University Seeks Nominations for Student Club Awards

The Texas A&M International University Office of Student Development is accepting applications through Tuesday, April 1 for six Student Organization Awards.

Nomination forms for the Outstanding Community Service, Most Outstanding Sponsor, Leader of the Year, Freshman Excellence, Most Active Student Organization, and Coolest Shirt Award are available from the University's Office of Student Development, located in the Kinesiology and Convocation Center room 107.

Awards will be presented during a Student Organization Awards Reception to be held at the University's Great Room on April 10.

The Outstanding Community Service Award recognizes the chartered student organization that has greatly contributed to the A&M International community and the community of Laredo. Any chartered student organization may be nominated by the organization's members or sponsor.

The Outstanding Sponsor Award recognizes the sponsors of chartered student organizations for their energy, enthusiasm, and outstanding abilities. Sponsors may nominate themselves or be nominated by the organizations' members or co-sponsor. Nominations forms should provide a detailed description of the sponsor's interest, dedication, and commitment to the development of student leadership. Recipient will be chosen based on personal and professional characteristics, activities and duties performed, leadership skill development, and level of impact.

The Leader of the Year Award gives special recognition to the A&M International undergraduate or graduate student who possesses outstanding leadership qualities. Nominees must have been active members of a chartered student organization during the 1996-1997 academic year. Each organization may nominate one member for this award. Recipient will be chosen based on leadership, activities and duties performed, level of impact, creativity, and activities and projects organized by the nominee.

The Freshman Excellence Award honors a freshman who has been involved in student organizations and who possesses outstanding leadership qualities. Nominees must have no more than 30 credit hours and must have been an active member of a chartered student organization during the 1995-1996 academic year. Student organization members and sponsors may nominate one member of their organization for this award. Recipient will be chosen based on leadership skills, activities and duties performed, level of impact, creativity, and activities and projects organized by the nominee.

The Most Active Student Organization of the Year recognizes the chartered student organization that has demonstrated considerable involvement in on-campus events, community service projects, fundraising endeavors, student activities, and conference participation. Nominations may be submitted by a chartered student organization's members or sponsor. Recipients will be chosen based on active participation in on-campus events, community service, fundraising endeavors, student activities, and conference participation.

The Coolest Shirt Award recognizes the student organization that has a creative, attractive shirt that best visually promotes the organization. Members or sponsors of a chartered student organization may nominate their club's official shirt. Nominated shirts will be displayed in the Kinesiology and Convocation Center and members of the student body will vote April 2 - 9 to determine the winner.

To be considered for any of the Student Organization Awards, completed nomination forms must be returned to the University's Office of Student Development by 5:00 p.m., April 1.

For more information on the nominations for the University's Student Organization Awards, call the Office of Student Development, 326-2280, or visit offices in the Kinesiology and Convocation Center room 107.

University office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday -Friday.

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