Outstanding Event / Program of the Year

This award is presented to the Warrington organization which sponsored the most innovative project or program which primarily benefited the members of the organization, college, or university. This can be a one-time event or an ongoing program. Projects or programs that took place between January 2021 and completed by December 2021, are eligible for consideration.

Application

In order to apply for this award, you will need to complete the two steps below by 11:59PM on February 6, 2022:

  1. Create a compelling 8-minute audio-recorded PowerPoint presentation adhering to the submission requirements below, that showcases why your organization should be selected as the award winner.
    1. If your organization is also applying for any of the following presentation-based awards, you will address these in the same presentation.
      1. Student Organization of the Year
      2. Most Improved Student Organization of the Year
      3. New Student Organization of the Year
      4. Heavener Sponsored Program of the Year
      5. Outstanding Service Project of the Year
  2. Submit the Application Form where you will include the link to your recorded presentation, as well as a PDF of your slide deck.

Submission Requirements for Audio-Recorded PowerPoint

In addition to the requirements listed below, organizations are encouraged to follow best practices with regard to slide design and visual aids to best showcase their impact.

Presentations must include voice-only narration (cameras must be turned off) utilizing PowerPoint’s Recording Feature. Total presentation time must not exceed 8 minutes and must include the following slides:

  1. Opening slide needs to include the names of each of the presentation-based awards (including this award) that you are applying for, and you should verbally announce these in your audio recording.
  2. Organizational fact slide that highlights program relevant statistics including size, list of events, and their type such as socials, professional, service, and other information.
  3. Informational slides answering the following questions:
    • Objective of organization, the projected outcomes, and strategic goals of the event/program.
    • A detailed explanation of this program’s significance to the College community.
    • The number of students who were impacted by this event/program.
    • Collaboration with other student organizations or College departments including description of the nature of the collaboration and how often it occurred.
    • What is innovative or creative about the event/program?
    • How did this event/program impact the professional/personal development of your members?
    • How does the event/program foster dynamic and inclusive growth for your members?
    • How did the event/program have a positive impact on the greater College community?
    • What qualitative or quantitative evidence do you have regarding your event/program’s impact?
    • How does the event/program go above and beyond your organization’s mission/vision/values?
    • How does the executive board effectively function as a team? Provide evidence, if possible.
  4. Appendix slides at the end of your presentation detailing the following:
    • A copy of the program’s budget and expenses
    • A list of members who participated, with names and email addresses
    • Please insert link to PDF displaying all appendix information.

Submission Instructions for Audio-Recorded PowerPoint

Once you have finalized your audio-recorded PowerPoint, please follow the instructions below to make it shareable using Microsoft Stream.

  • With your presentation deck open, click the Recording tab, then select Publish to Stream. If you don’t see a Recording tab, you can add this setting as follows:
    • Windows OS: Open PowerPoint > File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Select "Main Tabs" from dropdown list on the right > Scroll down and click the check box next to "Recording" and then click OK
    • Mac OS: First, Export Video – File > Export > Select “MOV” in the File Format dropdown list > Make sure check box next to “Use Recorded Timings and Narrations” is clicked > Click Export Button > Open Microsoft Stream through GatorCloud > Select “Upload Video” from Create dropdown list > Click “Browse” and select MOV file containing your presentation
  • Type a title and a description for the video.
  • Check the boxes that follow to allow everyone in your organization to see this video (on Mac OS this will appear under the “Permissions” drop down tab) and upload your original PowerPoint file along with this video.
  • Click the Publish button and then allow a few minutes for this process to occur.
  • Windows OS users will see a status progress bar at the bottom right of the PowerPoint window, and a message will display once the upload is successful.
  • Once you have received the successful upload notification, click it to view your video.
  • The video will then open in a browser for Gator Cloud. Copy the browser link for your video and then when you are ready to submit the Application Form, please insert the link there.
  • For Mac OS – Click “Share” > Copy the browser link for your video and when you are ready to submit the Application Form, please insert the link there.

