Call for Nominations: Student Leadership and Humanitarian Recognition Awards

From the Vice President for Student Affairs
Applications and nominations are requested for the following student awards. The deadline for nominations for all awards is Friday, February 27.

Student Leadership Awards

  • Mildred Keller Campbell Leadership Award
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Student Humanitarian Awards

  • Luis M. Antonetti Student Humanitarian Award
  • Minnie and Joe Engel Student Humanitarian Award
  • Phillip Santa Maria Memorial Award

Nomination forms are available online and from the Academic and Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519; the Student Life Office, Campbell Student Union 400; the Dean of Students Office, Campbell Student Union 306; United Students Government, Campbell Student Union 402; the Student Union Information Desk, Campbell Student Union lobby; Residence Life, Porter Hall; the Career Development Center, Cleveland Hall 306; Weigel Health Center; and the Intercollegiate Athletics Office, Sports Arena. Completed nomination folders must be submitted to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Office, Campbell Student Union 306, by the specified deadline, Friday, February 27.

For additional information, contact Charles B. Kenyon, associate vice president and dean of students, 878-4618, or Dolores Battle, co-chair, President’s Council on Equity and Campus Diversity, 878-6210 for the Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity.

The Mildred Keller Campbell Leadership Award
The Mildred Keller Campbell Leadership Award recognizes a Buffalo State College student whose work has had a positive impact on student life and who has excelled as an extracurricular leader among students on campus. The award is offered annually to an undergraduate student based on the evaluation of the nominee’s leadership credentials in accordance with established criteria. A plaque and award citing the recipient’s distinction is presented at a ceremony held in the spring semester, and the recipient may receive a monetary award, pending availability of funds.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate student.
  • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed at Buffalo State College.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Strong record of extracurricular leadership at Buffalo State College, demonstrated through personal development, campus organizational leadership, and citizenship and community service.

Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award 2008–2009
For nearly seven decades, Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges has assisted in the tradition of furthering the aims of higher education by recognizing and rewarding academic excellence on a national level. Buffalo State is among the 1,900 institutions participating in this national program. As a lifetime benefit, students selected for inclusion in Who’s Who are entitled to use a free reference/placement service when seeking postgraduate employment or fellowships. A certificate citing the recipient’s distinction is presented at a ceremony held in the spring.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate junior or senior with a minimum of 24 credit hours completed at Buffalo State and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Strong record of leadership at Buffalo State, demonstrated through personal development, organizational leadership, citizenship, and community service.

Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity
For 25 years, Dr. Phillip Santa Maria served as dean of students at Buffalo State College. During his tenure, he was recognized both on campus and throughout the community for his leadership on a variety of diversity and social justice issues. The Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity has been established in his honor and will be given annually to recognize students who exemplify Dr. Santa Maria’s commitment to service, social justice, and diversity.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit nominations of student leaders who exemplify his commitment to service, social justice, and diversity through promoting respect for diversity and individual differences in their activities, projects, discussions, or their leadership with student organizations and groups for this purpose.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students at Buffalo State College who are in good standing with the college.

Criteria:

The recipients must have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of respect for diversity and individual differences through their roles in organizing discussions, curricular experiences, out of classroom experiences, special projects, or programming that goes beyond that usually expected of a student.

  • Recipients must demonstrate leadership in encouraging their peers to embrace diversity and to appreciate the benefits of diversity on campus, in the community, and in their everyday lives.
  • Recipients must have created or played a significant leadership role in initiatives or programs that promote access, equity, or social justice in relation to the diversity of thought, diversity of experiences, and diversity of values of other aspects of diversity within the college or the broader community.

The Luis M. Antonetti Student Humanitarian Award
The Luis M. Antonetti Student Humanitarian Award recognizes a Buffalo State College undergraduate student who has demonstrated personal character through encouragement of nonviolent beliefs and actions and volunteer service both on campus and in the community, and who demonstrates an ability to reach out to others with broad cultural acceptance. A plaque and award citing the recipient’s distinction is presented at a ceremony held in the spring, and the recipient may receive a monetary award, pending availability of funds.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full time (minimum 12 credit hours) at Buffalo State College during the academic year in which the award is made.
  • Evidence of exemplary personal character, altruism, and advocacy for nonviolence.
  • Evidence of volunteer service on campus and within the larger community while a student at Buffalo State College.
  • Evidence of financial need. Financial need will be considered but will not be the determining factor.

The Minnie and Joe Engel Student Humanitarian Award
The Minnie and Joe Engel Student Humanitarian Award recognizes a Buffalo State College undergraduate student who has demonstrated personal character through altruism, volunteer service, and the giving of oneself to the campus and the larger community. The Engel Humanitarian Award recognizes the full measure of a person’s worth, not just as a scholar, but as someone whose efforts on behalf of others define a quality of character that embodies core values that merit recognition. A plaque and award citing the recipient’s distinction is presented at a ceremony held in the spring, and the recipient may receive a monetary award, pending availability of funds.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full time (minimum 12 credit hours) at Buffalo State College during the academic year in which the award is made.
  • Evidence of exemplary personal character and altruism.
  • Evidence of volunteer service on campus and within the larger community while a student at Buffalo State College.

The Phillip Santa Maria Memorial Award

The Phillip Santa Maria Memorial Award recognizes a Buffalo State College undergraduate student who has demonstrated a well-rounded character, exhibiting not only scholastic achievement but also active participation in campus life at Buffalo State College and in the Western New York community and a desire to improve the world. A plaque and award citing the recipient’s distinction is presented at a ceremony held in the spring, and the recipient may receive a monetary award, pending availability of funds.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate junior or senior enrolled full time (minimum 12 credit hours) at Buffalo State College during the academic year in which the award is made.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Evidence of high integrity.
  • Evidence of volunteer service on campus and within the larger community while a student at Buffalo State College.