Georgia Gwinnett College’s Office of Student Involvement and Student Center (SISC) hosted the 2021 ROAR Awards show on April 30th honoring Registered Students Organizations with awards and student performances. Organizers made pandemic appropriate adjustments to hold the event in person this year.
“We wanted to give our students something special. The Office of Student Involvement experienced so many shifts this past academic year, so many transitions, but the students were so patient with us,” said Associate Director of Student Involvement Dr. Charity Mitchell at the close of the event. “You all were giants. We thank you for being patient with us.”
The event was located in the CISCO Auditorium and also live streamed on Zoom. The SISC followed CDC guidelines, requiring masks and limited seating.
The awards show celebrated RSOs, RSO members and advisors for their hard work throughout the year. It was hosted by Residence Directors Ryan Smith and Bakari Benton and Dr. Mitchell.
About 25 awards were presented at the event. The RSO of the Year award was won by The Organization of Latin American Students, one of GGC’s oldest RSO’s. The Black Student Union won the Virtual Engagement award.
The Spirit of the Grizzly award was given to Ramshah Eliza. The GOLD Leadership Award winners were Andrea Devereux, Razan Teyani, Matthew Montgomery, Ramshah Eliza, and Benjamin Rodriguez.
The event kicked off with a spoken word poem called “Jaye’s Intellect” by GGC’s Got Talent student candidate Jaquon Smith. SISC graduating student Flynn Harris performed an unnamed, original rap during the awards show. The performances wrapped up with a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” by GGC’s Got Talent student winner Jamecia Jackson.
The ROAR Awards show was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Though much of the SISC staff were new to GGC, Assistant Director of SISC Allen Clarke worked to ensure that students were celebrated this year.
“We know that you’re showing up for class, turning in your class assignments and you’re tired from working or being laid off and you don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from, but you’re still showing up, so we wanted to show up for you, because we love what we do,” Dr. Mitchell said during the event. “The race is not given to the swift, but it’s given to the ones that endure to the end. So, you made it to your end…We’re so glad to be at the finish line with you.”