Are you a graduating student leader? Find out if you’re eligible for the award

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Are you graduating in 2013? Have you significantly contributed to campus life during your time spent at UNBSJ? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the 2013 Graduating Student Leadership Award.

Created in 2005, the leadership award is designed to recognize student leadership in campus life. This is the only award that acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond and students involved in societies, clubs, athletics or student government should apply.

This award is not just intended for those holding leadership positions, but for any student that has faithfully devoted their time as a participant in school functions as well.

To be eligible for the award, students must be actively involved  for at least two years. If a student is only involved during the final year of study she or he will not automatically be made eligible.

Students may be full time or part time and must be in good academic standing.

Mary Duffley of the Associated Alumni understands how receiving this award can greatly benefit you in the future. “Being identified as a student leader is something to include on your resume and/or campus contribution transcript,” says Duffley, “it puts you at an advantage for employment and applications for grad schools”.

The Associated Alumni have taken the lead of this award since the its beginning in 2005. They are committed to enhancing student life and want to recognize those who are dedicated to improving extra-curricular activities on campus. This award demonstrates that there is much more to university than simply getting good grades.

Students wishing to apply for this award must nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else before March 1 at 4:00 p.m. Nomination forms, along with a current resume and a contribution transcript can be submitted to the Alumni Office, Oland Hall, Room 30 by this date.

A final selection of recipients will be made by March 13 and a dinner to recognize the recipients will take place on April 4.

Ashley Macosky, vice president student affairs, has dedicated much of his time encouraging students to actively contribute to student life. He sees  first-hand the importance of student leadership and encourages all of those eligible to apply for the award.

“Young leaders need to know that they are making a difference,” says Macosky, “I see this award as a ‘lifetime achievement’ award, recognizing the longevity of non-academic contributions.”

For those not graduating this year, it’s not too late to get started on your campus contribution transcript. Whether it be joining a club, volunteering your time at special events, or running for a position in the upcoming SRC election, there is sure to be something out there that will showcase your talents.

For more information about the Graduating Student Leadership Award, contact Mary Duffley at mary.duffley@unb.ca