Awards Night 2019

by on Jan 11th, 2019

SAMU Awards Night allows us the opportunity to celebrate students and SAMU staff for their contribution towards enhancing life at MacEwan University. The awards recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to SAMU’s programs or services; who have made extraordinary academic or extra-curricular achievements; and those who have made positive contributions to SAMU and students as a whole.

If you know of someone who fits this criteria, then fill out the form below! Nominations close Feb. 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Scroll down for full award listings and eligibility.


Nomination Form

  • Please refer to the Award Listings below for descriptions and eligibility.

Campus Champion

Description: This award is presented to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to student life at their campus through academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, and/or participation in leadership or student advocacy efforts.

One award is available for MacEwan University. Presentation of the awards occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be members of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University.

Criteria: Nominees should have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7 or higher. Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement on their campuses. Nominee involvement may be expressed through involvement in SAMU, its clubs, MacEwan University, independently, or a combination of any of the former.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff, other students, MacEwan University faculty or staff, or any other persons knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to their campuses. GPA is verified by consulting with the Office of the University Registrar.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee

Club of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a club that has demonstrated outstanding performance in its membership, campus activities, and overall contributions to student life at MacEwan University.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful club receives $400 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be in good standing with SAMU. Nominees must have been active clubs for at least two consecutive years. Nominee eligibility is verified by the Clubs Department.

Criteria: Nominees have had success in achieving their mandate as demonstrated by their activities and annual reports. Nominees show a high level of student involvement. Nominees offer opportunities for students who are not club members to engage in and benefit from their activities. Nominees collaborate with other clubs.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible clubs may be nominated by SAMU staff, MacEwan University students, faculty, or staff, or any other persons knowledgeable on the clubs’ activities and contributions to student life at MacEwan University. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and Clubs Department feedback if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by the Awards Sub-Committee.

New Club of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a club that has been active for less than two years from their formation and has demonstrated positive strides in their membership, campus activities, and contribution to student life at MacEwan University.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful club receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be in good standing with SAMU. Nominees must have been active for less than two consecutive years. Nominee eligibility is verified by the Clubs Department.

Criteria: Nominees have had success in achieving their mandates as demonstrated by their activities. Nominees show an increasing level of student involvement. Nominees offer opportunities for students who are not club members to engage in and benefit from their activities. Nominees collaborate with other clubs.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible clubs may be nominated by SAMU staff, MacEwan University students, faculty, or staff, or any other persons knowledgeable on the clubs’ activities and contributions to student life at MacEwan University. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and Clubs Department feedback if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

Club Member of the Year Award

Award Description: This award is presented to a student club member who has shown an outstanding contribution to their club(s) through the various initiatives, events, campaigns, etc. that this club(s) has undertaken.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominee must be a SAMU member and in good academic standing with, MacEwan University. The club(s) that the nominee is a part of must be in good standing with SAMU. The clubs department at SAMU will verify nominee’s eligibility.

Criteria: Nominees show active, and ongoing involvement in one or more club(s). Nominees have helped to increase their club(s) engagement and visibility on campus. Nominees interact with other club leaders and show good teamwork skills.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible club members may be nominated by MacEwan University students, SAMU staff, faculty, MacEwan staff, or any other person(s) knowledgeable on the club member’s involvement, activities, and contributions to student life on campus. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and Clubs Department feedback if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by the Awards Sub-Committee.

Student of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student who, while maintaining a strong GPA, has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to student life at MacEwan University through extracurricular, voluntary pursuits, leadership, and advocacy initiatives.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $500 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be full- time students of MacEwan University.

Criteria: Nominees have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their most recent semester. Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement in extracurricular and voluntary pursuits, and leadership and advocacy initiatives. Nominee involvement may be expressed through involvement in SAMU, its clubs, MacEwan University, independently, or a combination of any of the former.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff, MacEwan University staff, faculty, or staff, or any other persons knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to student life at MacEwan University. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations. GPA is verified by consulting with the Office of the University Registrar.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

Dorothy Gray Award

Award Description: This award is presented to a current or past MacEwan University employee who has demonstrated service and support to SAMU above and beyond their job requirements. The award is presented in honour of Dorothy Gray, who was a MacEwan University employee and a strong supporter of and volunteer for SAMU.

One award is available each year. The recipient is invited to and will be acknowledged at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives a certificate of achievement and SAMU makes a $300 donation to the recipient’s charity of choice.

Eligibility: Nominees must be current or past employees of MacEwan University. Staff, faculty, and administrators are all eligible.

