Students, staff and faculty are recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and by their individual clubs and organizations each spring semester at the Annual SGA Leadership and Athletic Awards Banquet.
ACADEMIC and LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Academic achievement is recognized annually at the Academic Awards Ceremony. Overall excellence, achievement in various departments, colleges, divisions and special areas, as well as participation in the Honors Program and Honor Society are recognized at this annual event. Students are also recognized for their involvement in campus clubs, organizations and athletics. The Annual SGA Leadership and Athletic Awards Banquet honors students for their contributions, outstanding service, and leadership within the campus, community, and on the athletic field.
EDWARD H. KAMINSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This award was established by Mrs. Betsy Hughes in memory of her husband who graduated from the Wilkes-Barre Campus in 1974. This award is presented to a Penn State Wilkes-Barre student athlete, presented by Student Affairs, based on academics, campus and athletic participation, and positive qualities of leadership and character.
KOLESAR ATHLETIC AWARD
Originated by Professor John Kolesar of the Wilkes-Barre Campus, this award is presented annually to the student who has most distinguished him/herself in the area of campus involvement, academics and athletic accomplishment during the academic year.
JOHN EGLI OUTSTANDING STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD
This award was established in honor of Assistant Professor John Egli, in recognition of his long devotion and dedication to the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as student, athlete, faculty and coach. Particularly noteworthy was his service and contributions as the first Commonwealth Campus Coordinator of Athletics. Mr. Egli was responsible for establishing and developing the splendid athletic programs now enjoyed by countless Commonwealth Campus students.
ERIC A. and JOSEPHINE WALKER AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize the Commonwealth Campus student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well being of their campus and, hence, to the reputation of the University as a whole. The award is made annually, at or near the end of the spring term, to a full-time undergraduate student who is completing two full years of freshman-sophomore study at a Commonwealth Campus.
The MARTIN U. DOUGHERTY EMERGING LEADER AWARD
The Dougherty family has just recently established this award, the Martin U. Dougherty Emerging Leader Award, in remembrance of their husband/father. Martin served on our advisory board; his firm designed the Carriage Room in our cafeteria, which won a “Pride of Place” at the Chamber. This award is intended to recognize a student of junior status at our campus who has at least a 3.0 cum GPA; has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character.
The JOHN R MURPHY AWARD for LEADERSHIP and SERVICE for GRADUATING SENIOR
Mr. Rick Barry, a former Penn State Wilkes-Barre student and Walker Award recipient, has made this endowed award possible. The award was established to recognize a graduating senior whose outstanding qualities of leadership, service, scholarship, citizenship, and character have been directed into programs and service on campus and/or the community; these efforts have positively influenced fellow students, and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of the Wilkes-Barre campus and hence, to the reputation of the University as a whole. It is named in honor of former Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. John R. Murphy, who honored the university with his presence for thirty-seven and a half years.
The faculty member selected for this award is designated by the Student Government Association as the outstanding instructor for the academic year. The award is based on a combination of teaching excellence and contribution to the general welfare of students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
LIONS PRIDE AWARD
This award was presented for the first time at the 1990 Leadership Dinner. The award honors a member or members of the campus community who have consistently worked to improve the quality of student life at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
OUTSTANDING CLUB AWARD
The Outstanding Club Award is selected by a committee comprised of members of the student body, Student Government Association, Academic Affairs staff, and Student Affairs staff. This award recognizes the student organization which has had the greatest positive impact on the co-curricular life of students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
OUTSTANDING ADVISOR of the YEAR AWARD
This award was established by the Student Government Association to honor a student club or organization advisor who has consistently gone above the call of duty in working with his/her particular club or organization. The award, based on the recipient's overall contribution to the club or organization, recognizes an individual who is a role model for the students.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION MEMBER of the YEAR AWARD
The 2000-2001 Student Government Association of Penn State Wilkes-Barre established this award to honor one of its members. Nominations are made by the executive board committee. The Nominees must have been an active senator, club representative, or executive board member for one full academic year. The Outstanding SGA Member of the Year is chosen for his/her sincere dedication, devotion, and overall excellence toward his/her position as a senator, club representative or executive board member and as Penn State Wilkes-Barre student.
WHO’s WHO AMONG STUDENTS
Each year members of the campus are asked to nominate students for the prestigious Who’s Who Among Students award. The criteria for this award is based on scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship and service to Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding community, and potential for future achievement.
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