Wilson Commons Student Activities


Leadership Appreciation Dinner (Spring Semester)


The Leadership Appreciation Dinner 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, 2) Ana Hubbard 3) Outstanding New Student Organization and 4) Student Organization Photo Winner. This year's Leadership Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in the Douglass Ballroom. This event is invitation only and for organizations who are advised by Rochester Center for Community Leadership and Wilson Commons Student Activities. Attire is business casual.

RSVP to the dinner HERE!


Nominations now open HERE for Alice DeSimone, Ana Hubbard, and Oustanding New Student Organization Awards!  Nominations close Tuesday, November 29th. Those nominated will be alerted on a rolling bases.  

Alice DeSimone Award

Apply here!

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 of the junior, senior, or 5th year program (KEY or Take 5).

2016 Winners:

Ana Hubbard Award

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2016 Winner: Jenny Joo Hee Yoon

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 will be given to a member of the junior, senior, or 5th year program (Take 5 or KEY).

Outstanding New Student Organization Award

Awarded to an undergraduate, University-recognized student organization that has been around between 1-4 years and is advised by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership or Wilson Commons Student Activities. This student organization is moving beyond the expectations of a startup organization. They demonstrate a long-lasting impact on the campus environment for all students.

All nominators (self-nominations accepted) need to provide is 3-5 sentences telling us what stands out about this organization. Referencing outstanding collaboration, programming, productivity and how it aligns with their mission.

2016 Winner:

Society Of Crocheting & Knitting Students (SOCKS)

Student Organization Photo Winner

Winners 2016:

  1. Korean American Students' Association= Best Group Portrait - the selected photo best captures an organization's members in a thoughtful reflective moment.
  2. UR Bhangra= Best CCC Page - this prize is given to the organization that best utilizes the options on CCC to visually showcase their organization.
  3. Chinese Students' Association= Best Creative Group - the selected photo captures the vision and spirit of an organization in an inspired way.

Submit to the contest by RSVPing to the dinner. You can submit photos even though they don't fit into the photo contest categories. Photos submitted should showcase the spirit of your organization. Please do not submit blurry images.

Fall Leadership Training 2016 

Tuesday, August 30th, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm, Wilson Commons

The training's mission is to provide student leaders a comprehensive, collaborative learning experience that they will benefit from and in turn strengthen their organization. Our goal for this training is to provide you with a breadth of information, resources, and ideas about successful student organization leadership. Breakout sessions will be led by professional staff and experienced student leaders.

Each group is expected to send two executive board representatives to the training; if your organization has a business manager, that person should attend. Fraternity & Sorority, Club Sports, and Special Interest Housing organizations are limited to 2 members. It's to your advantage to include as many members as possible. If you have questions about this, contact your primary advisor.

We hope this training will prove engaging and beneficial for the University of Rochester's 250+ student organizations. Our student organizations bring great richness, innovation, awareness, and energy to our campus. Student Organization Leaders that have primary advisors from Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Interfaith Chapel, Athletics & Recreation, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and Wilson Commons Student Activities are invited to attend the Fall Leadership Training on Tuesday, August 30th.

Resources from Training: 

Opening Session PPT

Business Manager PTT