2020 Robins Awards - April 11 at 7 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom
Changes to the 2020 Man, Woman and Bill E. Robins Awards
The Robins Awards have been Utah State University’s premier awards program since 1958. Over the years, there have been several iterations and organizers of these awards. Currently, the Division of Student Affairs plans and operates this ceremony with students and staff from the USUSA Traditions Committee and the Student Involvement & Leadership Center. In collaboration with university administration, the following changes will be made to the 2020 Robins Awards.
The Bill E. Robins Memorial Award has been awarded to the highest achieving student regardless of gender since 1960. The purpose of the award is to recognize students that excel academically, have displayed outstanding leadership and dedication to Utah State, and possess traits that set them apart as a rare individual. In an effort to be more inclusive and accessible, the student nomination and selection process for the Bill E. Robins award is being changed to a single year award, and an individual student is only eligible to receive the award once.
Ten to twelve finalists will be recognized for their achievements with the top three finalists being selected as second runner up, runner up, and winner of the Bill E. Robbins Memorial Award. This streamlining of the Bill E. Robins Award means that the Woman of the Year and Man of the Year awards will be eliminated. The students that would have been nominated for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will be eligible for the new Bill E. Robins non-gendered awards.
Nominations for these and other awards are now open.
Robins Awards History
Robins Awards are the most coveted of all Utah State honors, and the awards night is the year’s most prestigious event. Students and faculty are rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their individual goals, as well as the goals of USU. The awards memorialize William E. Robins, a campus hero who had a rare quality to turn his vision into Utah State’s vision. Robins was a Sigma Nu at Utah State who served as USU’s student body president in 1949. He was also the primary and initial visionary of today’s Taggart Student Center. In 1954, Bill and his wife Geraldine died in a plane crash, leaving behind a one-year old orphan boy. This prompted Bill’s fraternity to set up the Bill E. Robins Memorial fund to raise money that would provide a scholarship for the boy’s education when he was old enough to enroll in the University. Tragically, the boy died at the age of eight from leukemia. Since then, the fund has been used to continue the Robins Award tradition. The featured award of the evening is the Bill E. Robins Memorial Award.Robins Awards History
Awards nominated by student, faculty and staff Award
Bill E. Robins Memorial Award
Val R. Christensen Service Award
Organization of the Year
Acheivement of the Year
Gerald R. Sherratt Award
Nomination & Selection Process
For Robins Awards nominated by faculty, staff and students, there is a three month nomination period where individuals are able to nominate others who deserve to be recognized. After being nominated, each group and/or individual nominated will be notified and asked to submit comprehensive paperwork in which a selection committee will evaluate to select finalists and winners for each category. Both nominees and winners are invited to attend the Robins Awards ceremony, where the winners are revealed and further recognized for their hard work, dedication and success at Utah State University. Rules Governing the Acceptance of Nomination & Document Submission
- All individuals desiring to accept a nomination must submit a biography that is no more than two pages long, which should include all the questions asked, within the time permitted by the Robins Awards Committee. This is a one-time submission so prepare attractive, well-written materials that can be displayed
2. All submissions that exceed the required page length – two pages for a biography of the questions asked – will be edited without further notice
3. Time extensions will not be given
Awards nominated by faculty, staff and respective departments/colleges
Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year
Faculty University Service Award
Legacy of Utah State Award
Professional Advisor of the Year
Scholar of the Year
Talent of the Year
Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year Award
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
LIST OF 2019 WINNERS
USUSA Traditions Director
Additional contact information can be found at http://www.usu.edu/awards