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We are fortunate to have a community that respects and values leadership and service and seeks to honor those who demonstrate those two valuable tenants in their lives. The ODK Leadership Awards will be held, during Leadership Week, on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 7:00 pm in Birdsong Hall. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Lindgren Pavillion. At the ODK Leadership Awards, we will recognize our Leadership Fellows, our Empowerment Leadership Award winners, Omicron Delta Kappa Members, Order of Omega Members, and many others. In addition, awards and honors will be given based on nominations from the community. The awards that will be presented to students include: Freshman Leadership - Honors one (1) freshman who has demonstrated superior service to the campus during the first year of college. He or she should be a student who shows promise as a future leader on campus. All nominees must have a 2.5 GPA* and must have completed at least one semester as a full-time student by the time the nomination is received. Sophomore Leadership - Honors one (1) sophomore who has demonstrated superior service to the campus during the second year of college. He or she should be a student who shows promise as an emerging leader on campus. All nominees must have a 2.5 GPA* and must have completed at least one semester as a full-time student by the time the nomination is received. Junior Leadership - Honors one (1) Junior who has consistently demonstrated superior service to the campus during his or her time at college. The student should demonstrate leadership in his or her involvement and daily life. All nominees must have a 2.5 GPA* and must have completed at least one semester as a full-time student by the time the nomination is received. Outstanding Seniors - Honors up to six (6) seniors who have demonstrated active involvement both on the R-MC campus and in the Ashland community. All nominees must be listed as a senior with the College and have a 3.0 GPA*. *All GPAs will be verified before the nominations are placed on the selection committee ballot. The GPA listed in the college system at the time the nomination is received will be the only GPA considered. R-MC Service Award: Individual - Honors the student who has contributed outstanding service to the campus. The service provided by the nominee should be voluntary, non-compensated activities at the College. R-MC Service Award: Group - Honors a recognized organization that has contributed outstanding service to the campus. The service provided by the nominee should be voluntary, non-compensated activities at the College. R-MC Leadership Award: Individual - Honors a student who best exemplifies strong leadership qualities. The nominee for this award may hold a compensated position. R-MC Leadership Award: Group - Honors a recognized organization that best exemplifies strong leadership qualities. The nominee for this award may be an organization with compensated officers. Outstanding Student Event - Honors an event of particularly seminal importance in the life of the College. The event should reflect the values and mission of the College as well as promoting a sense of community. The Empowerment Awards are given to students and an alumna who embody the spirit of leadership and service in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The awards in this category are: The B.J. Seymour Award The B.J. Seymour Award is named in honor of pioneering Randolph-Macon College Professor Emerita Betty Jean “B.J.” Seymour. In 1971, the college officially became coeducational with the enrollment of 50 women. Seymour, who taught religious studies, joined the faculty in 1971 as the first full-time female faculty member. She was also the first woman to attain tenure, chair a department and be granted the rank of full professor. The award honors an alumna of Randolph-Macon College who has consistently worked on behalf of issues important to women and/ or girls, and who demonstrates vitality, integrity and leadership. The Woman of Excellence Award The Woman of Excellence Award honors a student of Randolph-Macon College who has worked to contribute to advancing the status of women on campus, and who demonstrates leadership, vitality and integrity in her life off or on campus. The Man of Excellence Award The Man of Excellence Award honors a student of Randolph-Macon College who has worked to contribute to advancing healthy, respectful relationships between R-MC men and women on campus, and who demonstrates leadership, vitality and integrity in his life on or off campus. The awards being given to faculty and/or staff are: Outstanding Organizational Advisor - Honors an organizational advisor who has contributed outstanding service to an organization. The service provided by the nominee must be voluntary, non-compensated activities at Randolph-Macon College (i.e. if advising the organization falls under the staff/faculty member’s job responsibilities, then he/she is ineligible for this award).