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Silver Paw Award

The Silver Paw Award 

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The goal of the award program is to recognize students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. Winners are students or groups of students who have made exemplary contributions to their community in civic engagement work. "Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." (Ehrlich, 2000, vi).

Civic engagement can take many forms, which are outlined in the Student Engagement Model (Center for Student Engagement, 2015).

Student Engagement fosters the development of student's civic responsibility, responsible citizenship, leadership and personal growth. Recipients of The Silver Paw Award will exhibit this spirit. This award will shed light on those students who typically don't receive recognition for their work but who deserves the campus community's appreciation.

Recipients of The Silver Paw Award will be chosen every month during the academic year.  The student or group of students will receive a personalized plaque at an annual awards ceremony and will be recognized with a public profile in our electronic communications.

To nominate a student or a group of students for this award, follow the link below to the nomination form. Professors, advisers, community members, and students are encouraged to nominate whoever they feel would be a good candidate for this award.  Students are also encouraged to self-nominate.

Silver Paw Award Nomination Form

Spring 2017 Dates and Deadlines

  • January 31, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for January
  • February 28, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for February
  • March 31, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for March
  • April 14, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for April (Final deadline to submit any nominations for 2016-17 academic year)
  • May 1, 2017: Center for Student Engagement's #iLeadNevada Civic Engagement Recognition Breakfast (Silver Paw Winners presented with awards)

February 2017 Silver Paw Award: Lindsy Sullivan

Lindsy Sullivan

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The award program recognizes students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. Lindsy Sullivan is a Social Work major with a minor in General Philosophy, at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the recipient of the Silver Paw Award for February 2017.  

Recipients of the Silver Paw Award exhibit civic responsibility, leadership and personal growth. They are a part of what makes Nevada proud of their students and we are honored to say that Lindsy Sullivan is a student who deserves this recognition. Lindsy Sullivan was nominated because of her volunteerism, community service, philanthropy, and activism. Some of the activities that Sullivan is involved in include volunteering for Pack Provisions, the on-campus food pantry that also offers University of Nevada, Reno students hygiene products and everyday items as well as school supplies. She was able to establish a partnership with the Nevada Wolf Shop to raise money for Pack Provisions. The program was for the first month of the spring semester, customers in the first floor of the Wolf Shop were asked if they wanted to "round up" their purchase to donate change to Pack Provisions. This drive, largely made possible through Sullivan's efforts, was able to raise $1,856.37 for Pack Provisions. As a volunteer, Sullivan also planned an event showing the documentary A Place at the Table that will also feature a panel discussion to build food insecurity awareness. This event is scheduled to take place on April 11, 2017 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater. She is also dedicating some of her time to research the correlation between trauma and career choice. In the future she plans to work with inmates and ex-offenders and oversee prison reform. She is also interested in facilitating a shift in the criminal justice system from a punishment approach to a rehabilitative approach that emphasizes restorative justice.

"Civic engagement is recognizing that we are obligated to stand up for those issues that may not even directly impact us, especially when others are telling us to sit down," Sullivan said in regards to why she is a civically engaged student.

January 2017 Silver Paw Winner: Dennis Green

Dennis Green

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The award program recognizes students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. Dennis Green is a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the recipient of the Silver Paw Award for January 2017.

Recipients of the Silver Paw Award exhibit civic responsibility, leadership and personal growth. They are a part of what makes Nevada proud of their students and we are honored to say that Dennis Green is a student who deserves this recognition. Dennis Green was nominated because of his volunteerism, community service, philanthropy, activism, engaged scholarship, self-governance, and service learning. Green is a first-generation college student and some of the activities that he is involved in include being a part of the Center for Cultural Diversity where he participates in talks about the issues with racism, gender, and sexual identification that are on campus. He was also an ASUN Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and served as the chair of the Civic Engagement Committee. As the chair he was able to help put on an event called Service Palooza which invited different non-profits in the Reno-Sparks area to come and promote their organization. He is in the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma and through that he was able to help raise over $2000 for Toys for Tots as well as start an event called Sleep Out for the Homeless to raise awareness for the Reno-Sparks homeless population. He is also a Senior Caption on the Nevada Cheer Team.

