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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 21, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for April
  • May 1, 2017: Center for Student Engagement's #iLeadNevada Civic Engagement Recognition Breakfast (Silver Paw Winners presented with awards)

October 2016 Silver Paw Winner: Hannah Jackson

Picture of 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.

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