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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 next Annual Evening of the Stars ceremony will be held in April 2019. Download a pdf of the 2018 Highlights and Awardees (pdf).

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2018 Highlights and Awardees

The 2018 Evening of the Stars featured some of the best and brightest on the Forty Acres. Here are some of the highlights of the 2018 Evening of the Stars.

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

The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership.

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

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

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

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 Awards honor outstanding student organizations and the students who drive them, for their commitment, leadership, and excellence at The University of Texas at Austin.

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. v

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

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

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