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Banquet

In the spring of each year, the Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet is held to recognize our student leaders for their outstanding service and commitment to the College.  Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to nominate deserving students.  Self nominations are also encouraged.

There are five award categories: Outstanding Student Leader, Excellence in Leadership, Outstanding Senior, Leadership in LGBTQAI Advocacy, and Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Please see the description and criteria for each award below.

Nomination instructions.   Thoroughly complete all sections of the appropriate nomination forms.  Because these awards are selective, it is imperative that you provide as much detailed information as possible regarding the nominee’s leadership role(s). It is appropriate to ask the student for information if necessary.  Links to Word documents as well as PDF versions of the nomination forms are provided with each description. 

To nominate a student for an award, please complete and submit the nomination form for those accomplishments that were (or are anticipated to be) achieved between May 2014 and May 2015.  The awards are determined by the Student Leadership Awards Committee, a group whose membership includes both student and staff members.

Outstanding Student Leader Award      Word version    PDF version

This award is for those students who have assumed leadership roles on campus and/or in the community and who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities.  The criteria for this award include involvement level, responsibility, commitment, management skills, role modeling, and outstanding contribution to the campus and community.  Nominees must be in good academic and social standing.  In essence, we are looking for those students who have been exemplary role models for other students and who have contributed to the College above and beyond their academic or employment commitments. 

Excellence In Leadership Award      Word version    PDF version

This award will give special recognition for up to five well-rounded student leaders.  In addition to the outstanding student leader criteria, nominees for this award are students who have had significant, in-depth experiences and have been consistent in their participation in voluntary leadership positions at Cortland.  These student leaders will have significantly contributed to the College community.  Nominees must be in good academic and social standing. Please note that all nominations received for this award will automatically be considered for the Outstanding Student Leader Award. This award is also determined by the Student Leadership Awards Committee.

Outstanding Senior Award      Word version     PDF version

This award will recognize one student who is eligible to walk in the May 2015 graduation ceremonies.  Nominees for this award are students who have had significant, in-depth experiences as a student leader through voluntary service to the College for a period of at least two years in a variety of capacities as well as exhibiting solid academic achievement, good social standing and sound character. Please note that all completed nominations for this award will automatically be considered for the Outstanding Student Leader Award.  This award is determined by the President's Cabinet.

Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion        Word version    PDF version

This award is for student(s) who have demonstrated leadership in advocating for diversity. These student(s) have embraced diversity, and incorporated equity and inclusion into their leadership role(s) on and/or in the community. The criteria for this award include involvement in multiple areas of multicultural life and diversity and demonstrated responsibility, commitment, management skills and role modeling. Please note that all completed nominations for this award will automatically be considered for the Outstanding Student Leader Award.

Leadership in LGBTQAI Advocacy      Word version    PDF version

This award is for student(s) who have demonstrated leadership in advocacy for the LGBTQAI community. These student(s) have also demonstrated commitment, responsiblity, management skills and role modeling of inclusion making SUNY Cortland a community where all students feel safe, wanted and welcomed. Please note that all completed nominations for this award will automatically be considered for the Outstanding Student Leader Award.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kate Boland, Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Development, at 753-2034 or via e-mail at marykate.boland@cortland.edu