Student organizations recognized for year’s accomplishments

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Students playing board games at an event held by The Game's Afoot

The Game’s Afoot was recognized as the Outstanding Group of the Year for 2013-2014.
(Photo by Ashlee Eve ’14)

“If you are willing to be unapologetically yourself, you will find your people here,” Ian Dwyer ’14 told a crowd gathered in the Hall of Presidents for the Student Organization Recognition Banquet.

Dwyer was accepting the evening’s top award for Outstanding Group on behalf of The Game’s Afoot, a student organization that sponsors events featuring activities ranging from board games, to video games, to large-scale Nerf wars.

It was a remark befitting an evening that honored the 136 diverse student organizations within the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI), ALANA Cultural Center, and the Office of the Chaplains.

Sam Flood '14 speaking from a podium in the Hall of Presidents

Sam Flood ’14, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), emceed the Student Organization Recognition Banquet.

Altogether, these groups planned and hosted more than 300 different events during the past year, including performances like Dancefest, and religious and cultural events like the spring celebration Holi.

During the banquet, three major awards and 10 additional awards were presented to student groups and leaders.

“Some of these awards are in recognition of a job particularly well-done,” explained emcee Sam Flood ’14, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). “And some of the awards are meant to highlight the zany side of what it means to be a student organization.”

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Rookie of the Year

Recognizing: A student organization in its first year of existence that has proven itself to be an organization of excellence.

Winner: Project Beauty, a club aimed at raising awareness of eating disorders on campus and in everyday life, promoting a healthy diet and exercise regimens, and encouraging students to maintain a positive body image.

Event of the Year

Recognizing: The event that best reflects Colgate students’ leadership, diversity, intellectual development, and inclusion.

Winner: Dancefest, a bi-annual performance of original dances choreographed by nine different dance troupes on campus.

Outstanding Group of the Year

Recognizing: An exemplary student organization that has best served to enhance campus life, create opportunities for social interaction, and foster personal growth.

Winner: The Game’s Afoot, a group engaging a large number of students in healthy and sociable gaming activities.

Awards Slideshow