This academic year, thousands of bright, articulate young women and men have roamed across Lehigh’s campus.
But even among those thousands of future leaders, there are those who have truly made a lasting impact on the university. On a sun-soaked late-April afternoon, those exemplary undergraduate and graduate students were recognized at the 25th Annual Student Life Leadership Awards ceremony at the base of the Memorial Drive flagpole.
“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,” said Jessica Manno, assistant dean of students who serves on the Student Life Leadership Awards planning committee, during her ceremony-opening remarks.
Students were recognized for their extraordinary contributions in the areas of student life, Greek life, multicultural affairs, community service and volunteerism, student advising, leadership, character, and academics and athletics.
“By contributing countless hours of their time to improving the Lehigh Community, they have managed to impact all of our lives and it is exciting to anticipate all they have yet to accomplish,” said Susan Lantz, associate dean, academic life and student transitions. “Thank you for your inspiration, your ideas, your contributions to the community, and your ability to motivate others.”
A reception on Karakash Plaza followed the event.
“It was great to watch students whose actions have enhanced the social and academic climate of the campus community get recognized for their efforts,” said Matt Kitchie, Lehigh’s director of student activities, who serves on the Student Life Leadership Awards planning committee. “It was a chance for us all to say thank you for their contributions before many of these young women and men graduate and head off to start successful careers.”
Student Life Leadership Awards Celebration recipients included the following:
Contribution to Student Life Awards
Student Life Leadership Awards
Service Above Self Award
Residence Hall Association Character Award
Student Club/Organization of the Year Award
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Student Club/Organization Advisor of the Year Award
Student Senate Leadership Award
Outstanding Educational Programming Award
Prelusion: Volunteer Experience
Excellence in Entertainment Programming Award
Exemplary Cultural Programming Award
Alumni Association Undergraduate Merit Award
Alumni Association Graduate Merit Award
Graduate Student Life Award
Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup
University Service Award
Highlighted awards from additional university recognition ceremonies include the following:
GREEK AWARDS BANQUET
Emerging Greek Leader Award
Outstanding Greek Man and Woman of the Year Award
President of the Year Award
WOMEN’S RECOGNITION AWARDS
Undergraduate Academic Award
Donasia N. Tillery
Undergraduate Community Outreach Award
Graduate Student Award
Undergraduate Leadership Award
Student Male Ally Undergraduate and Graduate Award
Faculty/Staff Male Ally Award
LGBTQIA RECOGNITION AWARDS
Lehigh University Gay and Lesbian Alumni (LUGALA) Award for Continued Service
Exemplary Leadership Award
Model Ally Award
Outstanding Service to the Community Award
Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Commitment
MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AWARDS
Ralph Albert Thomas '76 Leadership Award
Student Organization of the Year
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Outstanding Programming Award
Asian Culture Society and the Chinese Culture Club
Philanthropic Project of the Year
Schools 4 Schools
Outstanding Professionalism Award
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS
Brian J. Lime Award
Distinguished Service Star
Ibis of Service Award
Branch Out Award
Bridge Builder Award
Bethlehem Public Library-South Side Branch
Giving Tree Award