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Ceremony honors contributions to student life



More than 300 members of the campus community gathered on the UC lawn for the awards ceremony.

More than 300 students, parents, staff and faculty gathered on the lawn in front of the University Center on a brisk spring afternoon to honor the contributions made by several students to enhance the Lehigh community.

The 24th Annual Student Life Leadership Awards—held for the second year in an open and inclusive outdoor ceremony—recognized extraordinary contributions to student life in the areas of diversity, community service and volunteerism, Greek life, peer education, student programs and activities, leadership, character, and academics and athletics.

A reception on Memorial Walkway followed the event.

Jess Manno, assistant dean of Student Leadership Development, opened the ceremony by noting that the campus community was gathering to “recognize and celebrate the achievements of Lehigh’s finest students: those students who have devoted their time and energy into shaping the Lehigh Community. We recognize these students first and foremost as a measure of thanks and to preserve their works for posterity, but also so that their hard work can serve as an inspiration to future students.”

Added Tom Dubreuil, associate dean of Campus Living and Student Conduct: “Just as Lehigh leaves an impression on you, you leave your impression on Lehigh.”

Vice Provost of Student Affairs John Smeaton drew upon former president Theodore Roosevelt’s definition of leadership when lauding the accomplishments of two recipients of the prestigious Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup—Robert Buckheit and Lisa Sweeney.

He cited the characteristics of “resolution, courage, energy, power of self-control, combined with fearlessness in taking the initiative and assuming responsibility; a just regard for the rights of others, together with the unflinching determination to succeed, no matter what obstacles and barriers have to be beaten down.”

Moreover, he added, “the one quality to often wholly lacking in people of high intellectual ability….the fundamental gift of common sense.”

The University Service Award was presented to three seniors this year—Ashley Pritchard, Michelle Harris, and Class of 2009 President Scott Wojciechowski—by Lehigh President Alice P. Gast, who cited the students’ unselfish devotion to Lehigh.



Jess Manno, who led the ceremony, with John McKnight, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The annual ceremony—which is nearing the quarter century mark—was revamped two years ago to contribute to a sense of unity and pride on campus, and to raise the profile of the exemplary work done by students at Lehigh, according to Dean of Students Sharon Basso.

"We felt that it was important for students to appreciate the accomplishments of their peers,” Basso said. “There are so many student groups and individuals who are doing incredible things to impact the culture of the university. Awards that recognize service, leadership and character honor those contributions.”

Student Life Leadership Awards Celebration recipients included the following:

Contribution to Student Life Awards
Karl Brisseaux
Adrian Bruce
Matthew Ennis
Kayla Frable
Evelyn Gathura
Alexander Gromadzki
Andi Howard
John Lauretta
Divya Nayar
Siri Amster-Olszewski
Marc Palmer
Megan Pendleton
Nisa Qais
Ashley Sciora

Student Life Leadership Awards
Sara Bailin
Chelsea Crisafulli
Sara Hernick
Annie Hong
Griffin Humphreys
Nicole Hunter
Elizabeth Jenkins
Jason Keung
Sarah Morgan
Alexandra Mulrow
Sarah Nearhood
Matthew Parks
Jared Santisi
Colin Sloand

Ujima Award
Daniel Bahner

Service Above Self Award
Natalie Smith
Lehigh women’s basketball team

Allegiance Award
Robin Camp
Nicholas Kastango
Rebecca Long
Toni Marraccini
Katherine Pease
Lisa Regan

Residence Hall Association Character Award
Nicholas Gava

Student Club/Organization of the Year Award
Engineers Without Borders

Student Club/Organization Advisor of the Year Award
Karen Hicks, Advisor for Microfinance Club

Student Senate Leadership Award
Robert Buckheit
Lisa Sweeney

Outstanding Educational Programming Award
“The Vagina Monologues”

Excellence in Entertainment Programming Award
Lehigh-Laf-a-Palooza

Exemplary Cultural Programming Award
Diwali

Alumni Association Undergraduate Merit Award
Lisa Sweeney
Scott Wojciechowski

Alumni Association Graduate Merit Award
Andrey Pak

Graduate Student Life Award
Matt Malouf
Markus Gnerlich

Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup
Robert Buckheit
Lisa Sweeney

University Service Award
Michelle Harris
Ashley Pritchard
Scott Wojciechowski

Highlighted awards from additional University recognition ceremonies include the following:

GREEK AWARDS BANQUET
Emerging Greek Leader Award
Laura Koenig

Greek Life Leadership Award
Alpha Omicron Pi.

Outstanding Greek Man and Woman of the Year Award
Griffin Humphreys
Nicole Buscemi


HONORS CONVOCATION AWARDS
Class of 1904 Award
Nick Anderson
Katie Bartkovitz
Michael Butensky
Inneke Carmola
Zahir Carrington
Evan Guerrero
Walter Joseph
Kristen Klingler
Whitney Levine
Maxine McCoy
Divya Nayar
Allison Prosswimmer
Jordan Smith


WOMEN’S RECOGNITION AWARDS
Undergraduate Leadership Award

Christine Dolan
Elisa Pennetti
Nicole Perry

Student Male Ally Award
Christopher Morrin


LGBTQIA RECOGNITION AWARDS
Lehigh University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Award for Continued Service

Chelsea Crisafulli

Exemplary Leadership Award
Daniel Bahner

Model Ally Award
Ben Evans
Christine Dolan


MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AWARDS
Efflorescence Award

Sara Bailin

Ralph Albert Thomas '76 Leadership Award
Quadir Carter

Student Organization of the Year
Brown & Black Student Newspaper
Chinese Students Scholars Association


VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS
Brian J. Lime Award

Eleanor Duffy
Elaine Hardenstine

Vice Provost Award for Service
Brittany Grimaldi
Lisa Kobayashi

--Linda Harbrecht


Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009

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