Campus Leaders Reception

April 22, 2015

The University of Houston Campus Leaders Reception, 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 20 awards that are presented to individuals, organizations, and events.

All nominations once submitted (and found to meet requirements) are distributed to the CLR Selection Committee who determine the final award recipients. The selection committee consists of faculty and staff representatives from across campus.


Community Impact Award

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.

Application


Distinguished Freshman Leader

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.

  1. Students can only win this award once
  2. Applicants must have full-time freshman status (must have less than 30 credit hours)
  3. In good standing with the university
  4. Have made specific contributions to student life during the past academic year at University of Houston through involvement in campus activities, student organizations, academic initiatives, student governance, community service and leadership.

Application


Distinguished Sophomore Leader

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.

  1. Students can only win this award once
  2. Applicants must have full-time sophomore status (must between 30-59 credit hours)
  3. In good standing with the university
  4. Have made specific contributions to student life during the past academic year at University of Houston through involvement in campus activities, student organizations, academic initiatives, student governance, community service and leadership.

Application


Distinguished Junior Leader

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.

  1. Students can only win this award once
  2. Applicants must have full-time junior status (must between 60-89 credit hours)
  3. In good standing with the university
  4. Have made specific contributions to student life during the past academic year at University of Houston through involvement in campus activities, student organizations, academic initiatives, student governance, community service and leadership.

Application


Distinguished Senior Leader

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.

  1. Students can only win this award once
  2. Applicants must have full-time senior status (must have 90 or more credit hours)
  3. In good standing with the university
  4. Have made specific contributions to student life during the past academic year at University of Houston through involvement in campus activities, academic initiatives, student governance, community service, leadership and their pursuits to support and empower their peers.

Application


Distinguished Graduate/Professional Student Leader

The Distinguished 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.

  1. Students can only win this award once
  2. Students must a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  3. Applicants must have full-time graduate or professional student status
  4. In good standing with the university
  5. Have made specific contributions to student life during the past academic year at University of Houston through involvement in campus activities, student organizations, academic initiatives, student governance and community service.

Application


Inclusion and Advocacy Award

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.

Application


Innovation and Creativity Award

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.

Application

The Legacy Award

The Legacy Award recognizes a student whose influence, ideals and activities throughout their college career have left a lasting, positive impression on the institution and raises the standard of excellence for future generations. More than one recipient may be awarded.

The Legacy Award is the Campus Leaders Reception’s Highest Honor

Application

Michael and Lisa Sachs Leadership Scholarship

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.

Requirements:

  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled full-time during the award period.
  • Involvement Resume:
    • Please submit a resume containing a brief description of all of your campus involvement and community activities during your time as an undergraduate student. (A sample is provided in the application).
  • Personal Leadership Statement:
    • How do you Get Involved: In no more than 500 words, tell us about your leadership development. Use examples of qualities or talents you exhibit, accomplishments, contributions, and your personal experiences. How do you envision applying your leadership skills in the future, and inspire others to get involved?

Application


New Student Organization Award

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.

Application


Non-Traditional Student Leader

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

Application


Outstanding Advisor Award

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.

Application


Outstanding Program Award (fee-funded)

The Outstanding Program award is given to a fee-funded organization that contributed to campus life through an impactful event on campus.

Application


Outstanding Program Award (non fee-funded)

The Outstanding Program award is given to a registered organization that contributed to campus life through an impactful event on campus.

Application


Outstanding Student Organization Award (non fee funded)

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.

Application


Rising Star Award

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.

Application


Unsung Hero Award

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.

Application


Wellness and Wellbeing Award

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

  1. Social Wellness. This is how a person contributes to their environment and community and how he or she builds better living spaces and social networks. The social dimension encourages contributing to one’s environment and community.

  2. Occupational Wellness. Occupational development is related to one’s attitude about one’s work, and recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. The choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions and personal performance are all important components of this dimension. To be occupationally well, a person is ultimately doing exactly what they want to do in life and are comfortable with their future plans.
  3. Spiritual Wellness. The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It does not mean one is religious, but that it is better to ponder the meaning of life and be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant. Spiritually well people take time out of their day for spiritual growth and learning. They have a clear sense of right and wrong, and they act accordingly.
  4. Intellectual Wellness. This dimension recognizes one’s creative and stimulating mental activities as well as expands knowledge and skills while sharing his or her gifts with others. The intellectually well person is open to new ideas, thinks critically and seeks out new challenges. These people will stretch and challenge their minds with intellectual and creative pursuits instead of becoming self-satisfied and unproductive.
  5. Emotional Wellness. This dimension includes the capacity to manage one’s feelings and related behaviors, including the realistic assessment of one’s limitations, development of autonomy and the ability to cope effectively with stress. Emotionally well people have the ability to express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively. They are also aware of and accept a wide range of feelings in themselves and others.
  6. Environmental Wellness. This includes the ability to promote health measures that improve the standard of living and quality of life in the community, including laws and agencies that safeguard the physical environment. The environmentally well person is aware of the earth’s natural resources, conserves energy, buys organic foods and products, and enjoys and appreciates spending time in natural settings.
  7. Physical Wellness. This is what we all do well in our health clubs. It is met through the combination of good exercise and eating habits, taking precautions for self-care and receiving appropriate health screenings throughout our lives. It also means taking personal responsibility and care for minor illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Physically well people understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how their body performs. The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.

Application