Leadership Awards History


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. ­

­31st Annual Leadership Awards Gala Recap

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.

LAGS 14 President and VP

Pictured (left to right):  President McDavis; Mrs McDavis; Vice President Lombardi

LAG 14 Graduate Award

Pictured (left to right):  Graduate Doctoral winner, Javad Anjum; Keith Wilbur, Student Trustee; Amanda Roden, Student Trustee

Ryan Vollrath LAG 14

Pictured:  Ryan Vollrath, 2012-13 Stonewall Leadership Award Winner

30th Annual Leadership Awards Gala Recap

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. ­

Homecoming Ambassadors Victoria Reagan and Kerri Van Reeth

Pictured (left to right): ­Victoria Reagan and Kerri Van Reeth (2012 Homecoming Ambassadors)

From Left to Right - Mrs McDavis, Dr. McDavis and Dr. Lombardi

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.”

2013 Award Winners



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

Seaira Christian-Daniels

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)

Joe Emering

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Doctoral)

Javad Anjum

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Master)

Patricia Riley

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)

Zainab Kandeh

The Stonewall Leadership Award (individual)

Jesper Beckholt

Women's Issues Leadership Awards

Tiarra Comer

Career and Leadership Development Center