CU Involvement Awards

Each year the Center for Student Involvement and the Colorado Creed join together to recognize leadership and engagement across campus. The CU Involvement Awards is a free and open event that celebrates students, student organizations, faculty and staff who exemplify leadership and passion across the Boulder community. The 2022 awards were be presented on Tuesday April 19, 6 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. 

Award Descriptions

This award recognizes a student organization that possesses awareness of current issues and has demonstrated activism in order to create a positive impact within their community. With a clear voice, this organization has acknowledged the power students can have in effecting change.

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This award recognizes a rookie student organization that was created in the 2021-2022 school year. This new organization has contributed to campus spirit by offering fresh perspectives and including members all across the CU community.

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This award recognizes an innovative student organization or club who successfully creates an impact on CU’s campus with their work/research/design/film/innovation/etc. They challenged themselves by thinking creatively or trying something new with their programming this year, which had great results.

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This award celebrates a student organization who increased awareness and empathy for CU students through an event hosted on campus this year. This organization’s event was inclusive to all in the Boulder community, resonating with students and serving as an impetus to continued cultural exchange and exploration.

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This award celebrates multiple student organizations for a collaboration event or initiative that took place at CU this year. These organizations have exemplified outstanding community principles through their teamwork and synergy.

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This award recognizes a student organization whose community service is exemplary. This student organization is actively involved in adding positive change to the CU campus, Boulder community and beyond, through volunteerism and compassion.

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This award recognizes a student organization who models the way for others. This student organization represents the idea that actions speak louder than words. They are progressive thinkers by nature and service the community by creating tangible change.

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This award recognizes a student organization who has an intrinsic sense of human worth. They manifest this value by being inclusive and accepting of others. They strive to gain mutual understanding of people’s needs and make an effort to comply with those needs.

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This award is presented to a student organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus. This organization has showed active involvement, encouraged positive change and has made a difference on campus.

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This award is in collaboration with the Dennis Small Cultural Center, and the recipient of this award is someone who seeks to enhance cross-cultural awareness and a greater appreciation for diversity. This individual has gone above and beyond in advocating for and facilitating cultural programming. This person has had an impact far beyond the original source.

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This award is in collaboration with the Honor Code, and will be presented to one student and one faculty member who have demonstrated high levels of integrity, whether it is in the classroom or in extracurricular activities. Ideal candidates represent the ideals and values expressed in the CU Honor Code and have demonstrated their consistent dedication to teaching or living the virtues of academic integrity. The winner must hold high moral character and consistently work to enhance the culture at CU.

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This award is in collaboration with the Senior Class Council, and honors a graduating senior who has left their mark at CU. This person is someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus, who has spearheaded a cause on campus, and whose impact will be seen for years to come.

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This award recognizes a freshman/sophomore student who is an emerging leader on campus and who has shown the potential to greatly impact the campus community in the future. This leader is someone who has worked hard and already made a difference during his or her time at CU.

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This award recognizes a student whose contribution to campus exemplifies the ways to live the Colorado Creed in daily life; someone who strives to make a difference in everything they do.

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This award honors a currently enrolled graduate student who serves as an outstanding leader in the CU campus community. This student exemplifies what it means to be a graduate student leader through their efforts to make a positive impact at CU and beyond.  Examples of way in which this student models leadership may include activism, community service, on-campus involvement, or showing initiative in creating or spearheading efforts to make the campus a welcoming place for all graduate students.

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This award is presented to a staff member who recognizably helps and supports students across campus. This staff member is committed to helping their students become as successful as possible by going above and beyond their job title.

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This award recognizes a faculty member who reflects all the values of the Colorado Creed (Act, Honor, Integrity, Accountability, Respect and Contribute). This award is given in honor of Ronald Stump.

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This award is in collaboration with the Honor Code, and will be presented to one student and one faculty member who have demonstrated high levels of integrity, whether it is in the classroom or in extracurricular activities. Ideal candidates represent the ideals and values expressed in the CU Honor Code and have demonstrated their consistent dedication to teaching or living the virtues of academic integrity. The winner must hold high moral character and consistently work to enhance the culture at CU.

