BY HANNAH KESTLY
The 37th annual Norbertine Leadership and Service Awards program is set to take place on April 25, 2015, in Michels Ballroom.
This program celebrates lives lived in service to the common good through several awards: the Exemplary Leadership Award, Awards of Distinction, the Beloved Community Social Justice Award, the Internship Awards, Educator of the Year Awards and Student Organization Awards.
Award recipients in all categories are selected by committees made up of staff, faculty and students, and those selected to receive awards are presented with them at the ceremony in April.
Nominations are still being accepted for all awards, and faculty, staff or fellow students are encouraged to submit nominations for students actively involved in leadership and service on campus and in the community.
The Exemplary Leadership Award honors students who have made outstanding contributions to meaningful change on campus, locally, nationally or beyond. Senior recipients of Exemplary Leadership Awards receive a medal to wear at graduation. Nominations for this award are due on Monday, Feb. 16.
“Exemplary Leadership awards are a great way for students to recognize friends that are doing really good things on campus,” said Dr. Corday Goddard, Associate Dean of Student Development. “Filling out a nomination takes only a few minutes.”
Awards of Distinction recognize students’ contributions during their entire time at St. Norbert College. Students apply for these awards themselves, and this application requires a list of involvements and two short answer questions. A few of the scholarships also require additional essays.
Over $35,000 in scholarships and cash awards is given out every year for the Awards of Distinction, including two $10,000 scholarships. Students can apply for all of the Awards of Distinction for which they meet the criteria. Applications are due on Monday, Feb. 23.
One student and one faculty or staff member are recognized annually with the Beloved Community Social Justice Award. This award is given specifically to recognize people that have impacted the campus community, fulfilling the vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beloved Community.” Nominations for this award are due on Friday, Feb. 27.
The Internship Awards are sponsored by Career Services, and recognize two outstanding student interns and one outstanding internship site each year. The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 27.
Student Organization Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of student organizations on campus. Some awards are nomination based, and others are determined by reports submitted to Leadership, Student Engagement and First Year Experience.
Educator of the Year Awards are open for all campus employees. Nominees for the awards should be faculty or staff members that actively contribute to the college community beyond the call of duty to inspire and empower students. Nominations for Educator of the year are due on Friday, Feb. 27.
“This award is another great opportunity for students to recognize someone that is important to them, and it’s really special for recipients to be recognized by students in this way,” said Dr. Goddard.
Last year’s Educator of the Year recipients were Dr. Eric High, Assistant Professor of Music, and William Faulk, Assistant Director of Alumni and Student Programs. They will serve as the emcees for this year’s ceremony.