The 24th annual Leadership Recognition Night this year is on May 4 and the theme will be “Leadership Awakens” to celebrate winners in a Star Wars-like fashion. This is a night where students can be recognized for their outstanding leadership demonstrated throughout their time here at WOU.
Megan Habermann puts on this event with her student leadership team. When asked what will be done with the theme, Megan says there will be Obie Wan kabobs, Jedi juice, and for dessert, Princess Leia cinnamon buns. There’s also a nice cardboard cutout of Darth Vader. Student leadership team member Jordyn Ducotey is in charge of decorations. The presenters are asked to incorporate the theme somehow into their speeches.
There about nine to fifteen students that get nominated for each award.
The four major awards given are:
-Klush Tum Tum – This award is for a student who embodies the “heart of WOU” and is a term borrowed from the Chinook Jargon which means an individual who has a “heart for people.” This award is more for someone who gives their all towards organizations both at WOU and beyond. The students who receive this award tend to be less recognized over the course of a school year, so this award is meant to recognize all the hard work they do and how much they give themselves to their community both inside and outside of Western.
-Distinguished Student Leader – This award is given to a student who has shown impeccable leadership on campus throughout their college career at WOU. One to two students generally receive this award. These students tend to push themselves to be the best leaders they can be and continue to grow.
-Julia McCulloch Smith Award for Outstanding Senior Female.
-Delmer Dewey Award for Outstanding Senior Male.
Some other awards fall under the departmental awards which will recognize students who have made significant contributions to their respective student organizations, community groups, and other co-curricular activities. There are 40 to 50 awards all together and about 200 to 300 people come to either present, receive awards, or to be there as support for those who are nominated.
Unfortunately for anybody wanting to come, this event is invite only, so RSVP only if you have received an invitation. The event will be held on May 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pacific Room.