In 1983, the annual leadership awards ceremony was created to recognize the outstanding work of individuals and student organizations at Ohio University. In 2008, for the event's 25th anniversary, the Division of Student Affairs transformed the reception to what is now known as The Leadership Awards Gala, a grand evening in celebration of our students and their outstanding demonstration of character, commitment, civility, community, and citizenship.
These awards are given to show appreciation and encouragement of student leadership at Ohio University by identifying student involvement and excellence through an awards recognition ceremony.
The 31st Annual Leadership Awards Gala was a joyous event, where countless unsung student leaders were recognized for all their contributions to Ohio University and the surrounding community. An addition to this year's ceremony included a special tribute to Amanda J. Cunningham's legacy through the use of a memorial video and Legacy Award presentation by the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Ryan Lombardi, to her family during the ceremony.
Below are a few pictures to highlight some of the evening's winners, faculty and administrators who were in attendance at this year's gala, as well as information from past galas. For more information, please see this LINK to the Compass article and memorial video to Amanda J. Cunningham that was shown during the evening's program.
Pictured (left to right): President McDavis; Mrs McDavis; Vice President Lombardi
Pictured (left to right): Graduate Doctoral winner, Javad Anjum; Keith Wilbur, Student Trustee; Amanda Roden, Student Trustee
Pictured: Ryan Vollrath, 2012-13 Stonewall Leadership Award Winner
During the 30th Annual Leadership Awards Gala, students were not only recognized, but were also presenters of the awards. Previous winners, Homecoming Ambassadors, and representatives of leadership organizations on campus were a bigger part of this year's production.
Pictured (left to right): Victoria Reagan and Kerri Van Reeth (2012 Homecoming Ambassadors
Pictured(left to right): Mrs. McDavis, President McDavis and Vice President Lombardi present a Senior Leader Award
The OHIO Compass article that posted the day after this year's event quoted Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi saying “Leadership is not just about people, it’s about opportunity. It’s how we make the most of those opportunities that come before us. OHIO is full of opportunities—it’s a place where transformation occurs. The students we celebrate tonight have fully grasped those opportunities. They’ve taken full advantage and in doing so have created more opportunities for our institution and for future Bobcats.”
Blackburn/Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards
Amber Alexander, Benjamin Braddock, Deneisha Franklin, Zainab Kandeh, Joshelyn Smith
Charles J. Ping International Student Leadership Award (individual)
Omar Kurdi, Nihal Said
Latino Heritage Achievement Award
Gabriela Clarke, Celina Flores, Jolana Watson
Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award
The Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Student Organization)
Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity
The Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Individual)
Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Doctoral)
Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Master)
Outstanding Programming Awards
Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Black Student Union, French Club, Power Gamma
Outstanding Senior Leader Awards (individuals)
Claire Bens, Seaira Christian-Daniels, Paige Elmlinger, Mary Kate Gallagher, Jackson Lavelle, Annabelle Morton, Tessa S. Scott, Ryan Vollrath
The Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarships
Gabriela Clarke, Phoenix Crane, Tiarra Comer, Brittany Cumberland, Tyler Daniels, Zainab Kandeh, Melaina Lewis, Andrew Mlynarski, Kaija Nealon, Sharqaua Smith, Brian Vadakin, Sarah Welch
The Rudy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leadership (individual)
The Stonewall Leadership Award (individual)
Women's Issues Leadership Awards