April 21, 2016
6:00pm/Student Center Theater
The University of Houston Campus Leaders Ceremony, hosted by the Center for Student Involvement is an opportunity for the university community to recognize top student leaders, individuals, organizations, and programs. There are over 20 awards that are presented to individuals, organizations, and events.
All nominations once submitted (and found to meet requirements) are distributed to the Campus Leaders Ceremony Selection Committees that determine the final award recipients.
The Community Impact Award acknowledges a student who has made a significant positive impact on the UH and Houston community through initiatives, interactions, and contributions by uniquely addressing a problem or improving a situation. The recipient will demonstrate a vision of a world left better because of the work the student has done through exceptional commitment to specific community service initiative, a demonstration of specific endeavors to integrate the student community into the larger UH and Houston community, and spreading awareness of community service programs, civic endeavors, or groups through research, or other initiatives.
The Distinguished Freshman Leadership Award recognizes first-year students who have taken the initiative to get involved at the University of Houston, while they are adjusting to campus life. These students have shown their potential as leaders and their potential for future contributions to campus vibrancy at the University of Houston.
The Distinguished Sophomore Leader Award recognizes students who have had outstanding involvement in campus life. Through their involvement, these students have contributed to the quality of life on University of Houston’s campus. In addition, they have begun to take on positions of leadership within their organizations and have also shown great potential for future achievement.
The Distinguished Junior Leader Award is given to students who have significantly enhanced the University of Houston’s campus environment through their demonstrated leadership abilities, personal growth, and community service. These students, who are more established in their college careers, have taken on the challenge of holding leadership positions in organizations and developing new initiatives to increase campus vibrancy.
The Distinguished Senior Leader Award recognizes the involvement and accomplishments of exceptional senior leaders. As seniors, they have not only demonstrated their commitment to enhancing the quality of student life on the University of Houston campus, but have also shown outstanding potential for future achievement as they prepare to enter a new phase in their lives. These senior Student Leaders have impacted the University of Houston community through program development and implementation, served as leaders in student organizations or programs, and have worked collectively with others to create a more engaged and inclusive campus community.
The Graduate/Professional Leadership Award recognizes graduate/professional students who are involved on campus despite graduate/professional level coursework, professional commitments, and family responsibilities. The award recipients have will have succeeded in demonstrating commitment to their campus involvement and balance between professional, academic, and personal life.
This award acknowledges and honors the efforts of students striving to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion through leadership, advocacy, and education. Recipients of this award should be a student who has promoted social justice and/or fostered an understanding between diverse constituencies through valuing diversity and appreciating multiple identities.
The Innovation and Creativity award was developed as a way to recognize significant innovations at The University of Houston (UH). This award is designed to honor and promote the next generation of leaders who are leveraging the power of originality to create programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that have significantly impacted UH or the community.
Michael Sachs graduated from the University of Houston in 1997. During his tenure as a student, Michael held numerous leadership positions in many student organizations across campus including, Interfraternity Council, Activities Funding Board, University Center Policy Board, Students with Disabilities, Frontier Fiesta Association, Frontiersmen, and Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Lisa Sachs graduated from the University of Houston in 1995. She too participated and held many leadership positions during her student career including UH Ambassadors, Honors College Program Board, and Frontier Fiesta Association. After graduating from UH, Lisa also worked as a Campus Activities Advisor, developing new leaders in many of the same organizations she and Michael were part of as undergrads.
Through their involvement in UH student organizations, the two met and married in 2000. Both Michael and Lisa credit much of their successes to the lessons they learned from leadership opportunities at the University of Houston. The skills they learned and developed while undergrads at the University shaped their careers as business and community leaders.
The Michael and Lisa Sachs Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Houston who is actively participating in a role within a co-curricular activity or student organization. This scholarship recognizes highly motivated UH students, exhibiting leadership qualities and campus involvement, to assist them in attaining their educational goals.
The Outstanding New Student Organization award recognizes a UH organization registered in the last two years that has demonstrated an outstanding potential for growth and development of its members while contributing to the campus community.
This award acknowledges and honors the efforts of students committed to excelling academically and contributing positively to campus through student involvement while balancing various roles as a non-traditional student. A non-traditional student is 25 years or older and/or is dealing with life circumstances that are different from the typical traditional student which may include some of the following characteristics: Working full-time (30+ hours a week), delaying enrollment or taking a break from college, considered financially independent, student-parent or student with dependents, and military veteran
The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award will recognize an advisor who goes above and beyond to assist their student organization(s). Nominees should display high involvement with their organization(s), dedication to the campus community and assist with the leadership development of group members. They should be available to students and serve as a valuable resource.
The Outstanding Program award is given to a fee-funded organization that contributed to campus life through an impactful event on campus.
The Outstanding Program award is given to a registered organization that contributed to campus life through an impactful event on campus.
The Outstanding Student Organization award is to highlight the efforts of an officially recognized student organization both on campus in terms of sponsoring activities open to fellow students, as well as working with community partners on service projects. In addition to these two criteria, student groups should demonstrate that their activities, rather than the work of one or two very active individuals, involve many group members in collaboration. Campus involvement, community service, and teamwork define what we consider an outstanding student organization.
The Rising Star Award is given to a first time student leader who has done outstanding work in his/her first year of involvement. This student displays leadership potential and is motivated to continue to expand involvement in other areas of the UH community.
The Unsung Hero Award is awarded to a student that puts his/her heart and soul into everything he/she does, consistently goes above and beyond, but often goes unrecognized. This student often works "behind the scenes", routinely goes above and beyond typical requirements, mentors, supports, encourages, and inspires the organization's members or other students, receives no compensation for their involvement/work, and is not an officer in an organization or paid worker.
The Wellness and Wellbeing award was developed as a way to recognize a UH student who promotes a culture of wellbeing on campus and exemplifies the 7 Dimensions of Wellness through actions and words.
7 Dimensions of Wellness
Cedric Bandoh served the University of Houston and Student Government Association as a two-term Student Body President of the 49th and 50th Administrations, Chief of Staff of the 48th Administration, and an Undergraduate At-Large Senator of the 47th Administration. His terms of office have been characterized by the motto “Service Above Self” and through his direction of numerous University initiatives, development, and guidance of student programs and collaboration with other national student leaders. This award recognizes the involvement and leadership of students who exemplify the character of Cedric Bandoh’s contributions and the model of his leadership. Recipients of this award will be prominently displayed with former awardees in the Student Government Association Senate Chamber.
Rani Ramchandani served the University of Houston and Student Government Association as a two-term C.T. Bauer College of Business Senator of the 49th and 48th Administrations, Chair of the Senate Committee on Administration and Finance, and as Student Body Vice-President of the 50th Administration. Her terms of office have been characterized by the motto “Service Above Self” through her tireless participation in many University Committees, volunteer projects, and in the development and continuation of valuable student-centered initiatives. This award recognizes the involvement and dedication of students who exemplify the character of Rani Ramchandani’s contributions and the ideals and measure of her service. Recipients of this award will be prominently displayed with former awardees in the Student Government Association Senate Chamber.