Student Impact Awards 2021
Our 2021 Student Impact Awards program, recorded 4/15/2021.
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- [00:00:00.030][Joe]: Alrighty. Well, thank you all for coming.
- [00:00:01.560]We're really excited to have such a big
group with one of our first events to
- [00:00:05.580]have so many people. So
thank you all for coming, um,
- [00:00:08.640]to the 2021 Impact Awards.
My name is Joe Hagerty.
- [00:00:12.420]I'm the program coordinator for Student
Organizations and the office of Student
- [00:00:16.110]Leadership, Involvement and Community
Engagement. And before we get started,
- [00:00:19.380]we'd like to introduce the Red Keys and
they're going to be performing for us to
- [00:00:23.880]get us all kicked off.
- [00:00:24.930]They're an acapella group and they perform
at many campus and competitive events
- [00:00:29.220]and have recorded music, which is
available on all platforms for a download.
- [00:00:33.540]So we're happy that they're
here today to share their gifts.
- [00:00:37.170]So we'll go ahead and let them perform.
- [00:00:54.050][a Capella singing]
- [00:04:01.380][a Capella version of Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding”]
- [00:06:26.000][a Capella version of CeeLo Green’s “Forget you”]
- [00:10:25.070][Red Keys President, Madeleine]: Thank you! That's all we have.
Thanks for letting us start off the show.
- [00:10:57.380][Melissa] Wow. That was really great!
- [00:10:59.690]Can we give Them another round
of applause as they leave? Thank you!
- [00:11:08.300]They found such great ways,
- [00:11:09.860]The Red Keys, this year to continue to
practice and perform even during the
- [00:11:14.720]challenges that COVID-19 presented. So
we wanted to celebrate that this evening.
- [00:11:19.880]As a reminder, as we get started with,
- [00:11:22.510]with the awards and the other
things tonight, y'all doing great.
- [00:11:25.430]Keep the seats where they are.
Keeping your face coverings on.
- [00:11:28.190]I appreciate that so much. Really
quickly, My name is Melissa Griffith Phelps
- [00:11:32.870]and I serve as the Assistant Director for
Student Organizations within Student,
- [00:11:36.650]Leadership, Involvement
and Community Engagement.
- [00:11:40.070]Today is my single
favorite day of the year.
- [00:11:42.950]I look forward to Student Impact
Awards every year. In fact,
- [00:11:47.240]I'm already looking forward to 2022.
- [00:11:49.760]it's just such an amazing way to recognize
our outstanding student organizations and the great
- [00:11:54.490]things you guys did. This year is even
more special for me because you guys
- [00:11:59.320]showed us that COVID
can't slow you down.
- [00:12:01.900]we had some really awesome
stuff happen this year,
- [00:12:05.620]and I know I'm so proud of the
work all 550 student organizations
- [00:12:10.600]did, but especially if those of
you who could join us tonight.
- [00:12:14.920]We don't always remember, me specifically,
to take a minute and say thank you
- [00:12:19.840]to the people who help us.
- [00:12:21.490]So tonight I'd like to take a quick
opportunity before we dive into the awards,
- [00:12:25.840]to thank some folks.
- [00:12:27.880]First I'd like to thank our Student
Impact award selection team.
- [00:12:31.810]They took some extra time out
of their day-to-day lives,
- [00:12:34.420]which are always busy, to review
all of our 71 nominations
- [00:12:39.340]and review. And they had a really hard
job to do that. That was a lot
- [00:12:43.750]there were some really close categories.
- [00:12:45.760]So I do want to recognize
that that team of Kat Grier,
- [00:12:48.970]Brian Stelzer, Anna Witte
Preston Phelps, Judy Augustine,
- [00:12:53.710]Carrie Jackson, Andrew Brown,
Reshell Ray and Joe Hagerty.
- [00:12:57.640]So if you could give them a round of applause.
- [00:13:05.910]I would also be remiss if I didn't
think our student staff, specifically our
- [00:13:10.650]student organization staff, this
year has been without a doubt hard,
- [00:13:14.820]and it's been a unique challenge. So I
do want to say thank you to Trace Larson,
- [00:13:19.650]Brandy Kinnander, Justin Lalumandier,
and finally Anneliese Christien.
- [00:13:24.240]These four students have helped
make RSOs so very successful.
- [00:13:27.990]And I know I couldn't have done it
without them. So I'm so grateful to them.
- [00:13:34.500]Annelise was the very first
student I hired when I,
- [00:13:36.990]when I started at Nebraska, and she's
been with me all three years by my
- [00:13:41.940]side. And she's approaching graduation.
- [00:13:44.430]And this is the final time I could
publicly say how proud I am of you.
- [00:13:48.540]I'm going to miss you, but
I know I've got until January.
- [00:13:51.960]But I know in January our team
will feel a little different,
- [00:13:55.320]but you'll be off doing all the
good work to change the world.
- [00:13:58.620]So I didn't want to miss
an opportunity to say thank you.
- [00:14:00.780]She deserves it!
- [00:14:09.030]But I didn't cry. Let
the record show. Okay.
- [00:14:14.490]So next I would like to,
- [00:14:16.590]welcome Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Student Life and Leadership. Mr.
- [00:14:19.680]TJ McDonnell.
- [00:14:30.450][TJ]: Good evening everyone. Thank you.
- [00:14:34.320]I want to say how much I enjoyed
the Red Keys. I really enjoyed them.
- [00:14:39.770]It's probably because I have no
singing ability or talents whatsoever.
- [00:14:44.310]I have no rhythm. I love hearing somebody
beat box. And so I think I'm envious.
- [00:14:49.030]Anytime I hear someone
who can sing and has rhythm.
- [00:14:53.720]Wow. It has been an incredible year and
it's so good to actually be in person.
- [00:14:57.770]And I mean, yes,
- [00:14:58.580]we got to wear a mask and you all
look funny sitting so far apart,
- [00:15:02.270]but it's better than doing this over zoom.
- [00:15:03.830]So I'm so excited to be here and to
also give my welcome to you for the 2021
- [00:15:08.630]Student Impact Awards. I
too want to say, thank you.
