Of The Year Awards

Unfortunately we were unable to host the 2020 Of the Year Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 8th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Campus Center Auditorium. However, this years finalists have been listed below each award category (save for a few specific awards).  Winners will be announced here on Wednesday, April 22nd!

The Of the Year Awards is an annual ceremony that honors and recognizes the hard work students and staff members have accomplished within Residential Life throughout the academic year. If interested in nominating a fellow student, staff member or group please use the link below. 

Winners announced below!

Individual Student Awards  |  Group Awards  |  Community Development Awards

2020 Of the Year Awards Categories

Individual Student Awards

  • Resident Assistant (RA) of the YearThis is an individual award given to resident assistants who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to their residential community through program development, addressing student needs, supporting peer and senior staff, leadership through crisis response, etc. There will be five total recipients, one from each residential area: West Campus RFYE, West Campus MY, East Campus RFYE, East Campus MY, and CHCRC.
    • Winners
      • Carl McDonald - CHCRC
      • Sylwia Madro - East First-Year
      • Lauren Bouvier - Southwest First-Year
      • Juliette Rice - East Multi-Year
      • Patrick Arsenault - Southwest Multi-Year
  • Peer Mentor (PM) of the YearThis is an individual award given to Peer Mentors who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to their residential community by individually and collaboratively helping first year students experiences a positive transition to UMASS-Amherst. These contributions can stem from program development, opportunities to connect to faculty and other instructors in an informal atmosphere, and assistance with overcoming daily challenges in the course of their personal and academic development. 
    • Winners
      • Naveen Thiruvazhi - West 
      • Johnny Wu - East
  • House Council Member of the YearThis is an individual award given to a dedicated member of house council for their exceptional work and continuous dedication. This member has gone above and beyond by being involved in meetings and committee work. They will have impacted the residence community, developed student leaders, encouraged involvement, and fostered a sense of spirit, pride, and community. Through a display of exemplary leadership and outstanding outreach with their residential area, this individual has inspired others within the area to join become more active within their community.  
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Winners
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Aman Saiju
      • Ethan Aubuchon
  • Resident of the YearThis is an individual award given to a resident that does not belong to a residential life organization (i.e. RHA, NRHH, Area Government, House Council) who has demonstrated strong leadership in their community and has shown true dedication to helping build a community within the Residence Halls. This can be shown through constant attendance to residence Hall programs, connecting fellow residents to campus resources, inspiring comradery and pride within the Residence hall, and outreach to the community.
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Winner
      • Ryan Duggan
  • Senior Staff Member of the YearThis is an individual award given to the senior staff member who best demonstrates a high level of commitment, leadership, and support to the community in which they work. This individual has gone above and beyond their duties as an advisor and has made immense positive impacts on the individuals and community they work with.
    • Winners
      • Akosua Agyei - Assistant Residence Director
      • Katrina Camerato - Residence Director Dickinson Hall
      • Jamie Downer - Learning Communities Graduate Assistant
  • Excellence in Leadership AwardThis unique student leadership award gives special recognition to one student who has demonstrated strong leadership roles in their community. These students have shown significant and consistent participation in formal leadership positions or informal community development at UMass Amherst.
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Winner
      • Luis Rodriguez
  • Cheers for Peers: Recognition is often overlooked and pushed aside when another priority comes along. The Residence Education Workgroup created the CHeers for Peers Initiative to promote recognition and appreciation between staff and beyond. During the spring semester, over 600 cheers were sent! This award is presented to the student staff and senior staff member(s) who have written the most cheers this semester. 
    • Winners
      • Student Staff - Johnny Wu
      • Senior Staff - Jayna Tavarez

Group Awards

  • Excellence in LeadershipThis unique student leadership award gives special recognition to a group of students in each class year who have demonstrated strong leadership roles in their community. These groups have shown significant and consistent participation in formal leadership positions or informal community development at UMass Amherst.
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Winner
      • Pierpont/Moore House Council
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​OTM Cluster of the Year: The OTM (Of the Month) Cluster of the Year is awarded to the residential cluster who submits the greatest number of OTM nominations. Additional credit is given to those nominations determined to be campus, regional, or national winning OTM.
    • Winner
      • Van Meter/Butterfield
  • RHA Cluster of the Year: The RHA Cluster of the Year is awarded to the residential cluster who receives the greatest number of cluster points throughout the academic year. Points are awarded through consistent attendance and participation in a variety of RHA and House Council sponsored events. 
    • Winner
      • Van Meter/Butterfield

Community Development Awards

  • Initiative of the yearThis award recognizes an initiative in any form (educational, social, community service, social justice, etc). An award winning initiative includes: opening students viewpoints to new perspectives, cultivating a spark for continued and deeper learning, and involving students in experiential and/or creative learning methods that actively engage participants in the learning processes, creating a positive and fun environment that is inclusive of members from all groups involved, demonstrated an innovative and/or creative outreach to the community which resulted in bringing the community together. 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Winner
      • Sustainability & Society RAP