Binghamton University Student Awards

Student Awards

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Binghamton University Student Awards program
2022 Student Award winners

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to this year's winners and nominees! Binghamton University is proud to honor and recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who shine in and out of the classroom, who lead by example and who have made significant contributions to the University community. 

Al Vos Excellence in Community Engagement

Winner:

  • Edon Prelvukaj

Nominees:

  • Luca Cassidy
  • Edon Prelvukaj

Excellence in Community Engagement (student organization)

Winner:

  • Girls Who Code at Binghamton University

Nominees:

  • Circle K
  • Girls Who Code at Binghamton University
  • Hillel at Binghamton

Excellence in Civic Engagement

Winner:

  • Marcelle Barnett

Nominees:

  • Marcelle Barnett
  • Yiqing Lu

Best All Around New Bearcat 

Winners:

  • Matthew Santos
  • Jessica Neuner

Nominees:

  • Katelyn Chen
  • Daniella Hart
  • Jessica Neuner
  • Emily KC Nguyen
  • Minh-Hung Ngyuen
  • Róisín O'Flaherty
  • Matthew Santos
  • Alexandra Zisa

#BingPride Spirit Award

Winner:

  • Eve Albert

Nominees:

  • Eve Albert
  • Brenden Capria
  • Marina Cintron
  • Evan Matson
  • Jillian Spordone

Resilience Award

Winner:

  • Faith Strachan

Nominees:

  • Elidenya Pena
  • Faith Strachan
  • Gabrielle Vanduser

Excellence in Fraternity and Sorority Life

Winner:

  • Julia DeMartino

Nominees:

  • Faith Curtis
  • Julia DeMartino
  • Omar Maflahi
  • Brittney Mui

Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year

Winner:

  • Evie Tordesillas

Nominees:

  • Nicolette Cascioli
  • Abigail Cornelia
  • Samantha Cosme
  • Tamia Laptiste
  • Alexa Laquidara
  • Shance Lin
  • Tara Mandel
  • Kayla McLoughlin
  • Kassandra Moran
  • Emily Myer
  • Sandra Olszewski
  • Lauren O’Malley
  • Gerard O’Reilly
  • Matthew Pangburn
  • Takia Tafannum
  • Evie Tordesillas
  • Nancy Zhao

Graduate Student Employee of the Year

Winner:

  • Brittany Fullen

Nominees:

  • Olivia Collavo
  • Brittany Fullen
  • Emily Ida
  • Maddie Petherick
  • Alexandra Scibilia
  • Kamryn Scott
  • Caroline Smith
  • Samantha Symes
  • Rachel Weinfeld

Campus Recreation Employee of the Year

Winner:

  • Matthew Sullivan

Nominees:

  • Olivia Collavo
  • Colleen Germain
  • Alexandra Keough
  • Wyatt Reksten
  • Alexandra Scibilia
  • Matthew Sullivan
  • Matthew Tracz

RA of the Year

Winner:

  • Kelsey Hill

Nominees:

  • Noelle Dutch
  • Kelsey Hill
  • Maximilian Kurant
  • Katie O’Keeffe
  • Ashliana Pannullo

Student Organization President of the Year

Winner:

  • Eric Matson, Cheese Club

Nominees:

  • Eric Matson
  • Divya Mundackal
  • Raquel Shapiro

Outstanding Organization of the Year

Winner:

  • PULSE — Powerful United Ladies Striving to
    Elevate

Nominees:

  • Girls Who Code at Binghamton University
  • Hillel at Binghamton
  • PULSE — Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate
  • Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA)

Accomplished Graduate Student of the Year

Winner:

  • Molly Kildow

Nominees:

  • Grace Hotopp

  • Molly Kildow

  • Julia Rumsey

  • Kamryn Scott

Bearcat Award for Outstanding Service and Support

Winner:

  • Alexis Avery, senior assistant director, early engagement and exploration, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Nominees:

  • Alexis Avery
  • Robin Best
  • Dara Raboy-Piccano
  • Jordan Smith
  • Deborah Taub

Student of Distinction Award

Winner:

  • Flynn Anderson

Nominees:

  • Flynn Anderson
  • Courtney Hinkley
  • Nora Monasheri
  • Katarina Vattes

Image: Baxter dressed to the nines in a custom tuxedo designed by the Theatre Department costume shop.
Baxter dressed to the nines in a custom tuxedo designed by the Theatre Department costume shop.

