Winners Announced of Student Life and Leadership Awards

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, May 21, 2015 – Student Life and Leadership Awards were presented to students, staff and faculty at Southeast Missouri State University last month during a program in the University Center Ballroom. Winners of each award are as follows:

President’s Spirit of Southeast Award

  • Carrie Jackson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri;
  • Mary McKee of Roxanna, Illinois;
  • Lisa Nolan of St. Louis;
  • Brian Rabe of Auburn, Illinois; and
  • Ryan Rhodes of Sparta, Illinois.

The President’s Spirit of Southeast Award is given to one or more students who demonstrate leadership involvement both on and off campus. The individuals who receive this award show a contagious school spirit and a deep loyalty to the University. They must have used their opportunities at Southeast to become stronger leaders and contributors to the campus and society. The president of Southeast selects the recipients.

Provost Award

  • Ashley Bocek of Chesterfield, Missouri, representing the Donald L. Harrison College of Business;
  • Torey Byrd of Columbia, Illinois, representing the College of Health and Human Services;
  • Mary Ann Farmer of Scott City, Missouri, representing the School of Graduate Studies;
  • Anna Kauffmann of Festus, Missouri, representing the College of Education;
  • Tim Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, representing the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture; and
  • Susan Turner of Springfield, Illinois, representing the College of Liberal Arts.

The Provost Award is presented to one undergraduate student from each college or school and one graduate student nominated by the dean of Graduate Studies. The students must have demonstrated academic excellence. Southeast’s provost selects the recipient.

Experiential Learning Award

  • Katelyn Brotherton of Marble Hill, Missouri, representing the College of Liberal Arts;
  • Whitney Certain of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, representing the School of Graduate Studies;
  • Rachel Davis of Riverton, Illinois, College of Education;
  • Shirley Ellis of Kennett, Missouri, College of Education;
  • Amber Matthews of Bloomfield, Missouri, representing the School of Education;
  • Emily Kraenzle of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, representing the Donald L. Harrison College of Business;
  • Brian Rabe of Auburn, Illinois, representing the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture; and
  • HL490: Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation, taught in the College of Health and Human Services.

The Experiential Learning Award is presented to undergraduate or graduate students or a group of undergraduate or graduate students from each college or school who successfully participate in a learning experience that best exemplifies the experiential learning goals at Southeast. The learning experience may include, but is not limited to, internships (credit or non-credit), discipline-related service learning projects, research projects that result in professional journal publications, and/or presentations at professional conferences. The recipients are selected by their college or school.

Civic Engagement Award

  • Carol Horst, instructor of art and middle and secondary education.
  • Rebekah Lawson of Fenton, Missouri; and
  • Catalina Mahr of Belleville, Illinois.

The Civic Engagement Award is presented to students, faculty or staff members who see both the moral and civic dimension of public and social issues, claim an appropriate measure of personal responsibility for addressing these issues, and have worked to make a difference in the civic life of our community through both political and non-political processes. It requires a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s commitments and contributions written by a student or member of the faculty or staff. A representative of the Student Life and Leadership Awards Committee selects the recipient.

First-Year Student Award

  • Elizabeth Chism of Fults, Illinois;
  • Dylan Kennedy of Catron, Missouri; and
  • Peyton Mogley of Chesterfield, Missouri.

This award recognizes first-year students who demonstrate exemplary leadership and is nominated by a student, faculty or staff member. The assistant director of admissions for New Student Programs selects the recipient.

Outstanding Student Organization

  • Gamma Sigma Sigma; and
  • Sustainable Student Organization.

The Outstanding Student Organization award is presented to registered student organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the University community. Recipients are nominated by a student, advisor, faculty or staff member. Representatives from the Student Life and Leadership Awards Committee select the recipients.

Outstanding Advisor Award

  • Jeremy Heider, Department of Psychology.

This award is presented to volunteer advisors who are a graduate assistant, a staff or faculty member. Recipients are nominated by a student, staff or faculty member and show a strong commitment to not only the student organization but also to the development of student leaders. Representatives of the Student Life and Leadership Awards Committee select the recipient.

University Contributor Award

  • Jessie Beck of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and
  • Eugene Pate of Matteson, Illinois.

This award recognizes students, faculty and staff who have contributed significantly to the University, although recipients may not hold a formal leadership position. It requires a letter of nomination from a student or a member of the faculty or staff. Representatives of the Student Life and Leadership Awards Committee select the recipients.

Student Life Achievement Recognition Award

  • Andrea Baylin of Dublin, Ohio;
  • Jared Bush-Howe of Bloomsdale, Missouri;
  • Taylor Jones of Florissant, Missouri;
  • Laura Delgado, Department of Psychology;
  • Kari Yerington, Office of Residence Life;
  • Jen Rose, Recreation Services;
  • Katie Foshee, New Student Programs; and
  • Dominique White of St. Louis.

The Student Life Achievement Recognition Award is presented to students, faculty or staff members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in building community at the University. Students, faculty or staff members may nominate candidates. The recipients are selected by representatives of the Student Life and Leadership Awards Committee.

Vice President’s Distinguished Student Award

  • Sharniece Dunn of St. Louis;
  • Tia Elliott of Hazelwood, Missouri;
  • Nile McClain of St. Louis;
  • Shaibriel Mack of St. Louis;
  • Ikeshia Miller of Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Kimisha Robinson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri;
  • Tony Rushing of St. Louis;
  • Candace Thedford of Cape Girardeau, Missouri;
  • Jasmine Thompson of Florissant, Missouri; and
  • Kevin Windham of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Vice President’s Distinguished Student Award is presented by the vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success and recognizes individual students who have put forth significant effort to create positive and lasting change for the betterment of their campus community.