Student Leader Awards
Nominees must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher, and be an undergraduate
or graduate student in good standing with the University. Nominees must also be in
appropriate conduct standing with the University. Sanctions of University Probation
or higher, or a sanction restricting participation in clubs/organizations or from
holding leadership positions disqualify students from being eligible.
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.
Peter Baigent Recreational & Leisure Activities Leadership Award
Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in creating a unique community space
on campus for students to express themselves focusing on a particular hobby, passion
or interest, while allowing students to find community they may not be able to find
elsewhere on campus.
Emerging Leadership Award
Nominees for this award must be undergraduate student leaders with an admit term between
Fall 2021-Fall 2022. 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
Community Service Leadership Award
Honors a student for their unwavering dedication to principle and values of servant
leadership, while generating awareness and providing service to community.
Civic Engagement Leadership Award
Honors a student for their dedication to, and participation in government and democratic
ideals, principles, education and/or civic related activities, while generating awareness
of civic- and civility-based issues.
Organizational Leadership Award
Nominees for this award must be undergraduate or graduate student leaders affiliated
with a recognized organization registered with the Department of Student Engagement
& Activities. Nominees who hold top 4 executive board roles (President, Vice President, Secretary,
Treasurer) are not eligible for this award and should be nominated for Executive Board
Member of the Year.
Honors 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
Executive Member of the Year
Nominees for this award must be undergraduate or graduate student leaders who serve
in in the top 4 executive board roles (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer)
for a recognized organization registered with the Department of Student Engagement
Honors a 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.
Theresa Montenaro 200% Student Leadership Award
Nominees for this award must be undergraduate student leaders of junior or senior
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 honors 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.
Elizabeth D. Couey Award
This award was established in 1974 in memory of the first Director of the Stony Brook Union and is awarded for outstanding contributions towards the improvement
and growth of student life at Stony Brook. Nominees for this award must be undergraduate student leaders of senior
standing (expected graduation date of May, August, or December 2023), with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher,
in good standing with the University.
Faculty / Staff Awards
Nominees for this award must serve as an advisor for a recognized organization registered
with the Department of Student Engagement & Activities.
Advisor of the Year Award
Honors a faculty or staff member who has served as an advisor to a recognized student
club or organization. This advisor is involved with the student leaders offers mentorship,
knowledge and experience to the organization and its leaders, and provides assistance
and support on an ongoing basis that stands out above others.