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 celebrate student leaders whose contributions deserve 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 certificate 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.

Since 2017, ASUN and the Center for Student Engagement has been issuing the new Richard & Bonnie Bryan Family Public Service Award. This is a $1,000 award and will be issued in May to one undergraduate Silver Paw Winner from the 2019-2020 academic year.

Silver Paw Award Nomination Form


2019-2020 Silver Paw Winners Recognized at the Annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Breakfast

September: Jared Tsuchiyama-Sando

Jared Tsuchiyama-Sando holding Silver Paw Certificate

Jared became involved with the non-profit Immunize Nevada at first for a simple Honors Service learning opportunity in the Fall of 2017. Nevada historically has had some of the nations worst vaccination rates in the nation and so the goal of Immunize Nevada has been to advocate for vaccines across the state, advancing pro-health legislation and getting parents in touch with the health resources they need to get their child vaccinated. He ended up loving it so much that he continued volunteering with them beyond the opportunity and ended up clocking over 200 hours of volunteer service in 2018 alone. Jared has given his time at dozens of health fairs and schools in both Washoe and Clark county to talk to parents, children, and health-professionals on the importance of vaccines. He has worked his way up in volunteering being raised from tier one of Team Outreach in 2018 sorting mail at the Immunize Nevada office to being in tier 3 of Team leadership at Immunize Nevada where he was able to represent the non-profit at the 2018 Nevada State Health Conference at Atlantis Resorts. In addition he was one of the first on the "Healthy Young Nevada" Immunize Nevada health campaign youth advisory council. The goal of the council was to improve the websites layout and message which promotes resources for mental health, preventative health, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. His work with Immunize Nevada ended up winning him the Silver Syringe award for the volunteer category in May 2019 with commendations from Governor Sisolak and the Nevada US Senators.

Past Silver Paw Winners

  • Dennise Mena
  • Joshua Easlick
  • Brooke Ruhl
  • Christian Park
  • Kristen De Guzman
  • Haley Passione
  • Nate Deaton
  • Liberatus J. Rwebugisa
  • Miyah Wilson
  • Christian Bak
  • Residence Hall Association Outreach Board
  • MEDLIFE
  • Homeless Initiative
  • Website Resource Reno
  • Nevada Stemducation
  • FUSED
  • Mallory Friedman
  • Lauren Czarnecki
  • Travis Wilmoth
  • Hannah Jackson
  • Genevieve White
  • Latinx Student Advisory Board
  • Dennis Green
  • Lindsy Sullivan
  • Brynn Williams
  • Sierra Gonzales
  • Aaron Alexander

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

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