Tukwut Leadership Awards Night
Tukwut Leadership Awards Night (TLAN) recognizes individuals, as well as campus and student groups, for their outstanding leadership and commitment to making student life thrive at CSUSM. Associated Students, Inc. is a proud sponsor of an event that highlights the work of campus leaders who, through service to our community, engagement in campus growth, and empowerment of future generations, leave a legacy at CSUSM. Winners are selected by the Awards Committee, which is comprised of different representation of campus areas.
Check out the winners below from our 2022 celebration event!
Nominations for TLAN 2023 will open on Monday, February 6th and will close at 6:00pm on Friday, March 17th!
And while you are here, considering nominating individuals for the The Cathy Baur Student Philanthropy Award. This award recognizes a CSUSM student, or student group, who has been highly engaged in philanthropic
activities and/or has demonstrated leadership by supporting or implementing a fundraising
program. Winner will be presented at our TLAN event.
More about the Award & Nomination Information
Award Categories & Previous Winners
Best New Student Organization
Newly recognized by Student Leadership & Involvement Center in current academic year. If the organization previously existed at CSUSM, it could not be active for the past academic year.
|2021/2022||No nominations submitted|
|2020/2021||Chemistry & Biology Pre-Grad Society|
|2019/2020||CSUSM Men's Volleyball Club|
|2017/2018||U in US|
|2016/2017||CSUSM Cheer Club|
|2015/2016||American Association of University Women|
|2013/2014||Colleges Against Cancer|
Most Outstanding Program/Event
An outstanding program/event which promoted cougar pride and enhanced campus life this year.
|2021/2022||Student Organization: GameFest - CSUSM Esports Club
Campus Organization: Brazilian Caraval - Latin@/x Center and Black Student Center
|2020/2021||Student Organization: Gaming Expo - CSUSM Esports Club
Campus Organization: Food Distributions - ASI Cougar Pantry
|2019/2020||Student Organization: Comunication Society Meeting - Communication Society
Campus Organization: Step Show – Student Life & Leadership and Black Student Center
|2018/2019||Dig for a Cause - CSUSM Women's Volleyball Club|
|2017/2018||Festival 78 - ASI Campus Activities Board and University Student Union|
|2016/2017||Cougar Madness - ASI|
|2015/2016||Inside Out Movie Event - HOPE & Wellness Center|
|2014/2015||NAK Drag Show - Nu Alpha Kappa|
|2013/2014||Tunnel of Oppression - University Student Union Activities Board (USUAB)|
|2012/2013||Tunnel of Oppression - University Student Union Activities Board (USUAB)|
Campus Organization Member of the Year
Individual who has excelled in membership as part of a Campus Organization, which is sponsored by a CSUSM department.
|Year||Member of the Year|
|2021/2022||Annie Fenton - USU Live|
|2020/2021||Riley McLaughlin - ASI Cougar Pantry|
|2019/2020||Michelle Tran – ASI Board of Directors|
|2018/2019||Julianna Castro - ASI Campus Activities Board|
|2017/2018||Jacqueline Catechis - ASI Campus Activities Board|
|2016/2017||Caitlin Hernandez - University Student Union|
|2015/2016||Aeriell Woodhams - University Student Union|
|2014/2015||Katilin Sweeney - Cougar Chronicle|
|2013/2014||Dmitri Ranieri - University Student Union Activities Board (USUAB)|
|2012/2013||Sammi Carr - The Civility Campaign|
Campus Organization of the Year
An organization sponsored by a CSUSM department that has shined this past year.
|2021/2022||No nominations submitted|
|2020/2021||ASI Cougar Pantry|
|2019/2020||CSUSM Hope and Wellness Center|
|2017/2018||University Student Union Activities Board|
|2016/2017||TLC - Peer Leadership Team|
|2014/2015||University Student Union Activities Board|
|2013/2014||Associated Students, Inc. Gender Equity Center|
Student Organization Member of the Year
Individual who has excelled in membership as part of a Student Organization, which is recognized by Student Leadership & Involvement Center. Student Organization Classifications: Academic, Cultural, Fraternities & Sororities, Honor Societies, Political, Religious, Service, Special Interest, and Sport Clubs.
