Student Recognition Awards - Individuals

The Bobcat Awards and Recognition Program is held annually during the Spring semester, honoring student leaders and organizations on campus. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the division of Student Life was unable to hold a traditional award ceremony. However, we feel it is necessary to still recognize these individuals, organizations, and activities for all the hard and meaningful work they have accomplished throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

Individual Awards

Leadership Awards

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Amelia Lord

Amelia Lord - Student Leader of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Student Leader of the Year Award was established to recognize and acknowledge a particular individual who has encouraged enthusiasm and participation on campus, been highly involved in an organization(s) and committee(s), strengthened his/her organization(s), and made outstanding contributions to the campus community. All members of recognized student organizations are eligible to be nominated to receive this award. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: contributions to GC students, the range of involvement on campus and within the community while being a participant in a student organization (leader) and levels of involvement in activities or organizations.

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Iliana Ward

Iliana Ward - Most Promising Leader of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Most Promising Leader Award was established to recognize and acknowledge a particular under-class student (including transfer students) who has made significant contributions to the GC community through his/her involvement and enthusiasm. Any individual in the freshman or sophomore class is eligible to be nominated and receive this award. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: contributions and impact upon the University and community, and level of involvement in activities or organizations.

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Tate Pointer

Tate Pointer - Servant Leader of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Servant Leader of the Year Award was established to recognize and acknowledge a student whose involvement in service activities and projects has benefited GC, the surrounding community, and humanity. This award honors a student that has significantly encouraged enthusiasm and college participation in service activities and made outstanding contributions to the community. All members of recognized student organizations are eligible to be nominated to receive this award. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: contributions to the community at large through service, involvement, and leadership.

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Melissa Gerrior

Melissa Gerrior - RSO Advisor of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The RSO Advisor of the Year Award was established to recognize and acknowledge the special efforts of an individual who did an outstanding job in advising a student organization. The nominee can be the advisor of any recognized student organization. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: regularly attends group meetings and/or events, shares knowledge of the program, suggests program ideas, is a good resource for the group, is easily accessible, works with the officers of the group, and is concerned with the welfare of the group and its membership.

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Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham - Outstanding Service to Students

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Outstanding Service to Students Award was established to recognize and acknowledge a particular faculty/staff person who has made significant contributions above and beyond his/her position on campus. All members of the faculty/staff are eligible to be nominated and receive this award. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: contributions and impact upon the college and community and level of interaction with students.

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Sachen Pillay

Sachen Pillay - Joan C. Browning Social Justice Award

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

This award is for a student that exemplifies dedication to social justice. This could include but not limited to non-violent protests and acts of civil disobedience, dedicated actions to solve social issues and/or conflicts hunger, homelessness, inequities of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, access to education, healthcare, and economic improvement. These students should demonstrate through their actions a pattern of dedication to social justice issues and have acted on those issues courageously.

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Cameron Watts

Cameron Watts - Unsung Hero Award

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Unsung Hero Award was established to recognize and acknowledge a particular student who has made significant contributions above and beyond his/her position in an organization or on campus. The recipient may not have been otherwise recognized for his/her accomplishments and achievements. All members of recognized student organizations are eligible to be nominated and receive this award. The committee will consider the nomination based on the following criteria: contributions and impact upon the College and community and level of involvement in activities or organizations.

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Jacob Harper

Jacob Harper - Horizon Award

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Horizon Award for individuals is given to outstanding graduating student workers in the Student Life division.

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Raeven Rodney

Raeven Rodney - Horizon Award

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Horizon Award for individuals is given to outstanding graduating student workers in the Student Life division.

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Lily Johnson

Lily Johnson - Horizon Award

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Horizon Award for individuals is given to outstanding graduating student workers in the Student Life division.

GIVE Center Awards

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Kimani-Isa Mustafa

Kimani-Isa Mustafa - Top Volunteer of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Top Volunteers of the Year awards are given to dedicated students with the most service hours of the year. The service focus of both Top Volunteers this year is Young Life, with Kimani Mustafa earning 944 hours of service (equal to $24,005.92 in economic impact) and Caitlin Williams earning 1,225 hours of service (equal to $31,100.89 in economic impact).

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Caitlin Williams

Caitlin Williams - Top Volunteer of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Top Volunteers of the Year awards are given to dedicated students with the most service hours of the year. The service focus of both Top Volunteers this year is Young Life, with Kimani Mustafa earning 944 hours of service (equal to $24,005.92 in economic impact) and Caitlin Williams earning 1,225 hours of service (equal to $31,100.89 in economic impact).

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Julia Simpkins

Julia Simpkins - Top Graduating Senior Volunteer

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Top Graduating Senior Volunteer award is given to a top-earning, dedicated senior student. This year's Top Graduating Senior Volunteer's service is focused on GC Miracle and they have earned 2,386 hours of service (over a lifetime) which equals to $60,675.98 in economic impact.

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Jasia Clark​

Jasia Clark​ - Eve Puckett Giving Tree

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Eve Puckett Giving Tree award is given to a promising student who has proven their dedication to service and volunteerism through their hard work and actions throughout the year.

Greek Life Awards

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Taylor Ann Pruett - Alpha Gamma Delta

Taylor Ann Pruett - Alpha Gamma Delta: Sorority Member of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Sorority Member of the Year award is given to a Sorority member who has proven to be an outstanding leader in their organization throughout the year.

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Charlie Haug - Kappa Alpha Order

Charlie Haug - Kappa Alpha Order: Fraternity Member of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Fraternity Member of the Year award is given to a Fraternity member who has proven to be an outstanding leader in their organization throughout the year.

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Grace Kearney - Alpha Gamma Delta

Grace Kearney - Alpha Gamma Delta: New Outstanding Sorority Member of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The New Outstanding Sorority Member of the Year award is given to a new Sorority member who has emerged as a leader in their organization this year.

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Tony Wyche - Alpha Tau Omega

Tony Wyche - Alpha Tau Omega: New Outstanding Fraternity Member of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The New Outstanding Fraternity Member of the Year award is given to a new Fraternity member who has emerged as a leader in their organization this year.

Wellness and Recreation Center Awards

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Meredith Collier

Meredith Collier - Club Sports Athletes of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Club Sports Athletes of the Year awards go to the club sports student-athletes who have shown leadership on their teams, as well as gaining a number of wins throughout the year.

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Chandler New

Chandler New - Club Sports Athletes of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Club Sports Athletes of the Year awards go to the club sports student-athletes who have shown leadership on their teams, as well as gaining a number of wins throughout the year.

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Brie Marijanich

Brie Marijanich - Intramural Athletes of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Intramural Athletes of the Year awards go to the intramural student-athletes with the most wins of the year.

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Josh Hammond

Josh Hammond - Intramural Athletes of the Year

2019-2020 Recipient
Award Description

The Intramural Athletes of the Year awards go to the intramural student-athletes with the most wins of the year.