University Awards Gala

The annual University of North Alabama Awards Gala honors outstanding students, faculty, and staff.  Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Student Government Association, this year it will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 28, 2020 in the Guillot University Center Banquet Hall. 

The Office of Student Engagement is proud to present the following awards at the banquet each year.  They are based on campus involvement, volunteerism, and achievement.  For more information about each award, please click on the available web links. Applications will open on Saturday, December 1, 2019 and are due no later than Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.


  • DANIEL R. LEASURE AWARD (FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE)
    Awarded to the chapter who obtains the highest percent of points, based on the areas below. All programs and activities must have occurred between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. To apply for this award, please address each criterion and provide all documentation to verify the accuracy.
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • FRATERNITY MAN/SORORITY WOMAN OF THE YEAR
    Awarded to one fraternity man and one sorority woman of junior or senior status who has shown excellence in campus involvement, fraternity and sorority leadership, and community service. 
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • LION'S CUP (RSO)

    The Lion’s Cup was created in 2003 to recognize one outstanding student organization.  It remains in the Student Engagement Center until it is presented to the president of the selected organization each spring at the University Awards Gala.  To be considered the organization’s goals and achievements must strengthen the campus community and should include collaborating with other organizations, participating in university-sponsored trainings, and promoting university-sponsored initiatives.  A committee selected by the Director of Student Engagement evaluates the organizations that apply.

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY
    PAST WINNERS
  • OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERISM (STUDENT GROUP)
    Awarded to a student organization or group on campus who has shown exemplary service to the community on a local, national, and/or global scale. 
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERISM (INDIVIDUAL STUDENT)
    Awarded to an individual student who has shown exemplary service to the community on a local, national, and/or global scale.
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • UNA FACULTY/STAFF OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD (FACULTY OR STAFF NOMINATED BY STUDENTS)
    Awarded to an individual member of faculty or staff with at least 5 years of employment at the University who has shown exemplary service to the students.  The top five nominees will be tabulated and considered for the award by a student committee.
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY
    AWARD HISTORY AND PAST RECIPIENTS

Past Winners

Year       Winner

2019       American Marketing Association

2018       Global Lions

2017       Military & Veterans Alliance

2016       Alpha Kappa Alpha

2015       Hispanic Culture Organization

2014       Phi Beta Sigma

2013       Alternative Break Band

2012       Chinese Student Organization

2011       Leadership UNA

2010       Alpha Tau Omega

2009       African Student Organization

2008       Indian Student Organization

2007       Habitat for Humanity

2006       Zeta Tau Alpha

2005       Alpha Tau Omega

2004       Residence Hall Association

In 2017, the Faculty/Staff Outstanding Service Award, was renamed the Kimberly Greenway Faculty/Staff Outstanding Service Award by the Vice President of Student Affairs, David Shields, to honor the service and commitment of Dr. Kimberly Greenway upon her retirement that year.  This award is presented to a member of the administration, faculty, or staff who has made outstanding contributions to the students and the University. 

Past Recipients

2019                Will Brewer
2018 Craig Christy
2017 Lloyd Jones
2016 Renee Vandiver
2015                Julie Taylor
2014                Ranee Mitchell
2013                Juliette Butler
2012                Peggy Bergeron
2011 Bob Hendren
2010 Alice Gross
2009 Cynthia Burkhead
2008 Claudia Heimmerman
2007 Tammy Jacques
2006 Patricia Blum
2005 Pat Sanders
2004 Donna N. Yancey
2003 Earnestine Davis
2002 Lawrence (Larry) Nelson
2001 Jerri Bullard
2000 Kim Mauldin
1999 Kimberly A. Greenway
1998 Gary Green
1997 Barbara M. Morgan
1996 G. Garry Warren
1995 Daniel Leasure
1994 Charlotte W. Jamieson
1993 Max Dillon Gartman
1992 Robert Kyle Glenn
1991 Patricia Nash Burns
1990 Noel Don McBrayer
1989 William Foster
1988 Jeanette Rochester
1987 Patricia Chandler
1986 Charles Key
1985 William R. Strong
1984 Frank Mallonee
1983 Leatrice Timmons
1982 Pauline Gravelee
1981 Maurine Maness
1980 Jack C. Martin
1979 Memorials: George Deboer and Jean Parker
1978 W.T. McElheny
1977 H.S. Abdul-Hadi
1976 Nicholas Winn, III