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2011-2012 Student Life Awards Winners

The   Student Life Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership and Campus Involvement  is an annual celebration of the exceptional students, organizations, and advisors at Stony Brook University.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011-2012 Student Life Awards!  This year, the Student Life Awards committee received over 200 nominations.  Fifty students, staff, and student organizations were honored at the ceremony held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  Thank you to those who contributed towards making this ceremony a huge success.  Congratulations to all of the outstanding nominees!  


Student Life Awards

Advocacy Leadership Award   Honors a student who has demonstrated strong leadership in generating campus wide awareness about existing social issues and advocated for change through community service work.

2012 Winner: Damian Moskal


Advocacy Program Award   Honors a student group for providing a unique program that makes the campus community aware of a major social issue, supports community service work, and implements an action-based response

2012 Winner: Shanai Walker and the Community Service Club,

"The Giving Tree Project"


Best New Student Organization Award   Honors an organization that has started in the past 12 months and is dedicated to student life. This organization takes the initiative to make the organization visible on campus and has grown in membership since its recognition.

2012 Winner: Graduate Career Association


Collaboration Award   Honors a student organization that has consistently collaborated with a variety of student groups and/or University departments throughout the academic year to produce quality activities and/or services.

2012 Winner: Community Service Club


Distinguished Service Award   Honors an organization for performing continuous service to the student body and the University community through exceptional efforts that are meaningful, make a lasting impact, and foster positive relationships.

2012 Winner: Campus Community Emergency Response Team


Educational Program Award   Honors a student group for providing a creative program that promotes greater awareness of an existing academic, political, or social issue through education that enhances student learning and provides a meaningful exchange of ideas.

2012 Winner: Golden Key International Honour Society and International Student Organization,   "English Pal Program"


Emerging Leadership Award   Honors a freshman and sophomore student who has taken on new leadership roles and have demonstrated significant progress toward achieving their leadership potential through campus and community involvement.

2012 Winner: Mallory Rothstein


Most Outstanding Advisor Award   Honors a faculty or staff member who has served as an advisor to a student organization. This advisor is involved with students at all times, offers knowledge and experience to the organization, and provides assistance and support on an ongoing basis.

2012 Winner: Zorammawii Ralte


Most Outstanding Student Organization Award   Honors an organization which has been able to get the campus involved in its organization issues, follows its purpose statement, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways.

2012 Winner: National Society of Collegiate Scholars


Multicultural Leadership Award   Honors a student leader who has displayed strong leadership and advocacy on diversity issues and devoted time and effort to the improvement of the University community.

2012 Winner: Taewook Nam


Multicultural Program Award   Honors a student group for providing an innovative program that promotes cross-cultural learning and interaction, educates the campus community, and appeals to a diverse audience.

2012 Winner: Phi Iota Alpha and Sigma Lambda Upsilon,

"Viva La Raza: Duality is Our Reality"


Recreational & Leisure Activities Leadership Award   Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in sports, recreational, or leisure activities.

2012 Winner: Derek Cope


Recreational & Leisure Activities Program Award   Honors an organization for an outstanding sports, recreational, or leisure program whose outcome had a significant impact on the University community.

2012 Winner: Craft Center,   "Open Craft Studio"


Social Program Award   Honors a student group for providing campus programming that has broad-based appeal provides opportunities to meet new people.

2012 Winner: National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Sigma Beta Honor Society,

"Autumn Ecstasy"


Student Life Enhancement Award   Honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life and demonstrates an efficient use of resources. This organization fosters positive change within the Stony Brook community through effective planning and student activism.

2012 Winner: Students Empowered Against Sexual Assault


The Elizabeth D. Couey Award   Honors a graduating student who has made outstanding contributions towards the growth of Student Affairs and student programs at Stony Brook. The award is named after the first Director of the Stony Brook Union. The award recipient must exemplify Elizabeth D. Couey's unique qualities that include the ability to listen with understanding, guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day.

2012 Winner: Mark Maloof


The Theresa Montenaro 200% Student Leadership Award   Honors a junior or senior student leader for exemplary service, visionary leadership, and unceasing dedication to student campus life. The award is named in memory of a former employee of the Stony Brook Union who spent each day of her 20 years at Stony Brook going above and beyond the call of duty.

2012 Winner: Paris Tyson


The Shirley Strum Kenny Steel Magnolia Award   This award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member who has demonstrated compassion and strength in support of enhancing the overall student experience. The award is named in honor of former President Kenny who was presented the first "Steel Magnolia" award by a group of students in 2009.

2012 Winner: Ellen Driscoll


The Sister Margaret Ann Landry, RSHM Lifetime Achievement Advising Award   This award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member with 10 or more years of service, who has provided extraordinary commitment mentoring and advising individuals and/or student groups on campus. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, who received the honor in 2003.

2012 Winner: Dr. Gerald Shephard



Health Sciences Center Student Association Leadership Awards

School of Health Technology and Management

Athletic Training Program - Jacqueline Smith

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program - Yenifer Choez, Gwenn Hornstein, Tess Smith

Respiratory Care Program - Megan McIassac

School of Social Welfare - Panthea Saidipour, Paris Tyson

School of Nursing - Mary Ann Almonte, Alicia Aria, Robert Dorfman, Jaicy George, Kelly Gillooley, Alexandria Imperato, Samantha Lal, Jenn O'Brien, Caitlin Smith, Domingo Templonuevo, Paul Williams


Office of Student Activities Distinguished Service Awards

Fraternity and Sorority Academic Achievement Award  - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Phi Sorority, Inc.

Media Service Awards  - China Blue, SBU-TV, Society of Professional Journalists

The Maria Terrana Chillfest   Program Award  - Bengalis Unite and Hindu Students Council,   "Bengali Hindu Wedding"


Undergraduate Student Government Student Leadership Awards

Student Advocate Award - Kathleen Watt

Best Agency Award - Argyri Pappas

Unsung Hero Award - Tyrik Jiang

Most Helpful Volunteer Award - Oscar Icochea

Dedication Award - Cathy Ng

Diligence Award - Ryann Williams

Visionary Award - Andrew Tausz