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Outstanding students recognized at commencement

June 11, 2007

Seven Outstanding Senior Leaders were recognized during Saturday's undergraduate commencement ceremonies. The leadership awards are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and honor seniors for the roles they played throughout their college careers. Here are this year's honorees:

  • Dale Albanese of Marysville, Ohio, is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Green Resource Network, was an executive officer of the Chinese Language Association and is a Fulbright Scholar for 2007-08.

  • Morgan Allen of Fairlawn, Ohio, has been active with several organizations, including Student Senate, for which she served as president this past year, Golden Key, Phi Gamma Nu and as a member of the board for the Center for Student Legal Services.

  • Shaylyn Cochran of Mansfield, Ohio, has been involved in numerous activities, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Black Student Communication Caucus, Ohio Votes Coalition and the Templeton Honors Group. She also earned the John Newton Templeton Senior Leader Award, named for the university's first African-American graduate and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an African-American student.

  • Allison Hitchner of Mays Landing, N.J., has been active both on- and off-campus, serving with organizations such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, the Council of Student Leaders, the off-campus Community Assistants and in a variety of executive positions with the University Program Council.

  • Molly McKenney of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was involved on an executive level with both the Ohio University Student Senate and the Student Activities Commission. Additionally, she served with the University Program Council and the Council of Student Leaders, and as a volunteer with the Athens Community Center.

  • Jesse Megenhardt of Coolville, Ohio, has served as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, as vice president of the Phi Kappa Theta social fraternity and as president of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

  • Micah Mitchell of Baltimore, Md., a student member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, served as a Read-Johnson Scholars Complex Community Assistant and as a member of the Council of Student Leaders, the Honors College Advisory Council and the Student African-American Brotherhood. He also was an Ohio University Safe Zone workshop facilitator.

During Friday's graduate commencement, two students were singled out to receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award. Selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students, they were recognized for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities, service to and involvement in the university and Athens communities, and strong scholarship. The recipients are:

  • William Tarter Jr. of South Euclid, Ohio, received his master's in public administration and demonstrated active involvement in the university community, including serving as Graduate Student Senate's black affairs commissioner.

  • Nihar Shah of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, completed his doctorate in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and rounded out his education by working on behalf of the student body, including involvement with Graduate Student Senate.

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Published: Jan 3, 2007 9:35:38 AM
 
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