44 Stars of Excellence Gala

The 44 Stars of Excellence Awards acknowledge students, advisors, and recognized student organizations who demonstrate outstanding dedication and commitment to their organization and its mission.  Students, faculty and staff are invited annually to submit nominations for the awards.

This year we will be bring back the in-person awards, but with a twist.  We will have with us in attendance, Kid Ace, the magician as the host as well as student performances by some of you favorite groups.

Below are the descriptions for each award and the nominees for each category for the 2022 Gala.

To view our virtual Gala experience from 2020 on YouTube.

2022 Awards for Nomination:

The Award for Outstanding Senior Leadership Presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated dedication to developing themselves, others, and the University through their involvement and leadership in the classroom and student organizations. These students are strong academically, active in the community, and serve as role models to their peers.
Unsung Hero Presented to up to two individuals who have helped their organization achieve success.  This person may not be in a formal leadership position but goes above and beyond what is typical for a general member.
Excellence by an Organization/Chapter President Presented to registered student organization presidents who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to their student organization. Presidents should not only have enhanced their individual organization but also the Syracuse University community through their leadership and involvement.
Best New Initiative or Event Presented to registered student organizations who have implemented a brand new event/initiative for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. The organization(s) made a conscious effort to promote, plan, implement and introduce innovative programs/initiatives that have not been addressed by previous planning.
The Award for Positive Advocacy and Awareness Presented to students and registered student organizations who have been the most effective in promoting social justice and raising awareness for a cause whether on the SU campus or in the greater community, in a timely and relevant manner.  Nominees demonstrate a commitment to continuous self-awareness and broad societal awareness, especially in working with people with marginalized identities
The Award for Diversity and Inclusion (organization and individual) Presented to students and registered student organizations who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion by serving as advocates for awareness on campus and in the community.  Nominees intentionally recognize and incorporate intersectionality in their work to better support people in making meaning of their lives, perspectives, and experiences.
The Rising Star Award Presented to students and registered student organizations who have exhibited significant potential in their work and leadership within the last academic year, and improved their overall time management and follow through, or the organization’s normal operations and overall programming. – This would recognize a non-senior student who provided contributions and growth through the college experience over the past year
The Award for Public and Community Service Presented to students and registered student organizations who have exhibited exceptional effort in planning and implementing significant service projects within the University and Syracuse community.
The La Fuerza Community Enhancement Award Presented to graduating students in recognition of their outstanding contributions and commitment to diversity. These individuals have used their energy, spirit and leadership in initiating and implementing actions that help our campus community go beyond tolerance to create dialogue among people from diverse cultural groups.
The Award for Outstanding Media Production and Publication Presented to  registered student organizations who consistently produce publications or media that represent the organization in a positive manner, appeal to their intended audience and fulfill a specific niche on campus.
The Vitamin C Scholarship and Leadership Award This award recognizes one student who demonstrates excellence in both scholarship and leadership.  Eligible students must have a GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrates strong leadership skills, a positive attitude and an above and beyond commitment to their organization and its activities.
Best SU Spirit award Presented to students who have demonstrated pride in Syracuse University by promoting, attending, and being involved in a variety of student orgs and events, demonstrating to other students the importance of being part of the Orange Nation.
Entertainer of the Year (organization) Presented to registered student organizations that made the most significant contributions though their quality performances in support of the performing arts.
The Award for Excellence by an Organizational Advisor The Award for Excellence by an Organizational Advisor is presented to a recognized student organization advisors who demonstrates outstanding commitment to an organization by providing mentorship to the organization and its leadership, supporting organizational programs and events, as well as ensuring successful leadership transitions within the organization.
The One University Award Presented to two students that recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of parts and aim to bring University stakeholders together for a common purpose. These students embody the mission of One University by efficiently and effectively working towards cultivating a collaborative campus community
The Orange Award This can go to senior leaders who have shown growth, majorly contributed, and developed over their four years to areas throughout the Student Experience.
RSO of the Year The RSO of The Year Award is given to a registered student organization that has contributed to offering an unsurpassed student experience. RSO’s award the RSO of the Year Award have demonstrated excellence in collaboration with their advisor, the Office of Student Activities, and any other governing offices that they routinely interact with. The RSO of the Year has also provided opportunities for each student, equitably, to become involved in their organization and has contributed to a positive campus culture.


44 Stars Gala Nomination Form

Please take a moment and nominate your RSO or person for the awards above.  Please make sure to follow all the prompts and instructions on the form so that we can have a completed nomination. Nominations will close April 1st and all nominees will be notified by April 5th by a member of the OSA staff.

If you have questions please feel free reach out to Timothy Johnson.