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Evening of the Stars

The Evening of the Stars is an annual celebration held in April to recognize and honor student organizations and student leaders for their accomplishments and the contributions made throughout the academic year. The 13th Annual Evening of the Stars ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

2018 Highlights and Awardees

Maralyn Heimlich Scholarship
Maralyn Heimlich touched the lives of thousands of students through her work as Assistant Dean of New Student Services until her untimely passing in 1996. This scholarship is given in memory of Maralyn Heimlich and recognizes orientation advisors who best exemplify Maralyn's dedication and service to the orientation program, her generosity of spirit and her passion for student life.
2018 Recipients
Marjorie Guadarrama,
Sunnie Lee
Delong 'Miki' Lin
Jade Scott
Kimberlee Walters
Tejas Scholarship
Through the Tejas Club, members live a more complete life by sharing their personalities, abilities, and commitment to good fellowship and a high standard of conduct in order to encourage loyalty and usefulness to our school and further good scholarship. These scholarships recognize members whose service to UT Austin, the Tejas Club and the Austin community best demonstrates the application of these ideals.
2018 Recipients
William Osei Acheampong
Michael Armour
Charlie Bell
Adraint Bereal
Charlie Bonner
Christopher Boyd
Andrew Bramlett
Bijan Breland
Nolan Burdett
Jackson Clifford
Drew Curran
Trey Curran
John Franey
Alexander Garn
Camron Goodman
Michael Grube
Seamus Hawley
Zach Head
Nathan Hwang
Michael Johnston Jr.
Eric Jones
Pratyush Kumar
Connor Aidan Madden
Daniel Madden
Gavin Martin
Anuj Mocherla
Santiago Munevar
Cameron Osmond
Neil Patel
JoJo Phillips
Akif Rahman
Manuel Andres Salvatierra
Keeton Schenck
Mason Schlechte
Vig Senthilvel
Trevor Sivin
Kartik Sridhar
Cade Stone
Daniel Stroik
Regan Stuart
Hasan Syed
Mohammad Syed
Junyuan Tan
Robert Thommas II
Jacob Thompson
Christian Trudeau
Bryce Westbrook
Cambell Westmoreland
Bradley White
Samuel Williams
Henry Youtt
Dean's Dozen
The Dean's Dozen Award recognizes students who are altruistic, responsible, committed and involved in transforming the lives of their fellow students. It is in the spirit of UT that these students reach out to others in a time of need, exhibit model citizenship, foster fellowship among our community, embrace diversity and promote a fair and equitable campus. Finally, these students utilize strength, initiative and ambition to persevere, to overcome obstacles, and to seek and enable personal growth.
2018 Recipients
Courtney Austin
Jennell Benson
Rebecca Burt
Isaiah Jay Carter
Alejandrina Guzman
Kinsey Ratcliff
Julia Rogers
Rene Santiago Rosales
Ruben Sanchez
Sarah Stubbs
Jennifer Valdez
Micky Wolf
Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Glenn W. Maloney. Glenn served The University of Texas at Austin for 19 years, the last seven as Associate of Dean of Students. The Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship was established to remember Glenn's countless contributions to UT Austin and to recognize the students he loved. Through this scholarship, Glenn's enduring legacy is to continue helping the students whose lives he enriched.
2018 Recipients
Charlie Bonner
Giovanna R. McMahon
Mckenna Philips
Lizzy Tan
Kelly Woodworth
Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in honor of former Longhorn Hellraiser and engineering student, Sean N. Bourgeois, the Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes a deserving student at The University of Texas at Austin who exemplifies qualities exuded by Sean: university spirit and campus involvement.
2018 Recipients
Charles Hill
Dean of Students Outstanding Undergraduate Research
The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Student Affairs recognizes the significant contribution in research by an undergraduate research intern committed to the study of design, data, collection, literature syntheses, and reporting on the undergraduate student experience at the University of Texas at Austin.
2018 Recipients
Matthew Lee
Moises Rico

