NSU’s Office of Special Events and Projects will host the 16th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards (STUEYS) on March 31 at 6 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.
The event honors students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and alumni who have contributed to building a larger sense of community and campus life at NSU during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The ceremony will include special performances by students, a VIP pre-show reception in the Carl DeSantis Building Courtyard at 5:00 p.m. and a post-show reception outside the Miniaci Center.
Ticket holders must be in the auditorium by 5:45 p.m. to validate their tickets. Students, faculty and staff can pick up their free ticket with a SharkCard in Room 211 of the Rosenthal Student Center.
Executive Producer for the STUEYS, Christina Rajkumar, assistant director of Special Events and Projects, said the STUEYS is a way to recognize the students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners who go above and beyond NSU’s core values.
“The event itself is a memorable experience shared amongst colleagues that includes great food, music, entertainment and fun,” she said.
Natalie Negron, senior biology major, one of the nominees for student of the year, said it is an incredible honor to be nominated for the prestigious award.
“As a nominee, it is very humbling to be a part of such an extraordinary group of people. It means so much to me that others acknowledge my hard work and see my potential,” she said.
Negron said it’s important and empowering for NSU to host the STUEYS each year.
“Students dedicate so much of their time to their academics, and it’s a wonderful thing when their hard work is recognized,” Negron said. “The STUEYS are also a great way to inspire other students to push themselves to accomplish things that they never thought they could. Students get to see all the great work that their fellow peers have done, and it’s very inspiring.”
NSU’s women’s rowing team is nominated for athletic team of the year. Rower Kelly Scott, senior athletic training major, said the STUEYS gives organizations, teams, faculty and students a goal to reach.
“It means a lot to the rowing team to be nominated because we work really hard and it’s nice to be recognized for what we do,” she said.
Scott said one of the team’s core values is to be a role model to others on campus.
“We strive to live up to this expectation and being nominated really proves to us that we’ve accomplished our goal,” she said.
Negron said she would not be the student or person she is today without support from NSU.
“My nomination is as much a testament to my own dedication, studies and my goals as it is to the unwavering encouragement that I received from my professors, the dean and my fellow peers,” she said.
Scott said, “Having previously attended the STUEYS, it was an awesome experience to be surrounded by leaders from all over campus; it was a good feeling knowing that there are such hard-working people within the NSU community.”
Students and student organizations are eligible to be nominated for a STUEY if they have excelled in the areas of academic excellence, student centeredness, integrity, innovation, opportunity, scholarship/research, diversity and community.
The award ceremony will broadcast via video conferencing to NSU campuses at the following locations: Fort Myers Campus, Room 108, Jacksonville Campus, Room 210, Kendall Campus, Room 309, Orlando Campus, Room 111, Tampa Campus, Room 2017 and Palm Beach Campus, Room 114.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at 954-262-7195.
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