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Leadership reception recognizes outstanding students

ATHENS, Ohio (June 7, 2006) -- Ohio University held the 23rd annual Leadership Recognition Reception on May 31 honoring outstanding student leaders and organizations along with faculty and staff. The Division of Student Affairs hosted the event.

Photos by Rebecca Grossenbaugh"Our students are passionate leaders who refine their skills and learn about the world through their involvement," said Ohio University Dean of Students Terry Hogan. "The university and Athens communities benefit from their effort.  It is an honor to be able to honor them."

Here are the awards and their recipients:

The Stonewall Leadership Award

Established to recognize an Ohio University lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or ally student who has made significant contributions to the Ohio University LGBT community

  • Recipient:
    • Gretchen Cataline, a junior studying public advocacy in the Scripps College of Communication, from Gahanna, Ohio
Outstanding Program Awards
Designed to recognize student organizations for conceiving, planning and implementing outstanding programs on the Ohio University campus
  • Recipients:
    • Spring 2005 – Alpha Phi Omega for "Relay for Life"
    • Fall 2005 – University Program Council, Black Student Cultural Programming Board and International Student Union for "Paul Rusesabagina: A lesson to be learned"
    • Winter 2006 – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for "National Black HIV/AIDS Week"
    • Outstanding Late Night Program – POWER for "Kickin' it at Lindley"

Outstanding Student Organization Adviser Award

Presented to advisers of Ohio University-registered student organizations for their contributions and commitment to the organizations they serve.

  • Recipients:
    • Art Trese, associate professor of Environmental and Plant Biology and adviser to the Sustainable Living Organization
    • Leslie Delerme, assistant director of Career Services and adviser to the Black Student Business Caucus
 

King/Chavez/Parks Leadership Award

Created in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Caesar Chavez and Rosa Parks, the award celebrates the leadership of minority students at Ohio University.

  • Recipient:
    • Terrez Thomas, a sophomore studying middle childhood education in the College of Education, from Cincinnati

Latino Heritage Award

Designed to recognize outstanding students of Latino descent.

  • Recipients:
    • Ashley Diaz, a sophomore studying English and pre-law in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Cleveland
    • Krystal LaFontaine, a sophomore studying management information systems in the Scripps College of Communication, from Cleveland

Blackburn/Spencer Achievement Awards and Scholarships

Photos by Rebecca GrossenbaughDesigned to recognize students who have excelled academically and made significant contributions to the university community. These awards were named after and were established to honor the first African-American female graduate of Ohio University, Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn, and the first African-American Chairperson of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, Donald A. Spencer

  • Recipients of $1,500 scholarships:
    • Sheree Coleman, a sophomore in University College, from Cincinnati

      LaToya Lewis, a sophomore studying accounting and management information systems in the College of Business, from Pittsburgh

    • Jennifer Moore, a junior studying broadcast journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, from Cincinnati
  • Recipients of $300 achievement awards:
    • DeAndre Christian, a first-year student in University College, from Whitehall, Ohio
    • Alissa Griffith, a first-year student studying broadcast journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, from Columbus, Ohio
    • MaDonna Hill, a first-year student studying integrated biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Columbus, Ohio
    • Shantelle Jackson, a junior studying dance in the College of Fine Arts, from Cleveland
    • Kyra Kirkling, a first-year student in University College, from Columbus, Ohio
    • Melanie Porter, a senior studying middle childhood education in the College of Education, from Cincinnati
    • Symphonie Smith, a sophomore studying family studies in the College of Health and Human Services, from Akron, Ohio
 

Edwin L. Kennedy Awards for Outstanding Community Service

Presented to Ohio University student volunteers and organizations for outstanding contributions to the community in the form of service

  • Recipients:
    • Student volunteer - Katy Reichlin, a senior studying biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Elyria, Ohio
    • Student organization - Men's Water Polo

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards

Designed to recognize graduate students for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service

  • Recipients:
    • Adnan Dakhwe, a master's student studying computer science in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, from India
    • Sothearith Im, a doctoral student studying telecommunications in the Scripps College of Communication, from Cambodia

Faculty Contribution Award

Designed to recognize the contributions of faculty members to student development outside of their traditional classroom teaching roles

  • Recipients:
    • Gordon Brooks, assistant professor of Educational Studies
    • Deborah Gump, Knight Professor of News Editing in the Scripps College of Communication

Rudy Leadership Award

Designed to recognize the exceptional leadership contributions, ability, and potential of a currently enrolled undergraduate student who plans to be in attendance at Ohio University the following academic year

  • Traditionally awarded to one rising junior, this year it was given to two:
    • Shaylyn Cochran, a junior studying journalism and political science with a 4.0 GPA in the Scripps College of Communication, from Mansfield, Ohio
    • Patrick Heery, junior studying classics and English with a 4.0 GPA in the Honors Tutorial College, from Cincinnati, Ohio

Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarships

Created with generous support from Pepsi and designed to recognize and enhance student leadership in the university community. Each spring, 12 undergraduate students are selected as Pepsi Leadership Scholars for the following academic year.

In addition to leadership development activities, selection as a Pepsi Leadership Scholar includes the awarding of a $2,500 scholarship. Students may be selected only once during their college careers.

  • Recipients:
    • Dale Albanese, a junior studying English and international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from Marysville, Ohio
    • Gretchen Cataline, a junior studying public advocacy in the Scripps College of Communication, from Gahanna, Ohio
    • DeAndre Christian, a first-year student in the University College, from Whitehall, Ohio
    • Kathryn (Katie) Gehlfuss, a junior studying health care administration in the College of Health and Human Services, from Athens, Ohio
    • Amelia Hogan, a junior studying campus recreation in the College of Heath and Human Services, from Athens, Ohio
    • Molly McKenney, a junior studying integrated mathematics in the College of Education, from Reynoldsburg, Ohio
    • Micah Mitchell, a junior studying organizational communication in the Honors Tutorial College, from Oberlin, Ohio
    • Chaipetch Phrompechrut, a junior studying accounting and management information systems in the College of Business, from Thailand
    • Carl Schottmiller, a junior studying women's studies and English in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Hamilton, Ohio
    • Terrez Thomas, a sophomore studying middle childhood education in the College of Education, from Cincinnati
    • Kristin Trace, a junior studying political science and magazine journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences and Scripps College of Communication, from Columbus, Ohio
    • Walter L. Williamson III, a sophomore studying middle childhood education in the College of Education, from Columbus, Ohio

Outstanding Senior Leaders

Presented to Ohio University seniors for outstanding leadership during their collegiate careers. Each year, at least one Outstanding Senior Leader receives the additional designation as a John Newton Templeton Award recipient, in recognition of our first African-American graduate

  • Senior recipients:
    • Ashley Ferguson, the John Newton Templeton designee, studying magazine journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, from Springfield, Ohio
    • Brian Footer, studying political science and pre-law in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Rockville, Md.
    • Justin Hunt, studying finance and pre-law in the College of Business, from Alliance, Ohio
    • Katrina (Katie) Kelso, studying promotional event planning in University College, from Columbus, Ohio
    • Kate Kryder, studying commercial photography in the Scripps College of Communication, from McClure, Ohio
    • Kristin Meyer, studying accounting and business pre-law in the College of Business, from Rio Grande, Ohio
    • Kenneth Prabucki, studying political science and pre-law in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Seven Hills, Ohio
    • Aslyne Rodriguez, studying political science and Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences, from Lowellville, Ohio

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