- [00:15:13.190]Thank you to every one of you in this
room for your leadership this year.
- [00:15:18.290]You all helped us do what I believe,
- [00:15:20.240]the three things we want to do
in student life and leadership.
- [00:15:23.180]You supported student success.
- [00:15:25.400]You found ways to build community and
you developed leadership. And you did that
- [00:15:30.080]despite the COVID pandemic
and the regulations. You
- [00:15:36.110]you stay true to the mission; and you
still found ways to make it happen.
- [00:15:39.920]I want to share a number that I'm really,
- [00:15:41.360]really proud of and you should be too in
the last academic year until April 1st,
- [00:15:47.270]student organizations, recognized
student organizations hosted
- [00:15:52.130]or facilitated - and facilitated
- [00:15:54.650]3,873 events,
- [00:15:58.910]3,403 of those had at
least part of it in person.
- [00:16:04.250]That is amazing. A lot of other campuses
weren't doing anything in person.
- [00:16:08.660]So the fact that you all helped host
3,800 events with 3,400 of them in person
- [00:16:13.400]is amazing. And not a single one of
those events was a super spreader.
- [00:16:19.730]So thank you. Thank you for that.
- [00:16:25.870]I mean,
- [00:16:26.050]that's what I'm assuming it's none of
them were, because I'm sure I would have
- [00:16:28.660]heard if they were. I want to, I
want to thank - thank the SLICE -
- [00:16:32.650]The Student Leadership, Involvement,
& Community Engagement staff.
- [00:16:36.550]And if you would, if the staff were
here, would you just please stand up?
- [00:16:39.670]I know I don't thank you enough for
all that you do to support students.
- [00:16:44.470]Yes. Yes. Thank you.
- [00:16:47.530]Thank you for all the ways in which
you've adapted and supported students this
- [00:16:51.250]year. I also want to thank those
of you who serve as Advsiors.
- [00:16:56.260]It's such an important role. It helps
students make these things happen.
- [00:17:00.400]So thank you to the Advsiors who
are in the room. Please stand up.
- [00:17:04.240]Let's - let's give you a
round of applause too. Yes.
- [00:17:10.240]Thank you. Thank you.
- [00:17:12.730]I also want to say how grateful I am for
those of you who took time to nominate
- [00:17:16.180]students or organizations for these
Awards. That takes time too. So thank you.
- [00:17:19.300]I'm grateful to you for
doing that. And finally,
- [00:17:21.430]I just want to say congratulations to
those of you who we're honoring tonight.
- [00:17:25.210]You really have been partners. You really
have truly made an impact this year.
- [00:17:30.190]So thank you. And congratulations.
- [00:17:47.200][Joe]: We’re going to move this up
just a little back in the… - alright.
- [00:17:50.370]Well thank you
TJ for speaking.
- [00:17:53.970]And now the moment
everybody's been waiting for,
- [00:17:57.150]we're going to move on to the
actual Awards portion of our event.
- [00:18:01.560]And if you're chosen for an award,
- [00:18:03.120]what we'd like you to do is to please
come to the stage, to receive your award.
- [00:18:06.600]While we read all the lovely comments
about you and all your accomplishments
- [00:18:10.950]that your nominators have mentioned.
- [00:18:13.980]So since we are navigating
in the COVID pandemic,
- [00:18:17.460]Veronica will indicate which award
for you to pick up. So Vanna White,
- [00:18:21.120]she will indicate which one to pick up
- [00:18:25.320]and then we'd love to still get
a picture. But during that time,
- [00:18:28.650]please keep your facial covering on during
the event, even during the pictures.
- [00:18:33.360]So for the organizational
- [00:18:36.810]send one representative
up to receive your award.
- [00:18:39.120]So outstanding student organization,
don't send the whole group up,
- [00:18:42.240]just send one person that can be your
president or someone else, but one person.
- [00:18:47.430]So with that being said, we are
going to move on to our first award.
- [00:18:51.270]And the first award that we're
going to start out with is the 2021
- [00:18:55.980]outstanding new student
organization. So with this award,
- [00:19:00.120]it recognizes a newly
recognized student organization.
- [00:19:03.030]That's less than a year old that's
exhibited initiative and organizational
- [00:19:06.870]development, established a positive
presence within the university and in the
- [00:19:11.460]surrounding community. The nominees for
the award are on the screen behind me.
- [00:19:18.150]And with this, we had a really,
- [00:19:19.530]really hard time picking the winner for
this one because there's really good
- [00:19:24.030]candidates. And for this award,
- [00:19:26.010]it's really special to me since my
role is mainly to help new student
- [00:19:29.610]organizations. So with all of those,
- [00:19:32.820]we're going to move on
to announcing our winner.
- [00:19:35.700]So this year's outstanding new
student organization winner is,
- [00:19:39.390]and we need more excitement.
So drum roll please.
- [00:19:46.400]UNL branch of medical students
United with neighbors across America!
- [00:20:00.620]So a little bit about
this fantastic group.
- [00:20:03.110]The goal of what they call MUNA is
to build strong community through the
- [00:20:08.030]union of public health
and service to others.
- [00:20:10.880]The mission is to engage with the
community in ways that emphasize holistic
- [00:20:16.700]focusing on healthcare education and
creative partnerships with the community.
- [00:20:21.410]through the MUNA box project,
- [00:20:23.210]the group exceeded the
highest expectations and had
the opportunity to provide
- [00:20:27.470]boxes of culturally specified
food to over 100 families in the
- [00:20:32.210]Lincoln community.
- [00:20:33.560]And that included over 400
individuals. since introduction to
- [00:20:38.690]even just this fall, through both
service events and meetings members have
- [00:20:43.130]developed meaningful, educational, and
long lasting relationships with the
- [00:20:47.800]community leaders, immigrant and
refugee families, medical students,
- [00:20:52.510]and fellow family members.
- [00:20:55.030]UNL MUNA emphasizes positively
representing UNL in the
community by giving back
- [00:21:00.340]to Lincoln and providing students with
a place to learn and grow. Once again,
- [00:21:14.130]All right. We will move on to our
second award here. And for this one,
- [00:21:18.240]this is going to be our outstanding
student organization member award.
