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The 34th annual Leadership Awards Gala will take place Wednesday, April 5, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

The 34th annual Leadership Awards Gala will take place Wednesday, April 5, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

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April 5 Leadership Awards Gala to honor exceptional students, organizations


Ohio University is about to write the next chapter in its legacy of recognizing and celebrating the excellence its students display outside of the classroom.

The 34th annual Leadership Awards Gala will take place Wednesday, April 5, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event kicks off with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m. 

Sponsored by OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs, this annual awards ceremony highlights and honors Ohio University students for their contributions to both the University and the greater community and their demonstration of the University’s core values of character, commitment, civility, community and citizenship. With its theme of “Legacy,” this year’s event will highlight the ways in which student leadership carries forward OHIO’s legacy of transformation and academic excellence. 

“In many ways, Ohio University’s legacy is a tribute to generations of student leaders who have paved our 200-year existence. They forged the innovation, the academic excellence and the global leadership for which we are known,” said Jenny Hall-Jones, senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, who oversees the event’s planning committee. “We are who we are because students through time recognized the importance of giving back. And that tradition continues with our current student leaders.” 

An unprecedented 197 Leadership Award applications were received this year. The record is due, in part, to a streamlined nomination/application process through OrgSync. Several new awards, including scholarships for students employed by the Division of Student Affairs, have also helped to get the word out to students.

The result, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina, is an exceptionally talented pool of candidates. 

“We are fortunate to live in a University community that places such a high value on leadership and service,” said Pina, who will assist Hall-Jones in emceeing the 2017 Leadership Awards Gala. “I commend all of our student applicants, their nominators and the countless faculty and staff who served on our selection committees for their sacrifice and commitment. We’ve had to make some very tough decisions, but in the end, I couldn’t be more excited to share such wonderful examples of student excellence at my first-ever Leadership Awards Gala.” 

To purchase a sponsorship in support of student leadership, click here. Additional seats may also be purchased at this site for $25 each. For questions regarding ticket purchasing, please email Liz Pahl at pahl@ohio.edu

This article was provided by the Division of Student Affairs.

2017 Leadership Awards

Dozens of Ohio University students and several student organizations will be honored during this year’s Leadership Awards Gala, with the following award and scholarship winners to be announced:

Charles J. Ping International Leadership Award

Division of Student Affairs Student Employee Scholarship Award (Academic Excellence)

Division of Student Affairs Student Employee Scholarship Award (Excellence in the Workplace)

Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Individual)

Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Community Service (Organization)

Eyes of Freedom Scholarship – Student Veteran

Eyes of Freedom Scholarship – Undergraduate Non-Veteran Student

Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award

Kerrigan Family Scholarship

Latino Heritage Achievement Award

Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn / Donald A. Spencer Scholarship for Achievement Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award (Master’s Level)

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award (Doctoral Level)

Outstanding Programming Award

Outstanding Senior Leader Award

Outstanding Senior Leader – John Newton Templeton Award

Rudy Leadership Award

Stonewall Leadership Award (Individual)

Stonewall Leadership Award (Group)

Women's Issues Leadership Award
 
Nominations for these awards and scholarships, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and other OHIO planning units, were solicited earlier this year, with committees comprised of faculty and staff determining award recipients. Award winners will be announced at the event. For a full list of awards and descriptions of each, click here