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Student Activism and Leadership Achievement (SALA) Awards

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SALA 2016

SALA recognizes and honors outstanding CofC students, faculty and staff that have contributed time and energy to improve our campus and community. Through their leadership and accomplishments, they have brought distinction to the College of Charleston. SALA is held annually in the during the Spring semester. Students and one faculty or staff member are selected in the following areas:

Advisor of the Year  Nomination form must be submitted by organization's president.
Recognizes one faculty or staff advisor who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to student development and leadership practice while fostering such growth in students.
Criteria: College of Charleston employees who currently serve as an official advisor of an SGA-recognized student organization

Cistern Award  Nomination form must be submitted by the organization's advisor.
Recognizes senior students who have been motivated and engaged contributors to an SGA-recognized student organization. These individuals may not actually hold an executive position. They are leaders because of their investment and commitment to the organization and the College community.
Criteria: Seniors (minimum of 90 hours) in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College. 

New Student Leader Award  Nomination form must be submitted by the organization's advisor. 
Recognizes first-year students of an SGA-recognized student organization who have actively contributed time and energy to learn about leadership and contribute to the College community.
Criteria: First year students (less than 30 hours or a full-time student in first year at the College) in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College. 

Hall of Leaders 
Recognizes leaders of particular student organizations that have specific governing responsibilities. Nominees selflessly donate their time and leadership skills to the organization, make a significant contribution to the campus community and encourage and motivate others in the organization.
Criteria: Inductees must have given selfless time and leadership to the organization, made a significant contribution to the campus community, and encouraged and motivated others in the organization. Each eligible organization will be asked to select one individual for induction, and inductee submissions must be made by the president of each eligible organization.

Leadership Certificate Program 
Recognizes students who participated in numerous leadership programs and created their own personal Leadership Portfolio. Please see our LCP site for more information about certificate completion. 

Recipients of the Cistern Award, New Student Leader Award, Hall of Leaders, Advisor of the Year, and Leadership Certificate Program, along with other Student Affairs award winners, are recognized at this special, end-of-the-year gathering. The advisors and members of student organizations nominate the recipients of these awards and are selected by a committee.

Awards from the Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs presents several of their awards at the SALA ceremony every year. For more information about the Bishop Robert Smith Award, the Theodore S. Stern Cup Award, and more, please visit the Student Awards page.

Awards from Student Life
New for 2017-18 are awards from the Office of Student Life to include Student Organization of the Year, Best NEW Student Organization Award, and the Student Organization Presidential Award.