The Student Leadership Awards was held on Tuesday, April 29,
2014 in E Lounge. This program is
designed to highlight the achievements, of Student Life recognized Clubs and
Organizations, as well as the staff, faculty, and administrators who support
them. The event, hosted by Dr. Rupert
Evans, drew an audience of over 125 people who walked the red carpet into the
lavishly decorated plated dinner in E Lounge.
Remarks from GSU President, Dr. Elaine Maimon, and Provost, Dr Deborah
Bordelon celebrated the students’ many accomplishments, and reminded them of
the impact that their clubs make on the university. Nearly 100 nominations were received in the
11 categories offered.
We are happy to announce the winners below:
The Rising Star Award, presented to a student in their first
year of service to a club, organization, or program. This student has
demonstrated a level of service and leadership that enhances the student
experience at GSU. The recipient of The Rising Star Award was Manar Jabar. She is the program
assistant for the Student Enrichment Program, as well as a member of the
International Culture Organization.
The Outstanding Support Staff Award was given to a full-time
or part-time, administrative support staff member for the 2013-2014 academic
year at GSU. Displayed outstanding service to a student organization. This award was won by Latonia Richmond, Advisor to the Criminal Justice Student
The Program of the Year Award recognizes the activity,
event, or program that best exposed students to various opportunities to learn
more about themselves and others, promote a sense of campus community, and
leadership. This year the It Can Wait
Campaign was the winner. Sponsored by the Student Healthcare
Management Association the program was led by students Archana Liggins and
Yvette McWhoter, in conjunction with AT&T.
Over 300 students took the pledge to stop texting while driving. This
wonderful event brought key public officials: State senators, representative,
local mayors, chiefs of police and fire, together along with GSU President,
Provost, and students to learn about the dangers of texting while driving. A
table top simulator and other devices helped to demonstrate the dangers
The Male Athlete of the Year is a skillful athlete and
dedicated player of a recognized club sport at GSU. This year Penn Lin, from the Table Tennis team
was the recipient.
The Female Athlete of the Year is a skillful athlete and
dedicated player of a recognized club sport at GSU. This award went to Sarah Wicklin, GSU Volleyball player.
The Club Sport of the Year is a recognized club sport, that has shown
outstanding effort in competition, team management, sportsmanship, and in
academics. The GSU Volleyball Club
took home this award.
The Outstanding Student Club/Organization Advisor is an
outstanding administrative staff or faculty member currently serving as an
advisor or co-advisor for the 2013-2014 academic year. The recipient has
displayed outstanding service and dedication to the club or organization and
student development at GSU. Stephen Hyzny, Advisor of the Computer
Science Club was given this award.
The New Student Organization of the Year is The Masters of Public Administration Club
(MPAC). Their mission is to prepare
students to serve as public managers in both the public and private sectors.
This objective is accomplished by providing students with an opportunity to
meet high profile public servants through our lecture series, networking with
MPA graduates and local elected and appointed officials, fundraising and
research opportunities. MPAC also offers extra-curricular social activities to
keep students connected to GSU. Susan Gaffney, Advisor
won the Outstanding Graduate Student award.
She was selected for her
displayed leadership qualities and dedication to co-curricular activities
throughout their academic career. Arriahn has gone “above and beyond the call
of duty” in improving campus life at GSU, and being a role model for her fellow
was award the Outstanding Undergraduate Student award. Ricca is a demonstrated
leader, and focused individual. She is
involved with Student Senate, The Psychology Club, and undergraduate
research. Ricca was also selected as
GSU’s Lincoln Laureate 2014.
The International Culture
Organization was awarded Outstanding Student Organization of the Year. ICO is a student organization that welcomes
international and domestic students at GSU to interact and connect with
students from a variety of backgrounds, learn more about cultures around the
world, provide with opportunities to promote global awareness and get involved
within GSU community. The club was founded in 2012, and has already hosted a
number of cultural events on and off campus. Katherine Haan, Advisor
The Student Leadership Awards is an annual program of the
Student Life office. The event is held
annually each Spring semester. Winners
are selected, by committee, and based on nominations submitted. For more
information on this and other student centered programs visit your Student Life
office located in A-2100.