By Kasey Doyle/Staff writer

The Office of Student Life is hosting the Student Life Leadership Banquet at 6 p.m. April 21 in the Keen Johnson Ballroom.The leadership banquet was organized to honor student leaders and advisers for their outstanding contributions to student organizations and the Eastern campus and to honor individual students, staff and faculty of Eastern who have had an impact on the surrounding community. Student organizations will also be honored for community service.

Awards presented this year are for leadership outside the classroom, leadership in the campus community, adviser of the year, outstanding student leader, outstanding community service, outstanding group category and academic excellence.

A selection committee will choose the award winners.

This is the first year for the Presidential Leadership Award, presented by university President Joanne Glasser. This award will honor one student who performs regular community service and who exhibits excellent leadership skills.

Christina Thompson, of the office of Student Life, said award winners will receive certificates or plaques, depending on the type of award, and the Presidential Leadership Award winner will receive a trophy.

“We have revamped the banquet since last year,” Thompson said.

The jazz ensemble will perform during the ceremony and guests will hear speeches given by Glasser and keynote speaker Mike Nichols.

All nominees will receive an invitation to the banquet, and winners will be announced during the awards ceremony.

“We want all nominees to attend the banquet so they can receive a pat on the back for all the hard work they have done,” Thompson said.

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