Leadership Opportunities

SLU's Student Involvement Center encourages you to seek out opportunities to develop and grow through a servant leadership model that promotes the philosophy of magis – doing more for Christ by doing more for others. We can help you identify your passions and then commit to those passions in ways inspired by our Ignatian heritage.

Billikens Lead: The Servant Leadership Experience of Saint Louis University

Learn. Empower. Act. Discern. The Billikens LEAD program challenges you to become a well-rounded leader on our campus and beyond. Through this experience, you will learn to:

  • Form yourself
  • Engage with others
  • Impact the community

There are so many opportunities to get involved and become a leader on campus. Join the Involvement Ambassadors for the Spring Billikens LEAD workshop series: 

January 25 at 4:15 p.m. in CGC 124A: Inclusive Leadership (Cross Cultural Center) 
February 15 at 2 p.m. in BSC 253: Enhance your SLU experience outside of the classroom (Student Involvement Center) 
March 22 at 4:15 p.m. in BSC 352: Conflict Mediation within your student organization (Student Responsibility and Community Standards) 
April 19 at 4:15 p.m. in BSC 352: Academics and Leadership (Student Success Center) 
 
March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cook Auditorium: National Speaker - Joshua Fredenburg to speak on Social Change and Leadership. Come at 7:00pm to mix and mingle with other campus leaders.  Read more to learn about the upcoming speaker
 
 

Lunch with a Leader

Lunch with a Leader is an event that allows a small group of students to enjoy a free lunch and an informal discussion about leadership with a recognized Saint Louis University leader. 

This year's fall semester lunches will be held from noon - 1 p.m. with the following featured leaders:

  • Wednesday, February 8th in BSC 351: Dr. Michelle Sabick, Dean of the Saint Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology 
  • Wednesday, March 1st in BSC 351: Dr. Mona Hicks, Associate Vice-President and Dean of Students 

Sign Up Here for Lunch with a Leader

Previous speakers include:

  • Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity Chris Collins, S.J.
  • Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.
  • Chief Diversity Officer, Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.
  • Saint Louis University President Fred Pestello, Ph.D.
  • Head Women's Basketball Coach, Lisa Stone
  • Vice President of Student Development, Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.
  • Dean of Nursing, Teri Murray,  Ph.D., R.N. 

2017-2018 Student Leadership Honoraria

The Student Leadership Honoraria is an opportunity for the student holding the top leadership position of each student organization to apply for a monetary scholarship award. These leadership awards were established 10 years ago to honor and recognize the dedicated service that student leaders provide to campus life at Saint Louis University. Selected recipients are required to submit a reflection project at the end of the year and attend a reflection meeting with the Student Involvement Center in the fall and spring.

Read more about the qualifications and application process for the Student Leadership Honoraria

The deadline for submission of the application and both letters of recommendation is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Apply and Submit Letters of Recommendation for Student Leadership Honoraria

Involvement Ambassadors

Involvement ambassadors perform the duty of assisting undergraduate students in the understanding and selection of chartered student organizations (CSOs), leadership positions and various other ways to get involved at SLU. These ambassadors are available for one-on-one consultations within the Student Involvement Center, serving at resource fairs, around campus, and preparing and presenting group presentations — all around the topic of involvement. Involvement ambassadors will also assist student organizations by serving as another resource on campus.

2017-18 Involvement Ambassador Team

Marie Fleming
  • marie.fleming@slu.edu
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-11 a.m.
  • CSOs: Doisy College of Health Science, Fraternity Life, Sorority Life
Amrita Gill
  • amrita.gill@slu.edu
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • CSOs: Multicultural, Student Life
Austin Glass
Hannah Matthews
Haana Nelson
  • haana.nelson@slu.edu
  • Office Hours: Fridays  9:30 - 11:30  a.m.
  • CSOs: College of Education and Public Service, Faith-based
Delaney O'Neill
  • delaney.oneill@slu.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • CSOs: College of Arts and Science, Social Action and Social Justice
Avni Patel
Druti Shukla
  • druti.shukla@slu.edu
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • CSOs: College of Public Health and Social Justice
Alex Tran
Prathosh Velpuri

Leadership and Service Awards

The annual Saint Louis University Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony recognizes students, staff and faculty who exemplify the qualities and excellence of service, leadership, and the Jesuit philosophy of men and women for others. Established in the spring of 1992, the Leadership and Service Awards celebrate the significant achievements of students, student organizations, faculty and staff for their contributions of leadership and service to Saint Louis University and the surrounding community. Individuals are encouraged to nominate a person or organization they believe exemplifies the above qualities. There are more than 15 award categories to choose from. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff who will select the award recipients.

2017 Leadership and Service Awards Nomination Form

Deadline to nominate is March 24, 2017.
Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 
 
Individual Awards

Graduating Students

Father Mario Ross, O.F.M. conv., Leadership and Service Award

This award, named after Father Mario Ross, O.F.M. conv., former director of campus ministry, is given to recognize a graduating student who has achieved a well-rounded record of experience in co-curricular involvements and who has made outstanding contributions to leadership and service during his/her years at Saint Louis University. This is one of Saint Louis University's top honors for student involvement.

Father Paul Reinert, S.J., Service Award

This award, named after Father Paul Reinert, S.J., former University president and chancellor emeritus, recognizes a graduating student who has achieved a well-rounded record of experience and made outstanding contributions to community service and involvements during his/her year(s) at Saint Louis University. This is one of Saint Louis University's top honors for student involvement.

Student Hall of Fame Award

This award recognizes graduating students that have exemplified outstanding scholarship, leadership, involvement and service throughout their career at Saint Louis University.

