Student orgs honored at Leadership Banquet
Thursday was a great day to be a student leader or part of a UW-Parkside student organization. That's because Thursday was the day set aside to celebrate these groups at the 33rd Student Leadership Awards and Recognition Banquet held before a raucous student audience.
With Chancellor Debbie Ford and other campus administrators in attendance, the evening was emceed by Javier Luna and Sarah Raidbard.
"We are going to open the program tonight with a couple of awards that exemplify UW-Parkside's Hallmarks of Student Success, Academic Excellence, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Community Engagement," Raidbard said. She and Luna then introduced Julie Evans of Peer Health Educators who received the Outstanding Cumulative GPA by a member of a SUFAC Funded Organization honor (SUFAC is the Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee). The award for Outstanding Cumulative GPA by a member of an SOC Funded Organization was then given to Sierra West of the Parkside American Marketing Association (SOC is the Student Organizations Council).
Other award winning students and organizations were:
Community Service and Outreach Award: Student Nurses At Parkside (SNAP)
Student Leaders of the Month: Sierra West and Kathryn Evans
New Program of the Year:Parkside Military Veterans Organization
Emerging Student Leaders: Justin Adams, Brittany Beene, Jessica Beltran, Emily Binversie, Lauren Bradshaw, Willie T. Brown, Stacy Clark, Mila DeChant, Christopher Dunn, Maritza Espinoza, Javier Evangelista, Sandra Gomez, Giovanna Gutierrez, Brian Harwood, Debbie Hickey, Brian Hill, Gary Homeier, Chris Hood, Ozan Kalan, Amanda Krueger, Matt Lovetro, Roxanne Luttrell, Jozef Mason, Jordan Nash, Anh Nguyen, Phillip Noinaj, Pearl Outland, James Passannante, Ashlesha Pawar, Maggie Piery, Joseph Reimer, Vito Sandoval, Samuel Schmidt, AnnaLee Sepanski, Tyler Steinmann, Kai'Yah Taylor, Luis Tesillos, Stephanie VanDerBunt, and Estrella Vicencio
Program of the Year: Worldfest
New Student Organization of the Year: Parkside Ultimate Club & Active Minds
Greek Organization of the Year: Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority
Student Activities Student Organization of the Year: Pre-Health Club
Advisors of the Year: Don Duncan & Katie Lohre Rose and Amy Piekarski
Dr. Stephen McLaughlin Leadership Scholarship Recipients:Eric Zizich & Julie Evans
Parkside Student Government Presidential Award: Stephanie VanDerBunt
Distinguished Student Leaders Awards: Kevin Croswhite, Emily Harring, Florine Ndakuya, and Eric Zizich
Senior Student Involvement Award:Abby Hughes, Javier Luna, and Vanessa Hope
Terri Portee, who was called the"glue that holds the Student Activities Office together," was honored with the unofficial title of Gamma Mamma by Gamma Alpha Omega.The festivities were held in the University Ballroom of the Student Center.