- [00:21:31.830]So this awad is presented
to a student organization [member].
- [00:21:37.380]And students also
demonstrate [leadership]. It is once again,
- [00:21:39.690]going to be on the screen behind me.
- [00:21:41.070]So congrats to both of our outstanding
nominees, both key word, both.
- [00:21:46.680]So the outstanding student
organization and member award goes
- [00:21:51.390]to drum roll, please.
- [00:21:56.190]Madison Whitney from Sustain UNL.
- [00:22:08.130]So sustains mission is to create
sustainable world through activism,
- [00:22:12.540]education, and service engagement,
- [00:22:14.910]which they strive to achieve through
living our core values of community
- [00:22:19.560]empathy, growth, diligence, and integrity.
- [00:22:23.040]Madison was the epitome of Sustain’s
ideals with a campaign called Code
- [00:22:27.720]Red, the aim to bring sustainable
products, period products, education,
- [00:22:32.070]and conversation to
campus. Her campaign idea
- [00:22:35.580]quickly gained traction through setting
up the partnership receiving and
- [00:22:39.990]delivering all of the menstrual
cups and leading the campaign.
- [00:22:44.130]Madison was a shining example
of Sustain’s core values.
- [00:22:48.180]Not only did Code Red provide
free sustainable period
products to UNL students,
- [00:22:52.560]but Madison also created a
space for the stigma around
- [00:22:57.180]periods could be broken
- [00:22:59.940]Madison spread the word that cis
women aren't the only menstrual humans,
- [00:23:03.810]trans women non-binary folk and
people with many other identities
- [00:23:08.040]menstruate, too. Madison was
as a true leader this year,
- [00:23:10.830]bringing impactful and intersectional
campaign to life to create a more
- [00:23:15.180]sustainable campus. Once
again, congratulations Madison!
- [00:23:26.910]Alrighty. We'll move
on to our third award.
- [00:23:30.150]The outstanding student
organization officer award.
- [00:23:33.900]This award is presented
to a student organization [officer].
- [00:23:36.210]Who's played a major role
in their organization.
- [00:23:40.140]The nominees once again,
- [00:23:41.310]we'll be seen on the screen
and congrats to 10 nominees.
- [00:23:46.880]So for this year's
outstanding officer award,
- [00:23:50.270]it will go to Jenna Knutson of Engineers
- [00:23:55.010]Without Borders.
- [00:24:04.450]So Jenna has demonstrated the qualities
of an outstanding student organization.
- [00:24:09.910]She regularly goes above and beyond
Engineers Without Borders specifically on
- [00:24:13.960]the solar team that she leads.
- [00:24:16.270]She ensured that in-person gatherings
with Engineer without Borders members are
- [00:24:19.990]safe and well organized. To make sure
that they ran smoothly and were as safe
- [00:24:24.970]as possible. Most recently,
- [00:24:26.890]she organized and ran a conduit program
and it was very applicable training to
- [00:24:31.660]the club because it helped them prepare
for what they might expect when they
- [00:24:35.080]travel internationally as a
team to do their projects.
- [00:24:38.830]Jenna has before even COVID-19 traveled
to Madagascar and in order to help
- [00:24:42.790]install projects to get
- [00:24:46.180]Her efforts have positively Impacted
those living in Madagascar and to get
- [00:24:50.710]electricity into elementary schools. Also,
- [00:24:54.280]she leads through example and has helped
lift up other members who are new to
- [00:24:57.490]the organization. Once
again, congratulations Jenna!
- [00:25:08.320]The next award tonight will be
the 2021 student organization
- [00:25:13.000]Philanthropy and Service award.
- [00:25:15.640]This award is presented to a student
organization that designs and executes a
- [00:25:20.140]philanthropy and service project that
has a major Impact on the community,
- [00:25:25.300]outside or within the
university of Nebraska Lincoln.
- [00:25:29.710]The nominees for the award can
be seen on the screen behind us.
- [00:25:33.070]We're really proud of these nominees and
for all that they did in the community.
- [00:25:38.800]So without further ado, the
winner of the organization
- [00:25:43.750]Philanthropy and Service award goes
to: UNL branch of medical students
- [00:25:48.490]United with neighbors across
00:26:00.670 --> 00:26:05.230
UNL MUNA is an exemplary
student organization dedicated
to assisting immigrant
- [00:26:05.230]and refugee families with food insecurity
in Lincoln. Over the past six months,
- [00:26:10.120]they have organized and hosted separate
food box distributions and events that
- [00:26:14.680]supported 400 community
members in Lincoln.
- [00:26:17.980]MUNA has also handled every step along
the process for that food distribution,
- [00:26:22.060]from finding families, to shopping, to
packing and even distributing the boxes.
- [00:26:27.310]UNL MUNA has served refugees and
immigrant communities from all over the
- [00:26:32.200]world, in addition to UNMC
with two different locations,
- [00:26:36.490]they've held their own donation
box events with Educare Lincoln,
- [00:26:40.930]which is an early childhood
school for low income community members.
- [00:26:44.610]And mercy housing and affordable
housing organization in Lincoln.
- [00:26:49.200]Congratulations for all of your hard
work round of applause for UNL MUNA!
- [00:27:00.290]Now we'll move on to our
next portion of our award,
- [00:27:02.660]but I'd like to first
introduce my colleague Kat
Grier to present the next few
- [00:27:06.920]Awards. So round of applause for Kat!
- [00:27:20.780][Kat]: The next award tonight
will be the 2021 Student
- [00:27:24.890]Organization. [Joe, you didn’t flip the page!]
- [00:27:30.440]Diversity and Inclusion award.
- [00:27:33.440]This award is presented to the recognized
student organization who has displayed
- [00:27:37.610]inclusive excellence and commitment to
awareness of diversity and inclusion of
- [00:27:41.780]all students at the University
of Nebraska Lincoln.
- [00:27:44.930]The nominees for this award
are on the screen behind me.
