Community Recognition

Community Recognition Awards 2013-2014

Each spring, the Macalester community comes together to recognize the individual students, organizations, staff and faculty who have made meaningful contributions to the Macalester co-curricular experience.  It is important that we pause to honor these contributions and collectively celebrate one another's accomplishments.

Nominees and recipients will be recognized at the Community Recognition Awards Convocation, to be held on Thursday, April 24 in the Hill Ballroom (Kagin Commons)

All members of the Macalester community are invited to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Community Recognition Awards. Nominations are due no later than 11:59pm on Friday, March 21, 2014.

To nominate someone:

  • Review the award criteria (see below) and write your nomination. Use no more than two typed pages to describe why you believe the nominee represents the ideals of the award(s) for which you are nominating them. Be as specific as possible.
  • Save the nomination as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf, using the nominee’s name as the filename (e.g., JoeSmith.docx or ThompsonDOSaward.pdf)
  • Go to the Community Recognition Awards submission site
    • If you are asked to, log in to moodlegroups with your Macalester account
    • click "yes" when asked if you would like to enroll in this course
  • Upload your nomination(s)
    • Click on the award
    • Click on "Choose File" to select your nomination form, then "Upload this file" to submit it
    • Repeat for any additional forms

Need help with the process of submitting via Moodlegroups?  This quick video will walk you through the process, step by step.

Individual awards for Faculty/Staff:

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes a staff and/or faculty member who consistently supports students’ co-curricular learning experiences. Through this award, student nominators applaud this educator for their leadership ability, many contributions and commitment to campus life. Note: Macalester College Student Government coordinates the selection process for the Educator of the Year Award. Information about the Educator of the Year nomination process and the nomination form can be found online here. Contact Merita Bushi '14, MGSG Academic Affairs Committee Chair, at for more information.

The Adviser of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of our student organization advisers. Student organization leaders are invited to nominate their adviser(s) to celebrate the relationship, the work and the investment of a staff or faculty member who has had a positive impact on the student members of the organization and the organization as a whole. Contact Maddie Arbisie '14, MCSG Student Organization Committee Chair at for more information.

Individual awards for Students:

The Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Seniors recognizes seniors for their scholarship and outstanding contributions to the Macalester community throughout their college careers. Approximately 10 are awarded each year. To be considered for this award, a student must:

  • Be a current senior in good academic standing (GPA of 3.3 is required);

  • Have a history of significant contributions in a variety of areas of campus life throughout their career at Macalester College;

  • Have been a positive role model at Macalester College;

  • Have worked to promote one or more of the core values of the college (i.e. internationalism, multiculturalism, or service)

  • Note: A copy of the nominee’s current resume should also be included with
    Presidential Leadership Award nomination materials. The nominator is
    responsible for securing and submitting the nominee’s resume.

The Neill Award, named for Macalester founder Edward Duffield Neill, honors students who live out the mission of the college not only by promoting one or more of Macalester’s stated values, but also by demonstrating a genuine love of the community through service to the college.  Each year, the Neill Award is presented to at least one member of each class in recognition of their efforts to promote college values during the current academic year. To be considered for this award, students must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at Macalester College
  • Be in good academic standing (minimum G.P.A. of 2.7)

Awards for Individuals, Organizations, or Groups:

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated for the awards listed below.  In order to be considered, individual nominees must be enrolled full-time at Macalester College and be in good academic standing (minimum G.P.A. of 2.7). 

The Servant-Leader Award recognizes those whose actions are congruent with their values, and who thus inspire others to develop their own leadership potential. Servant leaders exhibit outstanding leadership skills and often serve as guide or facilitator.  They listen intently, demonstrate compassion and maintain a sense of ethics and humility. 

The Ann Bolger Vision Award is named in honor of Ann Bolger, who was the Director of Residential Life at Macalester from 1993 to 1999.  The Vision award recognizes efforts to bring about positive organizational change or inspiring creative endeavors that contributed to the educational experience of students in a thoughtful, collaborative and informed fashion. 

The Civil Discourse Award is given in recognition of efforts to promote on-campus civil discourse around issues related to difference and inclusivity. The award may be given to individuals, groups or organizations for their work to increase understanding and dialogue among members of the Macalester community through programming, education and negotiation.

For more information about the nomination process or the awards contact Robin Hart Ruthenbeck at .