Statement of Wonderfulness
In Celebration of
Student Organization Advising Group
Division of Student Affairs
For more than a year many of us have been witness to and marveled at the collective growth and individual development of members of the Student Organization Advising Group (SOAG), resulting in a productive working unit. This organic effort was initiated from within, by individuals who had substantially different approaches and methods to the similar work for which they all were responsible. All the while, as they went about their work the Student Organization Advising Group kept in focus their shared commitment to the welfare of students and how best their services could be delivered - the Student Organization Advising Group found and created common ground, purpose, and the ability to seek new ways of working. This is an excellent example of collaboration and a model for our future efforts.
At the same time Student Organization Advising Group models hard work. As one colleague commented, “the SOAG demonstrated the most important kind of leadership: push up your sleeves, create a team, set the course and just do it.”
The Student Organization Advising Group worked through institutional obstacles, uncertainty and other struggles that one encounters as a leader and yet emerged with a sense of hope and optimism that has come to exemplify the energy they bring to their journey. They were very willing to take on the challenges that were clear and present from the onset, in forming a working group to address identifiable issues for student organizations. They are now ready to consider ideas that we would not have imagined pursuing a short time ago. The Student Organizations Advising Group is truly a transformative, collaborative and dynamic group that represents the best of what we strive for – bringing our most positive energy together to create positive outcomes for students. The work they have produced up to this point and that they will create in the future will construct a 'new order of things' and students and the university will be well served by their efforts.
The work of the Student Organization Advising Group can best be characterized by the following quote from Rousseau:
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Not only has the Student Organization Advising Group taken the lead and confronted the peril of aligning our approach to serving student groups but they have done so in a way that has improved the quality of our leadership community and the intensity of our commitment to our mission.
11th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 22, 2006