- [00:27:48.290]These groups have all done great work
dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
- [00:27:53.180]The winner of the student organization,
- [00:27:54.870]diversity and inclusion
award is the National
- [00:27:59.270]Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists
and Technical Professionals at the
- [00:28:03.620]University of Nebraska Lincoln.
- [00:28:15.170]This group consistently demonstrates its
commitment to diversity and inclusion,
- [00:28:19.520]not only for its members,
- [00:28:20.870]but for the campus and broader
community as well. NOGLSTP
- [00:28:25.850]UNL played an active role in the Lincoln
community by testifying in support of a
- [00:28:30.800]recent proposal to ban conversion
therapy for youth within the city limits.
- [00:28:36.230]They have offered professional development
training to its members through a
- [00:28:39.470]diversity statement workshop.
- [00:28:41.690]Their precedent has served in the
Chancellor's commission of the status of
- [00:28:45.230]gender and sexual identity,
- [00:28:47.360]where he engaged with local professionals
to prepare for a free legal clinic for
- [00:28:51.560]name change services to transgender
and gender diverse individuals.
- [00:28:56.510]The vice president is involved with a
team called Trans Collaborations that puts
- [00:29:00.770]on a summer camp for transgender and
gender diverse youth. In short this group
- [00:29:05.570]and its leadership promote diversity and
inclusion efforts within our student
- [00:29:10.070]group, then our student group, but
also in a very broad context.
- [00:29:13.910]Congratulations again!
- [00:29:22.310]Our next award is the 2021
outstanding new student organization
- [00:29:28.490]This award is presented to an Advisor
with less than three years of experience
- [00:29:32.150]as an Advsior of an RSO and has made
significant contributions to the
- [00:29:36.200]organization and its members.
- [00:29:38.300]The nominees for this award
are on the screen behind me,
- [00:29:42.160]congrats to all of you.
- [00:29:44.380]All three of these new RSO Advsiors have
helped their RSOs grow and navigate the
- [00:29:48.520]last year successfully. This year's
outstanding student organization.
- [00:29:53.050]New Advsior is Dr. Rachel
Hart with the Classics Club.
- [00:30:06.660]Dr. Hart, unfortunately, wasn't
able to join us this evening,
- [00:30:09.510]but one of the members from the Classics
Club is here to accept the award on her
- [00:30:13.590]behalf. Dr.
- [00:30:16.080]Hart inspires students to
examine the ancient texts and new
- [00:30:20.760]ways that push the boundaries of what
one would typically consider in the field
- [00:30:24.600]of classics. Not only do her
students come to Classics Club,
- [00:30:27.930]on her encouragement,
- [00:30:28.770]but many classic club members sign up
for her classes because of her enthusiasm
- [00:30:32.280]for the subject. Since then, Dr.
- [00:30:34.290]Hart has been extremely helpful with
running a club in the midst of a pandemic.
- [00:30:38.760]In order to keep our
members safe and healthy,
- [00:30:41.520]We haven't been able to host the same
sorts of events we would in a normal
- [00:30:44.850]school year. Still we've made
do with what we have. This year
- [00:30:48.480]Classics Club has moved to zoom based
club meetings and even hosted a virtual
- [00:30:53.160]movie night and a virtual Halloween party.
- [00:30:56.040]We are in the midst of organizing a
streamed diversion of the Homearathon,
- [00:31:00.150]where we will read the Homeric hymns
as well as new event on the horizon.
- [00:31:04.860]Congratulations again,
Dr. Hart and the Classics Club.
- [00:31:14.910]Our next award is the 2021 outstanding
student organization Advsior award.
- [00:31:20.460]This award is presented to an Advsior
with more than three years of experience
- [00:31:24.390]as an Advsior of an RSO, and has made
significant contributions to the
- [00:31:28.500]organization and its
members. While we only,
- [00:31:31.500]only received one nomination
for this category,
- [00:31:35.490]we received three unique
nominations for Lori Romano.
- [00:31:38.880]I think that speaks loud and clear:
- [00:31:40.410]She really is an outstanding
student org Advsior,
- [00:31:43.140]and I am very happy to present this
award to her Lori Romano with the First
- [00:31:47.070]Gen Student organization.
- [00:31:58.500]One of the nominees
shared this about Lori:
- [00:32:01.110]One of the many things I've learned from
Lori is that college is not a one man
- [00:32:04.830]show. It's a team effort,
- [00:32:06.660]and it's honestly much easier
asking for help than it is quietly
- [00:32:10.050]struggling on your own.
- [00:32:11.730]Lori is able to push students outside
of their comfort zones and help them
- [00:32:15.300]reach goals they never
imagined themselves striving
for in the first place.
- [00:32:19.410]She is laser focused on dismantling
barriers for first-generation scholars and
- [00:32:24.060]providing resources and support to help
them succeed from the moment they step
- [00:32:27.810]on campus until they graduate
and become successful alumni.
- [00:32:31.830]She helped students start this RSO and has
been a cheerleader from the beginning.
- [00:32:35.760]Congratulations again, Lori!
- [00:32:43.210]Now I'd like to invite our campus
recreation colleague, Zac Brost,
- [00:32:47.740]who will be presenting a few Sport Club Awards.
- [00:32:58.870][Zac]: Thanks, Kat. It's my first Impact awards.
- [00:33:02.770]I'm excited to be here. Um, in
my shop over campus recreation,
- [00:33:06.980]I oversee the intermural
sports and sport clubs.
- [00:33:09.790]So it's been a unique year
to say the least and uh,
- [00:33:14.200]in sport club land, but, um,
- [00:33:16.690]we've got a group of student leaders
over there that I've been nothing but
- [00:33:19.900]impressed with as we've
worked through all of the, uh,
- [00:33:22.420]all the challenges this
year has brought us.
- [00:33:25.900]So our first award is the
2021 sport club athlete of the
- [00:33:30.640]year. Uh, this award
recognizes two students
- [00:33:35.860]who demonstrate exemplary
- [00:33:38.380]and strong leadership
within their sport club,
- [00:33:40.930]both on and off the playing surface.
