2010 Outstanding Senior Leaders

The 2010 Outstanding Senior Leaders. The honorees included: Emily Bacha, Dominic P. Basilio, Matthew Denhart, Ellen Herman, Gwen Hubach, Chauncey Jackson, Robert Leary and Mark Wright.

Dominic Basilio

A friend makes sure Dominic Basilio, an Outstanding Senior Leader award winner, looks his best.

2010 gala dinner

This year's event honored more than 40 students, faculty and staff members and four groups.

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Students honored for leadership at awards gala

27th Annual Leadership Awards Gala honors student leaders for a their work


The 27th Annual Leadership Awards Gala honored more than 40 students, faculty and staff members and four groups at Wednesday's ceremony in the Baker University Center.

The gala was organized by the Campus Involvement Center and the Division of Student Affairs and honored the outstanding work of individuals as well as student organizations in the Ohio University community.

"We always enjoy honoring our students, especially our student leaders, because of what [they] contribute to Ohio University," President Roderick J. McDavis said in his opening statement. "As student leaders, [they] exemplify the types of students that we wish for all of our students to become. Being a leader requires strong personal commitment, and also calls for a strong desire to make a difference. [They] are leaders because [they] have visions and an aspiration to change."

The event was made possible by contributions of four transformational corporate sponsors: Broney's Alumni Grill, Highland Campus Health Group, Ohio Realty and the Ohio University Credit Union.

The gala featured keynote speaker Melanie Sabelhaus, OHIO alumna and partner with Superior Financial Group, LLC. Sabelhaus addressed the attendees about the importance of true leadership in today's society, as well as taking action to achieve goals that have been set.

"Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise," said Sabelhaus, quoting one of her favorite sayings. "Risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible. That is why [student leaders] are here, because [they] are our outstanding leaders of Ohio University."

Among the many students honored at this year's gala, one student was selected as the new Student Trustee to serve a two year term on the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

"As members of the board, [student trustees] bring a unique student perspective," McDavis said. "They are responsible for the well-being of the entire Ohio University community. Governor Ted Strickland, whom ultimately selects the student trustee, had a very strong pool of candidates from which to choose this year."

Governor Strickland selected Danielle Parker, first-year journalism major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, to be the new Student Trustee.

"It feels extremely humbling and exciting to be selected as the new student trustee," said Parker. "I am so honored, as the other finalists were all extremely qualified, and I feel blessed to be able to serve the Ohio University community."

Other notable honorees are Mark Wright, a senior media management major with a focus in marketing, who received an Outstanding Senior award and the John Newton Templeton Designation, Andrea Blamble, a third-year in the Scripps College of Communication, who received the Rudy Leadership Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and the Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarship and Matthew Denhart, a senior economics and political science major who received an Outstanding Senior Leader Award.

"It is a complete honor and privilege to have been awarded both the Outstanding Senior Leader Award and the Templeton Designation," said Wright. "It's amazing to be chosen to receive an award in honor of the first African American to graduate from the University. I work very hard out of passion and love for Ohio University and having the honor to receive this award is humbling."

According to McDavis, that combination of passion and loyalty amog people in all aspects of the community helps the university excel.

"As someone who is engaged in leadership on campus, [student leaders] are making a difference," McDavis said. "Along with the faculty and staff at Ohio University, it takes all of us working together to make our University the greatest University it can be."