Awards

Individual students

  • Student of Distinction Award

    About:

    The Student of Distinction Award is awarded to an undergraduate student who has created a road map toward success. Eligibility requires engagement in at least one high-impact learning endeavor resulting in a significant achievement and/or contribution to the Binghamton University community. Awardees exemplify academic performance, extra-curricular achievement, and service to the University and beyond. The award will be presented by the University president on the basis of how the applicants' achievements have contributed to the betterment of the University community.

    Qualifications:

    • Full-time undergraduate student
    • Involvement in an organization(s)
    • Involvement in community service and/or philanthropic work
    • Achieves academic success
    • Participates in at least one high-impact learning experience (e.g. internship, education abroad, undergraduate research, etc.)
    • Promotes the University (examples include but are not limited to: attending conference(s), published work, projects in major)

    Application process:

    • Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted; self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged
    • Nominator should submit a letter of support outlining the student's qualifications for this award
    • Completed application form on B-Engaged
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Current résumé or curriculum vitae that includes a list of extracurricular activities
    • Three letters of recommendation from either faculty, staff, other student leader or a community partner who has worked with the student
    • If self-nominating, applicants should include one additional letter of support from a faculty, staff, student or community partner familiar with their contributions and work

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • RA of the Year Award

    About:

    The RA of the Year award recognizes an individual Resident Assistant who has demonstrated excellence in community building through BConnected (residential engagement model) and other endeavors. With Residential Life focusing on our learning goals of Belonging, Well-being, Life Skills, and Academic Success through BConnected, it is important that the selected RA has shown exceptional ability to work with residents on connecting them to others, help residents become active members of the community, discover and appreciate differences, and act with a sense of responsibility.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates a commitment to engagement through BConnected
    • Showcases the learning that took place in their community as a result of their work
    • Exemplifies a commitment to serving others and building community
    • Serves as a positive role model for their peers

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.  Nominators must submit the following materials:

    • A personal statement from the student or nominating party outlining their qualifications for the award that includes: an outline of contributions to the community via BConnected through essay or portfolio
    • A letter of support from a direct supervisor
    • Optional letter(s) of support from residents of the RA

    Nomination:

    FIll out the nomination form.

  • Student Employee of the Year Award (undergraduate student)

    About:

    The Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of an exceptional undergraduate student employee in the University community. The selected student will have shown excellence in the areas of professionalism, initiative, customer service, communication, teamwork/collaboration, and critical thinking, and will have displayed a positive work ethic, demonstrated strong leadership qualities within their role, and maintained a high quality level of work throughout their employment.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates contribution to the University as an undergraduate student employee
    • Has worked at least six months within the same undergraduate student employment position
    • Shows a positive work ethic and leadership ability within their undergraduate student employment role
    • Consistently demonstrates high quality work

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Nominators must submit the following materials to Student Employment via email to stemploy@binghamton.edu:

    • A nomination form
    • Student's job title, office of employment, time frame student has been employed in position (month/year–month/year), and class year
    • A letter of support from the nominator outlining the student’s qualifications.
      • The letter of support should describe how the nominee has made a positive contribution to the University through their student employment role as well as their duties and accomplishments within their position. The committee will look for evidence of professionalism, initiative, customer service, communication, and critical thinking, and whether the nominee has demonstrated strong leadership qualities while contributing high quality work throughout their employment.

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Student Employee of the Year Award (graduate student)

    About:

    The Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of an exceptional graduate student employee in the University community. The selected student will have shown excellence in the areas of professionalism, initiative, customer service, communication, teamwork/collaboration, and critical thinking, and will have displayed a positive work ethic, demonstrated strong leadership qualities within their role, and maintained a high quality level of work throughout their employment.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates contribution to the University as a graduate student employee
    • Has worked at least six months within the same graduate student employment position
    • Shows a positive work ethic and leadership ability within their graduate student employment role
    • Consistently demonstrates high quality work

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Nominators must submit the following materials to Student Employment via email to stemploy@binghamton.edu:

    • A nomination form
    • Student's job title, office of employment, time frame student has been employed in position (month/year–month/year), and class year
    • A letter of support from the nominator outlining the student's qualifications
      • The letter of support should describe how the nominee has made a positive contribution to the University through their student employment role as well as their duties and accomplishments within their position. The committee will look for evidence of professionalism, initiative, customer service, communication, and critical thinking, and whether the nominee has demonstrated strong leadership qualities while contributing high quality work throughout their employment.

