As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Wrapping up the 2017-2018 academic year, Emmanuel College's Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs held the 18th Annual Student Leadership and Involvement Awards on Wednesday, May 2, during which they recognized and celebrated exceptional student leadership and programming across the College community.
Nominated by students, faculty and staff, these award recipients demonstrate dedication to the many important facets of Emmanuel College's mission, especially in community building, academic success, inclusivity and social justice, service and more.
Below are the recipients for the 18th Annual Student Leadership and Involvement Awards:
The Class of 2019 Leadership Award honors three outstanding students from the Junior Class. These students are seen as instrumental in creating community in the Emmanuel College environment, and have also excelled in and out of the classroom.
The Class of 2020 Leadership Award honors three outstanding students from the Sophomore Class. These students mentored and encouraged other students to develop effective skills in inclusive leadership and teamwork. They also demonstrated dedication to their academic progress and major coursework.
The Class of 2021 Leadership Award honors three outstanding students from the Freshman Class. These students show initiative, motivation and potential for continued student leadership at Emmanuel College. They have also demonstrated strong academic ability and scholarly potential.
The Excellence at Emmanuel Award was created to recognize seven outstanding members of the Senior Class. These students have shown a deep level of commitment to an Emmanuel College program, group, organization or team in any facet of campus life. Their leadership enhanced the quality of student life at Emmanuel College, and they demonstrate a commitment to academic success.
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to one student who is serving in an executive board, coordinator, or leadership position at Emmanuel College for the first time. This person should have made a significant contribution to extracurricular life at the College, and went above and beyond in the fulfillment of their role. The nominee can be from any class year.
The Commitment to Cultural Awareness Award is presented to one student who prompted understanding and cross-cultural communication through advocacy and action. This student makes it their personal mission to support and enhance the inclusivity of our community and has taken a stand against injustice or inequality.
The Heart of Emmanuel Award is presented to one student who has thoughtfully contributed their time to the Emmanuel College/Boston community and beyond by organizing and directing initiatives that serve individuals and communities. This student has put the needs of others before themselves, and has committed to working in a volunteer capacity either through an EC program, or an organization that serves our neighborhood.
The Club Athlete of the Year Award is presented to a club sport athlete who has demonstrated leadership both within their team, and the larger Emmanuel community. This student has also excelled in the classroom, and serves as a role model for their teammates, demonstrating resiliency and a positive attitude. Above all, this student is actively engaged in extracurricular life, and serves in a leadership role within their organization. Members of the Field Hockey Club, Baseball Club, EC Ultimate, Swim Club and Sailing Club are eligible for this award.
The Faith in Action Award is given to one student who has promoted spiritual growth and reflection on the Emmanuel College campus through prayer, worship, retreat, ministry assistance, and/or working for justice/social change. The recipient lives their life in such a way as to further the cause of a just and better world.
The Blue and Gold Award is given to one student who portrays the spirit of Emmanuel College through courtesy, involvement, leadership, service, and spirit. This student embodies the mission and vision of Emmanuel College, and is truly a shining example of how education, both in and out of the classroom, has the potential to change people.
The Saints Unsung Hero Award - Staff is presented to one member of the faculty, administration or staff who has assisted in the development of campus life above and beyond the call of duty. This individual has succeeded in the following areas: consistently surpasses expectations, position and role to assist students or student organizations in the pursuit of organizational and individual success; accepts new tasks and challenges with enthusiasm and a positive attitude; strives not only to share thoughts and opinions for new ideas but is also a part of putting ideas into action and has had a significant impact on co-curricular life at the college beyond the scope of campus responsibilities.
The Saints Unsung Hero Award - Student is presented to one student who has assisted in the development of campus life above and beyond the call of duty. This individual has succeeded in the following areas: consistently surpasses expectations of membership, position and role to assist students or student organizations in the pursuit of organizational and individual success; accepts new tasks and challenges with enthusiasm and a positive attitude; strives not only to share thoughts and opinions for new ideas but is also a part of putting ideas into action and has had a significant impact on co-curricular life at the college beyond the scope of campus responsibilities.
The Jennifer Grace Ford Campus Leadership Award is the top individual award presented by Emmanuel College's co-curricular program. It is awarded to one experienced student leader, in their Senior year, who has made a positive impact on the campus. The criteria are: proven leadership, strong work ethic, and contributions to the Emmanuel Community.
This Advisor of the Year Award is presented to one club/organization advisor who has gone above and beyond the basic requirements of the advisor position. The advisor should have exhibited the following qualities: attendance and involvement with group activities; establishment of rapport with organization officers; supports and acts as a resource for members; and assists the group in achieving their goals.
The St. Julie Billiart medal is presented to an upper class student at Emmanuel College, usually a junior or senior, whose life exemplifies the mission of the College and the mission of the Sisters of the Notre Dame. This student balances their SND education with co-curricular involvement to contribute to the vibrant campus life offerings. The medal recipient embraces the Catholic tradition of the College and lives out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame through service to others and a joyful spirit.
The St. Catherine Medal for Student Achievement is an annual award presented to upper class students at Catholic colleges and universities. St. Catherine has long served as an inspiration for individuals who aspire to obtain knowledge and to stand their own ground against constraints placed upon them. Kappa Gamma Pi offers the St. Catherine Medal to honor a student who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education. The recipient is selected on the basis of leadership and service to the college.
The Rising Star Award is presented to one SGA recognized organization that has distinguished itself during the first year of the club's existence on campus this past year. This award is given based on the following criteria: demonstrated commitment to membership development and outreach; and effectively planned and implemented activities for the campus community during the past year.
The Organization of the Year Award is presented to one SGA recognized student organization whose organizational contributions to the campus and surrounding communities are characterized by care and respect for others and foster cooperation among individuals and organizations. Through their work, members demonstrate the ability to inspire others to act and to reflect on personal and group experiences, which aid in becoming informed, responsible, and productive community members. Organizational involvement can be reflected in traditional or non-traditional activities.
The Event of the Year Awards is presented to five events, activities or programs that have met the following criteria: provided opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others; gave students opportunity to take the primary role in planning and implementation; promoted a sense of campus community and school spirit; maximized the organization's available resources including financial and human resources.
This is open to all campus organizations and student groups
This award is presented to a student group, team, class, or group of students dedicated to enhancing the quality of life at Emmanuel College and/or the surrounding community. In the past this award has also recognized outstanding events. Within the past year, the nominee should have met the following criteria: served as a positive role model; exhibited school spirit, pride and/or tradition; provided a service, which enhanced the quality of life at Emmanuel College; exemplified positive leadership characteristics within its membership; supported and adhered to College policies and procedures.