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The Milo Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognize CU Denver student leaders and organizations who have displayed an excellence amongst their peers, faculty, and staff through a social mixer, dinner and awards ceremony.

Celebrating student leader excellence, The Milo Awards, was held on Thursday, April 27th in the Tivoli Turnhalle from 6:30-9:00pm with over 130 guests. The Milo Awards recognizes student leaders of Club Sports, Student Government Association, Student Organizations, Peer Advocate Leaders Program, and Community Engagement. The Office of Student Life and Campus Community would like to thank AHEC-approved caterer, sONO!, for sponsoring and catering the event.

Milo Award Recipient List:

Peer Advocate Leaders of the Year

Hue Phung

Caesare Tamag

Student Organizations

Emerging Student Organization: Latin@ Student Alliance

Outstanding Student Organization: CU Denver Future Doctors

Video Contest Winners:

1st Place: Minority Association of Pre-Health Students -https://youtu.be/8XFbRXDy6E8

2nd Place: CU in the Streetz -https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-yIr7cHQo0oZmpFVWdVWnp3TDQ/view?usp=drive_web

Community Engagement

The Pathfinder Award: Elena Parapunova

Community Builder of the Year: Matthew McCoo

Active Citizen of the Year: Felipe Navarrete

Club Sports

Outstanding Team Captain: Carolyn Doppler, Cheer and Dance

Most Valuable Player: Dalton Butler, Tennis

Team Excellence Award: Ultimate

Student Government Association

Outstanding Student Government Member: Franklin Joseph

Outstanding First Year Council Member: Frida Silva

Outstanding Student Government Committee: Finance and Funding

Student Led Event of the Year: The Study Hall by Math Club and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Student Leader of the Year: Nadeen Ibrahim

Lynx Lifetime Achievement Award(s):Scott Cao, David Heisler, William Card, Omer Sarwana, Pedro Ramos, and Nadeen Ibrahim​

Leadership Programs facilitate student leadership development and student services directed towards the growth of the student as a whole person. Leadership programs help to build essential leadership skills while building bonds between students.

We coordinate programs and services to enhance student development and encourage students to lead an active campus life by providing opportunities for co-curricular involvement. The staff accomplishes these goals through its work with student organizations, campus programs, leadership development, and the annual women’s leadership conference, annual diversity conference, the Latino/a leadership summit and the black student conference.

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The purpose of the event is to provide a gathering space for students from a variety of backgrounds and differing levels of leadership development to learn more about themselves while fostering and expanding their leadership skills. Catalyst is a one-day program designed to start something extraordinary. You will learn to develop your own authentic path, connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of​.​

We invite our student employees to see their roles as student leaders, and to think critically about existing skills/talents they bring to the table. We also invite students to identify specific skills they’d like to grow and develop through their employment position. This year, you’ll have an opportunity to talk with your direct supervisor about such skills. You’ll also have a chance to attend various professional development workshops to support your continued development of professional capital. Specifically, you’ll have a chance to explore skills related to: Professionalism and communication, Self-awareness and self-efficacy, diversity and social justice, and interpersonal development.
STUDENT LEADER LEARNING OUTCOMES Through employment, students will be able to explore the following within each of the aforementioned professional development domains:
Professionalism and Communication:
  • Develop professional written communication skills
  • Develop professional verbal communication skills
  • Develop professional behaviors and non-verbal communication
  • Develop professional organizational skills
Self-Awareness and Self-Efficacy:
  • Identify and develop areas of strength, and areas of growth
  • Identify connections between work, school, and career goals
  • Develop connections between efforts and outcomes (self-efficacy)
Diversity and Social Justice:
  • Develop a knowledge base around the relevance of diversity and inclusion to student employment and career goals
  • Develop an understanding of how diversity and social justice concepts are relevant to future career goals
Interpersonal Development: Develop a sense of community
  • Develop the skills to master conflict management
  • Develop skills to engage in group/teamwork
  • Develop strong networking skills
NEW! Balance and Wellness:
  • Identify a balanced schedule that integrates self-care
  • Develop tools that support physical, mental, and emotional wellness
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For those interested in donating to the student leadership fund throughout the year please click on this link: https://giving.cu.edu/fund/cu-denver-ddc-student-leadership-scholarship-fund​​