- [00:33:43.480]They show exemplary sportsmanship
to coaches, teammates, opponents,
- [00:33:46.780]and officials. So we had some fantastic
and deserving nominees this year.
- [00:33:52.090]And since competition looked a little
bit different for most of our clubs,
- [00:33:55.420]this year's outstanding athletes showed
remarkable leadership and love for their
- [00:33:59.410]sports in a, in a bit different
way than we may traditionally see.
- [00:34:04.450]The first winner is Allison
Heinrichs for UNL Water Ski.
- [00:34:16.360]I know Ali couldn't be here tonight. Um,
- [00:34:18.970]I'm pretty sure she couldn't get off work.
- [00:34:20.350]She was in early this
morning already, but, uh,
- [00:34:23.140]Ali's the current president
of the water ski club.
- [00:34:25.540]She's currently in her second term in
a position. She's put in a great deal of
- [00:34:29.470]time in order to improve her
skills both on and off the water.
- [00:34:32.740]And there is a balance to both.
- [00:34:34.900]She's been a member of the competition
team since her freshman year and has
- [00:34:38.170]continued to grow as an athlete.
- [00:34:40.420]Alison is broken every Nebraska
woman's water ski record,
- [00:34:43.840]and each of the three events,
- [00:34:45.340]including slalom, trick,
and jump. Out of the boat.
- [00:34:49.480]Ali spends hours, mentoring teammates,
as well as skiers of all ages.
- [00:34:54.310]She truly has a passion for her sport
and shares it every opportunity she gets.
- [00:34:58.450]Congratulations, Alison!
- [00:35:06.790]Our second winners Jackson
Goddard from Men's Soccer.
- [00:35:16.900]Near and dear to my heart. As I, uh,
personally, uh, uh, advise this club,
- [00:35:22.510]uh, Jackson serves as the
president of the Men's Soccer Club.
- [00:35:26.440]He's among the most talented and
experienced players in the club. Uh,
- [00:35:30.100]but honestly this year,
the physical abilities, uh,
- [00:35:32.920]they kind of seem like more of an
afterthought. Due to the COVID restrictions
- [00:35:36.870]competition for the soccer club. Hasn't
been in the cards. Unfortunately, uh,
- [00:35:41.250]somehow Jackson has, has been able
to keep his group together. Uh,
- [00:35:44.940]he's found ways to organize
and motivate club membership,
- [00:35:47.520]to continue building and growing the club.
- [00:35:50.310]So many students on our campus are
craving that sense of community right now.
- [00:35:53.850]And Jackson's ability to continue to
provide the opportunity to engage really
- [00:35:57.480]stands out to me.
- [00:35:59.760]Men's Soccer is in a better place now
because of Jackson's skills on and off the
- [00:36:02.910]pitch. So congratulations Jackson!
- [00:36:13.280]Next up is a sport club of the year award.
- [00:36:16.910]This award celebrates the club that
demonstrates success on and off a playing
- [00:36:20.870]surface made a meaningful
contribution to students,
- [00:36:24.950]the university and the surrounding
community, organized activities, events,
- [00:36:29.630]and programs that have had a significant
impact on the quality of campus life at
- [00:36:33.140]UNL while upholding its
mission and purpose. Uh,
- [00:36:38.130]the nominees for this award are
on the slide beside me here.
- [00:36:42.380]Congratulations to all nominated clubs.
- [00:36:45.740]This year's winner is Men's Rugby.
- [00:36:57.890]No Brennan tonight either. We're gonna
have to have a conversation here.
- [00:37:03.680]Might change my mind. Again,
- [00:37:07.460]we're talking about a club that's been
hit hard by COVID restrictions. Uh,
- [00:37:11.060]for those of you that aren't familiar
with the sport of rugby, uh, it's rough,
- [00:37:15.440]right? There's lots of contacts.
Uh, unlike a sport like football,
- [00:37:20.060]these athletes aren't wearing much in
the department of pads or equipment,
- [00:37:23.960]as you might imagine, it takes a,
we'll say a special kind of individual,
- [00:37:28.490]um, to play this sport. Uh, this,
- [00:37:32.300]this club allows this kind of person
to find a family on our campus. Uh,
- [00:37:36.800]I have not been more proud of any club
this year than I have been of Rugby,
- [00:37:41.690]Sorry, except maybe Soccer.
- [00:37:47.720]These guys rolled with every punch
adjusting practice plans and fundamentally
- [00:37:51.350]changing what they do and how they do
it because that's what it took to play
- [00:37:54.500]their sport as safely as possible
in this environment. Through it
- [00:37:58.580]all, the clubs stayed together.
They modeled the behavior
- [00:38:01.520]we'd like to see from all of our
organizations, they follow the rules,
- [00:38:05.300]they embrace change and they provided
a welcoming environment for anyone that
- [00:38:08.930]wanted to join them. By the spring
semester, the club was able to hold a red,
- [00:38:12.800]white game among themselves.
- [00:38:15.030]I know this wasn't ideal and not the
competitive season that they hoped for,
- [00:38:19.730]but honestly it was a bright spot in my
year to see the joy that came to the,
- [00:38:23.530]to that group. Um,
- [00:38:25.010]because they got out there and got to do
the sport and participate in the sport
- [00:38:29.000]that they love. I'm happy to award
them this year's outstanding club.
- [00:38:41.070]That does it for me in my shop. Um,
but honestly kudos to all of you. Um,
- [00:38:45.870]this has been such a unique year. Uh,
- [00:38:49.860]the fact that we're here tonight,
- [00:38:51.240]recognizing student groups that were
able to stick it out and do what we
- [00:38:56.040]do, um, is really impressive to me. You
all should be, should be really proud,
- [00:39:00.810]really honored, um, kudos to you all. Um,
- [00:39:05.070]I'm going to stick to the script for
everybody's sake because I'll go, uh,
- [00:39:08.370]I'll go all night.
- [00:39:09.420]So now I like to walk in Melissa
Griffith Phelps back to the stage to
- [00:39:14.190]continue with the award ceremony.
- [00:39:16.110]And I'm going to take my sheet
because I learned my lesson.
