Lori Berquam, the Dean of Students, will serve as the keynote speaker, dinner will be provided, and the Wisconsin Singers will be performing!
The Buckys Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 29 at 5:30pm in the Great Hall of Memorial Union
The Buckys is an esteemed awards banquet that recognizes outstanding student leaders and student organizations. Awards are given to those organizations that go above and beyond, and work hard to constantly serve the campus and community.
Registration is now open and available through the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN). The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, April 26th! Make sure you register early to guarantee your seat at the ceremony! If you are having any difficulty accessing the form, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The link to registration is: https://win.wisc.edu/form/start/19390
Applications are no longer being accepted.
For more information on the Buckys, please contact Shauna Neshek, SLP Graduate Advisor, at email@example.com. For full descriptions of the awards, please look through the 2011-2012 recipients listed below.
- Dean's Award of Excellence
- Best New Student Organization Award
- Excellence in Innovation Award
- Inclusivity Award
- Individual Leadership Award
- Most Involved Award
- Outstanding Freshman Award
- Outstanding Leadership Award
- Outstanding Senior Award
- Outstanding Service Award
- Transfer Student Award
- Philanthropic Achievement Award
Again, please email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.
2012-2013 Buckys Award Recipients
The Dean’s Award of Excellence is presented to the organization that excels in three pillars, Wisconsin Experience, Discovery, and Innovation. Therefore, this organization actively works to incorporate, effective program planning, innovation, leadership service, valued membership, and social justice into their mission and the events and programs they host each year.
This year the award goes to Slow Food UW.
Slow Food UW actively works to incorporate effective program planning, innovation, leadership service, valued membership, and social justice into their mission and the events and programs they host each year. They embody the Wisconsin Experience and the value of “learning by doing.” Since their founding in 2007, this group has developed five unique projects that allow their members to better understand a social justice issue, learn new skills, educate, serve the community, and make connections across the state. In an effort to re-frame the conversation around our current food system, this student org offers unique opportunities to work closely with farmers, local food suppliers, the campus community and the broader Madison community. Their dedication to food as a social justice issue has led this group to expand their programming beyond campus to include collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, to offer cooking classes for local residents and teens, and to work in South Madison to promote healthy eating and celebrate diverse food cultures. Slow Food UW is the essence of the Wisconsin Experience because of the way they connect local products for consumption, while also involving students from every angle and every aspect. They are role models for future generations. (slowfooduw.com)
Best New Student Organization
This award is given to a student organization that was founded within the last two academic years. They are awarded for their member participation, the successes they have had, and the unique contributions they bring to campus and the surrounding community. In addition, this organization has a plan for continued growth and achievement in future years and want to continue to be a successful organization on campus.
This year the award went to She’s the First.
She’s the First was formed in the Spring of 2012 on the basis to promote girls’ education in developing countries so that they may be the first in their families to graduate. They strive to promote awareness on the UW campus about major issues involving education and inequity as well as fostering global citizenship and leadership skills in its members. There are two large events they have put on since becoming an organization. The first was a Two Day tie dye cupcake sale over $500 to students in Guatemala. The Second was a screening of the documentary Half the Sky, based on a New York Times bestselling book about the true stories of oppression of women worldwide. She’s the First brought in a “panel of experts” to guide discussion and answer questions post-film and over 120 students were in attendance! The organization gained nearly 50 members in its first semester and did so via the student organization fair, social media and by beginning to develop campus partnerships. They have seven executive board members and members can also be chair of one of their three committees, which are community service, PR/campus outreach and fundraising. So they work very hard to give members the ability to foster and develop their leadership skills. They continue to strive for further excellence through various goals. They want to diversify our membership in terms of gender because women alone cannot conquer gender inequality. They plan to do this by reaching out to departments such as International Studies, Educational Policy Studies, and Law. They want to continue to raise money for girls’ education in developing countries through creative fundraisers that reach beyond campus to the Madison community through events like a cocktail party and silent auction at the Museum of Contemporary Art and a “Field Day” event in April for families and children in Madison. She’s the First will continue to spread awareness and passion for our cause by hosting a summit on campus during the UN international day of the girl week with speakers, breakout sessions, panels and a celebration. Lastly, they strive to make an impact in the lives of young girls in the local community through partnering with local volunteer organizations such as Girls on the Run.
This award recognizes a student organization that has created a new program, event, organization, or new aspect of an existing program, event, or organization that has benefitted campus. The organization shows purpose and passion for their program and has effectively marketed the addition. In addition, the organization has provided extensive evaluations of the new addition to determine its importance to the campus.
This year’s award went to Adventure Learning Programs (ALPs).
