The Jaguar Connection linkStudent Life has established leadership opportunities for those students who excel in academic and co-curricular achievements. Faculty and students participate in the nominating process for these opportunities.

  • Student Leadership Awards 2018

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    The Governors State University Student Senate and the Office of Student Life cordially invite you to nominate a student leader, or a student club/organization for recognition in the Celebration of Excellence, annual student leadership awards. Below you will find the nomination categories and descriptions. All nominations will must be submitted through this format. All nominees must be in good standing with GSU. All clubs and organizations must be recognized as an official club/organization by Student Life.

    Event Information:

    6th Annual Student Leadership Awards
    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Noon - 3 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Stage
    RSVP required online via Jaguar Connection. Please RSVP online by April 6

    Leadership Award Categories:

    Complete a nomination for any of the categories: Student Leadership Awards Nomination Form
     

    NOMINATION CATEGORIES:

    Athlete of the Year Award-FEMALE
    The Athlete of the Year Award recognizes female student-athletes for their achievements on the playing fields, as well as in the classroom and their community.  Recipients of this award excel in scholarship, character, and citizenship.

    Athlete of the Year Award-MALE
    The Athlete of the Year Award recognizes male student-athletes for their achievements on the playing fields, as well as in the classroom and their community.  Recipients of this award excel in scholarship, character, and citizenship.

    Outstanding Student Club/Organization Award
    The Outstanding Student Club/Organization Award will be presented to the group that has motivated its membership, demonstrated an example of leadership, presented outstanding programs and events that have enhanced the student experience at GSU. 

    Outstanding Graduate Student Award 
    The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a GSU Graduate student. Each nominee must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. The nominee should have displayed leadership qualities and dedication to co-curricular activities throughout their academic career.

     

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
    The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes a GSU freshman, sophomore, junior or senior student. Each nominee must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The nominee should have displayed leadership qualities and dedication to co-curricular activities and their academic pursuits.

     

    Freshman of the Year Award

    The Freshman of the Year Award will be awarded to a GSU Freshman. Each nominee must be in good standing, with a 3.0 or better. The student should have displayed dedication to their academic career, participation in co-curricular activities and is an individual who is a bright example to their classmates.


    Rising Star Award 
    The Rising Star Award will be presented to a student who exhibits service to a club, organization or program.  Awarded to students in their first or second years of study and who demonstrate initiative, motivation, and potential for continued student leadership within the university.

    New Student Club/Organization of the Year Award
    The New Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to a club/organization formed during the current academic year.  The nominated clubs should demonstrate outstanding involvement in activities and highly visible on campus. 

     Social Media Rock Star Award 

    The Social Media Rock Star recognizes a GSU club/organization that demonstrates a strategically innovative use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat to promote, inform and engage the GSU community of club activities and events. *New Category 2018*

    Jaguar Connection Trendsetter Award

    The Jaguar Connection Trendsetter Award is presented to a GSU club/organization who is highly active and continually leaves their virtual footprint on Jaguar Connection. This organization utilizes each component and feature to engage, inform and interact with the GSU community. *New Category 2018*


    Program of the Year Award
    The Program of the Year Award recognizes the activity, event, or program that best exposed students to opportunities to learn more about themselves and others, promote a sense of campus community and leadership.  Program must be sponsored by a recognized Student Life club/organization. 

    Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award
    The Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award recognizes an outstanding administrative staff or faculty member currently serving as an advisor or co-advisor for the current academic year. The nominee should display outstanding service and dedication to clubs or organizations and student development at GSU.

    Outstanding Support Staff Award
    The Outstanding Support Staff Award recognizes full-time or part-time, staff member at GSU, who has  excelled in providing support and assistance to a club/organization. The recipient has devoted time and service that has played a key role in the organization’s success.displayed outstanding service and support to a recognized student club/organization.  


    Civic Engagement Fellow Award

    The Civic Engagement Fellow is a student who has demonstrated a substantive and positive community impact through involvement and engagement. Recipients of this award not only excel in the areas of leadership and scholarship but also seek to apply these abilities in innovative ways to improve the lives of others on campus. 

    Elaine P. Maimon Award

    The prestigious Elaine P. Maimon Award is presented to the student club/organization President who has shown exemplary leadership in their club through motivation, club management, and the fulfillment of the club's mission.  This student has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout their term of office and has enhanced participation and involvement within their organization, the campus, and the community as a whole.

     

  • Commencement Singer

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    GSU selects a commencement singer based upon vocal ability and strong academic record at the University. The commencement student vocalist sings the National Anthem at the start of their Commencement Ceremony.

    Applications due by April 13, 2017. Click Commencement Singer 2016  to download application.

     To be eligible for consideration as the student vocalist at Commencement 2017,you must meet all of the following criteria and obligations:

     

    1.       For the 2017 Commencement ceremony, eligible participants are:

    ·         2016 December graduates

    ·         2017 Spring candidates for graduation

    ·         2017 Summer candidates for graduation

    ·         You must be in good financial standing with the University in order to participate in this event.

     

    2.       Have a strong academic record (2.5 GPA or higher) and are in good disciplinary standing with the university.

     

    3.       Submit the application form online via Jaguar Connection by Thursday, April  13, 2017

  • Lincoln Laureate

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     Lincoln Laureate BannerEach fall, an outstanding senior from each of the degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

    The Lincoln Laureate honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or, whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name it bears. It is to honor senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in both curricular and extra-curricular programs.

    Applications for the Lincoln Laureate nomination can be retrieved at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LincolnLaureate and are due Friday, October 7, 2016. Please note, a complete application must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. For additional information contact ssanderson@govst.edu.

     

     

  • 2016 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient

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    Samantha Allen -- 2016 Lincoln Laureate


     Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is named a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. The 2016 GSU Lincoln Laureate is Samantha Allen.

    Samantha is currently a Bachelor of Education student in the College of Education.

    The Lincoln Laureate honors individuals whose contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or, whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name it bears. It is to honor senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in both curricular and extra-curricular programs.