Each year, the Division of Student Affairs provides the Springfield College community with the opportunity to recognize students who have made exemplary contributions to the College and the surrounding community. The Division of Student Affairs hosts student leadership recognition programs during two major events for our campus that will not only afford our student leaders opportunity to be widely recognized but will also allow parents and families to attend. These events will be held during Stepping Up Day and Family Weekend. Please review the following award descriptions and nominate qualified students for both the spring 2018 and fall 2018 awards by the comprehensive nomination deadline of Friday, March 2, 2018, at noon.

 

Spring 2018 Awards 

Presented at our annual Stepping Up Day ceremony each April

Outstanding First-Year Student

This award honors a first-year student who has embraced campus life and volunteer opportunities, has demonstrated a commitment to the Humanics philosophy, and shown the potential to succeed as a leader in service to humanity.

Outstanding Sophomore

This award recognizes a sophomore who has taken an active leadership role on campus and, through this role, has affected positive change on campus or in the larger community.

Outstanding Junior

This award is presented to a junior who has consistently been involved in activities demonstrating leadership in service to humanity, and who has the ability to think critically and assess personal strengths and weaknesses in reflective and interactive practice.

Outstanding Senior

The recipient of this award is a senior who embodies the true meaning of leadership in service to others. They have experience as both a member and leader of clubs/organizations and are recognized by their peers and the campus community as a student who embraces their role as a change agent for themselves, their class and their community. A leader both in and out of the classroom, this student has excellent communication skills and an ability to effectively use their position for the greater good.

Class of '57 Outstanding Senior Leadership Chair

This award honors a senior who has demonstrated the ability to work as an effective group member and group leader, has made significant contributions to the community, and has an understanding and appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in a world that is increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international. This award was established in 2002 with generous contributions from the members of the class of 1957.

The Class of ‘63 Senior Award

This award recognizes a senior who has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic, strong time management skills and a dedication to the campus community.  This senior has held significant employment throughout college, while also being active in co-curricular activities and maintaining a good academic record.  This award was established in 2014 with generous contributions from the members of the class of 1962 to celebrate their 50th Reunion.

Outstanding Graduate Student

This award recognizes a graduate student who has made significant contributions to the betterment of the campus and the community, and who has focused on positive change or improvement of conditions for those beyond the immediate community.

Student Humanics Award

This award honors a graduating senior who, over their tenure on campus, has personified the Humanics philosophy, achieved a 3.33 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of their junior year, and demonstrated leadership ability and contributed to campus co-curricular life.

 

Fall 2018 Awards 

Presented at our annual Family Weekend

Unsung Hero

This award honors an individual who has worked tirelessly to impact the campus and community life, working behind the scenes — often without recognition — to provide leadership in service to humanity.  The nominee should be a student who does not hold a formal leadership position on campus.

Spirit Award

This award is presented to a student who, while at Springfield College, has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of the campus or the surrounding community through co-curricular efforts and activities.  The recipient demonstrates an enduring commitment to the wholeness of the campus and community neighbors; works to foster hope, meaning, and transformation within the communities served; and exemplifies the College's commitment to training ethical, reflective, and socially engaged leaders and change agents.

Mind Award

This award is presented to a student who, while at Springfield College, has made significant contributions to the intellectual and cultural environment of the College and the surrounding community through co-curricular work.  The recipient fosters curiosity and discovery among students, faculty, and staff, and critical engagement with and respectful discussion of the issues and ideas which define the world in which we live and serve.  The recipient exemplifies the College's commitment to educating leaders who are critical, creative, and culturally engaged thinkers whose education is always in service to humanity.

Body Award

This award is presented to a student who, while at Springfield College, has made an extraordinary contribution to improving the health and physical well-being of individuals at the College or in the surrounding community through co-curricular and extracurricular efforts. The recipient demonstrates the valuable impact that individuals can make in changing the places, organizations, and systems that touch the lives of people, whether at work or at play, and exemplifies the College's commitment to overall wellness and constructive, cooperative, community engagement.

John M. Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

This award recognizes a student who embodies the legacy of Mr. Wilson by demonstrating sensitivity and commitment to differences reflected in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.  As the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Springfield College, John Wilson dedicated his life to working across differences towards mutual understanding and acceptance.  The recipient of this award embodies his legacy by demonstrating a unique ability to lead by reaching out to different groups of students enrolled at Springfield College.  This student has demonstrated a commitment to fostering a community that is safe and more inclusive for everyone.

Humanics Leader in Service

This award honors a student who has consistently committed to serving humanity and working toward the pursuit of social justice, and who has made lifestyle and career decisions consistent with the values gained from community service experiences. Emphasis is on service to the community.