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Leadership Appreciation Reception

Leadership Appreciation Reception

The Leadership Appreciation Reception honors and recognizes student leaders and student organizations that have enriched the University of Rochester's community through their varied programs, publications, activities, and community service.

Four awards will be given during the dinner:

  1. Alice DeSimone Award
  2. Ana Hubbard Award
  3. Outstanding New Student Organization
  4. Student Organization Photo Winner

This year's Leadership Appreciation Reception will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in the Douglass Ballroom. This event is invitation-only and for organizations that are advised by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and Wilson Commons Student Activities. Attire is business casual.

Registration for this event is closed.

Leadership Awards

Alice DeSimone Award

The Alice DeSimone Award is given each year in memory of Alice DeSimone, who served for seventeen years as an administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students. This award is presented to students whose contributions to co-curricular life at the University have strengthened community spirit and involvement.

Nominees need not be in high-profile or formal positions of leadership to be considered. Instead, this award recognizes dedication, enthusiasm, collaboration, and positive role modeling as leadership traits that help promote and maintain a strong quality of life for all. This award can and will be given to more than one student in their junior, senior, or fifth year (e5 or Take 5).

2018 Winners:

  • Anaclare Sullivan
  • Christian Keenan
  • David Maister
  • Jacqueline Heinselmann
  • Jaqueline Powell
  • Jennifer Foster
  • Toby Kosklet

2017 Winners:

  • Vivian Li
  • Sarah Bjornland
  • Kylie Sargeant
  • Tanveer Karim
  • Isabel Miller
  • Margaret Curtis
  • Kathryn Labine

Ana Hubbard Award

2018 applications are closed.

The Ana Hubbard Award was established in 2009 by friends and family in memory of Ana Hubbard, class of 1999. Wilson Commons Student Activities presents the Ana Hubbard Award in recognition of a student whose participation in a student organization has improved their life, provided valuable skills, and contributed to the vitality of their student organization and campus community. This award can and will be given to a student in their junior, senior, or fifth year (e5 or Take 5).

2018 Winner:

Yiran Shan

2017 Winner:

Aurek Ransom 

Outstanding New Student Organization Award

The Outstanding New Student Organization Award is awarded to an undergraduate, University-recognized student organization that has been around between one and four years. The organization also needs to have a primary advisor from the Rochester Center for Community Leadership or Wilson Commons Student Activities office. 

This student organization demonstrates moving beyond the expectations of a startup organization. Organizations will also exhibit a lasting impact on the campus environment for all students. Self-nominations accepted. Organizations must be in good standing with the Students' Association Government and Wilson Commons Student Activities.

2018 Winner:

UR Photography

2017 Winner:

SEGway (Survivor Empowerment Group)

Student Organization Photo Winner


  • Best Group Portrait—The selected photo best captures an organization's members in a thoughtful reflective moment.
  • Best CCC Page—This prize is given to the organization that best uses the options on CCC to visually showcase their organization.
  • Best Creative Group—The selected photo captures the vision and spirit of an organization in an inspired way.

Winners 2018:

  • Best Group Portrait: River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)  
  • Best CCC Page: UR Cinema Group
  • Best Creative Group: Pan-African Student Association (PASA) 

Winners 2017:

  • Best Group Portrait: Chinese Students' Association (CSA)
  • Best CCC Page: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 
  • Best Creative Group: Korean Percussion Group (HON)