The Adventure Learning Program utilizes a roving workshop approach that is non-traditional, yet it creates a powerful way of exposing new students across the UW campus to the Wisconsin Experience. It can be adapted and built upon by other groups within and beyond the UW campus. For example: middle school programs that target first generation and low-income students, such as the AVID/TOPS Program at WISCAPE, can use the roving workshop model with their students as an exciting introduction to higher education. ALPs combines innovation, learning, and enjoyment through experiential education into a successfully-run and well-evaluated program. (http://cfli.wisc.edu/alps/)
This award is presented to the organization that fosters learning opportunities, contributes to the scholastic and leadership growth for its members, and focuses on fostering interactions between members. This organization believes inclusivity revolves around a strong relationship between its members and takes extra time towards building those relationships. This organization also excels in promoting awareness and offering events and attendance at social justice related activities. Social Justice refers to creating an organization built on the fundamentals of equality.
This year’s award went to Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Lambda Gamma values each member and actively encourages multiple experiences and perspectives, and createsa positive, collaborative environment where members can be themselves. They demonstrate this through weekly recognitions of academic and non-academic accomplishments, mentorship, organization leaders encouraging younger members to take on leadership roles within the organization and in other organizations and through the development of campus-wide programs and activities focused on social justice issues. What really made this organization stand out from the rest was that they take the ideology of being an inclusive organization and make it a daily practice of their organization. (http://win.wisc.edu/organization/sigmalambdagamma-kg/about)
Individual Leadership Award
This award honors outstanding student leaders who have had significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding community. These students have demonstrated their leadership through outstanding initiative, meaningful involvement, and measurable influence on students, citizens, or programming.
This year’s award went to Shawn Harris.
Shawn served as a UW Housefellow in Witte Hall for two years, and he has been an active participant in the On-Ramp precollege program on Madison’s Southwest side since his freshman year. Shawn distinguished himself as a campus leader by founding the Wisconsin Association of Black Men on the UW-Madison campus. Through his leadership, the Wisconsin Association of Black Men provided a space for black males to be welcomed, supported and listened to on campus. They have provided a number of outreach opportunities that has improved understanding on racial issues across campus. Shawn lead the group to be recognized as Bucky’s most outstanding organization in 2011, and he was asked to travel to the University of Leeds in England, to speak on black male achievement in higher education. Shawn has certainly distinguished himself as a leader on campus, and well deserving of this award.
Most Involved Award
Most Involved Award
This award is given to an ambitious student in regards to campus involvement. This student is well rounded in their interests, actively involved in multiple organizations and programs on campus. This student applies the different skills acquired in the organizations to better improve themselves, the students on campus, and the surrounding community.
This year’s award went to Jeremy Rickena.
Jeremy is actively involved in Greek Life as a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the Inter Fraternity Council, and Humorology. He is a leader in the Health Occupations Students of America, where he developed the Guatemala Medical Service Trip. In addition to HOSA, he is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honors Society. He is involved in UW research in the fields of comparative biosciences-neurophysiology, anatomy, and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. In his remaining free time, Jeremy competes with the Wisconsin Track Club and is an avid participant in UW Rec Sports Intramural programs.
Outstanding Freshman Award
This award goes to a freshman who has shown his or her ability to be a leader on campus and in the surrounding community. This student shows strong interest in furthering their involvement in a student organization, program, or cause. Also, this student has taken initiative within their involvement and encompasses important values and ideals.
This year’s award went to Megan Ketterhagen.
Megan describes feeling part of something big here at UW-Madison. Her patience and reliability is demonstrated through volunteerism with multiple groups in the Madison community, ranging from elementary school students to seniors in an assisted living home. She has developed her leadership potential through the Student Leadership Program, where she has learned about her own leadership style and how to use her style with others in order to achieve the most good for the most people. Before the fall semester even began, she jump-started her Wisconsin Experience with laboratory work in cutting-edge cancer research. And she gives voice to her own experience as a survivor by delivering motivational speeches on behalf of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund.
This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in fostering leadership growth, and has provided leadership opportunities for not only members, but for the campus and surrounding community. This organization promotes the setting of concrete goals and provides opportunities for members to achieve their goals.
This year’s award went to AISEC-Madison.
