April 11, 2012
Northwest recognizes top-performing students, organizations during annual awards ceremony
Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service and Culture of Quality award winners Monday, April 9, during the second annual Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
The ceremony is a collaborative celebration sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment.
Dr. Mark Corson, associate professor of the geology and geography, was the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. Corson returned to Northwest in the fall after a deployment to Iraq as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
“The individuals being honored today are the leaders of this generation,” Corson said. “We have students who are giving all day, every day. From organizations to employees, there is selfless service and they are the backbone of Northwest.”
In conjunction with National Student Employment Week, the awards ceremony recognized outstanding student employees and supervisors on the Northwest campus. Mary Throener, vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness, noted Northwest's student employment population consists of about 900 student employees in 110 departments and 120 student employment supervisors.
“Student employment is our bridge to those we serve, a bridge that personally brings us friendship, ideas, motivation, among many other valuable assets,” Throener said. “Northwest depends on this reliable workforce.”
Nominees for Student Employment Supervisor of the Year were evaluated on leadership, and mentoring as well as five standards established by the National Student Employment Association: reliability, initiative, professionalism, quality of work and the uniqueness of their contributions.
Judy Wilmes, accounts payable supervisor in the controller’s office, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year. Wilmes’ nominator commended her on her devotion and the ways she teaches students to excel. “She always does her best to make me feel appreciated and to give me opportunities to learn,” the nominator wrote. “Judy has been an exceptional mentor, and I know that she genuinely cares about me and my success, both personally and in my future career.”
Alyssa Henggeler, a senior math education major from Barnard and an employee in the controller’s office, was named Student Employee of the Year. In addition to recognizing Henggeler’s positive attitude, work ethic and customer service skills, her nominator emphasized her attention to detail, analytical ability and work ethic as the foundation for her success in an office assistant role. “She is a very considerate individual with a strong work ethic, and she conducts herself with utmost professionalism,” Henggeler’s nominator wrote. “In my 30-plus years working at Northwest, I have never worked with a more reliable student employee. I have no doubt she will make a difference in the world.”
Student employees in client computing were recognized as the Student Employment Team of the Year. The team consists of Allison Burch, Paul Crawford, Paul Brothers, Kate Voronchikhina, Chris Kennedy, Charles Beckler, Ryan McFarlin, Ryan Hass, Garrett Weaver, Veeder Ransom, Michael Tyler Hamblen, Daniel Gerhardt, Devin Lyons, William Platt, Cody Nichols and Derek Soldanels.
“Each member of the client computing team is reliable, hard-working and always willing to give of his or her time, experience and knowledge,” the nominator wrote. “Moreover, each one has a tremendous capacity for understanding, tolerance and open-mindedness, which allows them to readily appreciate and embrace the difference of others. Not only do they impart hands-on assistance to troubleshoot and solve computer-related problems and questions in a courteous and professional manner, they also bring understanding, empathy and their rich, cultural heritages to the workplace.”
Northwest Student Senate gave Tower Service Awards to three individuals and one team. Established in 1987, the award winners are selected based on qualities and traits as well as involvement, service and impact to Northwest.
A Tower Service Award is regarded as one of the highest honors Northwest bestows, and this year’s recipients were employees in the transportation department; Dr. Jamie Patton, associate professor of agriculture; Ashton Raffety, a freshman business economics major who was recently named Northwest’s Student Regent; and Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor and chair of the marketing and management department.
The B.D. Owen’s Library also announced winners of its annual Research Awards, which encourage critical thinking and research excellence in undergraduate research papers and projects. The papers were judged by a panel of three professors and two librarians who evaluated students’ application of relevant information sources to their topic; demonstration of the ability to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information sources; and a responsible use of information by providing complete and accurate citations.
Tyler Pierce earned the top prize for this year’s Library Research contest for his paper, “L’homme armé and its Treatment in Three Mass Cycles,” which he wrote for Dr. Rebecca Dunnell’s music literature course, emphasizing the eras of Baroque through Classical.
Pierce presented the origins of the original “l’homme armé” text and melody used by three composers, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Pierce examined each of the relevant masses and provided an in-depth analysis for each. He also examined why the composers chose to create a mass using the melody.
In other awards, Sigma Society was named the Outstanding Student Organization in addition to winning the Community Leadership Award. Sigma Society is a women’s service organization dedicated to participating in meaningful activities at Northwest and in the Maryville community.
Tyrell Wheeler was honored as Student Organization President of the Year. Wheeler heads Alliance of Black Collegians.
Below is a complete listing of the award winners.
B.D. Owens Library Research Awards
- First place: Tyler Pierce, “L’homme armé and its Treatment in Three Mass Cycles”
- Second place: Robert Langenfeld, “The Development of Fugue in the Baroque Era”
- Third place: Ryan Riggs, “Celebrating 137 Years of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem”
Campus Activities awards
- Sustainability Leadership Award: Students Taking Action at Northwest for Developing Sustainability (S.T.A.N.D.S.)
- Community Leadership Award: Sigma Society
- Outstanding New Organization of the Year: Northwest Coalition Against Violence
- Outstanding Program of the Year: Collegiate Farm Bureau Agriculture Forum
- Student Organization President of the Year: Tyrell Wheeler, Alliance of Black Collegians
- Blue Key Outstanding Freshman Leader: Taylor Polacek
- Outstanding Sophomore: Jeremiah Robertson
- Outstanding Junior: Katelyn Bridges
- Outstanding Senior: Felicia Howe
- Certified Student Leaders: Charles Beckler, Nabig Chaudhry, Megan Cook, Christianne Jafari, Dannen Merrill, Ye Eun Park, Katie Sutton and Justin Wehmeyer.
- Outstanding Organizational Advisor: Malinda Shanks, Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Commitment to Diversity Award: Common Ground
- Outstanding Student Organization: Sigma Society
Student Employment awards
- Supervisor of the Year: Judy Wilmes, controller’s office
- Student Employment Team of the Year: Client Computing (Allison Burch, Paul Crawford, Paul Brothers, Kate Voronchikhina, Chris Kennedy, Charles Beckler, Ryan McFarlin, Ryan Hass, Garrett Weaver, Veeder Ransom, Michael Tyler Hamblen, Daniel Gerhardt, Devin Lyons, William Platt, Cody Nichols and Derek Soldanels)
- Student Employee of the Year: Alyssa Henggeler, Controller’s Office
- Outstanding Recommendation for Reliability Award: Christian Grady, KXCV-KRNW
- Outstanding Recommendation for Initiative Award: Jena Danner, KXCV-KRNW
- Outstanding Recommendation for Quality: Charles Beckler, Client Computing
- Outstanding Recommendation for Professionalism: Montoya Lucas, Wellness Services
- Outstanding Recommendation for Uniqueness of Contribution: Clayton Scott, CITE
Tower Service Awards
- Transportation Department (team)
- Dr. Jamie Patton (academic advisor)
- Ashton Raffety (individual recognition)
- Dr. Chi Lo Lim (individual recognition)
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