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University Awards

Outstanding Service to the University Community

Valeria J. Ojeda-Avitia and Thomas Florczak, 2017 Outstanding Service Award winners. Valeria is in a sweater and white dress with flowers while Thomas has on a black suit with a red tie.

Valeria J. Ojeda-Avitia and Thomas Florczak, the 2017 Outstanding Service Award winners. Photo by Jeff Watts.

(Two recipients named)

CRITERIA: Student must have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program as of September 2016. Requires demonstration of unique contributions and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the University community, whether through student government, public service, organizational leadership, or a combination of several categories. Nominated students must be eligible to participate in the December 2016 or May 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Nomination Process

Nominations Open: Jan. 23, 2017

DEADLINE: March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for University Student Awards. We also accept and encourage self-nominations.
  2. Please submit nominations to the nominee’s school/college Dean via the online form.
  3. For the nomination form, we ask for basic student information (Student ID, School/College, Major, Approximate GPA, and Graduation Date), a list of key achievements, a nomination narrative from the nominator, and supporting documents (current resume and up to three letters of recommendation, which may be collected and submitted by the nominator or uploaded by the nominee). Other supporting materials may include examples of student work on and off campus that show how the student meets the criteria of the award. Submit documents in PDF format.
  4. Our system will notify student nominees of their nomination via email once the nomination form is submitted. Nominees will be able to upload additional supporting materials.
  5. The nominator or student nominee should collect recommendation letters and upload them to the nomination site. If recommenders prefer to keep their letters private, they may submit them directly to
  6. Nomination materials must reflect the criteria identified in the award. We discourage recommendation letters that intend to capture nominations for more than one award.
  7. From this initial pool of nominations, the deans of CAS, Kogod, SIS, SOC, SPA, and WCL will select and forward two nominees to the Vice President of Campus Life.
  8. Nominate a student now! (Opens Jan. 23, 2017)

Contact: Lisa Boms, Office of the Vice President of Campus Life,