SFL Awards

Sorority and Fraternity Life Hyperion Award
Awarded by Sorority and Fraternity Life staff to students who have made significant contributions to Sorority and Fraternity Life in the Office of the Dean of Students, and to the overall sorority and fraternity community.
2018 Recipients
Francisca Ricardo, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
Jake Price, Delta Kappa Epsilon
Kory Davison, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Kyne Onyenze, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Meredith McDonald, Alpha Phi
Rachel Riestenberg, Alpha Delta Pi
Salvador Sanchez, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
Sydney Denton, Zeta Tau Alpha
Sydney O'Connell, Alpha Phi
Dax Beckenforfer, Delta Tau Delta
Denise Morales, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
Kimberly Perez, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.

Sorority and Fraternity Life 2018 Individual Awards

Community Building Award
The individual Community Building Award recognizes sorority and fraternity members dedicated to building up their chapter, council, and university communities through programming, relationship building, and leadership
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Molly Curington, Alpha Delta Pi
Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award
The individual Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award recognizes sorority and fraternity members who exemplify outstanding service to the community. This member dedicates significant time and energy to volunteering and raising awareness and funds for philanthropic causes. Consideration is given to length of service commitment, hours dedicated and impact of volunteering.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Emily Broaddus, Alpha Delta Pi
Fraternity Member - Martin Scaria, Beta Theta Pi
Scholastic Achievement Award
The individual Scholastic Achievement Award recognizes sorority and fraternity members who demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement and commitment to academic excellence. Consideration is given to cumulative grade point average, academic awards, honors, scholarships, academic projects, and research.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Jasmine Liu-Zarzuela, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Fraternity Member - Trey Cinclair, Beta Theta Pi
Outstanding Leadership Award
The individual Leadership Award recognizes sorority and fraternity members who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their chapter, council and campus community. Consideration is given to a member's dedication to their organization and impact on peers and organizational culture.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Ginnifer Joe, Delta Gamma
Fraternity Member - Martin Scaria, Beta Theta Pi
Outstanding New Member
The Outstanding New Member Award recognizes sorority and fraternity members in their first year of membership for their contributions to their chapter, council, and campus community, and potential for future leadership.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Jennifer Qu, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Fraternity Member - Matias Fragoso, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
Outstanding Volunteer
The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes an advisor or alumni volunteer who has served as a role model for organization members in their advisory capacity and in their personal and professional life.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Jeannene Fox Mills, Alpha Delta Pi
Fraternity Member - Lynn Butler, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Outstanding President
The Outstanding Chapter President Award recognizes sorority and fraternity presidents who distinguish themselves through impactful leadership in their chapter, council, and campus community.
2018 Recipients
Sorority Member - Madison Huerta, Alpha Delta Pi
Fraternity Member - Andrew Boyd, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sorority and Fraternity Life 2018 Organization Awards

Community Building Award
The Chapter Community Building award recognizes organizations that strengthen their chapter, council, and university communities through programming, relationship building, and leadership.
2018 Recipients
Small Chapter - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Large Chapter - Alpha Delta Pi
Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award
The Chapter Outstanding Service and Philanthropy award recognizes chapters who exemplify outstanding service and philanthropic commitment to the community. Consideration is given to length of commitment, hours dedicated, funds raised, and impact of volunteering.
2018 Recipients
Small Chapter - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Medium Chapter - alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. Large Chapter - Alpha Delta Pi
Scholastic Achievement Award
The Chapter Scholastic Achievement award recognizes chapters that maintain a high cumulative grade point average and a special interest in advancing the academic excellence of its members. Consideration is given to educational programs, scholarship dollars received, and membership in academic honor societies.
2018 Recipients
Large Chapter - Zeta Tau Alpha
Outstanding Leadership Award
The Chapter Leadership Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate and develop outstanding leadership in their chapter, council, and campus community. Consideration is given to leadership programs, goal setting and representation in leadership roles inside and outside the Greek community.
2018 Recipients
Large Chapter - Alpha Delta Pi
Outstanding New Member Program
The Outstanding New Member Program award recognizes excellence in education, programming, and development opportunities specifically for the newest members of Greek organizations.
2018 Recipients
Small Chapter - Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Medium Chapter - Delta Upsilon
Large Chapter - Delta Gamma
Outstanding Public Relations
The Chapter Outstanding Public Relations Award recognizes organizational excellence in promoting and communicating the story of the sorority and fraternity experience through social media, outreach campaigns, and positive press.
2018 Recipients
Large Chapter - Alpha Xi Delta
Outstanding Chapter of the Year
The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes organizations who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of community building, service and philanthropy, scholarship and leadership and have distinguished themselves by providing a superior membership experience and positive impact on the community.
2018 Recipients
Large Chapter - Alpha Delta Pi

