Each year, we select one student for the John R. Emens Award. This honor recognizes the most outstanding senior student for their cumulative record of co-curricular achievement, leadership, and contributions to Ball State University during their undergraduate years.
Ball State University students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- graduating senior during the current academic year (e.g., Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020)
- nominated by another student, faculty member, staff member, or campus organization, who submits a letter of nomination
- submit a completed nomination packet by the established deadline
- in good standing
Basis of Selection
The award committee will discuss and consider the following for all nominees:
- record of contributions and service
- short answer
- letter of nomination
- academic performance
The most outstanding nominees, identified using the criteria above, will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.
Nominees who progress to the interview stage of the selection process will be evaluated on the above criteria, as well as the quality of their interview.
Contributions and Service
Nominees may establish their contributions in leadership and service to the university in areas including, but not limited to, the following:
- competitive activities
- departmental activities
- student organizations
- Greek Life
- multicultural organizations
- political organizations
- religious groups
- governmental activity
- campus employment
The criteria used to evaluate students’ records of contributions and service to Ball State University include:
breadth and depth of contributions – Have not only a range of contributions and service experiences, but also establish the quality of those contributions and experiences.
accomplishments within organizational and leadership roles –Demonstrate accomplishments within their organizations and leadership roles.
impact of contributions – Articulate the positive impact their contributions have had on the university and students.
quality and clarity of response – Write well, thoughtfully, and clearly.
content – Appropriately reflect the prompt and answer the questions posed.
support of application – Support and compliment the overall application.
The Committee is composed of professionals, faculty, and students appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.
Committee members are representative of multiple areas including:
- Office of the President
- Student Affairs
- Academic Affairs
- University Governance
- Student Governance Association
- Residence Hall Association
Nominate and Apply
Completed nomination and application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5 p.m.
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