Each year the University recognizes current students who have achieved excellence in leadership through active engagement in the campus community and greater Asheville community. The LEAP (Leadership. Excellence. Achievement. Partnership.) Student Leadership Awards have become a staple of student life to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, and recognize the staff and faculty that have supported their efforts. The Selection Committee for this ceremony relies on the nominations of the campus community in order to provide full consideration to talented individuals in a number of award categories described on this form.
Carolyn Briggs Diversity Award
Description: In order to foster human dignity through acts of civility and respect we must understand one another, or at the least, seek to. Through outstanding efforts to increase diversity awareness and intercultural understanding, student organizations and individuals contribute to the betterment of the university environment as a whole. This award will be presented to the student organization or student who has excelled in the promotion of diversity in the university community.
Criteria: Explain how the student, student organization/student group, event or program best exemplifies this distinction through their efforts to increase awareness and intercultural understanding. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Champion for Students Award – Nominations must be made by students
Description: Student organizations/student groups and student leaders are regularly supported by staff and faculty who take a genuine interest in their growth and development. This award will be presented to a staff or faculty member who empowers students, displays commitment to student development, and has a positive impact on the student community.
Criteria: Describe how this person has taken an active role in the growth and development of student leaders and/or organizations/groups and has made a positive impact on students and/or student organizations. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Collaboration of the Year
Description: The Collaboration of the Year award is designed to recognize the best collaborative effort as evidenced by partner relationships, teamwork, and outcomes achieved. This award recognizes an on-campus event in which 2 or more organizations/groups worked together to affect the campus community. This award will be presented to the student organizations/groups that demonstrate a successful collaboration.
Criteria: Describe how the student organizations/student groups created a solid collaboration through developed relationships, teamwork, and successfully achieving goals collectively. Elaborate on a specific project which demonstrates the successful collaboration and its impact on the University. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Student Leader of the Year Award (Junior or Senior)
Description: This award will be presented to a junior or a senior, including transfer students, who has exemplified a balance of personal and academic excellence, and meaningful leadership involvement in the UNC Asheville community. The individual must have engaged in leadership opportunities across campus, and either: a) participated in a student group, b) been employed by the University, c) participated in a committee and/or d) engaged in an initiative that advances the university mission. This student consistently motivates and encourages others. The Outstanding Leader provides vision, leadership, and challenges fellow students to do their best. This person should be an effective communicator and a positive role model.
Criteria: Describe how this person has taken an active part in leadership at UNC Asheville, how they have made a positive impact in the University community, and the future impact this student may have as a leader in their community. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list and ensure the student is a junior or senior.
Emerging Student Leader Award (Freshman or Sophomore)
Description: This award will be presented to a first or second year, including transfer students, who has made noticeable contributions to student life on campus. The recipient should have demonstrated initiative by taking leadership roles; seek opportunities and actively attempt to improve the University by creating positive change; show promise as a future leader for UNC Asheville. This person should be an effective communicator and a positive role model.
Criteria: Describe how this person has taken an active part in leadership at UNC Asheville, how they have made a positive impact in the University community, and their potential for future impact at UNC Asheville. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list and ensure the student is a freshman or sophomore.
Program of the Year Award
Description: This award will be presented to the individual student or student group implementing the most outstanding campus program that benefitted the University and/or community. Outstanding programs include programs that contribute to the advancement of a diverse culture on campus and appeal to a varied audience. They are identified through high levels of attendance, involvement and engagement among the student body and the larger community.
Criteria: Describe how this program benefitted the University and/or community, included successful
promotion/publicity, encouraged organizational participation and group effort, and utilized effective pre-planning and implementation. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Student Organization of the Year Award
Description: This award will be given to the official university student organization that has contributed the most to the growth and development of the University community. Organizations under consideration for this award have yielded successful results in membership participation, event planning and implementation, and/or educating the student body on important or timely issues.
Criteria: Describe the methods, programs, or educational events provided by the student organization during the academic year. Expand upon at least one of these areas by providing a description of the work, the event, or the results which details the importance or timeliness of the issue. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Student Employee of the Year
Description: This award will be given to the student who consistently gives of their time and energy for the betterment of the organization. This student consistently goes above and beyond the expectations of the position duties and encourages fellow employees to be equally committed to a job well done.
Criteria: Describe how this person takes an active part in job duties and exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding employee as well as how this individual has made an impact in the organization. Include supervisory responsibilities or ways in which the student encourages others to go above and beyond. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Adelaide Daniels Key Community-Engaged Learning Award
Description: The Community-Engaged Learning Award is given to a student who is an exemplary model of how community-engaged practices strengthen academic learning. The student demonstrates significant contributions in the area of service-learning or community-based research through a strong commitment to a community partnership that synthesizes “real world” issues with an academic course or project in order to produce measurable benefits for the community. The student demonstrates outstanding academic performance and positive community impact.
Criteria: Describe how the student meets the description above through specific examples of their service learning work that include the service, the process, and the benefit to the community and how it was measured.
Student Employee Supervisor Award
Description: This award will be given to the student employee supervisor who consistently gives of their time and energy for the betterment of their student employee(s). This supervisor exemplifies strong training, coaching, planning, delegating, and employee development skills and encourages employees to be committed to a job well done.
Criteria: Describe how this person exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding supervisor as well as how this person helped you achieve your highest potential professionally, academically, and/or personally. Include ways in which the supervisor encouraged student staff to develop their skills and excel at their job duties. Please give specific examples in a bulleted list.
Outstanding Non-traditional Student Leader
Description: The Non-Traditional Student Leadership Award is presented to a non-traditional student who has demonstrated great promise, outstanding achievement, and/or creativity in providing solutions, ideas, advisement, and support to the campus whereby that work serves as a catalyst for advancing the university’s mission. Nominees also contribute positively to the campus community through university involvement.
Nontraditional students are defined as meeting one of seven characteristics: delayed enrollment into postsecondary education; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent for financial aid purposes; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma.
William and Ida Friday Award for Community Service (Outstanding Community Service)
Description: The William and Ida Friday Award honors the graduate outstanding in the service to the community at large. This award, established at UNC Asheville in 2000, is named for a husband and wife who played leading roles in North Carolina for a half a century. William Friday was president of The University of North Carolina for 30 years and ranked as one of the most important American university presidents of the post-World War II era. Though he retired in 1986, he and Mrs. Friday continued to offer their unequaled knowledge and influence to advance numerous causes for the betterment of North Carolina until his passing in 2012. He served until his death as the President emeritus of The University of North Carolina, and a University Distinguished Professor of Honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.