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SDSU Quest for the Best Application

The measure of a university is more than the sum of its buildings, the size of its enrollment, its array of degrees, its number of graduates, or its cumulative grade point average. It is instead the qualities of the students, faculty, and staff who comprise its community.

To these ends, Dr. James Kitchen, Vice President for Student Affairs, along with Student Life and Leadership, announces the 26th annual Vice Presidential Student Service Awards. Under the theme of “Quest for the Best,” these awards seek to recognize outstanding student leaders who have typified and promoted this broader mission of the university.

Applicants will be evaluated in four areas:
1) Academic excellence, including grade point average (a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 is required), individual research, participation in professional and academic societies, involvement in departmental activities, etc.;
2) Student involvement and commitment, including student organizations, student government and college councils, The Daily Aztec and KCR Radio, housing, fraternity/sorority life, athletics, honor societies, etc.;
3) Community service outside the SDSU campus, including volunteer work with medical, social service, theatrical, artistic, cultural, political entities, etc.; and
4) Leadership qualities and development, including the degree of involvement and initiative within activities, the furtherance of intercultural understanding, and evidence of the development of positive, ethical decision-making.

Nominations are open to regularly enrolled SDSU students who have completed at least one year at SDSU and at least 75 units of college work. The submitted application materials will be screened by a selection committee. The finalists will be invited for an interview.

As a faculty or staff member who works closely with student leaders, I invite you to encourage students who are deserving candidates of this award to apply. Students must complete a “Quest for the Best” application along with supporting documents. Applications can be found at or in Student Life & Leadership, Student Services West, Room 1661. A completed application package must be submitted no later than Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

The “Quest for the Best” awards will be presented at a gala banquet in April. The ceremony will be attended by winning students, two special guests of each winner, and faculty/staff honorees.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Robyn Adams at (619) 594-5221 or by e-mail at Thank you in advance for your assistance in recognizing San Diego State University’s outstanding student leaders.

Quest Application 2012
Quest Nomination Form 2012
Quest for the Best poster 2012

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