"Civic Engagement has been the key to every milestone in my success as a leader. There is no greater joy than giving back, because in turn you establish a sense of community. Whether it's being service-oriented, politically active, or engaging in service-learning classes, Civic Engagement is a vital part of maintaining a basis for student leadership in higher education as well as retention. Throughout all the organizations that I've been a part of, I've gained a sense of what it means to be a part of the community, more importantly I've learned that as a student leader that it's important to be representative of the different members in that community," Green said in regards to why he is a civically engaged student.

December 2016 Silver Paw Winner: Latinx Student Advisory Board

Latinx Student Advisory Board

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The award program recognizes students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. The Latinx Student Advisory Board is a club at the University of Nevada, whose main goal is to create a space for the Latinx students on campus where they can create a community for themselves where they don't otherwise have one. They also aim to educate the campus on issues that affect the Latinx community at large and how to become an ally to racial equality. They are the recipient of the Silver Paw Award for December 2016.

Recipients of the Silver Paw Award exhibit civic responsibility, leadership and personal growth. They are a part of what makes Nevada proud of their students and we are honored to say that the Latinx Student Advisory Board is a club who deserves this recognition. Latinx Student Advisory Board was nominated because of their activism and self-governance. Some of the activities that the Latinx Student Advisory Board is involved in include: promoting voter engagement during the 2016 Presidential Election and striving to make the University of Nevada, Reno's campus a sanctuary campus for undocumented students as well as provide support for their families. 

"The purpose of our organization is to contribute to the betterment of the Latinx community. We aim to mobilize university faculty, administration, staff members, students, and community leaders in an effort to empower and advance the cause of the Latinx community through public service, academic excellence, and civic engagement," The Latinx Student Advisory Board said in regards to their club.

Their club meets biweekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in EJCH 100. Their next meeting is April 5th.

November 2016 Silver Paw Winner: Genevieve White

Genevieve White

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The award program recognizes students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. Genevieve White is a psychology major with a minor in ethnic studies, at the University of Nevada and is the recipient of the Silver Paw Award for November 2016.  

Recipients of the Silver Paw Award exhibit civic responsibility, leadership and personal growth. They are a part of what makes Nevada proud of their students and we are honored to say that Genevieve White is a student who deserves this recognition. Genevieve White was nominated because of her volunteerism, community service and activism. Some of the activities that White is involved in include: Junior law counselor for her peers who have had some difficulties with the juvenile court system, being the Philanthropy Director of the ABLE organization on campus, membership in the Black Student Organization (BSO) club on campus, and membership in Sisters on a Move (SOAM). On top of that she also does community service in the community with the homeless, children, and high school aged low income students. She is an active participant in the youth program at her church. White also works part time for the Washoe County School District.

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." White said in regards to why she is a civically engaged student.

To nominate a student or a group of students for this award, follow the link below to the nomination form. Professors, advisers, community members, and students are encouraged to nominate whoever they feel would be a good candidate for this award.  Students are also encouraged to self-nominate.

October 2016 Silver Paw Winner: Hannah Jackson

Sophomore Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson is a sophomore, double majoring in secondary education and journalism with a minor in political science, at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the recipient of the Silver Paw Award for October 2016.  

Recipients of the Silver Paw Award exhibit civic responsibility, leadership and personal growth. They are a part of what makes Nevada proud of their students and we are honored to say that Hannah Jackson is a student who deserves this recognition. Some of the activities that Jackson is involved in include: The State Alumni Representative for Nevada's We the Program, ASUN Senator for the College of Education, Speaker Pro Tempore of the ASUN Senate, President of the Nevada State Education Association Student Program, and a Former Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator for the Coalition to Save Our Schools.
"To me, the practice of civic engagement is the laboratory in which we become better citizens. We the People was such a life changing experience for me because it made me love learning, and really taught me the value of activism, being informed, and how to effect change in my community," Jackson said in regards to why she is a civically engaged student.

To submit a nomination for the Silver Paw Award, fill out our Nominations Form.

For more information on how to join a club or organization at Nevada, visit our Clubs and Organizations page.

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