Student Life Awards
Student Program Awards
Social Program Award:
an event that promoted a sense of community and engagement across a broad subset of
the campus population, and had a significant impact on the campus community.
2021 Winner: Running Club- Spooky Brook Invitiational
Service Program Award:
an event whose outcomes promoted the tenets of selfless acts of service and civic
2021 Winner: Japanese Studen Organization- Stop Asian Hate Awareness Walk
Educational Program Award:
Honors a creative program that promotes greater awareness of an existing academic,
political, or social issue through educational efforts that enhance student learning
and provide a meaningful exchange of ideas.
2021 Winner: Violence Intervention, Prevention, and Relationship Education Peer Educators- Sexual
Harassment Assertiveness- Defend Yourself! (SHADY)
Diversity & Inclusion Program Award:
an event that promoted cross-cultural learning and interaction, appealed to a broad
audience, and provided a meaningful exchange of ideas
2021 Winner: Special Olympics- Virtual Dance Camp
Virtual Program Award:
Honors an online program that has used virtual resources to keep atendees engaged
and has had a significant impact on the campus community.
2021 Winners: Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program- Fireside Virtual Chats
Program of the Year:
a program that has had a positive impact on the overall Stony Brook community. This
award recognizes a program that embodied the SBU spirit of inclusiveness and school
pride, and promoted a community of awesome.
2021 Winner: Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Council- Wolfiethon
Student Leader 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 in the community.
2021 Winner: Kiara Arias
Peter Baigent Recreational & Leadership Activities Leadership Award
Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in creating a unique community space
on campus for studnets to express themselves focusing on a particular hobby, passion
or interest, while allowing stduents to find community they might not be able to find
elsewhere on campus.
2021 Winner: April Zhang
Emerging Leadership Award:
Honors a freshman or sophomore student who has taken on leadership roles and has demonstrated
significant progress towards achieving their leadership potential through campus and
2021 Winner: Isaiah Daniel
Organizational Leadership Award:
non-executive board members of recognized organizations who go above and beyond the
call of duty in an effort to enhance the purpose of their organization.
2021 Winner: Nikhil Krishnani
Executive Board Member the Year Award:
member of an executive board of a recognized organization who has gone beyond the
call of duty to enhance the purpose of their organization be it through acquiring
new skills, membership engagement, leadership development, cross-campus collaboration,
and relationship building.
2021 Winner: Asna Jamal
Theresa Montenaro 200% Student Leadership Award:
Throughout her 20 years as a custodian in the Stony Brook Union, Theresa Montenaro
was committed to providing a caring and safe environment for all students, faculty,
and staff. This award h
onors a junior or senior student leader who goes beyond the call of duty, regularly
gives 200%, and exemplifies
Theresa Montenaro’s unique qualities, which include the ability to listen with understanding,
guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day.
2021 Winners: Pujan Patel
Elizabeth D. Couey Award:
This award was esablished in 1974 in memory of the first Director of the Stony Brook
Union and is awarded for outstanding contributions towards the omprovement and growth
of stduent life at Stony Brook. Elizabeth D. Couey Award was established in 1974 in
memory of the first Director of the Stony Brook Union and honors a
for outstanding contributions toward the improvement and growth of student life at
Stony Brook. Nominees for this award must be undergradute student leaders of senior
standing (expected graduation date of May, August, or December 2020), with a cumulative
G.P.A. of 2.75 of higher, in good standing with the University.
2021 Winner: Scott MacKenzie
Student Organization Awards
Advisor of the Year Award:
Honors a faculty or staff member who has served as an advisor to a student club or
organization. This advisor is involved with the student leaders offers knowledge and
experience to the organization, and provides assistance and support on an ongoing
2021 Winner: Mei Lin Chan
Best New Organization Award:
Honors a student organization that newly registered within the past 12 months and
is dedicated to student life. This organization takes the initiative to make the organization
visible on campus, has grown in membership since its recognition, and shows potential
for continued growth and success on our campus.
2021 Winner: Polish American Student Association
Most Improved Organization Award:
an organization that has shown significant, meaningful and lasting growth and development
in areas such as programming, leadership and organizational management.
2021 Winner: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Campus Community Impact Award
The Campus Community Impact Award is presented to an organization that is committed
to engaging the student population in programming and initiatives that are impactful,
lasting and generate a sense of community, pride, inclusivity and engagement.
2021 Winner: Japanese Student Organization
Social Media Engagement Award:
an organization that has sucessfully utilized one or more social media platforms,
and whose social media content promotes engagement through a variety of innovative
2021 Winner: Running Club
Organization of the Year Award:
Honors an organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through
its contribution to Stony Brook and/or the community at large. This award recognizes
the student organization that has demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative,
creativity and perseverance through their activities and programs, and has contributed
signficiantly toward the groth of its members.
2021 Winner: Philippine United Student Organization
Distinguished Leadership Awards
Distinguished Service Award for COVID-19 Community Response:
Honors an organization that has made a continuous effort to service the student body
and the University community. This organization's efforts are exceptional, meaningful,
and make a lasting impact on campus.
2021 Winner: Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps
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.
2021 Winner: Judith Greiman
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.
2021 Winner: Alan Devries