Academic Awards Ceremony

Collage of Photos from Past Academic Award Ceremonies

Each spring, the Regional Campuses host an Awards Ceremony that recognizes students, faculty and staff for outstanding service, leadership and academics.

Student Awards

Students are recognized in a variety of categories:

  • Bob Rusbosin Award: Honors a third-year Hamilton student who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the areas of student organization, student government, student employment, community service and/or campus committee assignment. The student should have a 3.0 GPA or above; have shown and possess exceptional leadership qualities in the above areas. As well as demonstrated qualities such as dedication, cooperation, selflessness, dependability, and responsibility. The student will receive a scholarship for the following fall semester. 
  • College of Liberal Arts & Applied Science Departmental Award: Two students are chosen by faculty members from each of the twelve departments for outstanding academic performance within a specific subject area.
  • E-Campus Distinguished Student Award: Honors one student annually at Miami University Regionals who has excelled in online courses by being engaged and succeeding academically.
  • International Student Recognition Award: Recognizes one international student on each regional campus, who promotes a global perspective of international awareness and understanding by taking initiative to engage in the campus community.
  • Outstanding work+ Student Award: work+ employers nominate students who have performed well on the job, exhibited professionalism, and had a strong work ethic over the previous year. Of the work+ students nominated, the award is given to a full-time student with the highest GPA over the past academic year.
  • Regional Student Organization of the Year: This award is presented to one organization on the regional campuses who have gone above and beyond in their mission as an organization. These organizations have brought a positive attitude to their work, brought excitement to student life on campus, encouraged students to get involved, and served as role models to their peers.
  • Student Organization Diversity Appreciation Award: Recognizes the efforts of a student organization that has shown exemplary dedication to the University's commitment to diversity and has made a positive effort to provide underrepresented students with supplemental sources of support, advocacy, and leadership development.
  • Veteran Valiance Award: Acknowledges valiant effort on the part of a veteran or active military student enrolled on campus during the academic year. The recipient of this award must have demonstrated outstanding dedication, compassion and service to their fellow veterans and active military personnel.
  • W. Lynn Darbyshire Award: Honors a third-year Middletown student who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the areas of student organization, student government, student employment, community service and/or campus committee assignment. The student should have a 3.0 or above GPA; have shown and possess exceptional leadership qualities in the above areas. As well as demonstrated qualities such as dedication, cooperation, selflessness, dependability and responsibility. The student will receive scholarship for the following fall semester.
  • Women's History Month Writing Contest Award: Recognizes student engagement with issues particularly relevant to women through genres such as essays and research writing, and any form of creative writing.
  • University Honors Program: This designation recognizes those students who have successfully completed the University Honors Program.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Faculty and Staff are recognized in a variety of categories: 

  • Campus Impact Award: Is awarded to classified and unclassified staff members that have gone above & beyond. Winners are chosen on the following criteria:
    • Impact on Students: Assessed by the overall impact on students (quality versus quantity).
    • Impact on Coworkers: Assessed by the enabling of better performance of the coworker's job function.
    • Above & Beyond: Assessed by actions outside of the normal job function.
    • Impact on Morale: Assessed by inspiring and motivating others to do a better job.
  • E-Campus Excellence in Online Teaching: Honors one online faculty member annually at Miami Regionals whose work epitomizes the University’s ideals of dedication to, and excellence in, teaching in the online environment by engaging online students and contributing to student success.
  • Faculty Achievement in Scholarship and/or Artistic Distinction: The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship or other creative activity, either for continuing levels of high quality scholarship or creative activity, or for a single exceptional achievement.
  • Faculty Achievement in Service: The award honors a faculty member who has made a significant impact on the life and mission of Miami Regionals. The service is recognized to occur in at least two of the areas: institutional service, disciplinary service, professional service, and community engagement.
  • Faculty Achievement in Advising: This award recognizes a Faculty Advisor who has demonstrated a significant commitment to or has exerted a positive and significant influence on the quality of academic advising.
  • Faculty Achievement in Teaching: This award recognizes creative and innovative teaching that engages students with other learners, causes students to think critically, and promotes understanding of contexts. One award will be given for each category: Assistant Professors and/or Lecturers, Part-Time Professors and/or Lecturers, and Associate Professors and/or Professors.
  • Faculty/Staff Diversity Appreciation Award: This award recognizes the efforts of a faculty or staff member whose research, teaching, service, or event programming promotes knowledge and inclusion of diverse communities. By the presentation of this award, we recognize the special efforts of faculty and staff who strive to accomplish the fulfillment of our commitment to embrace, enhance, and celebrate diversity.
  • Regional Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Presented to one student organization advisor of a regional student organization who has brought a positive attitude to their work, brought excitement to student life on campus, encouraged students to get involved, and served as role models to students. Student organization advisors are faculty or staff members who volunteer their time to serve students.