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Resilience Award (BFirst Network)

    About:

    This award recognizes an individual student who has demonstrated perseverance in the face of hardships and obstacles often experienced by first-generation college students. The selected student must identify as a first-generation college student. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to service, ideally through demonstrated experience mentoring others. Preference will be given to participants of the BFirst Network, a campus-wide mentoring program that connects first-generation college students with first-generation faculty, staff, and alumni mentors through its programming.

    Process of award selection:

    • Nominations must be from faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students, with preference given to those who serve as BFirst Mentors themselves, and/or who have an understanding of the first-gen college student experience
    • Nomination letter outlining the student's qualifications (first-generation with demonstrated perseverance and a commitment to service and/or mentorship)
    • As we hope this will be a pleasant surprise for the BFirst student who is selected, we aim not to request any materials from the students themselves; nominations should therefore be placed discreetly
    • All supporting documents and materials should be sent to bingawardsgala@gmail.com  with "Resilience Award" in the title by 11:50 p.m. on March 18, 2022

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • #BingPride Spirit Award

    About:

    This award will be given to an undergraduate student who works to spread #BingPride across campus (and/or in the community) as a proud Bearcat, participates in Green Day Friday and works to engage other students to get involved in Binghamton campus life.

    Qualifications:

    • Spreads Bearcat pride in and outside the campus community
    • Participates in special programs that enhance Binghamton pride like Green Day Friday
    • Involved with campus life at Binghamton University
    • Attends events across campus

    Application process:

    • Nominator must submit a letter from staff, faculty or another student describing how the nominee displays Binghamton pride

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Best All Around New Bearcat Award

    About:

    The Best All Around New Bearcat Award will be given to the two new full-time Binghamton University undergraduate students — one first-year student and one transfer student — who not only show a dedication to their academics, but have also taken the initiative to get involved in a range of extracurricular activities on campus their first semester. B-Engaged User Leaderboard points will also be considered. Award recipients to be determined by the Student Affairs Assessment and Solutions for Engagement (SAASE) staff.

    Qualifications:

    • New full-time undergraduate student (first year or transfer)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Minimum membership in at least two B-Engaged groups

    Application process:

    Please submit the following supporting documents to bingawardsgala@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. March 18, 2022:

    • 1–3 paragraphs highlighting why you feel the nominee is qualified
    • One letter of support from faculty, professional staff person or organization officer with the application
    • B-Engaged Transcript highlighting activities and involvement at Binghamton University

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Al Vos Excellence in Community Engagement Award

    About:

    The Al Vos Excellence in Community Engagement Award recognizes an individual undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in community engagement. The selected student will have engaged in community work that emphasizes community voice, is mutually beneficial to campus and community, and demonstrates an emphasis on partnership and collaboration with community. The successful applicant will also show evidence of reflection and learning through community work. This may be demonstrated by connecting engagement with academic knowledge or professional development, a willingness to challenge assumptions and gain a deeper understanding of our community, or the pursuit of long-term social change. This award will consider a range of engagement activities, including course-based community engagement, community-engaged research, individual service, community-based internship experiences, and more. This award honors Al Vos and his contributions to creating a culture of community engagement at Binghamton and includes a $500 award.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates a commitment to engagement with community through collaboration and partnership 
    • Provides evidence of how community voice is incorporated into their work and the impact of their work in the community
    • Practices reflection and demonstrates how their community experiences have enhanced their academic knowledge, professional development, understanding of community, and/or pursuit of long-term positive change

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.  

    • If nominating a student, a letter of support from the nominator outlining the student's qualifications
    • If self-nominating, a personal statement outlining the student's qualifications for the award
    • A resume
    • A letter of support from a community partner who has worked with the student in the development and/or implementation of their community engagement work

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Excellence in Civic Engagement Award

    About:

    The Excellence in Civic Engagement Award recognizes an individual undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in civic engagement. The selected student will have engaged in civic action that addresses issues of local or national concern, including but not limited to racial justice, public policy, social inequity, or voter engagement. The successful applicant will provide evidence of the depth of civic engagement, for example through a focus on long-term social change, collaboration with diverse stakeholders, and/or reflection on how their civic action connects to their academic, personal, and/or professional growth. This award will consider a range of civic actions, including nonpartisan voter engagement, activism, advocacy, awareness-raising campaigns, and more. Activities may take place on campus or in the community. The selected student will receive a $500 award.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates a commitment to civic involvement
    • Provides evidence of how civic actions emphasize a focus on long-term social change, collaboration with diverse stakeholders, and/or a connection to academic, personal or professional growth

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.

