Peru, Nebraska – SAIL was awarded the Thomas Ediger Award at the Student Senate Banquet on April 16, 2023. The Thomas Ediger Award honors a club or organization that has shown exemplary service to the campus and surrounding community.

Students Active in Leadership is a student organization for Student Success Services (SSS) members. The organization’s purpose is to grow leadership and social skills, provide service and outreach, and experience professional growth. As a student-led organization, members work as a team to organize community service and volunteer activities. SAIL members are encouraged to bring ideas to meetings and be active participants in planning and executing events. The club is conscientious about providing a way for students with common interests to come together and engage with other students which helps connect students in a variety of ways outside of the classroom. 

"It has been a pleasure to advise this group of students,” said Peggy Groff, Student Intervention Coordinator and SAIL advisor. “They deserve all the credit for understanding the mission of SAIL and working diligently to make things happen on campus, in our community, and our region."

Some projects SAIL participated in throughout the 2022-2023 academic year included hosting two American Red Cross blood drives, sending Valentines for Vets to the Omaha VA Medical Center, and collecting and delivering over three-hundred rolls of toilet paper to the homeless shelter at the Open Door Mission. SAIL members also cleaned the Peru boat dock and a portion of the banks along the Missouri River, completed roadside trash pick-ups in the fall and spring, collected $381 in donations for Giving Day that were then given to the PSC Foundation for their Serving Our Students effort to help support students in severe need, and served cookies at the Peru community-wide clean-up day. 

“SAIL members are serious about the role they play on campus and the value of service to others,” said Dr. Vicky Jones, Student Success Services Director. “They are committed to their goals and have learned to work together to make things happen.”

SAIL is completing their third year as a student organization. They meet bi-weekly throughout the school year.

Nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska, Peru State College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management.

Established in 1867 as Nebraska’s first college, Peru State has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs annually to nearly 2,000 students.