On Thursday, April 6, Student Involvement honored outstanding contributions and efforts by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), RSO leaders and advisors at the Student Impact Awards.
Students, administrators, advisors and honored guests enjoyed light snacks as they filled the tables in the Centennial Room. Following a choreographed performance by the UNL Hip Hop Dance Club, Nick Ames, assistant director for student organizations, and Reshell Ray, associate director of east campus programs and Student Involvement, welcomed guests and praised students for their many organizational achievements.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan N. Franco opened with the first award, the Daryl Swanson Campus Life Impact Award. This award honors an RSO that has made a significant impact on the campus or student life. The 2017 recipient was Hope IV Us, an organization that strives to bring awareness to mental illnesses in adolescents and young adults through resources and education. Award namesake Daryl Swanson, past director of the Nebraska Unions and a dedicated advocate for students, helped present the award to the student leaders.
Director of Student Involvement Veronica Riepe presented the remaining awards. Winners were as follows:
Outstanding New Student Organization
Asian American Student Union
Daniel Fell, Engineering Student Advisory Board
UNL Werewolves of Miller Hollow Club
Taylor Gehring, Scarlet Guard
Outstanding Student Organization Sustainability
ASUN Environmental Sustainability Committee and Earthstock
Philanthropy and Service Award
Save South Sudanese Orphans and Widows
Student Leadership Award
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Society of Women Engineers
Outstanding New Advisor
Hailey Daehnke, UNL Rodeo Association
Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Engineers Without Borders
Dillon Thoman, Scarlet Guard
Program of the Year
E-Week, Engineering Student Advisory Board
Outstanding Student Organization
Mexican American Student Association