We would like to thank everyone who applied for a Bucky Award this year! The applicant pool was incredible and everyone was deserving of great honor. The Madison community is lucky to have so many talented and motivated individuals and organizations striving to make a positive impact here at UW-Madison. Below are the winners of the organization awards. Each winner has worked to better those in the community through deliberate and intentional actions, and we would like to formally recognize all of these wonderful contributions made to the UW-Madison campus and community.
★ Best New Student Organization: Love Your Melon ★
The award for Best New Student Organization is awarded to a Registered Student Organization that was established within the past two academic years. Love your Melon has fulfilled a need to connect more individuals with the fight against pediatric cancer and provide opportunities for campus community members to rally behind children and families in the community who are enduring some of the most challenging times in their lives. This organization bridges between several communities to educate people on different forms of pediatric cancer, showcase how their mission aligns with advancing pediatric cancer research, demonstrate how they work hand in hand with more than 40 non- profit partners to create interactive, philanthropic activities to help children who have battled or are currently battling cancer. Please join the Center for Leadership and Involvement in congratulating Love your Melon as the 2020 Bucky’s Award recipient for Best New Student Organization.
As an organization focused on the fight against pediatric cancer, we honor all of the incredible children fighting tough battles with this award. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to connect the campus community to the stories of pediatric cancer patients and their families with the hope of uniting a greater number of people together to rally behind these individuals amidst some of the most difficult moments of their lives. We have an immense amount of gratitude for all of the individuals and groups at this university who have supported our organization thus far and we are eager to continue furthering our mission in conjunction with the members of our campus community.
★ Conservation and Sustainability: Ethical and Responsible Business Network ★
The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability is honored to present the Conservation & Sustainability award to the Ethical and Responsible Business Network (ERBN).This award recognizes an organization or an individual that has gone above and beyond to better their community with regard to sustainability and conservation. This organization demonstrates that they have had an impact on the Madison campus and community in helping to move toward a more sustainable environment. This year’s winner exemplifies this commitment to sustainability.
ERBN has a positive impact at UW-Madison and in the surrounding community by empowering local businesses with tools to improve the sustainability of their operations. Moreover, ERBN empowers UW-Madison students to develop real-world skills and gain invaluable experience, through the work of consulting with business leaders on sustainability initiatives. The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability is proud to recognize these impressive accomplishments, and to present this year’s Bucky Award for Conservation & Sustainability to the Ethical and Responsible Business Network.
The Ethical and Responsible Business Network (ERBN) is incredibly excited and honored to be chosen as the winner of this year’s Conservation and Sustainability Award! ERBN exists to educate future leaders in the business realm and beyond to be ethical, responsible, and sustainable leaders. Given the growing importance of environmental sustainability in our modern culture, ERBN feels incredibly fortunate to be able to offer a community for students to collaborate and learn how to address the environmental challenges our society is facing. Winning this award means so much to ERBN. We would like to thank the Office of Sustainability and the Bucky Awards committee for recognizing our strides for a more sustainable future.
★ Dean’s Award of Excellence: Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi ★
I am pleased to grant this year’s Dean’s Award of Excellence to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi demonstrates what it means to be a leader. From encouraging other Greek chapters at UW-Madison to refrain from public strolling until completing community service, to fostering awareness of multiple social justice issues through programs on topics such as LGBTQ+ safety and the global refugee crisis, the Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity aims to be an agent of change. Through their work, the organization has developed lasting relationships with a number of community organizations in the area.
This year the Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi also took a leadership role in voicing concerns about social climate on campus by hosting a dialogue around the experiences of Black students at UW-Madison. It is clear that members of Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi are committed to the individual success of each other and the retention of students of color at UW-Madison. The organization speaks to how the dreams of their Founders serve as inspiration for their daily actions. I believe the Founders would be proud of the work the Beta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is doing today both on campus and beyond.
We are honored to have won this prestigious award. The Beta Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was chartered at UW-Madison on April 22nd, 1946 and was the first Black Greek Letter Organization in the state of Wisconsin. For 74 years, our chapter has been committed to being trail-blazers and leading by example in everything that we do- from academic achievement, inspiring service in the public’s interest, to fostering a sense of community amongst students of color on campus. To us, this award is more than just a pretty prize to showcase, but is a reminder that we are doing the work and fulfilling the mission our Founders envisioned 109 years ago. This award is just another example of us living up to our of motto, “Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor”.
★ Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation: Society of Women Engineers ★
This award recognizes a student organization that demonstrates exceptional commitment to post-graduation preparation for its members. The 2020 award winner is the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE goes above and beyond, providing dozens of students with connections in the field and with leadership opportunities to nurture professional skills. SWE creates a peer-driven pipeline for future engineering leaders. In addition to alumni events and “mentoring families”, the organization hosts multiple events each year. SWE reflects on their progress and engages in continuous quality improvement, always finding ways to increase their impact, leading to the next generation of engineering innovators and leaders.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is extremely proud to have received the Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation Award. Our Officer Team and Executive Board work year round to plan and execute personal and professional development opportunities for members that will prepare them for their futures, and we are looking forward to continuing to improve and expand our events in the coming years. Our efforts wouldn’t be possible without the support of the professional Society of Women Engineers as well as the College of Engineering and we are thankful for their commitment to our programs. If you are interested in learning more about SWE at UW-Madison or our involvement opportunities, please visit our website at https://swe.slc.engr.wisc.edu/.
