Student Life Awards

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.


2022 Student Life Awards Nominees & Winners


Programming

Care for Community Award Nominees

Alpha Phi Omega - Volunteer Service

PRSSA - Soft Skills Starter Pack

Winner: More Than a Meal - March for Meals

More Than a Meal

More Than a Meal - March for Meals

Outstanding Educational Program Award Nominees

CAB - Diversity, Equity, and Healthy Masculinity with Carlos Andrew Gomez

Laker Racing Formula SAE - Collegiate Design Competition Workshop & Mentorship Series

Winner: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Real Deal With the Doulas

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Real Deal With the Doulas

Outstanding Cultural Program Nominees

CAB - Dominican Dance Night

CAB - Seeing Red with Ebony Stewart

CAB - Diversity, Equity, and Health Masculinity with Carlos Andrew Gomez

Winner: Asian Student Union - Asian New Year Festival

Asian Student Union - Asian New Year Festival

Asian Student Union - Asian New Year Festival

Collaboration in Programming

Residence Housing Association/CAB/OSL/STAGE - Haunted Arboretum

CAB/Tabletop Gaming Club/Laker Food Co./RecWell - Winterfest

Winner: CAB/La Tertulia/Laker Food Co. - Dominican Dance Night

CAB/La Tertulia/Campus Dining - Dominican Dance Night

CAB/La Tertulia/Campus Dining - Dominican Dance Night

Program of the Year Award Nominees

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - ProteKt Yourself

CAB - Homecoming

Pre-Dental Club - Manual Dexterity Night

Film Academy - Film Awards

CAB - Laker Kickoff

CAB - Welcome Week Tie Dye

Laker Formula Racing SAE - Collegiate Design Competition Workshop & Mentorship Series

Winner: Residence Housing Association/CAB/OSL/STAGE - Haunted Arboretum

Residence Housing Association/CAB/OSL/STAGE - Haunted Arboretum

Residence Housing Association/CAB/OSL/STAGE - Haunted Arboretum


Individual

Outstanding General Member Nominees

Andrew Tran - Asian Student Union

Garrett McGuirt - WHALE

Brynn Barckholtz - CAB

Chris Welmerick - Subject to Change

Jada Kaufmann - NSSLHA

Erin Westberg - CAB

Michaela Triemstra - Swim & Dive

Cody Theil - AIGA

Winner: Abraham Bingham - Filipinx American Student Association

Outstanding President Nominees

Amanda Paler - Dance Troupe

Brooke Keck - Alternative Breaks

Marian Reid - Asian Student Union

Autumn Mueller - Student Senate

Breezy Rusher - African Student Council

Taegen Byers - Students For Choice 

McKenzie Sandel - Rowing

Hayley Blair - Farm Club

Emma Fitzgerald - SWCS

Annabelle Kopcan - NSSLHA

Mason Kolanwoski - Subject to Change

Gretta Robbins - Delta Sigma Pi

Veronica Lidy - Swim & Dive

Maya Deciechi - Hunger & Homelessness

Emma Nelson - PRSSA

Jay Chapa - CAB

Jasmine Wilson - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Joshua DeVries - College Republicans 

Winner: Dylan Clemons-Midgett - Alpha Kappa Psi

Outstanding Faculty Member Nominees

Kathryn Christopher

Anthony Spencer

Lorie Jager

Laura Schnieder

Darren Walhof

Adrienne Wallace

Thomas Pentecost

Mary Karpen

Kristin Renkema

Robin Spring

Karen Niemchick

Julia VanderMolen

Corrina Campau

Brittland DeKorver

Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein

Winner: Quincy Williams

Emerging Leader Award Nominees

Katelyn Brnjac - Alpha Sigma Tau

Davon Whitfield - Impact the Movement

Steven Lawrence - CAB

Logyn Miller

MaryJo Buechler

Juston Wolters - W8GVU Amateur Radio

Erin Westberg - CAB

Winner: Lauren Stitt - PRSSA

Outstanding Financial Officer/Treasurer Nominees

Megan Lynch - Women's Club Lacrosse

Carolyn Morgan - Alternative Breaks

Ryan Forman - Esports

Keane Ludovico - Filipinx American Student Association

Jacob Joanis - Swim & Dive

Lauren Thomas - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Winner: Angela Iott - Gamma Phi Beta & Softball

Angela Iott - Gamma Phi Beta & Softball

Angela Iott - Gamma Phi Beta & Softball

Outstanding Vice President Nominees

Trevor Blood - College Republicans

Faith Kidd - Student Senate

Jesse Schmitt - PRSSA

Kyla Marquez - Filipinx American Student Association 

Samantha Sager - Swim & Dive

Krysta Rydecki - Data Science Society

Elias Giannakopoulos - Seidman IPO

RaKya Collins - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Samuel "Sam" Jacobs - CAB

Brooklyn Chaffee - CAB

Winner: Lillian "Lilly" Baker - CAB

Lillian "Lilly" Baker - CAB

Lillian "Lilly" Baker - CAB

Jo Ann Litton Outstanding Advisor Nominees

Zach Jacobs - RHA

Melissa Baker-Boosamra - Student Senate

Katie Perschbacher - Alpha Sigma Tau 

Alexis Schewe - Pre-Dental Club

Katie Garrett - CAB

Dr. Adrienne Wallace - PRSSA

Winner: Dr. Nicholas Baine - Formula SAE Racing & W8GVU Amateur Radio

Dr. Nicholas Baine - Formula SAE Racing & W8GVU Amateur Radio

Dr. Nicholas Baine - Formula SAE Racing & W8GVU Amateur Radio


Organization

Best New Organization Award Nominees

QSTEM

More Than a Meal

Yarn Arts Club

Club 13

Students Feed Families

Women in Medicine & Science

Winner: Filipinx American Student Association

Filipinx American Student Association

Filipinx American Student Association

Art Hills Spirit Award Nominees

Women's Club Lacrosse

Swim & Dive

Winner: Campus Activities Board

Campus Activities Board

Campus Activities Board

Shelia Williams Outstanding Organization Award Nominees

Esports Club

PRSSA

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Winner: Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks

Most Improved Organization Award Nominees

College Republicans

Women's Club Lacrosse

WHALE Radio

Habitat for Humanity

Swim & Dive

Winner: A Capella GrooVe!

A Capella GrooVe!

A Capella GrooVe!


Community Service Learning Center

Community Impact Award

More Than a Meal

American Cancer Society

Alternative Breaks

Winner: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Laker Active Citizen Award

Jordan Stewart

Erin Brady

Samuel "Sam" Jacobs

Brooklyn Chaffee

Winner: Amiya Carreras

Amiya Carreras

Amiya Carreras


Club Sports

GV Award

Laker Dance Team

Women's Hockey

Bass Anglers

Winner: Women’s Rugby

Women's Rugby Registration Form

Women's Rugby

Officer of the Year

McKenzie Cain - Women's Rugby

Mckenzie Sandel - Rowing

Veronica Lidy - Swim & Dive

Jacob Joanis - Swim & Dive

Megan Lynch - Women's Lacrosse

Aidan Kraus - Men's Volleyball

Lauren Mow - Women's Basketball

Winner: AJ Clark - Tennis

AJ Clark - Tennis

AJ Clark - Tennis

Club of the Year

Women's Basketball

Wrestling

Swim & Dive

Bowling

Winner: Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey

Game Changers Award

Women Basketball

Bass Anglers

Tennis

Women's Lacrosse

Winner: Bowling



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