STAR Awards

What are the STAR Awards?

STAR Awards (Student Talent and Recognition) is an award ceremony that celebrates individual and organizational accomplishments throughout the year. Missouri State University hosted its first ever STAR Awards in 1996 and has recognized over 300 students, advisors, and student organizations since its beginning.

STAR Awards 2016:
Monday, April 24th
Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner starts at 6pm

This occasion is best described as a business formal/cocktail event which provides a buffet dinner and surrounds its guests with elegant décor. 

About the Awards & Application Process: On average, 150 applications are submitted to the Office of Student Engagement each year and nominations are taken from faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. We encourage you to make nominations for every award possible, for there are two categories: organization and individual. All nominations may be completed utilizing the CampusLINK form.  *No applications will be accepted via email or physically. Only those submitted utilizing the online nomination form will be accepted.

        Individual Category     

Organization Category

First Generation Award Mark of Distinction/ Distinguished Merit
SALUTE Awards Outstanding New Organization
Outstanding Student Employee* Most Improved Organization
Outstanding Organization Advisor Leadership/Membership Development
Outstanding Freshman Diversity Development
Outstanding Sophomore Academic/Educational Program
Outstanding Transfer Student Social/Entertainment Program
Outstanding Junior Social/Entertainment Program
Outstanding Senior Service/Volunteer Program
Outstanding Graduate Student Philanthropic Program
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Diversity/Multicultural Program
Living Our Values Collaborative Program
Outstanding Leader  
Public Affairs Commitment  
Sarah Bickel Leadership Scholarship*  
Student Excellence in Service-Learning*  

Click here for a description of each award category.
*nomination form and date created through a separate office and may be different


2016 STAR Awards Winners



Public Affairs Commitment Phi Gamma Delta
First Generation Student Award Victor Mitchell & Marli Coonrod
Student Excellence in Service Learning Jessica Spauldin
Dr. Earle Doman Student Comitment Award Captain Aaron Eidem
Sarah Bickel Leadership Scholarship Blake Shepheard
Outstanding Student Employee Kimberly Kayser
Outstanding Organization Advisor Ivy Yarckow-Brown
Outstanding Freshman Macy Hankel
Outstanding Sophomore Kirsten Spangenberg
Outstanding Transfer Student Kaitlyn Fennesy
Outstanding Junior Brianna Duda
Outstanding Senior Ashley Crisafulli
Outstanding Graduate Student Emma Rapp
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Victor Mitchell
Outstanding Student Leader Ashley Crisafulli
Living Our Values Award Katy Warfield
Outstanding Collaborative Program "Counting to 1000" by Alpha Phi Sigma-Sigma Mu Sigma
Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program "Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter: Student Discussion" by Student Activities Council
Outstanding Philanthropic Program "Greek Tug" by Delta Zeta
Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program Bear Service Team
Outstanding Social/Entertainment Program "Tarang" by Indian Student Association
Outstanding Academic/Education Program "Diversity in FSL" by Phi Gamma Delta
Outstanding Diversity Development Program Xi Omicron Iota
Outstanding Leadership/Membership Development Program Alpha Delta Pi
Most Improved Organization Association of Black Collegians
Outstanding New Organization Active Minds
Mark of Distinction Residence Hall Association
Distinguished Merit (5)

Alpha Delta Pi

Phi Gamma Delta

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Accounting Club

Alpha Chi Omega