Community Service Awards

The Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award

The Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award is named in memory of a 1996 Ohio Wesleyan alumna who co-founded a Small Living Unit, the House of H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Education), which existed on campus for 1 years; conducted extensive community research that led to the founding of the Literacy Coalition of Delaware County; and was a past recipient of the Student Humanitarian Award. This award is given in recognition of consistent outstanding leadership in public service, especially for humanitarian causes, on campus, in the community, and beyond.

The Bridge Builder Award

The Bridge Builder Awards are given in recognition of exemplary service and engagement within and beyond the campus community, especially in the nonprofit sector.

The Patricia G. Young Award for Leadership in Service to Children and Youth 

The Patricia G. Young Award is named in honor of an OWU Trustee who serves as a Juvenile Court Judge in her home state of Idaho. The award recognizes the student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in service to children and youth.

Student Involvement Awards 

Program of the Year

This award honors excellence in programming among clubs and organizations. The Program of the Year demonstrates ingenuity and creativity, and provides a significant contribution to the Ohio Wesleyan community.

Club Advisor of the Year

This award recognizes club advisors who provide significant contributions in the positive development of the club or organization they serve by going above and beyond the expectations to assist as well as encourage the group to think about its role in the larger OWU community.

Organization of the Year

This award honors excellence among clubs and organizations. The recipient of this award has demonstrated strength in programming, membership recruitment/retention, and administration and has made a significant positive impact on the OWU community.

OWU Spirit Award

The recipient of this award exudes pride in OWU and is a role model for others to follow.

Outstanding First-Year Students

This award is given to first-year students who have excelled above and beyond their peers in a breadth of campus activities, excelled in a significant way in one campus activity, and taken their academic work seriously.

Residential Life Awards 

New Resident Assistant/Moderator of the Year

This award is given to a new Resident Assistant (RA) or Moderator who, in this academic year, has served the University and residential community in and out of the RA position. The nominees demonstrate a well‐rounded approach to the position, academics, and personal life and contributed meaningfully to the success of their residents.

Returning Resident Assistant/Moderator of the Year 

This award is given to a second or third year Resident Assistant (RA) or Moderator who, in this academic year, has served the University and residential community in and out of the RA position. The nominees demonstrate a well‐rounded approach to the position, academics, and personal life and contributed meaningfully to the success of their residents.

Residential Life Program of the Year

This award recognizes a program conceptualized and implemented by RAs/Moderators that provided an exciting and engaging opportunity for residents in the community. An award winning program includes: creating a positive and fun environment that is inclusive of all students, cultivating a spark for continuing education and deeper learning, and the creation of a space where students can engage with other students, faculty, or staff in a way that is fun and enjoyable for all. Eligible programs for this award are Resident Assistant in hall programming, Small Living Unit (SLU) House Projects, and Late Nite at Smith programs.

WCSA Awards

Best New Member

Best New Member is awarded by the Executive Committee of WCSA to a member who has begun his or her first term in the previous year and who has made the greatest overall contribution to the mission and goals of WCSA.

Best Overall Member

Best Overall Member is awarded by the Executive Committee of WCSA to the member the council determines to have made the greatest overall contribution to the mission and goals of WCSA.

Donald G. Chenoweth Friend of WCSA Award

Donald G. Chenoweth Friend of WCSA is awarded by the Executive Committee of WCSA to a non-member to WCSA deemed by the committee to have the greatest contribution to the mission and goals of WCSA.

Social Justice Steward Award

The Social Justice Steward is awarded by the Executive Committee of WCSA to a member who has served as the greatest advocate for social justice issues and is often outspoken when they feel that an act of injustice has been committed. 

 

Guy Sarvis Award

Dr. Sarvis was a Professor of Sociology at Ohio Wesleyan who devoted much of his life to promoting and living by example the virtues and values of cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity to racial and religious diversity. This award is given to a student who has a demonstrated record of fostering cross-cultural understanding and contributing to the creation of a culture of hospitality and inclusion at OWU.

Meek Leadership Awards 

Meek Leadership Awards 

The Meek Leadership Awards were established in 1997 with a contribution from Phillip J. Meek and Nancy LaPorte Meek, both 1959 OWU graduates. OWU seniors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership service during their years at Ohio Wesleyan and show promise to sustain that commitment throughout their lives may be considered for these awards. Faculty and staff may nominate an individual.