NMSU Student Leadership Awards

 Application/Nomination forms due March 15

The New Mexico State University Student Leadership Programs Awards recognize’s the amazing work, service and triumphs of Aggie student leaders, student organizations, and student organization advisors.

This mark’s the third year for the Leadership Awards. Apply now and help put your mark and support a new Aggie tradition! The ceremony is open and free to all NMSU students, faculty, and staff. 

The Awards & Criteria

Student Eligibility: To be eligible for these award the person(s) and/or organizations must be an enrolled student(s) providing leadership through a student organization recognized by Campus Activities, an academic department, and/or College. The student(s) must have provided leadership and service between August 2016 and the present. Person(s) serving in student organization advising positions must also be have the advising position recognized by an NMSU office, department, or college.

For additional questions regarding eligibility or the awards program please contact Dr. Jasek with the Student Leadership Programs at 575-646-1722 or mjasek@nmsu.edu .

 Leadership Pioneer of the Year

Criteria: The successful student for this award will be a freshman or sophomore (0-60 credits) that have shown leadership qualities in the past year:

  • Displayed outstanding academic achievement, valued diversity, motivated and inspired others and exemplified integrity in all words and actions
  • Was willing to address existing problems and valued feedback from others
  • Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to enrich the future

Leadership Trailblazer of the Year

Criteria: The successful student for this award will be a junior or senior that have shown leadership qualities in the past year:

  • Displayed outstanding academic achievement, valued diversity, motivated and inspired others and exemplified integrity in all words and actions
  • Was willing to address existing problems and valued feedback from others
  • Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to enrich the future
  • mentored new leaders

 Student Organization of the Year

Criteria: The successful organization for this award will have displayed significant effort and have made a meaningful contribution to NMSU students. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance.
  • Attracted members from different backgrounds, life experiences, and diverse perspectives.
  • Worked in collaboration with other organizations to enhance organization’s goals.
  • Exemplified integrity in all areas of the organization.
  • Developed a responsible transition plan for the continued success of the organization.

Pistol Pete – Unsung Hero

Criteria: The successful student for this award will have demonstrated a significant contribution to their organization, without holding a formal leadership position. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Provided leadership to the organization through action not position.
  • Served as a role model and exerted a positive influence on his/her peers through unexpected leadership.
  • Demonstrated initiative and encouraged participation in the organization.
  • Made a meaningful contribution to students and/or the organization.

Advisor of the Year

Criteria: The successful advisor will have displayed significant effort for the improvement of the organization, and therefore exhibited considerable progress in the development of the group and its student members. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Allowed students to take responsibility for their own learning and understanding of the organization, while providing advice, encouragement, and support to all NMSU students.
  • Conveyed values of integrity and respect.
  • Related well to individual students.
  • Made themselves available to others, and was approachable and open to new ideas.
  • Valued initiative and student input.
  • Utilized different and creative approaches to educating and assisting members.
  • Served as a positive role model.
  • Helped organization reach its goals.

Aggie Leader of the Year

Criteria: The successful student for this award displayed significant effort for their student organization. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Displayed outstanding academic achievement, valued diversity, motivated and inspired others and exemplified integrity in all words and actions.
  • Made a meaningful contribution to students, NMSU, and surrounding communities while working with and for others (ex. included other organizations/departments in planning and implementing events).
  • Was willing to address existing problems and valued feedback from others.
  • Made themselves available to group members and brought out strengths and talents of individual group members.
  • Demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to enrich the future.

Program of the Year

Criteria: The successful program/event for this award should have made a meaningful contribution to the NMSU community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Program enhanced NMSU community and institutional values of diversity, integrity, and initiative by utilizing a creative and unique approach.
  • Explored and fostered innovative and efficient ways of reaching and involving diverse student audiences.
  • This award will be presented to an organization that coordinated and managed a fiscally sound, well-planned program open to all NMSU students.

Student Organization A-Mountain Service of the Year

Criteria: The successful organization for this award should have made a meaningful contribution to the surrounding communities through program(s)/event(s). This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Identified an existing problem and inspired and motivated others to act.
  • Committed to working with and for others in making an impact beyond the NMSU campus community.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and perseverance in seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future.

Graduate Student or Graduating Student – True Crimson Leader of the Year

Criteria: The successful graduate student or graduating senior (Spring, Fall or Summer) for this award will have displayed the True Crimson Leadership spirit of balancing service to the NMSU community, involvement in the greater community, and academic accomplishment. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Graduating in the spring, summer, or Fall from NMSU.
  • Be enrolled in a NMSU graduate, and/or professional program [required]
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Demonstrated commitment to NMSU campus-community through different leadership roles and/or service opportunities.
  • A letter of support from a faculty advisor and/or community partner who can speak to the applicants leadership qualities and dedication to serving the NMSU community (optional)

Diversity Program of the Year

Criteria: The successful program/event for this award should have focused on campus diversity or diversity issues, and encouraged acceptance and respect. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Program provided the NMSU community with an educational or entertaining program/event focused on diverse views, backgrounds, or experiences, or increased the awareness of diversity issues.
  • Program promoted and reflected the values of social justice, multiculturalism, and/or diversity.
  • This award will be presented to an organization that coordinated and managed a fiscally sound, well-planned diversity awareness program open to all University students, and NMSU community members.