Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards

Dorothy Pijan

The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dr. Dorothy Pijan in 1986 to recognize and honor Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. Dr. Pijan had worked at Case as the director of Thwing Center and Student Activities from 1982-2003.

Dr. Pijan was a well-respected and nationally known student union professional. She had an incredible passion, drive and dedication to student leadership. After her death in 2003, the awards were named in her honor to recognize her many contributions to student life at Case Western Reserve University.

Over 20 different student leadership awards are presented during an awards ceremony in the spring. Nominations are solicited from across the campus and are selected by an anonymous committee.

Awards Process and 2016 Timeline
I. Nomination Period

Nomination will be accepted through February 21 at 11:59 p.m.

During the nomination period students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the nomination form recognizing outstanding students, programs, organizations and advisors. To nominate you select an award, name a person, program or organization that should be considered for that award and write a short paragraph stating why the nominee is deserving of the award. The supporting paragraph should be less than 2000 characters and the entire nomination process should take no more than 5 minutes!

If you are wondering what to write in your nomination consider the following questions. Please keep in mind that for most awards (President's award excluded) we hope to hear about what they have accomplished this awards period (from February 2015 through February 2016).

  • How has the student, program or organization positively impacted the campus community?
  • Why does this student, program or organization stand out?
  • What makes this student, program or organization EXTRAordinary?
  • How has this student, program or organization made the lives of those around them better?

Please be sure that the nominee meets the award criteria before submitting.

Individual/Organizational Activity Record Period

Deadline for Submission: March 16 at 11:59 p.m.

During this period, nominees are asked to fill out an activity record listing their organizational involvement and are prompted to write a paragraph stating why they are a deserving of an award. Any nominee that completes an activity record before the March 10 deadline is submitted to a selection committee for review. The selection committee reviews all documents and selects award winners.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Reception: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; TVUC Ballroom
Ceremony: 5:45 to 7 p.m.; TVUC Ballroom

The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate all nominees! All students nominated for awards are encouraged to attend and will be recognized. Award winners are also announced during this event.

Celebrating 30 Years!

This year, the Student Leadership Awards will be celebrating 30 years! A reception and awards ceremony will be held on April 21 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. Attendance is limited to students who were nominated for an award and CWRU faculty and staff. All nominees will be recognized at this important event. Here is a complete listing of previous award winners!

For more information, please contact Kelly Levine at 216.368.2679.