The 2017 Excellence Awards Banquet recognizes the efforts of UNCG’s outstanding student groups and leaders. All student groups and leaders are encouraged to apply. Applications will be open starting Thursday, February 15 and will close on Wednesday, March 22. All winners will be announced at the banquet on Monday, April 17, 2017. Mark your calendars!
Entrance to the Excellence Awards Banquet will be by tickets only and seating is limited. Each recognized student group is limited to 8 tickets that should be reserved by the group President. Click here to reserve your tickets!
The 2016 Excellence Award categories are as follows:
- Emerging Student Leader
- Outstanding Student Leader
- Group Excellence in Innovation
- Group Excellence in Advocacy
- Group Excellence in Community Service
- Outstanding New Student Group
- Outstanding Student Group Advisor
- Spartan Leadership Award
*Below are a list of award descriptions
**Please keep in mind that the Outstanding Student Group Advisor award must be completed by the student group who is nominating their advisor. When nominating an organization or project, please provide the name and email of a person who can adequately fill out the application such as an organization Executive Board member.
Excellence Awards Policies
- Individuals and groups can be nominated by faculty and/or staff to win one of the awards, but it is the responsibility of the nominee to fill out the application to be considered for the award. The additional application information MUST be completed by the nominee in order to be considered by the Selection Committee.
- Tickets to the awards ceremony can be reserved through Eventbrite from March 2-April 1. Reserving does not guarantee admission; only tickets will guarantee entry and will be made clear to student group presidents.
- Ticketing will be strictly on a physical ticket entry ONLY. Students including nominees, winners, and presenters will be required to come by the CAP office or visit a table in the EUC Commons from April 4-15 to pick up a printed ticket. Tickets are collected at the Cone Ballroom entrance the night of the banquet.
- Students who nominate their advisor for the Outstanding Student Group Advisor award will be responsible for getting a ticket for their advisor and assuring their attendance.
Excellence Awards Criteria
- Applicants must be full time undergraduate or graduate student of the University at the time of nomination in order for their applications to be considered.
- Recipients, both group and individual, can only receive an award twice in consecutive years.
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduate applicants; minimum GPA of 3.00 for graduate applicants
- All student group or individual projects referred to in applications must have happened in the 2016-2017 academic year.
- The Activities & Campus Events (ACE) board is exempt from student group awards due to their special circumstances regarding financial support, staff support, and programming nature of their group. Individual ACE members however ARE eligible for individual awards [Spartan Leadership, Outstanding Student Leader and Emerging Student Leader].
- Individuals and student groups must be in good academic standing and have a good conduct standing with the University.
- Each award may have additional criteria
Emerging Student Leader – presented to an outstanding first year undergraduate or transfer student who has made noticeable contributions to student life on campus. The recipient should have demonstrated initiative by taking leadership roles within at least one student organization; seek opportunities and actively attempt to improve the University by creating positive change; show promise as a future leader for UNCG.
Spartan Leadership Awards – presented to ten (10) undergraduate or graduate students of UNCG who have demonstrated outstanding spirit, leadership and service. These students exemplify UNCG values with leadership, commitment, respect for others, and going beyond the call of duty. Students will be chosen from the remaining applicants of the Individual Excellence Awards.
Outstanding Student Group Advisor – (to be completed by a student group on behalf of their advisor) presented to a faculty or staff member to be recognized for his/her work with a student group in development of students, their leadership skills and creativity, as well as group development. This individual should have made significant contributions to the UNCG community, is aware of University policies and procedures, and serve as an advisor VOLUNTARILY (it is not part of their job/professional responsibilities). As an advisor, he/she must have maintained regular communication with the student group, regularly attended meetings and/or events, and understand the group’s mission.
Outstanding Student Leader – presented to an individual, undergraduate or graduate level, who has exemplified a balance of personal and academic excellence, and meaningful leadership involvement in the UNCG community. The individual must have completed leadership training or orientation programs, and either: a) participated in a student group, b) been employed by the University, and/or c) participated in a committee
Group Excellence in Innovation – presented to a group for demonstrating innovative and creative programming in a single event or on an ongoing basis. Achievements in planning, delegation, execution, promotion, and presentation of programs will be taken into consideration. This group must have demonstrated effective use of available resources, promotion and marketing efforts, and considered the diverse population of student audiences. Clarity and achievement of the program’s stated goals and objectives are essential.
Group Excellence in Advocacy – presented to a student group for their commitment to equality and solidarity in the UNCG community. This group challenges our community to be one based on fairness, calls for direct action to implement social change, and helps students realize their potential. They must demonstrate a strong desire for improving cultural, socioeconomic, and gender role understanding, and have bridged the many groups represented on campus.
Group Excellence in Community Service – presented to a student group based on overall community service efforts. These efforts could consist of a one-time program or a series of programs during an academic year, up to the application deadline. Consideration for recognition is based on how closely the series of programs reflects the group’s mission, student participation in development and execution, effective use of available resources, and the impact of the service in meeting the community’s needs.
Outstanding New Student Group – presented to a recognized student group that has existed for no more than two years and demonstrates great promise for improving the quality of campus and community life. This organization has filled a niche on campus and engages in creative, collaborative, and resourceful efforts with responsibility. All programming done by the student group must show effectiveness in relation to their stated purpose and goals. Areas of importance are membership, establishment of working relationships, impact on campus community, participation in CAP sponsored leadership programs, and academic excellence.