AISEC-Madison is a student organization that prides itself on giving students the opportunities to develop themselves and others through focused team engagement. The organization creates a number of small teams focused on events and projects relating to critical social issues such as entrepreneurship, child rights and education. One example of these teams in action was their “Youth to Business” event that the group held in November. Nearly 200 students participated in this leadership training event. The student group partnered with several local Madison businesses to discuss topics such as corporate responsibility, innovation and sustainability. The students were also able to network with these professionals to learn more about what opportunities existed for their continued development. This group recognizes the key role organizational culture and education play in meeting their goals. By helping members fully understand the organization’s mission and values, quantifiable goals are established that align well with the group’s purpose. There are consistent times set aside to evaluate the progress of each goal and opportunities to lend additional support. It is through this thoughtful and intentional reflection that this group has accomplished so much. (http://www.aiesecus-madison.org/).
The Outstanding Senior Award is awarded to a senior who has shown his/her ability to be a leader on campus. In addition, this student has shown growth and made a significant contribution to the campus community by making the most of their "Wisconsin Experience."
This year, the award was given to two recipients: Bob Friedel and Rebekah Blocker.
Bob is a student who clearly loves being at UW-Madison. He took that love and passion, and saw a need to help other students understand the history and the impact the University of Wisconsin has on our world. Bob founded and lead the Wisconsin Spirit Initiative, a program that helped raise student awareness of and participation in the Wisconsin Idea and the Wisconsin Experience. He partnered with campus units, including University Housing, WAA and our student group WASB, to host awareness events and programs through the year. The result of his work is a more connected, more cohesive and understanding group of fellow students, who will go out and along with Bob continue to live their lives in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea.
As a student Rebekah established an impressive record as an ambassador for UW-Madison and higher education. She has been a leader in her sorority, an officer in the Black Student Union and she worked as a diversity educator at the MultiCultural Student Coalition. She partnered with a wide variety of campus and community groups to reach to students in high school, opening their eyes to the possibility of higher eduation and UW-Madison. Rebekah’s reach on campus was broad, and her impact was meaningful. She is the kind of student that makes all of us proud, and I know she will continue to great things.
This award recognizes a student organization that has participated in service activities continually throughout the academic year and has hosted at least one service activity to the campus community.
This year’s award went to The Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students (WSPS).
The Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students serves UW’s campus and the surrounding community by providing education, resources, and services to patients and community members. After Pharmacy students receive proper training, they volunteer their free time to enrich to the community, providing important healthcare knowledge and information. They share resources related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease among many others. They’ve worked with local high schools to promote awareness surrounding HPV. Their next initiative involves educating students on the UW campus about the dangers associated with prescription drug abuse. Their commitment to improving the health of our community through ongoing engagement makes them more than deserving of the Outstanding Service Award. (http://www.pharmacy.wisc.edu/wsps/about)
Transfer Student Award
This award honors outstanding student leaders who have had significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding community as a transfer student. This student has demonstrated his or her leadership through creating a unique mark on the UW community and successfully handling his or her transition onto campus through meaningful campus involvement.
This year’s award went to Alex Kuehn.
Alex Kuehn’s unique mark on campus has improved the academic and social transition for UW-Madison's newest transfer students. He has taken an impressive lead in launching UW-Madison's new Transfer Ambassador program, which connects all incoming transfer students with an experienced transfer student mentor who serves as a peer resource. He couples that work with volunteerism in the Madison community and a leadership position in Pres House where he works towards the organization’s goals of outreach and charity. He proposed, organized, trained for, and led a team of seven UW students and staff to run the 2012 Chicago Marathon, and together they raised over $10,000 to support World Vision’s clean water projects…enough to provide clean water for over 200 people for their entire lives. What’s most impressive, however, is his reflections on the Wisconsin Idea and how it inspires him to act with integrity, use his education to benefit the larger community, and pay it forward.
Philanthropic Achievement Award
This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in investing considerable time towards raising funds and donations for their events and charity. Their actions embody the Wisconsin Idea and have benefited campus or the surrounding community.
This year’s award went to ASK.LISTEN.SAVE.
This organization was developed to eliminate the stigma of suicide and depression on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. While collaborating with other student organizations that focus on mental health related issues, this organization aims to teach the student body how to ask their fellow students who are experiencing symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts if they are okay. Listen to what they have to say, and, if needed, serve as a student bridge to the UHS Counseling services to help save a life. In addition to frequent events and programming, the organization’s most well-known philanthropic endeavor is the annual Suicide Prevention Walk. Their 3rd annual walk was hosted a little over a week ago and was once again very successful. The walk brings many of the different mental-health focused student organizations out to show the diversity of resources the campus has to offer when it comes to mental health. Additionally, the walk serves a therapeutic purpose for those walking in remembrance of friends and family that they have lost to suicide. This event has been recognized as the “#1 Fundraising Walk in the Nation,” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as they have raised over $55,000 for the cause in the first two years of this walk. (http://www.asklistensave.org/)