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2008 Ohio University Student Leadership Awards

May 22, 2008  

Stonewall Leadership Award, designed to recognize outstanding student leadership that improves the lives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender student community
  • Erica Boehnlein, Troy, Mich., recognizing her commitment to Ohio University's LBGT community

King/Chavez/Parks Award, given to an undergraduate from an underrepresented group who demonstrates outstanding leadership in academics and university involvement

  • Alissa Griffith, Columbus, Ohio, an E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Student Ambassador and Public Relations Chair of the Delta Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Latino Heritage Awards, designed to recognize outstanding students of Latino descent

  • Tim Martin
  • Elaine Preston
  • Marco Maldonado

Blackburn Spencer Achievement Awards and Scholarships, named for the first African-American female graduate of Ohio University (Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn) and the first African-American chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees (Donald A. Spencer)

Blackburn Spencer Achievement Award recipients 

  • Eden Almasude

  • Darryl Baker, Pickerington, Ohio, president of the Dr. Josepth A. Burke Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary

  • Mikayla Burton, Columbus, Ohio, member of National Society of Black Engineers

  • Sam Freeman, Bedford Heights, Ohio, public relations for Anointed Ministries and Booking Agent for the Black Student Cultural Programming Board

  • Blake Gilliam, Maple Heights, Ohio, Student Ambassador for Arts and Sciences and Historian for Ohio University Recruiting Society

  • Devlin Pope, Columbus, Ohio, chairman of the Music Committee for Kappa Kappa Psi and Chariman of the Fundraising Committee for Colligiate Music Educators National Conference

  • Rose Sharpe, Trotwood, Ohio, a McNair Scholar and member of the Undergraduate Research Club

  • Latia Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio, for work at Habitat For Humanity and Ronald McDonald House

  • Crystalyn Thomas-Davis, Cincinnati, Ohio, Chaplain and Community Service Chair for Divine Covering and Historian for Anointed Ministries

Blackburn Spencer Scholarship recipients

  • Naomi Drakeford, Dayton, Ohio, a McNair Scholar and administrative resident assistant for the Department of Residence Life

  • Janine El-Amin, Cleveland, Ohio, a McNair Scholar and special events coordinator of the Black Student Cultural Programming Board

  • Alissa Griffith, Columbus, Ohio, an E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Student Ambassador and public relations chair of the Delta Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

  • Ryan E. Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, recognizes advisers of Ohio University registered student organizations for their contributions and commitment to the organizations they advise

  • Faculty member Sally Marinellie for her passion and dedication to the Speech Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Club.

Outstanding Student Organization Programming Award, recognizes student organizations for conceiving, planning and implementing outstanding programs on the Ohio University campus

Fall 2007

  • National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association, for its second annual statewide NSSLHA Conference held at Ohio University. The chapter was selected from 13 programs in the state to host the event

Winter 2008

  • Phi Gamma Nu, which organized Skate for the Schools and ice-skating social that raised more than $500 in two hours for Athens schools' art and music programs

Spring 2008

  • Empowering Women of Ohio, for Empowered Woman's Week, which showcased successes, talents and strengths of women across campus through various events

Edwin L. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Community Service


  • Patrick Heery, Cincinnati, Ohio, who worked on the Difficult Dialogues program and is active with Amnesty International


    • Alpha Kappa Alpha, for its annual SKEE-WEEK that addresses women's health concerns, political empowerment, physical fitness, literacy, sickle cell anemia awareness and gender issues

    Outstanding Senior Leader, established to recognize a collegiate record of leadership and service to the university and/or Athens communities

    • Callie Broomfield, Bay Village, Ohio, for demonstrating leadership as captain of the women's soccer team

    • Christopher Diehl, Warren, Ohio, as a leader on Student Senate national residence hall honorary

    • Patrick Heery, Cincinnati, Ohio, a Student Senate leader with high academic achievement and volunteer at First Presbyterian Church

    • Jonathan Justice, Strongsville, Ohio, president of the German Club and a Delta Phi Alpha German honor society member

    • Amy Saling, Nashport, Ohio, a dedicated research assistant for study and prevention of sexual assault

    • Elizabeth Vaccaro, Mansfield, Ohio, for her commitment to the Ohio University Council and commitment as president of University Programming Council

    • Tim Vonville, Gahanna, Ohio, for dedication as Student Senate president

    • William Wemer, Shaker Heights, Ohio, an active LBGT affairs commissioner on Student Senate

    • Walt Williamson, Columbus, Ohio, active on Interfraternity Council

    • Kevin Yurasek, Pickerington, Ohio, president of the Residence Action Council

    Pepsi Ohio University Leadership Scholarships, designed to honor students making significant contributions to the university community while achieving high academic standards and balancing out-of-the-classroom involvement

    • Sonja Abbey, a junior, Springfield, Ohio, as president of Engineers Without Borders

    • Parker Fernandez, junior, Galloway, Ohio, president-elect of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in education

    • Tara Frazier, freshman, Washington Court House, Ohio, a member of Students for Barack Obama, the Global Leadership Center and Sigma Kappa sorority

    • Alissa Griffith, junior, Columbus, Ohio, writer for The Post, anchor/reporter for the Government Channel and WOUB television anchor

    • Justin Lucas, junior, Grove City, Ohio, a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and head director for Jukebox, a band showcase television program

    • Rick McKenney, junior, Columbus, Ohio, half marathon trainer for Nashville and Chicago races, LeaderShape 2007 attendee, Ohio Men's Crew Team member and Phi Gamma Nu fraternity external president

    • Chris Murnane, Powell, Ohio, the Delta Sigma Pi vice president of corporate recruiting who managed and coordinated a four-day professional recruiting and networking event in Charlotte, N.C.

    • Veronica Norton, sophomore, Chesterfield, Mo., Delta Gamma sorority member, Women's Chorale Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity member

    • Adrienne Ott, junior, Circleville, Ohio, president of the Collegiate Middle Level Association

    • Jen Segula, junior, Parma, Ohio, on the undergraduate research team for the study and prevention of sexual assault

    • Ashley Sperry, senior, Westerville, Ohio, active in Amnesty International and a Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society member

    • Lauren Swick, sophomore, Plain City, Ohio, member of POWER, the peer health educator group, which plans and implements programs during Alcohol Awareness Week and Sexual Assault Week

    Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award, designed to recognize graduate students for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service

    • Brittany Buxton (master's), Columbus, Ohio, for leadership on Graduate Student Senate

    • Lindsay M. Orchowski (doctoral), Pittsburgh, Pa., for excelling in academic research and publications

    The Rudy Leadership Award recognizes exceptional leadership contributions and ability and potential of a currently enrolled undergraduate student who plans to enroll the following year

    • Rachael Novick, who participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program, organized a Relay for Life team and is active on the Student Alumni Board


    Updated at 4 p.m. May 22, 2008.

    Related Links
    Spotlight on student leadership: http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/07-08/May/546.cfm 
    Campus Life leadership development: http://www.ohio.edu/campuslife/leadership/  

    Published: May 22, 2008 12:53 PM  

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