- [00:39:34.800][Melissa]: Zac's getting us in trouble.
All right. Thank you, Zac.
- [00:39:37.650]That was very kind of you to come and
join us and give out the first ever
- [00:39:41.040]student sport club Awards
that we've added to our lineup.
- [00:39:45.900]I want to take a moment and say again,
- [00:39:47.430]congratulations to all of our winners
so far, we do have a couple more Awards.
- [00:39:51.360]Um, but I also want to thank my
colleagues who've helped me tonight.
- [00:39:54.720]Help present Kat, Zac, Joe, and
Veronica helping us out tonight.
- [00:39:59.700]And Mike's taking pictures
for us as well.
- [00:40:04.050]it goes without saying, and
everyone said it tonight.
- [00:40:07.140]The last 18 months have been weird.
They've been a little different. Um,
- [00:40:11.070]when the pandemic first began, many of
us stayed home, found ways to stay safe.
- [00:40:15.840]We learned how to bake bread, watched
probably every episode of The Office,
- [00:40:20.460]at least twice in my household. And
we stocked up on hand sanitizer,
- [00:40:24.510]wherever we could find it. As a
pandemic continued you all our students
- [00:40:29.760]were itching to come back and trust me,
We wanted you back! Everyday, we were like,
- [00:40:34.440]“when did they come back? We
were missing them so much.”
- [00:40:37.200]You also found unique ways
to keep each other safe.
- [00:40:40.800]This is not what I expected for tonight,
- [00:40:43.200]but it's one way we can
keep each other safe.
- [00:40:46.050]Our social media timelines went from
fear, loss, frustration, and anger,
- [00:40:51.330]and some burnt bread to
vaccine cards, spring flowers,
- [00:40:55.440]and maybe just maybe that one
loaf of perfect sourdough.
- [00:40:59.490]It didn't happen in my house, but maybe
it happened in yours. But through it
- [00:41:03.660]all our student orgs never gave up.
- [00:41:06.480]Our RSOs found ways to host your
events, your meetings, elections,
- [00:41:10.650]Team-building - mostly virtually. When
campus began formulating safety
- [00:41:15.360]precautions to come back in person,
- [00:41:18.000]Many of our - when many of our peers said
we're going to stay remote. Our RSOs,
- [00:41:23.010]a campus partners never took no for an
answer and consistently found new and
- [00:41:27.570]innovative ways to build
community and engage.
- [00:41:31.440]I would have never guessed that this year
would have been one of my professional
- [00:41:34.250]best years. I would have never thought
that possible. And I did stumble.
- [00:41:38.990]But overall, this was one of the
single greatest years for me,
- [00:41:42.170]because I got to watch all of you and -
everyone who couldn't be here tonight -
- [00:41:45.620]those on zoom,
- [00:41:46.790]I got to watch you all grow and
develop and learn as well as watch my
- [00:41:50.660]colleagues. You, you just simply put,
- [00:41:55.550]you never, ever gave up.
- [00:41:57.920]So we put together a short video to
celebrate some of the cool things that you
- [00:42:01.430]all as RSOs did. So we'd like to take
just a few minutes to share that.
- [00:45:16.080]Thank you. Now we'll get back to our Awards.
- [00:45:19.520]Our next award is the 2021 outstanding
student organization president.
- [00:45:24.320]This award is presented to a president
of an organization who has played a major
- [00:45:27.950]role in the development and execution
of their student organization and has
- [00:45:32.840]demonstrated a commitment to
the purpose of the organization.
- [00:45:37.520]We're all a little rusty today. The
nominees for this award are behind me.
- [00:45:41.480]Let me tell you, this was
a really close category.
- [00:45:44.600]The next four categories were
all incredibly hard to pick from,
- [00:45:49.130]and it took many of us a long
time to make these decisions.
- [00:45:55.130]This Year's outstanding student organization,
- [00:45:56.810]president award goes to Nicholas Harp
from the National Organization of Gay
- [00:46:01.760]and Lesbian Scientists and
Technical Professionals at
the University of Nebraska
- [00:46:14.630]The mission of this RSO as we've talked
about in the earlier award is to empower
- [00:46:18.650]lesbian, gay, bisexual,
- [00:46:21.410]and allied individuals with interests
in science, technology, engineering,
- [00:46:26.180]and math, through education, advocacy,
professional development, networking,
- [00:46:30.860]and peer support.
- [00:46:32.390]Nick has upheld this mission over the
past three years in numerous ways.
- [00:46:36.410]For instance, he has consistently
collaborated with city council,
- [00:46:40.760]city council members to have the
organization members testify in support of
- [00:46:44.780]legislative actions to
protect LGBTQ+ people.
- [00:46:49.760]Nick has positively represented the
organization through his commitment to
- [00:46:53.000]diversity and inclusion across
the university and community.
- [00:46:57.320]Nick has continued to innovate as it
relates to this organization and has used
- [00:47:01.850]each academic year to
create new initiative, to -
- [00:47:05.320]to advantage LGBTQA+ individuals.
- [00:47:09.080]He's organized workshops and social
events for the members. Put simply Nick is
- [00:47:13.850]having a big impact on many
different groups in units on campus,
- [00:47:17.420]but is unquestionably having the largest
Impact as it relates to the LGBTQA+
- [00:47:21.920]community. Congratulations, Nick,
- [00:47:31.980]The next award, It might've even been
even closer than the president award.
- [00:47:36.450]It is our 2021 student leadership award.
- [00:47:39.780]This award is presented to an
individual student who shows exceptional
- [00:47:43.500]leadership and commitment to the
advancement of the University of [Nebraska] Lincoln.
- [00:47:48.630]This student shows philanthropy, service,
- [00:47:51.570]leadership and academics
as their core values.
- [00:47:55.020]The nominations are here on the screen.
- [00:47:59.220]This one kept me up at night, choosing
this student leader. It took like,
- [00:48:02.810]like president, many of
us weighed in on this one.
- [00:48:05.160]And this I'm telling you guys I lost
sleep to this one. It was so close.
