men’s Ice Hockey

Rowing

Strength

GV Award

Bowling

Dance

Equestrian

Rifle

Rowing

Winner: Women’s Rugby

Officer of the Year

Gage Thrall – Men’s Ice Hockey

Winner: McKenzie Sandel – Rowing

Hailee Colby – Equestrian

Collin Fox – Rifle

Bri Wisti – Strength

Club of the Year

Women’s Rugby

Men’s Ice Hockey

Rifle

Dance

Winner: Rowing

Women’s Lacrosse


Departments

Outstanding GVSU Department

Political Science

Winner: Advertising and Public Relations

Writing Center Department