Selection Process & Criteria

The winning event or program will be chosen by a selection committee of Heavener staff members, based on the following criteria:

  • Does the audio-recorded PowerPoint adhere to all submission requirements?
  • Does this program focus on the development of personal and professional skills for their members?
  • Does this program foster dynamic and inclusive growth in its members?
  • Is there evidence that this program provides experiences that support its mission and values?
  • Is there evidence of significant program impact through quantitative or qualitative metrics?
  • Did the organization provide evidence of positive and impactful events?
  • Is there evidence that the organization’s leadership has worked cohesively to execute their program?

Previous Award Recipients

Entrepreneurship Club for “The Start-up Internship”

Although the program is in its 4th year at UF, a strategic partnership with the Career Resource Center this year helped to boost student and employer participation. This year, the event hosted about 25 employers and more than 300 students throughout the day. President Erick Rodriguez shared that the employees who attended the event included Grooveshark, Mindtree, CollegeVox and Fracture, Inc. Larger companies, including Netflix, are scheduled for the next fair.

A Night of Fashion- Minority Business Society

Minority Business Society’s (MBS) project “A Night of Fashion” was created to teach business students the proper way to dress in professional settings. Clothing was provided by Macy’s & Ann Taylor, and models from FACES modeling troupe partnered with MBS to showcase the clothing. This event reached 75 students. A student entrepreneur was also given the opportunity to showcase her watches from TrendTyme.com.

International Business Society- Global Gathering

International Business Society (IBS) hosted Global Gathering this year which gave students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the different opportunities that the Warrington College of Business offers through student abroad and exchange programs. The event includes student presentations, and helps international students become adjusted to the University of Florida.

Siemens Meeting and Tailgate

The Student Finance Group invited Siemens to one of their general member meetings to discuss internship opportunities for the coming summer. Being one of the major employers at the impending career fair and possessing a renowned financial rotation program, the Student Finance Group wanted to host a football tailgate with Siemens for the Florida -Tennessee game for all to attend. This event granted anyone who had continued interest in the company the opportunity to mingle with the representatives at Siemens. The tailgate was a great success as 10 Siemens representatives and over a hundred SFG members and many non-SFG members were in attendance. It was this valuable networking experience that provided SFG members the exposure that afforded them a chance to interview with Siemens and for some of them to work in Atlanta over the summer.

Business Cup

On October 18, the CEI Ambassadors hosted the third annual Business Cup. Each organization within the Warrington College of Business fielded a team. This program has gained significance over the past few semesters, culminating in this year’s record attendance. Business Cup encourages students to network and engage with their peers outside of the classroom. Participants are given a fresh perspective on teamwork and can collaborate with their peers in a fun and relaxed environment. Business Cup builds camaraderie within organizations members and ultimately is a contributor to successes within each group.

RBC Savvy Cents Series

In the Fall of 2008 the Student Finance Group and the Royal Bank of Canada co-hosted the first workshop of an ongoing series, “Savvy Cents” which are a set of workshops intended to help students learn about various aspects of managing their money. This first workshop drew in around 200 students from a variety of majors. Part of the event’s success was SFG’s acknowledgment that successfully managing money is important to people of every major. SFG’s event helped to bridge the gap between UF students and provided them with valuable information on financial planning which prove especially important in the current economic climate.

Entrepreneurship for Dummies Workshop

(budget below $250)

The “Entrepreneurship for Dummies” workshop was created in response to the Entrepreneurship minor that was cut. The CEI Ambassadors wanted to continue their mission of spreading entrepreneurship to the business students. The workshop was used as a crash course of different topics in entrepreneurship. This event was held both semesters and attendance was over 130 students.

Gators are Green

(budget above $250)

The International Business Society created Gators are Green to fundraise for their organization and decrease plastic consumption in supermarkets in Gainesville. They sold environment friendly, reusable grocery bags to replace plastic bags. Through this program they reached 300 people in the Gainesville community and helped to reduce plastic consumption. Not only was IBS able to raise money but they accomplished this in a sustainable “green” way.

Business Quickie

The Business Quickie newsletter was started by the Student Finance Group to give business students access to “market trends, current events, professional development and career advice, and investment tips”. Currently the newsletter reaches 2500 students and faculty and, through the Business Quickie website, allows readers to discuss current issues of interest to business students.

Business Bash

Each semester the Business Administration College Council organizes an opportunity for all student organizations to get together and inform students as to the opportunities to become involved in the life of the College. This Fall the event brought together eleven organizations and approximately four hundred students.