FUSO, ISO Earn Top Honors at 2018-19 Student Organization Awards

FUSO, ISO Earn Top Honors at 2018-19 Student Organization Awards

Whenever it is stated that the University of San Diego is a designated Changemaker Campus, one of the truly wonderful ways to showcase it is through the nearly 190 student clubs and organizations that exist.

2018-19 Student Org Awards

That’s because USD students have ample opportunities to find something that interests them, something that could light their passion, take them outside of their comfort zone or find a space where they feel right at home. Being part of a club or organization at USD means meeting new people, being part of a group strengthened by a common bond or social justice issue, having fun and, as a whole, make a positive contribution to better the campus environment.

That’s also why it is important to recognize the value of student organizations by hosting an awards ceremony for the 2018-19 school year. On Thursday night, the Office of Student Affairs and Associated Students hosted the annual event at the Student Life Pavilion’s Plaza Mayor (which is soon to be renamed in honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta).

Multiple finalists were named in each of the eight awards given out. Here are the winners as well as the finalists in each category:

New and Emerging Organization winner: Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.

Finalists: Saturdays with Seniors; Pancakes Serving Up Hope; Transfer Scholastic Assistant Program; Alliance of Disability Advocates.

Community Service Award winner: USD Border Angels.

Finalists: Make-a-Wish USD; STEM Outreach Club; Saturdays with Seniors; Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO).

Excellence in Inclusion winner: International Student Organization.

Finalists: FUSO; Black Student Union; Club Ultimate Frisbee; Panhellenic Council.

Event of the Year winner: Chinese New Year Festival Gala (Chinese Student and Scholars Association).

Finalists: Kamayan Night (FUSO); Mathigami and SASA Collaboration (Mathigami and SASA); Culture Shock (Sigma Theta Pi); Never Alone Night (Kappa Kappa Gamma).

Advisor of the Year winner: Amanda Etter, Student Veterans Organization.

Finalists: Jessika Belgau, Student Alumni Association; Alyssa Irizarry, International Student Organization; Ali Murphy, Gamma Phi Beta.

Emerging New Member winner: Rameen Javadian, Muslim Student Association.

Finalists: Jordan Matuszewski, Mathigami; Rachel Alef, Saturdays with Seniors; Emi Doyle, Funky Bot; Haley Takeda, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Outstanding Student Leader winner: Vijayraj Patel, Chair, International Student Organization.

Finalists: Wendy Martinez, OLE! Team Chair; Terrance Horne, President, National Society of Black Engineers; Pearl Lai, President, Student International Business Council; Maureen Cobile, President, FUSO.

Outstanding Organization of the Year winner: Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO).

Finalists: USD Border Angels; Student International Business Council; Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (MEChA); Entrepreneurship Club.

Photos courtesy of USD Student Affairs and Ryan T. Blystone

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