2016 Wildcat Excellence Award Recipients

photo of room during wildcat excellence awards 2016

photo of room during wildcat excellence awards 2016

photo of room during wildcat excellence awards 2016

group of student recipients of the wildcat excellence award

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student receiving award

student receiving award

student receiving award

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staff and students applauding winners

Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin

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The Rock Distinguished Contribution Award

This award is given to 6-7 (Senior undergraduate and graduate) students who have displayed outstanding leadership through involvement at Northwestern University and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the campus community. They also display congruence in convictions and morals when leading and have an approach that empowers others, serving as a strong role model for his/her peers.

  • Eliza Abramson for her work with Mayfest, A&O, and as an ASG account executive
  • Kevin Harris for his work as a two term ASG Vice President for Community Relations and Dance Marathon Executive Co-Chair
  • Brad McCandless for his two terms on the Interfraternity Council Executive Board, Dance Marathon, Homecoming, and GreekBuild
  • Catharine McCarter for her work developing Campus Language Connections and her leadership with Wildroots and Northwestern Yearbook
  • Kenny Mok for his work as ASG Vice President for B-status finances, Outreach Chair for Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) and Asian Pacific American Coalition
  • Brandon Nadig for excellence in the arts as StuCo Executive Board member and his work with The Dolphin Show, Jewish Theatre Ensemble, and Dance Marathon
  • Angie Ross for her involvement with Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc. and the National Pan-Hellenic Council

Contributing Student Leader Award

This award is given to 2 upperclassmen students not currently holding an executive board position in a student, community, or work organization. This student demonstrates a tremendous contribution to the success and vitality of an organization, but does not hold a formal leadership role within the organization. This person could be considered an “unsung hero” within the organization.

  • Sierra Boone for her work within the National Association of Black Journalists and Blackboard
  • Kevin Luong for his contributions to Asian Pacific American Coalition and the establishment of the Asian American Studies Major

Emerging Leader Award

This award is given to 2 first or second year students not currently holding an executive board position in a student, community, or work organization that demonstrates tremendous leadership potential on or off campus.

  • Ben Powell for his work within ASG as a Senator and member of the Rules Committee and the Executive Board Selection Committee
  • Michelle Sanders for her engagement with Engage Chicago, Black Lives Matter NU, Center for Civic Engagement, and UnShackleNU

Outstanding Innovative Collaboration

This award recognizes at least two groups who have built a meaningful partnership to develop a program or initiative that has positively impacted the Northwestern community. These groups have shown a commitment to relationship building by working collectively towards a common purpose.

  • End the “R” Word Week, a collaboration between Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics, Brady Scholars, Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education, Best Buddies, Neuro Club, and Autism Speaks focused on changing perceptions within the community surrounding ability

Outstanding Community Service Event

This award is awarded to an undergraduate student organization that conducted an outstanding one-time community service event on or off campus.

  • NU Gives Back for their work engaging 330 student volunteers with service sites within the Evanston and Chicago communities, particularly focused on poverty related issues

Outstanding On-Going Community Service Program

This award is given to an undergraduate student organization that conducted an outstanding continuous community service event on or off campus.

  • Jumpstart for their volunteer program coordinating 30 student volunteers to help children from low-income neighborhoods develop the language and literacy skills and close the achievement gap, leading to 300 hours of serve annually.

Outstanding Social Justice Initiative

The award is given to an undergraduate student organization that has committed themselves to bridging differences and creating a more engaged and inclusive campus community through meaningful programming and initiatives which facilitates full and equal access to an equitable and inclusive Northwestern experience.

  • Fight for Freedom for their work raising awareness about human trafficking and modern-day slavery and their engagement in conversations about corporate social responsibility

Outstanding Theatrical Performance

This award is given to an undergraduate student organization that has produced an outstanding theatrical production. This award recognizes a production that stands out for its artistic value and continues to build upon the great cultural character of Northwestern’s student performing arts scene.

  • Lipstick Theater’s For Colored Girls, a play featuring a group of Black women who told personal stories of pain, joy, sorrow and violence and for the activism demonstrated by the cast

Outstanding Performing Arts Production

This award is given to an undergraduate student organization that has produced an outstanding performing arts production. This award recognizes a production that stands out for its artistic value and continues to build upon the great cultural character of Northwestern’s student performing arts scene.

  • Alice Millar Chapel Choir for the Alice Millar Birthday Concert featuring music from Haydn's Dixit Dominus, Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, & Still's Ennanga

Outstanding Graduate Student Organization

This award is given to a graduate or professional student organization that has demonstrated, through programming, a commitment to embracing and improving the Northwestern community.

  • Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies for their work promoting conversations on indigeneity and Indigenous populations in the Americas and the transnational imaginary on campus

Outstanding New Student Organization

The award is given to a new (existing no more than two years) undergraduate student organization that has demonstrated outstanding potential toward improving the Northwestern community.

  • St. Baldrick’s for their first time fundraising event that educated attendees about pediatric cancer research, engaged 26 shavees, and raising over $10,500

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization

This award is given to an undergraduate student organization that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to embracing and improving the Northwestern community.

  • Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. for their work promoting awareness of the Asian/Asian American culture and heritage through cultural, social, educational, and community service activities, advocating for women’s rights and combating the violence against women, and for their fundraising efforts
    • Inaugural year of their Athena scholarship
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month programming
    • Partnership for Dance Marathon
    • Healthy Relationship programming with MARS and SHAPE
    • Career panel with AKPsi, SWE, and Phi Delta Epsilon.
    • Pan-Asian Formal with CSA, TASC, VSA, Kaibigan.
    • Hosted “But Where Are You REALLY From? A Panel on Being Asian In America,” with several professors on campus.
    • “Tested Documentary Screening and Q&A” event with director Curtis Chin.
    • Organized 11 fundraisers and donated $3,750+ to various organizations, more than a 400% increase in donations than the previous year.

Outstanding Advisor Award

This award is given to an advisor of a student organization who has demonstrated outstanding commitment in their role. The award recipient functions as an integral part of the organization, enthusiastically supporting the membership and mission of the organization. This award is available to both undergraduate and graduate organization advisors.

  • Doug Medin for his four year long tenure as the advisor to the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance

Outstanding Student Employee

This award is given to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in their work, personal conduct, and commitment by going above and beyond their position within Student Affairs. The student has demonstrated initiative, strong work ethic and dedication to their job.

  • Carmen Mackins for her work within the office of Student Engagement and formerly with Norris Events Planning

Outstanding Campus Partner Award

This award recognizes a faculty or staff member not a part of Student Affairs who has been an outstanding partner with Student Affairs on a significant initiative to improve the Northwestern experience for students.

  • Maria Sanchez (Assistant Athletics Director/Academics and Student Development) for her work with Black Student Experience Committee and her partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs

Vice President’s Award

This award is selected by Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin to two students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the Northwestern community in their time as leaders and students.

  • Kyle Allen-Niesen and Diego Hen