- [00:48:09.990]So all four of you should be incredibly
proud of yourselves and the impact
- [00:48:14.550]you've had on campus,
- [00:48:17.460]this year's winner of the student
leadership award is Fernanda Krupek.
- [00:48:31.200]Fernanda’s leadership and relationship with
fellow students and the UNL community
- [00:48:35.040]as a whole are truly remarkable.
- [00:48:37.500]In addition to balancing her coursework
and research responsibilities,
- [00:48:41.250]she has undertaken numerous leadership
roles within Agronomy and Horticulture
- [00:48:44.820]Graduate Student Association. In
less than one year as a member,
- [00:48:49.020]she helps support planning and
execution of several events,
- [00:48:52.590]including the elevator speech
competition, multiple fundraising events,
- [00:48:57.090]the plant sciences symposium,
- [00:48:58.890]and a network session at our
main scientific society’s
- [00:49:01.770]annual meeting. Her academic
works are plenty. They are.
- [00:49:06.870]and she has even given
back to the community in a
variety of ways. While reading
- [00:49:11.550]for her extensive publication and
community service the
- [00:49:15.600]committee itself was so impressed
with the dedication to her studies,
- [00:49:19.620]the RSO in the larger
community. So congratulations!
- [00:49:29.910]I'm not supposed to have
favorite awards, but I do.
- [00:49:33.660]And I would say my favorite award is
the award that - the next one,
- [00:49:38.670]our program of the year award. This
is an award that I love giving out.
- [00:49:42.150]I love reading about the different events
that y'all put on because I know it
- [00:49:45.960]was hard in a normal year, but
it was even harder this year.
- [00:49:50.790]This award is presented to a program
that enhances the University of Nebraska
- [00:49:54.870]Lincoln community by engaging
the student body in a unique way,
- [00:49:59.010]emphasis on unique this year. The nominee
is on the screen or on the screen.
- [00:50:03.600]This year's nominees has worked so
hard to make both in-person and virtual
- [00:50:06.810]events possible. Like TJ said,
our RSOs hosted over 3,400 events,
- [00:50:11.730]3,800 events. That's nothing to balk at.
- [00:50:16.200]The winner of this year’s
- [00:50:17.010]Student organization program of the year
goes to the Classics Club for the UNL
- [00:50:31.330]If You're unfamiliar.
- [00:50:32.140]This event is a really neat traditional
event that has a really unique
- [00:50:36.700]following here on campus. Um,
this year, or last year in 2020,
- [00:50:41.620]this event couldn't happen, right?
- [00:50:43.030]We had all gone home and we're protecting
ourselves and staying safe. That didn't
- [00:50:47.410]stop the Classics Club. Um,
- [00:50:49.810]quickly after they realized they weren't
going to be able to host this in person
- [00:50:53.380]event, they came up
with an alternative, uh,
- [00:50:56.080]to do an online shortened
version of this event.
- [00:51:00.340]They were able to put together a plan for
implementing the online Homearathon.
- [00:51:04.090]The idea to have a podcast like Homearathon
that centered on the theme of
- [00:51:07.480]plagues was something that they discussed
at length to ensure it wasn't going to
- [00:51:11.470]be considered in their words, tacky.
- [00:51:14.710]We were thrilled to have the mayor
introduce the material and speak to the
- [00:51:18.280]timeliness of having such
an event to the community.
- [00:51:21.610]Community is central to the
spirit of the Homearathon.
- [00:51:24.190]And as is the collaboration of Classics
Club’s with other departments and
- [00:51:28.540]colleges at the unit at UNL. So
congratulations to our Classics Club.
- [00:51:41.230]We've done it. We've reached the final
one. We've had a great night so far,
- [00:51:45.130]but we do have one more to give out.
- [00:51:47.170]So the final award tonight is our
2021 outstanding student organization.
- [00:51:52.450]This award is presented to a student
organization that demonstrates commitment
- [00:51:56.080]to growth of its individual members and
to its mission statement and purpose.
- [00:52:00.610]This organization will have made an
outstanding contribution to the University
- [00:52:04.210]of Nebraska's campus
culture and the community.
- [00:52:08.350]These are our nominees this
year. Again, very good nominees.
- [00:52:12.700]The winner of this year's outstanding
student organization is the Agronomy and
- [00:52:17.230]Horticulture Graduate Student Association.
- [00:52:29.530]In 2020 and 2021,
- [00:52:31.360]the group's goals were to
bring professional development -
- [00:52:35.590]collaborate with other RSOs and clubs
of the College of Agriculture and
- [00:52:40.570]Natural Resources and innovate by
taking close attention to the students'
- [00:52:46.810]The student org reached these goals
through events offered for the graduate
- [00:52:50.410]students in the organization
- [00:52:51.700]and beyond. One such effort was
offering a mental health workshop.
- [00:52:55.630]This raised awareness for mental health
and helped us discuss the importance
- [00:53:00.370]among our peers.
- [00:53:01.930]It was a relevant to highlight
this as it highlight this workshops
- [00:53:06.730]instead addressed the
very timely situations and
realities that many are facing
- [00:53:11.320]given our current
conditions. Mental health
- [00:53:14.080]first aid experts presented an
overview of mental health first aid.
- [00:53:17.440]Learning more about this important and
timely subject helped everyone success. In
- [00:53:22.240]partnership with plant pathology
department and entomology Bruner club,
- [00:53:26.670]the elevator speech contest was hosted
virtually for the first time ever.
- [00:53:30.180]The new adoption displayed a clear
example of innovation, creativity,
- [00:53:34.080]and resiliency of the student club by
not giving up in times of uncertainty or
- [00:53:39.240]There's no playbook in this unprecedented
time in this club is so proud of the
- [00:53:42.990]students and leaders who have
stepped up to provide some normalcy
- [00:53:47.610]within Agronomy and Horticulture,
Graduate Student Association.
- [00:53:51.690]Congratulations to your RSO!
- [00:54:02.840]One more round of applause for
all of our winners this evening.