★ Inclusivity: Hoofers Adapt ★
The Inclusivity award is presented to an organization that fosters learning opportunities, contributes to the scholastic and leadership growth for its members, and focuses on fostering interactions between members. This organization believes inclusivity revolves around a strong relationships between its members and dedicates extra time towards building those Relationships.
The recipient of this year’s Inclusivity award is Hoofers Adapt. They strongly believe in providing adaptations to everyday activities to make members and attendees of all abilities feel welcomed. They work to educate members about how different abilities can impact the involvement in certain outdoor recreational activities and explore ways to make these activities accessible. In the summer they purchased an adapted kayak that allows a broader population of people to have independent mobility to kayak around Lake Mendota. During the winter, Hoofers Adapt connected club members with adapted wall climbing opportunities for participants with prosthetics, visual impairment and cerebral palsy. Trained climbers ascended with participants and helped them see, feel, and place their feet on the holds.
Hoofers Adapt is thrilled to receive the Bucky Award of Inclusivity, which is founded on values of community building, social justice, and inclusion. As an organization, we aim to foster a strong community of individuals who are passionate about increasing access to outdoor opportunities for individuals with diverse abilities on campus and in the Madison community. Receiving this award will help us reach more people who are seeking outdoor opportunities and who are interested in joining our community.
★ Outstanding Leadership: Peer Learning Association ★
The Bucky Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes a student organization that demonstrates excellent use of leadership skills to work towards a positive change on campus and in the surrounding community while consistently manifesting the core values of the UW- Madison’s Leadership Framework.
The Peer Learning Association has made it their mission to provide support to students who challenge themselves to make the most of their education, which they do by creating opportunities designed to improve their study skills, to constantly test their understanding, and to strengthen their abilities as self-directed learners. This organization fits remarkably well with this year’s Bucky Awards theme of Shoot for the Stars because they create the space for students to own their education and develop a passion for learning for more than just a grade, moving beyond passive learning and toward lasting self-betterment. The most valuable type of leadership is that which cultivates and empowers new leaders from all around the community, which this organization does exceptionally well.
PLA is so honored to have won this award. We are passionate about serving our campus community and continue to strive for improvement. Every single member of our organization is a leader, in and out of the classrooms. We hope to provide support to all students today and in the future.
★ Outstanding Service: Diverse-OT ★
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes a student organization that consistently participates in meaningful service activities continually throughout the academic year, with dedication and perseverance to improve our campus and the surrounding community. With many strong nominees, the winner of this year’s award embodies the theme of this year’s ceremony of “Shoot for the Stars.” Being the first organization of its kind, Diverse-OT has shown their dedication to their mission of promoting diversity in the field of occupational therapy. Through guest speakers that address issues surrounding race, ethnicity, religion, queer identities, and socioeconomic status in the field of occupational therapy, they aim to empower UW–Madison students with the opportunity to explore viewpoints beyond their own personal experiences within the context of a safe and inclusive space.
Additionally, this student organization outreaches to local underrepresented high school students and facilitates interactive workshops that educate prospective students on the field of occupational therapy. This has positively impacted the community because many high school students have discovered their interest in occupational therapy. Through these workshops, the student organization also provides opportunities and educational pathways to occupational therapy for underrepresented groups. This will continue indefinitely to impact the UW–Madison campus after students of this organization graduate.
Winning this award means a great deal to our organization. As an organization that fights for justice and awareness around health disparities for marginalized groups of people, as well as an organization that promotes a more diverse range of health care professionals, being recognized confirms that the work we are doing is impactful and important. The inception of this organization was not met with welcome arms, and I believe this award shows us how far we have come as not only an OT program, but as a respected and recognized organization in the campus community as a whole. We will continue to serve our community and continue to have these much needed conversations around diversity and inclusion within health care. Thank you.
★ Philanthropic Achievement: Humorology, Inc. ★
The Philanthropic Achievement Award serves to recognize the dedicated efforts and steadfast support of a UW-Madison organization that seeks to embody the Wisconsin idea. Through their passionate work to impact the lives of those around them, this year’s recipient represents the extent of the impact we can have as Wisconsin students to change our community, and our world, for the better.
The winner of this award is an organization that is known across the Madison Campus. They are not just known for their immense fundraising success, with over $400,000 raised last year for their beneficiary, but for their creative fundraising technique of 18 minute original musicals. Most importantly, they show strength in being able to bring students together and show them that passion, not wealth, is required to be a philanthropist.
With a new beneficiary each year, this organization has proved to change the Madison community, for the better, tackling issues like childhood cancer, food insecurity, and more. By continuing to break fundraising records, in line with this year’s Bucky’s Awards theme, they have, no doubt, shot for, and landed among the stars. It is with great honor and joy that the Panhellenic Association gives the Philanthropic Achievement award to Humorology, Inc.
We are so humbled and honored to receive this award. Humorology would not have the philanthropic impact it does if it weren’t for the cast members and directors of each of the nine casts that participate. It is their passion and hard work that pushes Humorology to grow year after year. We look forward to many more years of supporting the Madison community and local organizations. Thank you for considering us for this award, and thank you to those who continue to support us.
We would like to give a special thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and donors. Without them this amazing event would not be possible. They put in many hours editing rubrics, looking through applications, and preparing speeches for the winners. Their generosity helps recognize some of the amazing people and organizations that make UW-Madison such an awesome place to live. From the bottom of our heart, thank you.