Student Involvement Awards 2018 highlights doing the best with what you have

Fourteen Auburn University student groups and individuals were honored at the 2018 Student Involvement Awards on April 17 in the Student Center Ballroom.

The evening was catered by Tiger Catering, and Eagle Eye TV partnered with the Involvement Ambassadors to create videos for each nominee and conduct “red carpet interviews” on the red carpet.

More than 150 nominees were narrowed down to 76 finalists, and a panel of judges determined the winners. This year, the organization split two of the awards, Excellence in Marketing and Design and Most Exceptional Campus Student Organization, to honor two winners in each of those categories: One from groups supported by student activity fees and one from other registered student organizations.

“One of my largest goals was to split a few of the awards we already had into those two different categories,” said Paxton Peacock, vice president of programs for Involvement Ambassadors. “This created a more even playing field based on playing field based on financial support and advertisement capabilities. In addition to seeing this come to fruition, the greatest highlight of the evening for me was to see some of the most well-rounded leaders on campus come together and share the thing we love most: involvement at Auburn University.”

Jordan Carr, president of the Financial Management Association, and Sydney Nicholas, president of Emerge, were honored as male and female student leaders of the year.

Auburn does a great job of giving students opportunities to be involved, and it had a major impact on my college experience,” Carr said. “As far as real-worlds skills, I definitely learned more from involvement and extracurriculars than from any class.”

Here are the winners of the 2018 Student Involvement Awards:

Excellence in Practical Application
Block and Bridle

Outstanding Cultural Impact

International Student Organization

Overcoming Adversity Award

Global Medical Brigades – Auburn University

 Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion

Alternative Student Breaks 

The Fred & Charlene Kam “Human Touch” Service Award


Most Entertaining Campus Event

University Program Council’s War Damn Coffee Jam

Excellence in Marketing and Design (RSO)

Financial Management Association

Excellence in Marketing and Design (SAP)

Student Government Association

Male Student Leader of the Year

Jordan Carr (Financial Management Association)

Female Student Leader of the Year

Sydney Nicholas (Emerge)

The Corey Edwards Organization Advisor of the Year Award

Tracy Richard (Financial Management Association)

Outstanding New Organization

Emerge at Auburn

Most Exceptional Campus Student Organization 

Student Recruiters

Most Exceptional Student Activity Portfolio

Auburn University Dance Marathon

Hey Day 2017

AUBURN UNIVERSITY- Students gathered on the Student Center Campus Green on Auburn’s Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to participate in the Student Government Association’s Hey Day. Hey Day, known as “the friendliest day on the Plains,” has been a tradition at Auburn since 1949. On Hey Day, SGA encourages the Auburn Family to “greet one another with Auburn Spirit” and draw closer together.

SGA members and volunteers distributed a record number of 10,000 name tags for students, faculty, and the remainder of the Auburn Family to wear throughout the day on campus in order to encourage each other to learn each other’s names and greet one another with a simple, “Hey!”

Students celebrating hey day

The tradition of Hey Day began when students greeted their peers returning home from World War II. Since then, the day has become a staple of SGA in promoting unity and friendliness on campus. Hey Day serves as a physical representation of the idea of the Auburn Family that is so integral to the university.

SGA celebrated the day with a full schedule of events on the Campus Green. Participants enjoyed free food, games and entertainment featuring live music and two camels. For the first time, Hey Day partnered with the Student Alumni Association to sell t-shirts to alumni, faculty and staff.

“My favorite part of Hey Day is meeting people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Isabella Chappano, a junior studying rehab and disabilities. “Learning more names and getting to know more people helps me feel like I’m making the most of my time at Auburn.”

Thousands of students spent the day on the campus green listening to music, grabbing a bite to eat and getting to know each other. Rebekah Kennedy, director of Hey Day, said her team was excited about the turn out of the event.

“We believe more people were involved and engaged with Hey Day than ever before,” said Kennedy. “We were thrilled to see the number of people who invested in the celebration of the Auburn Family’s unique tradition of simply saying “Hey!’”

For more information on Hey Day and other SGA events, visit

Written by Grace Fabyan

Student Spotlight: Morgan Gaston

Meet Morgan: Morgan Gaston after being crowned Homecoming Queen.

Morgan is the newly elected Miss Homecoming of Auburn University. She was born and raised in Guntersville, Ala., and is a senior studying exercise science. Aside from her responsibilities as Miss Homecoming, Morgan is also a member of Project Uplift, a social sorority, Auburn Cru, International Buddies Program, intramural sports, as well as a regular bible study.

Why did you want to be Miss Homecoming?

I wanted to make Auburn University a better place for international students! Auburn is always changing, molding, and becoming better. This was an area where I could visualize Auburn’s improvement. It is tangible, and it is achievable.

How did you get involved with your platform?

I went to China last summer where I was welcomed with such kindness, I never felt out of place. I knew that I hadn’t provided the same experience for our international students, so I joined the International Buddy Program and got involved with the international students here in Auburn. From this, I became more aware of the problems they faced here on a daily basis.

What are your goals for the term?

Morgan Gaston on the field after being crowned Homecoming QueenI am currently working with Campus Dining and the International Student Organization to extend the ISO social hours that have traditionally been on Fridays at 4p.m. We are trying to make them better known and accessible, while also trying to help expand what they already have going on. Also, some groups on campus have already established an international liaison, which was the goal of the campaign, in their campus organization. We are meeting with the Student Government Association’s inclusion and diversity officers to further this initiative further on campus and throughout more organizations. These liaisons bring international students to events and meetings and make the feel more involved in those organization and on campus as a whole.

How did you decide to come to Auburn?

I actually grew up as an Alabama fan, but, after one visit, I was captivated by the Auburn family and culture. It was the way that Auburn felt like home.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I was once in a rock slide while trying to summit a mountain, Mount Shasta, in northern California. It was actually a very close call.

What are your hopes after graduation?

I am going to University of Alabama in Birmingham next year for Physical Therapy school! That will be 3 years, and then I’m hoping to find a job in an Outpatient facility (maybe here in Auburn!).


Written by: Grace Fabyan