That was the message from this past Tuesday night. With an evening featuring A Capella group Urban Sound, and high levels of fanciness and fine dining, the Tony Diggs Excellence Awards ceremony really was…excellent.
For those of you who may not know what I am talking about, the Tony Diggs Excellence Awards are given out each year by SUA to student groups which contribute to the campus and community throughout the past calendar year. The awards also seek to celebrate the legacy of Tony Diggs, a former university community leader dedicated to intentional involvement and appreciation of diversity.
At the ceremony, we heard from Vice Provost Danita Brown Young as well as Mrs. Karen Kaler, whose homage to the diversity of campus student groups was most humorous and enjoyable. Among her list of creative ideas for group collaboration, was the suggestion to combine our ballroom dancing club with our unicyclist club to form a dancing unicyclist group.
As the ceremony progressed, tension began to build as people waited anxiously to hear the winners. Fortunately for you, I was there to take it all down, so you don’t have to bear the suspense!
And the winners are:
Outstanding Service/Philanthropic Project – American Medical Student Association-Pre Med
Innovation Award – University YMCA
Rookie Student Group – Black Men’s Forum
Outstanding Undergrad Registered Student Organization – Al-Madinah Cultural Center
Outstanding Undergrad Campus Life Program – College of Biological Sciences Student Board
Outstanding Grad/Professional Student Group – Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
Outstanding Co-Sponsored Program or Event – Al-Madinah Cultural Center; Muslim Student Association
Outstanding Program or Event – GOFIRST
Outstanding Undergrad Student Group Advisor – CBS Student Board: Meaghan Stein
Congratulations to all of the winners, and good luck to all of the groups next year as they too pursue excellence!