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Award Descriptions

HALL OF LEADERS

This award is presented to a select group of seniors who have demonstrated outstanding involvement with campus life and extracurricular activities and who, through this service, have exemplified a commitment to the positive enhancement to the Lander campus. Each eligible organization is asked to submit nominees for induction who meet the following criteria:
  • Gives selflessly of time and leadership to the organization
  • Makes a significant contribution to the campus community
  • Encourages and motivates others in the organization
Recipients’ names are added to the Hall of Leaders wall in the Grier Student center. Recipients are only eligible to receive this award one time.

NEW STUDENT LEADER AWARD

This award recognizes first-year (freshman or transfer) students who have been actively involved in contributing time and energy to learning leadership and contributing to the Lander community. The number of awards given is dependent on the applicant pool.

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

This award is presented annually to the campus group who through actions of service to the community has reflected ideals of good citizenship. Good citizenship means that a campus group has accepted their responsibility to support the Lander, Greenwood, and greater community.

BETTY WILLIAMS UNSUNG HERO AWARD

This award is named after Betty Williams, a Lander College graduate and former Lander librarian. Mrs. Williams continues to volunteer to assist the Lander community throughout the years. This award is presented to students who, through their behind the scenes involvement in student life, have exemplified a commitment to enhancing Lander campus life.

JAMES “CURTIS” HARKNESS DIVERSITY AWARD

This award is named forJames “Curtis” Harkness. He was a Lander graduate, captain of the 1982-84 men’s basketball team and he began his career in Student Affairs at Lander. His commitment to developing diversity programs and trainings had a positive influence of many others. This award is given to recognize the junior or senior who has typified model citizenship, outstanding student leadership, high academic achievement, and has been the most effective in advancing the concerns of multicultural students.

SAMUEL AND LAURA LANDER MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

These awards are named after Samuel and Laura Lander, individuals who demonstrated the true spirit of Lander and encouraged students to pursue excellence in all aspects of collegiate endeavors. The purpose of this award is to recognize one male and one female student, both of senior status, who have exhibited high aspirations and noble humanitarian qualities of character in all areas of campus life. Recipients are only eligible to receive this award one time.

H. RANDALL BOUKNIGHT GREEK MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mr. H. Randall Bouknight, Vice President of Student Affairs at Lander University, is an advocate for Greek Life. As a collegiate he served as president of his chapter and continues to demonstrate the four pillars of Greek ideals: academics, friendship, leadership, and service. This award is presented to an individual member of junior or senior status in one of the five male Greek chapters who has demonstrated a commitment to noble leadership as a Greek man. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of the Greek community as a whole. The recipient promotes a positive Greek image.

GREEK WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to an individual of junior or senior status in one of the six female Greek chapters who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in Greek Life. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of the Greek community as a whole. The recipient promotes a positive Greek image.

LANDER UNIVERSITY ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The purpose of the award is to recognize a Lander University faculty or staff member for his/her significant voluntary involvement in co-curricular activities for advising, guiding, and supporting of the organization and its members during the 2012-2013 academic year.

LANDER UNIVERSITY ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to the recognized student organization, which, through its activities and projects, has had the most significant positive influence on Lander and the surrounding community. This award is based on the number and quality of campus events held, amount of community service performed, involvement with campus events, and initiative to further advance the education of Lander students beyond the classroom.

EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAMMING AWARD

The Excellence in Programming Award recognizes a student organization or group for its exceptional creativity, planning, and execution of a University program. Criteria upon which decisions are based include appeal to a broad cross- section of the University community, originality, and participation by members of the organization during all phases of the effort.

TRANSFER STUDENT AWARD

This award, recognizing the unique role of transfer students to the campus community, is given to a student who transferred with sophomore standing or above, and has completed a full year of coursework at Lander. The recipient will have demonstrated a quick, successful, seamless transition to the institution and will have taken full advantage of his or her time spent at Lander University.