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UW Student Organization Awards Recognize Excellence During Pandemic

May 3, 2021

University of Wyoming student-led organizations were recently honored for their overall work, especially for overcoming many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic this past year.

UW’s Student Orgs and Entertainment office hosted the annual event. Recipients were honored for innovation in providing care and support to members during the past year. Erik Kahl, the UW Center for Student Involvement and Leadership associate director, says student organizations on campus answered the call this past year.

“From delivering care packages to members in isolation or quarantine to writing letters to nurses and residents of area nursing homes, it is clear that, when it comes to impact and making a difference, ‘Cowboys Can,’” Kahl says.

The UW Student Orgs and Entertainment office presented the following awards:

Sara Axelson Outstanding Student Organization Award: Mortar Board. The award was renamed in 2017 for retiring Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson in recognition of her dedication and support to student organizations. The winner of the award showed contribution and service to UW students; demonstrated commitment toward the organization’s purpose, character and citizenship; and provided support to fellow student organizations, community service and visibility on campus.

Officer of the Year Award: Two leaders were recognized: Sarah Bentlage, Delta Delta Delta-Theta Eta Chapter, and Riley Skorcz, community organization. The award recognizes an individual leader within a student organization who has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his or her term of office; enhanced participation and involvement; and shown immense dedication to the organization.

Adviser of the Year Award: Kristi Wallin, Delta Delta Delta-Theta Eta Chapter. The award recognizes an adviser who is committed to serving UW students, and who continually contributes and participates in the student organization he or she advises.

Best In-Person or Virtual Event Award: Central Asian Awareness Day, Central Asian Student Association. The award recognizes the hard work and dedication that are put into a student organization’s unique and successful event on campus.

Best Social Media Post/Campaign Award: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award is given to the organization that purposefully developed content to educate, advocate, connect and/or bring awareness to a topic via social media in alignment with the organization’s mission and purpose.

Community Service Award: Chi-O Cares, Chi Omega-Psi Delta Chapter. The award recognizes one student organization that has demonstrated community service efforts; has a large number of members who participate in service; and has influenced the community in a substantial way. 

Teamwork Award: Joint Engineering Council. The award recognizes a student organization that puts in constant effort to collaborate with other student organizations and departments on campus.

Poster of the Year Award: UW Esports Club for the remote “Cowboy Roundup” event. The award recognizes a student organization’s creativity in promoting the organization’s event or meeting.

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