|Year||Member of the Year|
|2021/2022||Madison Farfan - Management Society
Theron Papakalos - CSUSM Baseball Club
|2020/2021||Joseph Jensen - CSUSM Speech & Debate Club|
|2019/2020||Jeremy Traub - Men's Lacrosse|
|2018/2019||Hanano Yamazaki - Circle K International|
|2017/2018||Anna Jensen - Women's Club Volleyball|
|2016/2017||Austin Grajek - Sigma Chi|
|2015/2016||Christine Cook - French Club|
|2014/2015||Craig Lavrenz - Model United Nations|
|2013/2014||Sydney Aldana - Alpha Omicron Pi|
|2012/2013||Elizabeth Royce - Alpha Xi Delta|
Student Organization of the Year
An organization recognized by Student Leadership & Involvement Center that has shined this past year.
|Year||Student Organization of the Year|
|2021/2022||American Indian Student Alliance|
|2020/2021||CSUSM Active Minds|
|2019/2020||CSUSM Vietnamese Student Association|
|2018/2019||American Chemical Society (ACS)|
|2017/2018||Women's Club Volleyball|
|2016/2017||Women's Lacrosse Club|
|2014/2015||Black Student Union|
|2013/2014||Alpha Omicron Pi|
Outstanding Social Justice Award
A student who inspires change, promotes solidarity, and empowers others to make a difference.
|Year||Outstanding Social Justice Award|
Advisor of the Year
An individual who has excelled this year in serving as a volunteer advisor to a recognized student organization, who utilizes time outside of normal their role on campus to support the organization.
|Year||Advisor of the Year|
|2018/2019||Dr. Robert Iafe|
|2016/2017||Michelle Vogel Trautt|
|2014/2015||Donna San Miguel|
|2012/2013||Dr. Elizabeth Matthews|
Outstanding Freshman Student Award
Individual [less than 30 semester units completed through Spring] who stands out in how they represent CSUSM and Cougar Pride, both on and off campus.
|2021/2022||No nominations were submitted|
|2020/2021||Karyme Segoviano Felix|
Outstanding Sophomore Student Award
Individual [30-59 semester units completed through Spring] who stands out in how they represent CSUSM and Cougar Pride, both on and off campus.
Outstanding Junior Student Award
Individual [60-89 semester units complete through Spring] who stands out in how they represent CSUSM and Cougar Pride, both on and off campus.
|2018/2019||Shane Freyberger & Jeanie Maidona|
Outstanding Senior Student Award
Individual [90+ semester units complete through Spring] who stands out in how they represent CSUSM and Cougar Pride, both on and off campus.
|2021/2022||Codie Sterner & Kyle Shimono|
|2017/2018||Richard Ramirez & Stephen Vandereb|
Cougar Wall of Fame
A graduating senior who has outshined peers during the entire scope of their CSUSM career including academics, co-curricular activities, involvement, and more.
|Year||Wall of Fame|
|2021/2022||Fern Hernandez & Madison Conte|
|2020/2021||Riley McLaughlin & Kenny Tran|
|2019/2020||Nathan Renderos & Jeanie Maidona|
|2017/2018||Laura Marquez & Itiyah Bat Yahweh Williams|
|2016/2017||Chris Morales & Victoria Sandoval|
|2015/2016||Kadie Heck & Hannah Hawker|
|2014/2015||Haley Perko, Dmitri Ranieri & Hugo Pinales|
|2013/2014||Dominica Ranieri, Cipriano Vargas & Arthur Silverstein III|
|2012/2013||Scott Silviera & Kirstee Novak|