Pillars of the Forty Acres

The Pillars of the Forty Acres was created to highlight the missions and activities of student organizations that exemplify the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin. Student organizations demonstrate the importance of co-curricular involvement and provide opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom. Student organizations host guest speakers, devote time to community service and create programs that bring cultures from around the world to the Forty Acres. Through the Pillars of the Forty Acres, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of Learning, Discovery, Freedom, Leadership, Individual Opportunity and Responsibility.

Pillars of the Forty Acres Distinguished Status
To achieve Distinguished Status, an organization must complete 8 points in one Core Value category.
2018 Recipients
Learning
*Texas Blazers
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Ladybirds
Texas Transfer Students
The Project
Women of Excellence

Discovery
*Association of Latino Professionals For America
Hindu Students Association
*Texas Blazers
Texas Ladybirds
Texas Transfer Students
The Project

Leadership
Association of Latino Professionals For America
Black Health Professions Organization
Campus Environmental Center
*Hindu Students Association
Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization
Liberal Arts Council
Longhorn Singers
Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Texas Blazers
Texas Bluebonnets
*Texas Ladybirds
*Texas Transfer Students
The Project
University Residence Hall Association
Women in Civil Engineering

Individual Opportunity
Asian Business Students Association
*Association of Latino Professionals For America
Hindu Students Association
Hispanic Business Students Association
*Texas Blazers
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Ladybirds
Texas Spirits
*Texas Transfer Students
University Securities Investment Team
Vietnamese Students Association

Responsibility
Association of Latino Professionals For America
Best Buddies
*Black Health Professions Organization
Communication Council
Hindu Student Association
Teachers of Tomorrow
Terry Scholars Students Association
Texas Blazers
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Ladybirds
Texas Orange Jackets
Texas Transfer Students
The Project

*Indicates an organization won a drawing for $200 based on their accomplishments.

Pillars of the Forty Acres Exemplary Status
To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.
2018 Recipients
Texas Blazers
Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility

*Texas Bluebonnets
Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility

*Texas Ladybirds
Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility

Texas Transfer Students
Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility

*Indicates an organization won $1,000 for their accomplishments.

Swing Out Awards

The Swing Out tradition began in 1922 as a ceremony to honor outstanding women students on campus and to pass on UT Austin traditions from one generation to the next. Cap and Gown, a senior women's organization, originally sponsored the Swing Out Awards, which became an annual tradition as part of the University Senior Week. The ceremony was extended to honor men's and coed organizations in 1955. Swing Out remained a campus tradition for recognizing student leaders and a symbolic gesture of transferring leadership from one class to the next until 1963.

In 1991, the University of Texas Leadership Board (UTLB), a student organization sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, revitalized the tradition, broadening the scope of the Swing Out Awards to include all student organizations on campus.

Today, Student Activities continues to support the tradition of the Swing Out Awards to honor outstanding student organizations and the students who drive them, for their commitment, leadership, and excellence at The University of Texas at Austin.

