Leadership and Legacy Awards

034Several awards are given each year to recognize and honor students who make significant contributions to Student Affairs programs in the areas of academic and leadership excellence, and to recognize the time, energy, skills and commitment of students, faculty, student affairs educators and staff. Our goal is to recognize those in our community who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students.


Student Leadership and Service Awards

Ronny L. Brooks Award:

The Ronny L. Brooks Leadership Award is intended to recognize Appalachian students who have distinguished themselves through the leadership that they provided to Appalachian students, programs, and/or organizations.
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Bobby L. Dunnigan Service Award:

This award is intended to recognize those students who are employed in the Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University and have distinguished themselves through the scope and quality of their service during their employment.
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Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Affairs:

Named for a previous Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, this award recipient must have, as their primary responsibility, a graduate assistantship in an office in the Division of Student Affairs.
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Berardino DiBernardi Student Award for Leadership and Legacy:

The Berardino DiBernardi Leadership and Legacy Award celebrates the traditions and importance of leadership, service and legacy that Berardino Dino DiBernardi emphasized in his significant and varied roles during his 38 years at Appalachian State University.

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Plemmons Leadership Medallion

The award was created to recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, Student Affairs educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students.
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Club and Organization Awards

Student Employee of the Year:

This award was created to recognize a student employee who has worked at least six months part-time (or three months full-time) during the selection period and who is judged on their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, contribution and dedication to the office in which they are employed. This award comes with a $1,000 scholarship.

Student Organization Presidential Award:

The Student Organization Presidential Award recognizes an outstanding individual who advanced the mission of his or her student organization while challenging and encouraging the membership to advance new initiatives, acquire new skills, and prepare the group for leadership transition and ongoing success. The award recipient must display a commitment to leadership development, membership engagement, innovation, and cross-campus collaboration. Recognition of accomplishments is limited to the current year of presidency.

Student Organization of the Year:

The Student Organization of the Year award is presented to an organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to Appalachian State University and the Boone community. This award recognizes the student organization that has demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance through their activities and programs. Furthermore, the organization embodies the Appalachian spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programmatic efforts to enhance the quality of campus life at Appalachian State University. The Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on our campus.