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This award honors a faculty/staff advisor to a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) or Recognized Social Greek Organization (RSGO) who exemplifies commitment to helping and supporting student organization leaders.  The Advisor of the Year utilizes institutional knowledge coupled with an understanding of student and group development in a demonstrated commitment to working with students beyond the classroom and helping student organization leaders be successful.

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2022 Winners

Award Name Winner
Community Action Award CU Student Academy of Audiology
New Organization of the Year T9hacks
Innovative Program Award French Club
Cultural Event of the Year Latinx Law Student Association
Contribute Award CU Gaming
Respect Award CU Burlesque
Act Award CU Cornhole Club
Collaborative Effort Award CU Gaming and CU Dungeons and Dragons
Student Organization of the Year Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Ripple Award Ahmed Ashmaig
Staff Integrity Award Matt Califano
Student Integrity Award Priscilla Hopper
Lasting Legacy Award Jacob Melara
Rising Star Award Noah Cabrera
Leigh Wyman Family Award Mike Bortnowski
Stumpie Award Eldred Foster
Graduate Student Leader of the Year Kyle Biega
Supportive Staff Member of the Year Megen Princehouse
Student Organization Advisor of the Year Meagan D’Souza

Forever Buffs Student Award

CU Involvement Award finalists are automatically eligible for the Forever Buffs Student Award. The Forever Buffs Student Award is presented by the CU Boulder Alumni Association to honor CU Boulder students who demonstrate the Forever Buffs tenets of connecting, contributing and celebrating their CU pride through extraordinary service to the university. Forever Buffs student award recipients will be honored in a ceremony to kickoff Homecoming Weekend. 

Benefits of the Forever Buffs Student Award recognition:

  • Student award recipients join a prestigious group of past award winners that have been recognized since 2011. 
  • Each year the Forever Buffs student award winner(s) is honored along with some of CU Boulder’s most dynamic and accomplished alumni, faculty and staff members. 
  • Past award winners are invited to attend the awards ceremony each year as distinguished guests for free.

More info about the Forever Buffs Student Award

Past Winners

Award Name Winner
Community Action Award HIVE
New Organization of the Year Boulder Hidden Gems
Innovative Program Award VeRVE Collisionz
Cultural Event of the Year Vietnamese Student Association
Contribute Award Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega
Respect Award CU Gaming
Act Award University of Colorado Bee Club
Student Organization of the Year Active Minds
Ripple Award Shen Lu
Integrity Award Callie Habegger
Lasting Legacy Award Greg Allan
Rising Star Award Ethan Ebenezer
Leigh Wyman Family Award Taylor Hirschberg
Graduate Student Leader of the Year Thaala Loper
Supportive Staff Member of the Year Debbie Yeh
Student Organization Advisor of the Year Doug Smith

 

Award Name

Winner

Community Action Award 

Black Student Alliance 

New Organization of the Year

Buffs Against Bullying 

Innovative Program Award

CU Boulder Collegiate Chapter of MTNA

Cultural Event of the Year

Performers without Borders 

Contribute Award

Muslim Student Association 

Respect Award

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Latinos in Engineering and Science 

Act Award

University of Colorado Bee Club 

Student Organization of the Year

University of Colorado Bee Club

Ripple Award 

Lauren Oertel 

Integrity Award

Michael Bortnowski 

Lasting Legacy Award

Maureen Mcnamara

Rising Star Award 

Jake Melara 

Leigh Wyman Family Award

Cassie Strong 

Graduate Student Leader of the Year 

Eduardo Montez Romero 

Supportive Staff Member of the Year

Christopher Paddock

Student Organization Advisor of the Year 

Kirsten Tivaringe  

Stumpie Award 

Rebecca Komarek 

Integrity Award 

Nishant Upadhyay