 

Current Saint Louis University Students

Mev Puleo Social Justice Award

This award is named in honor of Mev Puleo, a 1985 graduate of Saint Louis University, who went on to become a successful photojournalist. Before her death in 1996, Mev's work focused on the lives of the poor around the world. This award recognizes a student who has succeeded in bringing an awareness of social justice issues to others and has personally challenged her or himself to experience other cultures and lifestyles. The recipient of the Mev Puleo award is a student who embraces the diversity of identities that our community inspires, thereby espousing not only the values of Mev Puleo but also the tenets of the SLU Oath of Inclusion.

Exemplary Achievement Award

This award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to the advancement of an organization, program or activity. Nominees who receive this award do not necessarily need to hold an elected or appointed position within an organization, but they have been able to positively affect change and further the mission of their organization by actively engaging in the servant leadership process.

Omicron Delta Kappa New Student Leader Award

This award is given by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and it recognizes a first-year student who has been involved in campus or community activities and has maintained a strong academic standing. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. This student should demonstrate the ability to lead as well as the potential to become a strong student leader at Saint Louis University and in the community.

Division of Student Development, Student Employee of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding student employee who has demonstrated excellent communication skills, professionalism, and teamwork in their on-campus employment. The recipient of this award is a student who exemplifies active listening skills, effective work habits, and contributes daily to an inclusive work environment. This award is open to all student employees within the Division of Student Development.

Servant Leadership Award

The Servant Leadership Award recognizes students who represent any of a number of organizations on campus, (categories listed below). Students who are nominated for a Servant Leadership Award have gone above and beyond the calling of their group and are seen as servants first. These students are often characterized as reliable, collaborative, motivational, organized and communicative, and have willingness to place the goals of the group before personal gain. Students may be nominated in more than one category, but separate nominations for each category must be submitted. (Note: Students who receive this award must be involved for at least two semesters.)

• Greek Life
• Spirit
• Entertainment
• Multicultural
• Residence Hall Leadership
• Graduate Student Groups
• Commuter Life
• Academic and Honor Societies

• SLU Media
• Social Action
• Athletics
• Club Sports
• Student Assistants/ Student Employment
• Student Government/ Student Advocacy
• First Year Transition Programs

 

Organization Awards

The Bill Nordmann Community Service Award

This award is named for Bill Nordmann, a 1988 graduate of Saint Louis University who lost his life in a 1992 plane crash. During his years at SLU, Nordmann was very involved in student organizations, particularly those associated with community service and campus ministry. After graduating he joined the Peace Corps to extend his commitment to helping and learning about others. This award recognizes his spirit and the significant impact he had upon student service initiatives at SLU. It is given to the student organization or student committee that has had the most impact on the sites or agencies to which the members have contributed volunteer service. (Note: This award does not apply if students receive credit, certificates or payment for their service.)

Outstanding Organization Award (Large and Small)

This award recognizes chartered student organizations that have demonstrated a high level of commitment and involvement by their members, as well as impacted the campus or community environment in a positive way.

New Student Organization

This award recognizes new student organizations that have demonstrated a high level of commitment and involvement by their members, as well as impacted the campus or community environment in a positive way. (Note: This group must be in existence for fewer than three academic years.)

Faculty / Staff Awards

The Phil Lyons Outstanding Staff Adviser Award

The Phil Lyons Outstanding Staff Adviser Award is given to the student organization staff adviser who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the organization through investments of time and energy, who has impacted the student members in a significant way and who has been a role model as members grow in their involvement in the organization.

The Avis E. Meyer Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award

The Avis E. Meyer Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award is given to the student organization faculty adviser who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the organization through investments of time and energy, who has impacted the student members in a significant way and who has been a role model as members grow in their involvement in the organization.

The Faculty Commitment to Experiential Learning Award

The faculty commitment to experiential learning award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to student learning and understands that learning occurs both in and out of the classroom environment. This faculty member has promoted experiential learning in its various forms (i.e. service learning, learning community and first-year interest group involvement, internship and career exposure, etc.).

2016 Recipients

Individual Awards

Riley Peick: Father Mario Ross, O.F.M. conv., Leadership and Service Award
Olivia Logan-Wood: Father Paul Reinert, S.J., Service Award
Jay Bryant: Student Hall of Fame Award
Colleen Cole: Student Hall of Fame Award
Tori Scranton: Student Hall of Fame Award
Josephine Knesel: Mev Puleo Social Justice Award
Emily Imperiale: Exemplary Achievement Award
Jamesia-Tomesa Price: Exemplary Achievement Award
Samantha Kiss: Omicron Delta Kappa New Student Leader Award

Faculty/Staff Awards

Tyler Sondag: Phil Lyons Outstanding Staff Adviser Award
Elizabeth Embry, M.P.H.: Avis E. Meyer Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award
Lisa Dorsey, Ph.D., MBA, PT: Faculty Commitment to Experiential Learning Award

Organizational Awards

Habitat for Humanity: Bill Nordmann Community Service Award
National Residence Hall Honorary: Outstanding Organization Award (small)
Disability Services Club: Outstanding Organization Award (large)
Free to Be: New Student Organization Award

Servant Leadership Award Recipients

Alex Eanes: First Year Transition Programs
Kaitlin Gibson: Greek Life
Jadean Hoff: Student Assistants/Student Employment
Ryan Ostrowski: Student Assistants/Student Employment
Paul Otto: Student Assistants/Student Employment
Connor Richardson: First Year Transition Programs
Tori Scranton: First Year Transition Programs
Rob Thinnes: Greek Life