AWARDS

Congratulations to the 2020 Student Organization and Advisor of the Year Recipients

Student Organization of the Year 

  • Registered Category: IDEAAL
  • Affiliated Category: Society of Women Engineers
  • Sponsored Category: Interfraternity Council
  • New Organization of the Year: Phi Sigma Rho

Advisor of the Year 

  • Registered Category: Joshua Perkin, American Fisheries Society
  • Affiliated Category: Adam Picken, American Society of Safety Professionals
  • Sponsored Category: Jeff Gardner, Parsons Mounted Cavalry
  • New Advisor of the Year: Alexis Lambert-Johnson, The 12th Can

To learn more about the OYAY Awards, click below on the “About the OYAY Awards”, and follow us on social media at @tamustuact.  

Think your organization or advisor is worthy of praise and recognition? Then make it official with The Adair Student Organization or Advisor of the Year Award!

Nominations for 2020 are now closed, for The Adair Student Organization of the Year, New Advisor of the Year, and Advisor of the Year Awards. One winner was selected for each award in the registered, affiliated, and sponsored categories. Please follow @tamustuact where the announcement for 2021 applications will be made.

Recipients of the advisor awards will receive $100 toward the organization they advise, and recipients of the organization awards will receive $100 in their SOFC accounts. The Advisor, New Advisor, and The Adair Student Organization of the Year Awards will be presented at the winning organization’s meeting time. Winners will be contacted in advance to schedule the meetings. Applications consist of a 500-word essay and must be submitted through the online form below.

Questions? Contact Isaiah Villarreal at ivillarreal@stuact.tamu.edu or 979.862.3295!

To apply, click on the corresponding award below:

The Adair Student Organization of the Year: https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/submitter/form/start/382716

The Adair New Student Organization of the Year: https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/submitter/form/start/382745

The Adair New Advisor of the Year: https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/submitter/form/start/383077

The Adair Advisor of the Year: https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/submitter/form/start/382750

In the event an organization or advisor receives multiple nominations for the same award category:

  • Only the first three nominations for an organization or advisor will be considered for each award category.
  • Upload letters of support to a single nomination in the event multiple individuals want to nominate the same organization or advisor.

Awards will be presented to the winning organizations and advisors at a significant event for each organization.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • Each nomination will require a response to a 500 word (max) essay question.  It is recommended that you prepare your essay response(s) before filling out this nomination form.
  • Remember…the review committee stresses QUALITY over QUANTITY. It is better to submit one high-quality nomination for an organization or advisor than to submit many short or “quick” nominations.
  • Only three (3) nominations per organization, per award. The first three nominations received will be reviewed for each organization.
  • Multiple letters of support can be attached to a nomination.
  • You may submit collaborative letters of support or collaborate on nominations. However, collaborative submissions will still count as a single nomination.

Before you complete your nominations, please consider the following guidelines and criteria:

  • Nomination Guidelines
    • Nominations must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
    • Each nomination will require a response to a 500 word (max) essay question.  It is recommended that you prepare your essay response(s) before filling out this nomination form.
    • Remember…the review committee stresses QUALITY over QUANTITY. It is better to submit one high-quality nomination for an organization or advisor than to submit many short or “quick” nominations.
    • Only three (3) nominations per organization, per award. The first three nominations received will be reviewed for each organization.
    • Multiple letters of support can be attached to a nomination.
    • You may submit collaborative letters of support or collaborate on nominations. However, collaborative submissions will still count as a single nomination.
  • Nomination Criteria for Organization Awards
    • Each nomination must illustrate how the organization met two or more of the following criteria during the current academic year:
      • Organization invests time and effort in purposeful tasks.
      • Organization engagement nurtures member investment in events and promotes member learning from events.
      • Organization facilitates interaction with staff, advisors, and peers about substantive matters over extended periods of time.
      • Organization promotes diversity through contact with people who are different from individual members.
      • Engagement with organization challenges members to develop new ways of thinking about and responding to new circumstances.
      • Organization receives/offers frequent feedback about its performance – almost continuously – in settings that allow it to respond to that feedback.
      • Organization facilitates the opportunity for members to integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained from their classroom/discipline to their co-curricular experience and vice versa.
      • Organization engagement in co-curricular activities provides the opportunity to discover the relevance of learning through “real-world” application and practice.
      • Organization engagement encourages members to become aware of their values and beliefs and thus to better understand themselves in relation to others and the larger world.
  • Nomination Criteria for Advisor Awards
    • Each nomination must illustrate how the advisor met three or more of the following criteria during the current academic year:
      • Nominee invests time and effort in purposeful tasks that support the organization.
      • Nominee engagement nurtures member investment in events and promotes member learning from events.
      • Nominee facilitates interaction with staff, advisors, and peers about substantive matters over extended periods of time.
      • Nominee promotes diversity through contact with people who are different from individual members.
      • Engagement with nominee challenges members to develop new ways of thinking about and responding to new circumstances.
      • Nominee receives/offers frequent feedback about its performance – almost continuously – in settings that allow it to respond to that feedback.
      • Nominee facilitates the opportunity for members to integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained from students’ classroom/disciplines to their co-curricular experience and vice versa.
      • Nominee engagement in co-curricular activities provides the opportunity to discover the relevance of learning through “real-world” application and practice.
      • Nominee engagement encourages members to become aware of their values and beliefs and thus to better understand themselves in relation to others and the larger world.
The Organization of the Year award is presented to a recognized student organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to Texas A&M University and surrounding community. This award recognizes the student organization that has demonstrated innovation, and an impact on the state, nation, or world, embodies the Aggie spirit through its commitment to the growth and development of its members, and develops leader of character who are dedicated to serving the greater good. The Organization of the Year is considered an exemplary organization on our campus and must have been recognized by the University for at least two consecutive years.

MSC Student Programs are recognized through a separate process and are therefore not eligible for this award.

The New Student Organization of the Year award is presented to an emerging recognized student organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to Texas A&M University and surrounding community. This award recognizes the student organization that has demonstrated innovation, and an impact on the state, nation, or world. Furthermore, the organization embodies the Aggie spirit through its commitment to the growth and development of its members that develop leader of character who is dedicated to serving the greater good. The New Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other new organizations on our campus and must have been recognized by the University for less than two years.

MSC Student Programs are recognized through a separate process and are therefore not eligible for this award.

The Advisor of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a faculty or staff advisor to a student organization. Advisors serve as guides, mentors, and leaders to their respective student organizations. Individuals recognized for this award demonstrate an exceptional commitment to working with students outside of the classroom, as well as expertise that benefits their respective student organizations. In addition, the Advisor of the Year is committed to a philosophy of shared responsibility that develops leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good. Awards will be presented to one advisor from each of the three categories (registered, affiliated, and sponsored).

In order to be eligible to receive the Advisor of the Year award:

  • Advisors must have served as the organization’s advisor for a minimum of two years. Advisors who have served for fewer than two years can be nominated for the New Advisor of the Year award.
  • The advised student organization must be actively recognized through the Department of Student Activities.*

*MSC Student Programs are recognized through a separate process and are therefore not eligible for this award.