Criteria: Nominees demonstrate involvement in SAMU above and beyond their job requirements. Both ongoing, active support and significant one-time support is considered. Preference is given to employees who have volunteered with SAMU.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible MacEwan University employees may be nominated by SAMU staff, students, other MacEwan University employees, or any other persons knowledgeable on the employees’ support of SAMU. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to SAMU programs, services, or events through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the awards occurs at the SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 75 hours as a SAMU volunteer.

Criteria: Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active volunteer involvement in SAMU.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff, MacEwan University students, faculty or staff, or other persons knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to SAMU programs, services, or events through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts. Eligibility is confirmed by the appropriate SAMU staff. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Safe Walk Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the SAMU Safe Walk service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at the SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 25 hours as a Safe Walk volunteer.

Criteria: Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement with SAMU’s Safe Walk service.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff or volunteers knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to SAMU’s Safe Walk service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts. Eligibility is confirmed by the appropriate SAMU staff. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and feedback from the appropriate coordinator and manager if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the SAMU Peer Support service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at the SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 25 hours as a Peer Support volunteer.

Criteria: Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement with SAMU’s Peer Support service.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff or volunteers knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to SAMU’s Peer Support service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts. Eligibility is confirmed by the appropriate SAMU staff. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and feedback from the appropriate coordinator and manager if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Food Bank Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the SAMU Food Bank service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at the SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 25 hours as a Food Bank volunteer.

Criteria: Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement with SAMU’s Food Bank service, which includes Breakfast Club.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff or volunteers knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to SAMU’s Food Bank service through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts. Eligibility is confirmed by the appropriate SAMU staff. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and feedback from the appropriate coordinator and manager if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Promo Squad Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the SAMU Promo Squad program through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at the SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 25 hours as a Promo Squad volunteer.

Criteria: Nominees should demonstrate ongoing, active involvement with SAMU’s Promo Squad program.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible students may be nominated by SAMU staff or volunteers knowledgeable on the students’ contributions to SAMU’s Promo Squad program through their volunteerism and philanthropic efforts. Eligibility is confirmed by the appropriate SAMU staff. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and feedback from the appropriate coordinator and manager if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Gray Gallery Volunteer of the Year 

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer at Gray Gallery who offers a significant contribution to student life at MacEwan University through their work.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives a $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must accumulate at least 20 hours as a Gray Gallery volunteer.

Criteria: The Programs Manager is responsible for establishing further criteria.

Nomination and Selection: Any Gray Gallery volunteer or Programs staff member may nominate a volunteer. Nomination forms and the award description will be provided to all volunteers. Volunteers may not nominate themselves.

The final selection decision is made by the Awards Sub Committee in consultation with the Programs Manager immediately following the deadline for SAMU award nominations.

the griff Volunteer of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a student volunteer at the griff who offers a significant contribution to student life at MacEwan University through their published work.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives a $50 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a SAMU member. Nominees must have had at least one composition published in the griff during the current academic year. the griff editors are not eligible.

Criteria: The Managing Editor and staff of the griff are responsible for establishing further criteria.

Nomination and Selection: Any volunteer or staff member at the griff may nominate another volunteer. Nomination forms and the award description will be provided to all volunteers. Volunteers may not nominate themselves. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and feedback from the griff managing editor if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.

SAMU Full-Time Employee of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to an employee who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to SAMU through their vision, dedication to students and/or staff, and commitment to the long-term success of the organization.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be current full-time SAMU employees. The General Manager and Executives are not eligible.

Criteria: Nominees actively help SAMU achieve its goals. Nominees support students and fellow employees. Nominees focus on realizing the SAMU guiding principles, mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible employees may be nominated by other SAMU employees, MacEwan University students, faculty, or staff, or other persons knowledgeable on the employees’ contributions and commitment to SAMU. The General Manager and Executive Committee considers written nominations. Input is also solicited from the employee’s direct supervisor.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by the General Manager and the Executive Committee.

SAMU Part-Time Employee of the Year

Award Description: This award is presented to a part-time employee who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to SAMU through their vision, dedication to students and/or staff, and commitment to the long-term success of the organization.

One award is available each year. Presentation of the award occurs at SAMU’s annual recognition event. The successful nominee receives $250 and a certificate of achievement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be current part-time SAMU employees.

Criteria: Nominees actively help SAMU achieve its goals. Nominees support students and fellow employees. Nominees focus on realizing the SAMU guiding principles, mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Nomination and Selection: Eligible employees may be nominated by other SAMU employees, MacEwan University students, faculty, or staff, or other persons knowledgeable on the employees’ contributions and commitment to SAMU. Awards Sub-Committee considers written nominations, and manager feedback if required.

The final decision on who receives the award is made by Awards Sub-Committee.