‘Watch Party’ Planned for April 19 Virtual Leadership Awards Ceremony

Handclap emoji in front of award statues promoting Minnesota State University, Mankato and its 2020 Student Leadership Awards which will presented virtually through a Zoom Watch Party on April 19, 2020.

Posted April 15, 2020


Recognized student leaders at Minnesota State University, Mankato will get remote hand-clap emojis as this Sunday’s annual Leadership Awards ceremony becomes a “watch party” on Zoom.

Emi Menk, assistant director of Leadership, Recognized Student Organizations and Nontraditional Students, said Sunday’s 3 p.m. event hosted by Student Activities allows the campus to gather – virtually – to celebrate “our phenomenal student leaders, student organizations, and staff from the comfort of our own homes.”

Family or friends wishing to participate need to set up a free Zoom account to tune in. they are more than welcome to do so; they will need to set up a free zoom account to tune in. The event will not go live until 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, with the awards event starting at 3 p.m.

Here is the link to join the watch party: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/153646199 Meeting ID: 153 646 199

A video of the event will later be posted on the University website and on the Leadership U Facebook page for viewing. In addition, individuals who receive awards will be mailed a certificate of recognition and a small token of our appreciation, while all nominees will receive a certificate recognizing their nomination.

Menk said this year’s record-setting 80 nominations recognized members of the University community in 11 award categories including:

  • Big Ideas. Real-World Thinking.- Presented to senior undergraduate student, a graduate student, or an experienced staff member who actively celebrates the mission of Minnesota State Mankato.
  • Commitment to Cultural Responsiveness- Given to a student who encourages a culture of understanding, belonging, and civility at Minnesota State Mankato.
  • Maverick Spirit- Awarded to a student strives to make a positive impact or changes on campus.
  • Outstanding Campus Volunteer –  Presented to a student who is involved in volunteer service through Minnesota State Mankato.
  • Outstanding Collegian- Presented to a student who represents the University’s core values – Integrity, Diversity, Access, Responsibility, and Excellence.
  • Outstanding Recognized Student Organization- Awarded to a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) that is an active member of the Minnesota State Mankato.
  • Outstanding Recognized Student Organization Advisor- Given to an advisor of an RSO who has gone above and beyond in working with members of their organization.
  • Recognized Student Organization Exemplary Service Award- Presented to a Recognized Student Organization and/or Student Body (ie. Honors, Biology Majors, etc.) that is involved in community service within the greater Mankato community.
  • Recognized Student Organization Program of the Year- Presented to a well-attended event hosted by an RSO.
  • Rising Star- Awarded to a student new to Minnesota State Mankato who shows active involvement in an organized campus activity.
  • Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame – Awarded to a senior, a graduate student, or an experienced staff member who actively celebrates the mission of the Centennial Student Union (CSU) to welcome students, faculty, staff, and community members.


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