The Lehigh community came together at the end of the academic year to honor the dedication and accomplishments of many students who are positively impacting the culture of the university.
Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students Sharon Basso presided over the Student Life Awards Ceremony, which recognizes students who distinguished themselves in and outside the classroom. This year’s event was held in Packard Auditorium, with an outdoor reception following.
“Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to other students, providing a template for them to follow,” Basso said in her opening remarks. “While we can never thank them enough for all that they do to make Lehigh the extraordinary place that it is, we can recognize them today and assure them that their contributions will live on long after they leave.”
Said Lehigh President Alice P. Gast: “It is not so much a measure of the number of activities or the prominence of the student’s leadership activities, as it is a measure of the devotion and unselfishness displayed in service to fellow students.”
Gast presented the prestigious University Service Award to Carly Potock, a marketing major with minors in creative writing and business information systems, and Celinda Stanton, a supply chain management and political science major.
Both of the students, said Gast, “greatly enhanced the culture of Lehigh through their thoughtful engagement and have admirably demonstrated their dedication to Lehigh University and its community.”
Students receiving the UJIMA Award, which recognizes those who worked collectively toward the creation of a welcoming and inclusive campus community, were Betel Densamo and Angelica Matos. Their award was presented by MJ Bishop, associate professor of education and human services, and Lori McClaind, assistant dean of students.
The Service Above Self Award was presented by Director of Community Service Carolina Hernandez. This year’s recipients were Daniel Coviello, Josh Leight and the Women’s Basketball Team.
The Student Club/Organization of the Year Award went to the Chinese Students and Scholars Club and the Residence Hall Association. The Club Advisor of the Year went to Beth Gallant, who advises the Business Careers in Entertainment Club.
The Outstanding Educational Programming Award was given to the M.E.R.G.E. program, which connects Lehigh students to high school students from the Lincoln Leadership Academy. The popular Lehigh-Laf-A-Palooza was given the “Excellence in Entertainment Programming Award.
Near the conclusion of the ceremony, Provost Pat Farrell named the recipients of the Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup: Katherine Glass Hardenbergh and Mario Paredes.
Both recipients, Farrell noted, exhibited the characteristics of leadership: resolution, courage, energy, fearlessness … and the “unflinching determination to succeed, no matter what obstacles and barriers have to be beaten down.”
Other Student Life Leadership Awards Celebration recipients included the following:
Contribution to Student Life Award
Student Life Leadership Award
Class of 1904 Awards
Sofia Kehyuaian Pereira
Graduate Student Life Leadership Award
Residence Hall Association Character Award
Student Senate Leadership Award
Exemplary Cultural Programming Award
NWC Program/Unity Week
Brian J. Lime Award
Vice Provost Award for Service
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE MERIT AWARD
Andrea Lucas, Erica Prosser
Christina Godfried Sie
Highlighted awards from other university recognition ceremonies include the following:
GREEK LIFE AWARDS
The Emerging Greek Leader Award
The Outstanding Greek Man and Women of the Year Award
The Multicultural Greek Council Apollo
David Hellekjaer Memorial Award
WOMEN’S RECOGNITION AWARDS
Undergraduate Academic Award
Graduate Academic Award
Male Ally Award
MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AWARDS
Ralph Albert Thomas ’76 Leadership Award
Student Organization of the Year
LU’s Finest Step Team
LGBTQUIA RECOGNITION AWARDS
Lehigh University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Award for Continued Service
Enrique Hernandez Jr.
Exemplary Leadership Award
Erin D. Thorn
Model Ally Award
Story by Linda Harbrecht
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011