April 16th, 2016 at 7pm • Taggart Student Center Ballroom • Reception to follow
They reward students and faculty for hard work and dedication to their individual goals, as well as the goals of USU. The
awards memorialize William E. Robins, a campus hero who had a rare quality to turn his vision into Utah State’s vision.
Robins was a Sigma Nu at Utah State who served as USU’s student body president in 1949. He was also the primary and initial
visionary of today’s Taggart Student Center. In 1954, Bill and his wife Geraldine died in a plane crash, leaving behind a
one-year old orphan boy. This prompted Bill’s fraternity to set up the Bill E. Robins Memorial fund to raise money that would
provide a scholarship for the boy’s education when he was old enough to enroll in the University. Tragically, the boy died at
the age of eight from leukemia. Since then, the fund has been used to continue the Robins Award tradition. The featured award
of the evening is the Bill E. Robins Memorial Award.
For Robins Awards nominated by faculty, staff and students, there is a two week nomination period where individuals are able to nominate others who deserve to be recognized. After being nominated, each group and/or individual nominated will be notified and asked to submit comprehensive paperwork in which a selection committee will evaluate to select finalists and winners for each category. Both nominees and winners are invited to attend the Robins Awards ceremony, where the winners are revealed and further recognized for their hard work, dedication and success at Utah State University. Rules Governing the Acceptance of Nomination & Document Submission
1. All individuals desiring to accept a nomination must submit a biography that is no more than two pages long, which should include all the questions asked, within the time permitted by the Traditions Director or Robins Awards Committee. This is a one-time submission so prepare attractive, well-written materials that can be displayed
2. All submissions that exceed the required page length – two pages for a biography of the questions asked – will be edited without further notice
3. Time extensions will not be given
Awards nominated by student, faculty and staff
Bill E. Robins Memorial Award: This award is presented to the student who represents the best youth has to offer. This student has excelled academically, displayed outstanding leadership ability, shown dedication to Utah State, and possesses traits that set him or her apart as a rare individual. This award, unlike other Robins Awards, is based on total collegiate achievement.
Gerald R. Sherratt Award: This award goes to the individual member of the University administration or staff who, through his or her work at Utah State University has displayed superior leadership skills and abilities, as well as unsurpassed dedication and service to students. This award is not open for nomination and it chosen by the Robins Awards committee.
Man of the Year: This award is presented to a male student who has made a significant impact at the University during this year and has contributed to his and his classmates learning experience.
Organization of the Year: This award is presented to the student organization that demonstrates the excellence of the organization’s stated purpose and service to Utah State University.
Val R. Christensen Service Award: This award, established in honor of Val R. Christensen’s outstanding lifetime contribution to volunteerism, is presented to the student or organization whose volunteer service significantly impacted Utah State University and the community. This student or organization shows a level of commitment to volunteerism exemplified by Val R. Christensen, former Vice President of Student Services of Utah State University.
Woman of the Year: This award is presented to a female student who has made broad significant achievements and contributions to the University during their time at USU and has exemplified those traits, which set her above other classmates.
Awards nominated by faculty, staff and respective departments (Dean of College)
Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year: The Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year Award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in teaching. Other scholarly activity such as research and publication records may become consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on teaching excellence as judged by faculty and students.
Faculty Researcher of the Year: The Vice President for Research has selected the University Faculty Researcher of the year from the pool of College Researchers of the Year that are chosen annually by each of the eight academic colleges. This award goes to the faculty researcher at Utah State University who has shown superior research capability and academic excellence.
Faculty University Service Award: The Faculty University Service Award will be given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in service to the operations and governance of the University. Recognized activities will include service at the University, College and/or Department levels and may include Libraries and Extension.
Graduate Student Researcher of the Year: This award goes to the graduate researcher at Utah State University who has shown superior research capability and academic excellence.
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year: This award goes to the graduate instructor at Utah State University who has demonstrated superior teaching capability and academic excellence.
Legacy of Utah State Award: This award is given each year to recognize and emphasize a student who represents the heart and soul of the University. Students should show a commitment to the institution and their program of study, as well as demonstrate internal involvement and service, department dedication, perseverance during times of adversity, and contribution behind the scenes.
Peak Prize: Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: This award honors the individual student who has engaged in significant undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative activity that makes an impact on knowledge in the field of study.
Professional Advisor of the Year: This award is presented to the professional advisor at Utah State University who has provided students with outstanding academic advising.
Scholar of the Year: This award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in scholarship. Other service and student activity involvement may become a consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on scholarly achievement.
Talent of the Year: This award is presented to the individual who demonstrates an outstanding mental endowment or superior capacity in the field of music, art, or theater.
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year: This award goes to the faculty advisor at Utah State University who has displayed personal interest in students and demonstrated ability to provide superior academic advisement.
Female Athlete of the Year: This award is presented to the individual female athlete who has demonstrated exceptional qualities of athletic skill, sportsmanship and determination and brought recognition to the Utah State University athletic program.
Male Athlete of the Year: This award is presented to the individual male athlete who has demonstrated exceptional qualities of athletic skill, sportsmanship and determination and brought recognition to the Utah State University athletic program.
USUSA Traditions Director
Director of Student Involvement & Leadership