About the Awards

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Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes a student who has dedicated time, energy and resources to make a lasting impact on the community through volunteer efforts. This student should exemplify a character of service and giving.

Advocate of the Year

This award is given to a student or organization who has shown passion, courage and resilience to bring about change on an issue. This student or organization boldly speaks out in support of a cause affecting Stout and the community.

Student Staff Team or Group of the Year

This student staff team shows a great deal of professionalism, service and knowledge to the campus. This group of staff can always be counted on to go above and beyond their normal job description.

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year

This student is one of the best....the employee that everybody wants and strives to be. This student staff member shows a great deal of potential and leadership abilities that will make them a success in the real world.

Advisor of the Year

This award goes to an organization advisor who knows and understands the importance of advising. This advisor provides opportunity, encouragement and motivation to the students so that they can lead, learn and succeed.

Organization Event of the Year

This award goes to a student organization event that was open to the entire campus between April 2014 and March 2015. The event can be service related, social or collaborative. This event has made a positive impact on the overall campus life and culture at UW-Stout.

Student Organization of the Year

This award goes to a student organization that has made outstanding contributions to student involvement and positively impacted the campus community. This student organization continuously lives their mission and has made a name for themselves on campus.

Outstanding Student Leader of the Year

This student exemplifies true leadership qualities and has made a positive and lasting impact on the Stout community. This award should go to a student who has chosen to better themselves through leadership development opportunities and who without a doubt, will continue to succeed and lead wherever their life takes them.

Samuel E. Wood Medallion Award

In 1958, the Stout Student Association (SSA) created an award to be given to students for non-academic contributions to the school. The 21st Congress in 1991 unanimously passed a resolution to dedicate the Medallion Award to Samuel E. Wood, Assistant Chancellor of Student Services, for his services to the SSA, the Greek Community, and the students of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The Medallion Award is given to less than one percent of the full-time enrollment of Stout. The award winners receive their medallions at the annual Leadership Awards Reception.

The Samuel E. Wood Medallion Award, a bronze medallion three inches in diameter and bearing a relief of the Bowman Hall tower, the name of Stout, and the motto “Learning, Skill, Industry and Honor” is presented annually to seniors who have shown outstanding leadership in their student activities.

A committee composed of faculty, administrators and students makes the selection. Less than one percent of the student body is chosen to receive the Samuel E. Wood Medallion Award, and it is presented to seniors only. To those seniors who receive it, it brings prestige and honor, as it is the highest non-academic award any student at UW-Stout can achieve.


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2015 Samuel E. Wood Medallion Recipients

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2014 Samuel E. Wood Medallion Recipients