Primary Categories

Best Academic/Departmental Organization
This award is for an organization founded within an academic or departmental community. It is given to an organization that goes above and beyond to contribute to their academic community and overcome challenges inherent in an academic setting. This organization utilizes their resources to promote educational success.
2018 Recipients
Communication Council
Liberal Arts Council
*Texas Transfer Students
Best Artistic Organization
This award is for an organization founded within a community dedicated to artistic expression. It is given to an organization that positively impacts members, the UT Austin community and the greater Austin community through artistic programs. This organization effectively showcases its creativity throughout the coordination of artistic programs.
2018 Recipients
*Longhorn Singers
Best Cultural Organization
This award is for an organization founded within a cultural community. It is given to an organization that works to promote awareness and education about the culture(s) it represents to the UT Austin community. This organization advocates for cultural appreciation among all people and enriches the cultural experiences of its audience.
2018 Recipients
*Hindu Students Association
Best Political/Activist Organization
This award is for an organization founded within a political or activist community. It is given to an organization that educates others about the issues(s) that it stands for and advocates tirelessly for its cause(s). This organization effectively organizes and engages the UT Austin community in their cause(s).
2018 Recipients
Best Buddies
*Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization
Best Professional Organization
This award is for an organization that focuses on professional vocation. It is given to an organization that encourages networking with professionals in the members' field and offers opportunities that will contribute to the members' success after graduation. This organization teaches members useful skills that will translate well into a professional career.
2018 Recipients
*Asian Business Students Association
Association of Latino Professionals For America
University Securities Investment Team
Best Recreational Organization
This award is given to an organization that promotes and provides recreational outlets for members. This organization offers the UT community a unique and impactful experience through recreation.
2018 Recipients
*Hispanic Business Students Association
Best Service Organization
This award is for an organization dedicated to service. It is given to an organization that positively impacts members, the UT Austin community, and the greater Austin community through programs and service opportunities. This organization coordinates projects that have a significant impact on both the communities it services and its members.
2018 Recipients
Texas Blazers
The Project
*Women of Excellence
Best Social Organization
This award is given to an organization that promotes both camaraderie among members as well as social unity on the UT Austin campus. This organization provides social opportunities that foster community and contribute to the development of leadership within members.
2018 Recipients
*Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Spirits
Vietnamese Students Association
Best Spirit Organization
This award is given to an organization that brings spirit to the UT Austin campus on a regular basis and strives to improve areas where UT Austin spirit is lacking. This organization brings out and enhances the school spirit in UT students.
2018 Recipients
*Texas Spirits

Special Categories

Most Improved Organization
This award is for an organization that has shown tremendous improvement in the past year. It is given to an organization that recognized the areas where improvement was most needed and worked to make changes to better fulfill its goals.
2018 Recipients
Hindu Students Association
*Texas Transfer Students
Women of Excellence
Healthiest Organization
This award is for an organization that creates a social environment that helps members be active and healthy. This organization is a leader in providing enjoyable programming that establishes healthy activities as a core part of having an outstanding Longhorn experience.
2018 Recipients
*Hindu Student Association
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Ladybirds
Outstanding Advisor
This award is for an organization advisor who has gone above and beyond the call of their duties with the organization. It is given to an advisor who exhibits outstanding qualities and provides vital services for the organization. This advisor exceeds expectations on all fronts and was nominated by the organization with which they work.
2018 Recipients
Amory Baril, The Project
*Daniel Zarazua, Texas Blazers
Dr. Jim Patton, Best Buddies
Most Outstanding Student Organization
This award is given to one of the nine winners of the primary category awards. This award goes to an organization who has positively impacted the UT campus and has a strong connection to the university core values. This organization shines as an exemplary group of students who strive to be the best they can be and give back to the UT community in their own way.
2018 Recipients
*Hindu Students Association
Hispanic Business Students Association
Texas Transfer Students

2018 Highlights and Awardees (pdf)


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