Klush Tum Tum
This year marks the 21st year that Western Oregon University will present an award that identifies an individual who, in a special way, makes a significant contribution to the campus and the greater community. The name of the award, Klush Tum Tum (flesh-ka dum dum) is a term borrowed from the Chinook Jargon used by the Calapooia tribe, a group indigenous to this area of the Willamette Valley. The Chinook Jargon was originally a trade language that helped facilitate communication among fur traders along the coast and Willamette Valley. It borrows words and phrases from other languages and dialects to describe transactions and relationships between people. The phrase, Klush Tum Tum reads as “an individual who has a heart for people.”
This award was created to identify a student who embodies the “heart of WOU.” Our award winner exemplifies the best in people and is at the very soul of what we want our students to become. If you have a student that you feel fits this criteria, please complete the nomination form on our website by March 30, 2018 Students must be in good academic and judicial standing.
To nominate a student for the Klush Tum Tum award, you need to login to your OrgSync account on the WOU portal, join the Student Engagement portal and click on Forms.
Distinguished Student Leader
The Distinguished Student Leader award is annual award given to a student who has shown exemplary leadership on campus. The individual(s) should have a variety of experiences that show progress in responsibility and commitment. The student should have maintained a good academic standing while contributing to the co-curricular programs of Western.
In order to qualify for the Distinguished Student Leader award, students must have:
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
- An academic classification of junior or senior during the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Demonstrated continuous involvement and have made contributions to the campus.
- A student’s involvement and contributions to a community group or organization.
- A recognition of the variety of leadership activities and participation in the student’s co-curricular activities (i.e. intercollegiate athletics, theater, musical groups, student organizations, etc.)
If you have a student that you feel fits this criteria, please complete the nomination form on our website by March 30, 2018. Students must be in good academic and judicial standing.
To nominate someone for the Distinguished Student Leader award, you need to login to your OrgSync account on the WOU portal, join the Student Engagement portal and click on Forms.
Both awards are determined by committee, so please include as much information as possible for consideration. Distinguished student leader nominees will be contacted for a copy of their resume.
Student Engagement is proud to host the annual Leadership Recognition Night, an event to recognize students who have fulfilled outstanding leadership roles in their respective student organizations, community groups, and other co-curricular activities. Students who have made significant contributions to student groups and university departments can be nominated by faculty, department heads, advisors of student groups and administrators. This year’s program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center.
To submit a student for an award please use the Award Designation Form to recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to student groups or university departments. The criteria used to determine these awards are defined by the individuals, groups or departments making the award. These are completely your own criteria. All students designated on the forms will be recognized at this year’s event. Certificates will be made, if requested, for the award winners.