    • If nominating a student, a letter of support from the nominator outlining the student’s qualifications
    • If self-nominating, a personal statement outlining the student’s qualifications for the award
    • A resume
    • Optional: A letter of support from a campus or community-based group that has worked with the student in developing or implementing their civic activities

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Student Organization President of the Year Award

    About:

    The Student Organization President of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student who publicly advanced the mission of their organization while internally challenged and encouraged the membership to advance new initiatives, acquire new skills, and prepare the group for leadership transition and ongoing success. The nominee must be serving in at least their second consecutive semester as president.

    Qualifications:

    • Must have been president of a recognized student organization for 2021–22 academic year
    • Assisted in advancing the mission of their organization
    • Challenged and encouraged membership to create and/or support new initiatives, acquire new skills, prepare for leadership transition and plan for ongoing success

    Application process:

    • B-Engaged nomination form must be filled out by each nominator
    • Two letters of recommendation speaking to the individual's qualifications
    • A B-Engaged Involvement Transcript should be submitted

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Accomplished Graduate Student of the Year Award

    About:

    The Accomplished Graduate Student of the Year Award recognizes a graduate student enrolled in a master’s or doctoral level program at Binghamton University who has made distinguished contributions to their academic program, the student body, student organizations, the Binghamton University community, and/or the Greater Binghamton community.

    Qualifications:

    • Must be a currently enrolled master's or doctoral level student at Binghamton University 
    • Must provide evidence of distinguished contributions to their academic program, the student body, student organizations, the Binghamton University community, and/or the Greater Binghamton community

    Application process:

    • If you are a student submitting this nomination for another student, please make sure to ask a faculty or staff member to submit a letter of recommendation
    • If you are nominating yourself for this award, TWO letters of recommendation from a current faculty or staff member are required
    • All faculty and staff nominating students should submit a letter of recommendation

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

Student organizations

  • Outstanding Organization of the Year Award

    About:

    The Outstanding Organization of the Year Award seeks to recognize one University recognized student organization that has demonstrated true excellence among its peers and within the University community.  Application materials must demonstrate the organization's contribution to the overall University community, contribution to the development of its members, and demonstrated commitment to the organization's purpose and those served by it. The organization must also be able to demonstrate significant development in areas that may include innovation, inclusiveness and creative programming, as well as outreach within the University community and the local community.

    Qualifications:

    • A contribution to the overall Binghamton University community
    • A contribution to the development of its members, and commitment to the organization's purpose and those served by it
    • Significant development in innovative and creative programming
    • Outreach within the University community and the local community

    Application process:

    • B-Engaged nomination form must be filled out by each nominator
    • Three letters of recommendation speaking to the organization's qualifications and impact on the Binghamton University community
    • All supporting materials should be emailed to bingawardsgala@gmail.com with "Outstanding Organization of the Year Award" in the title of the email by 11:59 p.m. March 18, 2022.

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

  • Excellence in Community Engagement Award

    About:

    The Excellence in Community Engagement Award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated excellence in community engagement. The selected organization will have engaged in community work that emphasizes community voice, is mutually beneficial to campus and community, and demonstrates an emphasis on partnership and collaboration with community. This award will particularly highlight projects that are based on ongoing partnership with community organization(s), but community projects of all types will be considered.

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrates a commitment to engagement with community through collaboration and partnership 
    • Provides evidence of how community voice is incorporated into their work
    • Articulates the impact of their community work, both to students and the community.

    Application process:

    Nominations from faculty, staff, students and community partners are accepted. Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.  

    • If nominating an organization, nominators should submit a letter of support outlining the student organization's qualifications
    • If self-nominating, a statement from student organization leader(s) outlining their qualifications for the award
    • A letter of support from a community partner who has worked with the student organization in the development and/or implementation of their community engagement work

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.

Faculty, staff and administrators

  • Bearcat Award for Outstanding Service and Support

    About:

    The Bearcat Award for Outstanding Service and Support Award recognizes a faculty, staff member or administrator who goes above and beyond to help students. This award is intended to encourage and reward faculty and/or staff members for their excellence and show the value they hold for our University.

    Qualifications:

    • Must have been employed full-time at Binghamton University during the past academic year
    • Demonstrates a strong dedication to student needs
    • Has a passion for inspiring students to discover and achieve their full potential during their time at the University

    Application process:

    • Members of the University community are invited to submit the name of an outstanding faculty or staff member
    • The nominator needs to write a letter of recommendation detailing the contributions of the nominee, stating clearly how the nominee(s) directly or indirectly support(s) students
    • The nominator or nominee has the option of including up to four supporting items, such as other letters of recommendation

    Nomination:

    Fill out the nomination form.