- [00:54:15.380]Before you get rid of me,
- [00:54:16.460]I'd like to just a few more thanks
to our review committee again,
- [00:54:20.810]to the Red Keys for their great
performance, Awards Unlimited,
- [00:54:24.440]where we purchase our Awards, the Nebraska
Union team and the reservations team,
- [00:54:28.370]TJ McDowell, our student affairs,
marketing and communication tea -
- [00:54:32.210]Taking pictures tonight. And of course,
Zac, for joining us this evening.
- [00:54:36.560]Now I'll turn the microphone over
to our Director, Veronica rapey,
- [00:54:40.070]to say a few words.
- [00:54:47.810]I always get to bat clean up.
- [00:54:50.780]So each year, when I sit
down to prepare my remarks,
- [00:54:54.980]I try to make sure what I say is at
least a little different than the year
- [00:54:58.790]before, because some have to
hear it over and over again. Um,
- [00:55:02.780]but it typically carries
the same theme. This year.
- [00:55:06.740]Nothing seems the same
to, to anything. And so,
- [00:55:11.240]as I reflected on the past 14 months,
- [00:55:14.630]not only does the way that
we do our work change,
- [00:55:18.680]but so has our vocabulary. A year ago,
- [00:55:22.160]we started hearing and using
words like social distancing,
- [00:55:26.000]Coronavirus, shut down order,
state of emergency, contact
- [00:55:30.740]tracing, essential businesses, essential
workers, flattening the curve,
- [00:55:35.930]working from home, homeschooling
and personal protective
- [00:55:40.430]equipment or PPE in case
- [00:55:43.310]you didn't know. That was soon
followed by zooming, zoom bombing,
- [00:55:48.500]You're on mute, which I used
I used twice earlier today,
- [00:55:53.360]uh, quarantining, isolation, elbow bumps,
- [00:55:57.470]pivot, my personal favorite
community spread, new normal,
- [00:56:02.030]and we're all in this
together. By the fall,
- [00:56:05.090]we just couldn't help ourselves
from, from saying unprecedented,
- [00:56:08.840]uncertain times, hoping for herd
immunity, uncharted waters,
- [00:56:13.640]super spreader events - thank
you, TJ - it is what it is.
- [00:56:18.950]and out of abundance
of caution dot, dot, dot.
- [00:56:22.340]I'm sure there's.
- [00:56:24.100]Even more, but you get the idea.
- [00:56:26.280]In the world of recognized student
organizations, I have said the words,
- [00:56:30.330]risk assessment and event
approval forms more times than I
- [00:56:35.160]care to count. And I'd be fine
if I never had to say them again.
- [00:56:39.990]I've never talked so much about
how far apart tables and chairs and
- [00:56:44.370]students standing in line
- [00:56:46.920]need to be, or how much
- [00:56:48.780]Sanitizer - hand sanitizer we should have
available or how often something needs
- [00:56:53.220]to be wiped down. Food is
always a great draw at an event,
- [00:56:58.530]but not during a pandemic.
Food is almost the enemy,
- [00:57:03.270]hence your pre-packaged snacks
instead of our hot and yummy hor d'oeuvres,
- [00:57:07.380]which we always have at this event.
- [00:57:10.290]I say all of this because the
last 14 months, our language,
- [00:57:13.920]our behavior, our work, our
schooling, our relationships,
- [00:57:18.600]our activities, and even our
- [00:57:20.140]movement has all changed. But so have we.
- [00:57:24.450]We adjusted to our
circumstances sometimes quickly,
- [00:57:29.130]sometimes slowly, sometimes
- [00:57:31.470]kicking and screaming.
- [00:57:34.380]Sometimes a strategy worked for a
while and then the circumstances
- [00:57:39.000]changed. And so we had to change
again, but we all adapted.
- [00:57:44.310]We all adapted. Students, RSOs
- [00:57:48.570]Sport clubs, facility
- [00:57:50.490]staff, all over campus.
- [00:57:51.990]And especially here in our Nebraska Unions
and our team in Student Involvement,
- [00:57:56.640]which is now known in case you didn't
gather Student Leadership, Involvement &
- [00:58:01.380]Community Engagement. Yes, we realize
that rolls right off the tongue.
- [00:58:05.430]But some of my favorite words or phrases
are the ones that gave me the most
- [00:58:08.880]hope: resilience, perseverance, courage,
- [00:58:13.830]flexibility, creativity, trust.
- [00:58:18.120]We will find a solution, patience,
- [00:58:21.840]We will be okay. What if we tried this?
- [00:58:25.980]I think this will work.
We will get through this.
- [00:58:30.420]And thank you for working with
us. I know students are tired.
- [00:58:35.430]I know faculty and staff
are tired. I'm tired,
- [00:58:39.990]but I'm so proud of you and what
we have all accomplished together.
- [00:58:46.110]I won't lie. I believe that I
work with some of the coolest,
- [00:58:49.980]most talented and resourceful colleagues.
I thought that before COVID arrived,
- [00:58:55.410]and now I'm even more confident. As
- [00:58:58.410]For our students and our student
organizations, I think you all rock.
- [00:59:02.250]You never stopped engaging.
- [00:59:04.530]You never stopped holding
meetings or hosting events.
- [00:59:08.130]You never stopped trying to find
safe ways to accomplish your goals
- [00:59:12.990]and achieve your mission, What you have
done in the past – When -
- [00:59:17.910]When what you have done in the past,
wasn't possible. You found a new way.
- [00:59:23.180]Maybe you even found a better way.
- [00:59:26.330]Your creativity impressed me and our
teams and your willingness to respect the
- [00:59:30.860]university guidelines,
which made me proud.
- [00:59:34.880]I think there was a lot of people that
doubted your ability to follow the
- [00:59:38.600]guidelines that were set before you.
- [00:59:41.180]I think all of you for what you do as
individuals and organizations to make our
- [00:59:45.110]campus better and more engaging.
- [00:59:47.960]I look forward to putting at least some
of these COVID specific practices behind
- [00:59:52.790]us and see all that you
accomplish next year.
- [00:59:56.450]Good luck with the last few weeks of
this semester, you are almost there.
- [01:00:00.740]And then we can rest a little bit
before we do it all over again.
- [01:00:05.630]Have a good evening.
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