SAIL Office and Division of Student Affairs Announces Student Leadership Awards Nominations 




Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 if you’re a Student Leader on campus, because the SAIL office and Division of Student Affairs is once again holding their annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet.  

Each year, the joint team invites representatives from each organization to partake in a night of food, fun, and recognizing the hard work students put in both on campus and off.  Ten awards are given out based on your nominations so be sure to submit those you think should be recognized by March 1, 2020 at 12 PM on MyOrgs. Any questions about these nominations can be forwarded to Chris Laib (, Director of the SAIL Office, or Stacy Ploskonka ( Assistant Director of the SAIL Office.  

To help you out in determining if you know someone worth recognizing, here are some short descriptions of the ten awards given out yearly at this event – more detailed explanations can be found in the nomination packet on the MyOrgs site. Just sign in and you’ll be greeted to a pop up about this very topic! 

The Louise M. Goodrum Unsung Hero Award goes to two graduate or third/fourth year undergraduate students each year who serve the community without seeking the limelight for their efforts. These individuals are selfless and impactful in their leadership. 

The Lamar E. McClinton Student Leadership Award is presented to a graduate or third/fourth year undergraduate student who has been a notable leader throughout their time at UMass Dartmouth.  These individuals are role models for other student leaders. 

Dr. Susan T. Costa Leadership Award goes to a graduating senior who has an expressed interest in working in higher education. Fredrick Douglass Unity Award also goes to a graduating senior who has shown an effort to build diversity on campus.  

The University Civic Engagement Award goes to a graduating senior with a commitment to civic engagement and/or has been connecting the UMass Dartmouth community with other communities – volunteerism, community service, peer mentoring, and serving on community boards and committees are all examples of this. 

The Donald C. Howard Pillar of the Community award goes to students who have left a lasting impact on this campus. Each of the recipients left a legacy behind. Graduating students are eligible for this award. 

Organizations as a whole are also recognized – not just individuals! Student Organization of the Year, Most Improved Student Organization of the Year, and Event of the Year are all presented to groups and each year an Advisor is also recognized for their efforts. 

If someone you know is eligible, be sure to put their name in. Now is your time to shine and help spread the love to those who truly deserve to be recognized. 


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