Each year, the Office of Student Life and the ASCC invites faculty and staff to submit names of students who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their academic endeavors.
The Outstanding Students With Academic Leadership and Development Skills (OSWALD) Awards are a fun way to acknowledge these students and reward them for a job well done.
In the past, student nominees were invited to attend an awards ceremony complete with printed programs, a photo booth and a red carpet to strut their stuff. They would interact with the faculty and staff who nominated them and bask in the glory of a job well done.
2021 will look a bit different. An in-person event may not be possible due to COVID restrictions.
“This year is tricky because there are so many limitations on the activities that people can do,” said Director of Student Life, Sarah Gruhler. “Being remote in spring, I don’t know what will be permissible, so we’re exploring different things,” she added.
They are still bouncing various ideas around. Some of the possibilities being considered are several small ceremonies spread throughout the week or a drive/walk-through event where students are handed their certificates.
The goal, however, is to avoid a virtual event, if possible.
“It just isn’t as exciting,” said Gruhler.
Nominations are due by March 19.