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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.

Submit a Nomination

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 

This award is presented to the student who represents the best youth has to offer. This student has excelled academically, displayed outstanding leadership ability, shown dedication to Utah State, and possesses traits that set him or her apart as a rare individual. The Bill E. Robins Memorial Award has been awarded to the highest achieving student regardless of gender since 1960. 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.

Val R. Christensen Service Award 

 This award, established in honor of Val R. Christensen’s outstanding lifetime contribution to volunteerism, is presented to the student or organization whose volunteer service significantly impacted Utah State University and the community. This student or organization shows a level of commitment to volunteerism exemplified by Val R. Christensen, former Vice President of Student Services of Utah State University.

Organization of the Year 

This award is presented to the student organization that demonstrates the excellence of the organization’s stated purpose and service to Utah State University.

Acheivement of the Year 

This is defined as something accomplished by superior ability, distinctive effor, great courage or heroic action.

Gerald R. Sherratt Award 

This award goes to the individual member of the University administration or staff who, through his or her work at Utah State University has displayed superior leadership skills and abilities, as well as unsurpassed dedication and service to students. This award is not open for nomination and it chosen by the Robins Awards committee.

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

  1. 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 

The Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year Award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in teaching. Other scholarly activity such as research and publication records may become consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on teaching excellence as judged by faculty and students.

Faculty University Service Award 

The Faculty University Service Award will be given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in service to the operations and governance of the University. Recognized activities will include service at the University, College and/or Department levels and may include Libraries and Extension.

Legacy of Utah State Award 

This award is given each year to recognize and emphasize a student who represents the heart and soul of the University. Students should show a commitment to the institution and their program of study, as well as demonstrate internal involvement and service, department dedication, perseverance during times of adversity, and contribution behind the scenes.

Professional Advisor of the Year 

This award is presented to the professional advisor at Utah State University who has provided students with outstanding academic advising.

Scholar of the Year 

This award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in scholarship. Other service and student activity involvement may become a consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on scholarly achievement.

Talent of the Year 

This award is presented to the individual who demonstrates an outstanding mental endowment or superior capacity in the field of music, art, or theater.

Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year 

This award goes to the faculty advisor at Utah State University who has displayed personal interest in students and demonstrated ability to provide superior academic advisement.

Graduate Student Teacher of the Year Award

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies seeks nominations from the colleges for outstanding graduate students to be considered for University Graduate Student Teacher of the Year.

Female Athlete of the Year 

This award is presented to the individual female athlete who has demonstrated exceptional qualities of athletic skill, sportsmanship and determination and brought recognition to the Utah State University athletic program.

Male Athlete of the Year 

This award is presented to the individual male athlete who has demonstrated exceptional qualities of athletic skill, sportsmanship and determination and brought recognition to the Utah State University athletic program.

 

LIST OF 2019 WINNERS 

Contact Information

Sarah Rasmussen
USUSA Traditions Director
traditions.ususa@usu.edu

Spencer Bitner
Program Coordinator
spencer.bitner@usu.edu
435.797.3242

Timothy Olsen
Program Coordinator
timothy.olsen@usu.edu
435.797.1716

Additional contact information can be found at http://www.usu.edu/awards