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Clark Plans to Celebrate OSWALD Awards In-Person

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Clark College plans on celebrating the annual OSWALD Awards in-person on June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center. Nominees will receive their award certificate and a goodie bag filled with a DoorDash gift card and Clark shirt. 

The Outstanding Students With Academic Leadership and Development Skills Awards is an annual event thrown by the ASCC that recognizes Clark students for their achievements. 

In order to adhere to COVID-19 activity guidelines, only nominees, the ASCC and Clark President Dr. Karin Edwards will be allowed in the space. Outside guests and faculty will not be allowed. 

ASCC President Josiah Joner said that about 91 students are nominated for various awards this year. Categories include Outstanding Academic Student, Outstanding Student in an ASCC Club, Outstanding Student in an ASCC Program, Outstanding Student in a Department, Outstanding Student Employee Award and the Penguin Award. 

Amy Rodriguez, ASCC student relations and promotions coordinator, explained the order of events: nominees arrive at 5 p.m. for health screenings, awards proceed at 6 p.m., President Edwards will speak and the event will conclude at around 7:30 p.m.

Nominees who do not attend the event will receive their certificate in the mail. 

Director of Student Life Sarah Gruhler said that this will not be the same as previous in-person OSWALD Awards as there cannot be photo booths or interactive activities. 

In 2020 the OSWALD Awards were held virtually through a presentation, since the school was not accustomed to Zoom and they had less time to prepare for a virtual event.

“Last year, we were in shock, but we want this year to be different,” Gruhler said. “We have to think differently so that this year can be better.”

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