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Swing Out Awards

Become Part of the Swing Out Awards Tradition!
Become Part of the Swing Out Awards Tradition! The Swing Out Awards are presented by the Office of the Dean of Students to student organizations that have demonstrated excellence in leadership on campus. Organizations can apply to different categories that best fit their student group. Award recipients will be recognized at the Evening of the Stars ceremony in April 2019. Winning organizations receive a banner and $300 for the organization, and the winner of Most Outstanding organization receiving an additional $1,000.

The 2019 Swing Out Awards process consists of an application review by the Swing Out Awards Committee, consisting of students and staff from different areas of the Office of the Dean of Students.

Important dates concerning the 2019 application process include:
February 1st: Applications available online at 8 a.m. CST
February 28th: Applications due online by 11:59 p.m. CST
April 1st: Organizations contacted regarding their application status
April 16th: Evening of the Stars Ceremony

If you have any questions, please email Student Activities at awards@austin.utexas.edu.

2019 Award Winners

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.

2019 Finalists

  • *Student Engineering Council
  • Texas Transfer Students

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.

2019 Finalists

  • Afrikan-American Affairs
  • *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).

2019 Finalist

  • *Doctors Without Borders

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.

2019 Finalist

  • *Asian Business Students Association
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Hispanic Business Student Association

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • *SCORE Athletics

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

2019 Finalist

  • Afrikan-American Affairs
  • Student Engineering Council
  • *Texas Wranglers

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • *Student Engineering Council
  • Texas Transfer Students
  • Texas Sweethearts

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Texas Lonestars
  • *Texas Spirits

Best New Organization

This award is for an organization that has brought a new and important community to the University of Texas at Austin that did not exist before. The organization must have been founded within the past two years. This organization is sustainable and continues to grow on campus.

2019 Finalist

  • *Doctors Without Borders
  • Socks for the Sole

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.

2019 Finalist

  • *Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Texas Wranglers

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Hindu Student Association
  • *Texas Lonestars
  • Texas Transfer Students

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Brent Iverson, Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Amory Krueger, The Project
  • *Jeff Mayo, Texas Transfer Students

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.

2019 Finalist

  • Hindu Students Association
  • **Student Engineering Council
  • Texas Wranglers

*Indicates winning organization awarded $300 for their accomplishment.
**Indicated winning organization awarded $1000 for their accomplishment.