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April 9, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service Award winners April 7 during the University’s fourth annual Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
The collaborative celebration is sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment. It recognizes the winners of the B.D. Library Research Contest, Student Organization and Leadership Awards, Student Employment Awards and the Tower Service Awards.
Sigma Society was recognized as the student organization of the year, and Steve Bryant, who serves as director of intercultural affairs at Northwest, was named Outstanding Organizational Advisor.
“We have over 150 student organizations on campus and those organizations as well as their leaders work tirelessly to provide their members opportunities for growth, development and learning,” Anthony Maly, coordinator for Campus Activities, said. “Whether they are coordinating campus wide events, raising thousands of dollars for charities or providing hundreds of man hours to local service organizations, our student organizations and their leaders make an impact every day.”
The awards ceremony also recognized outstanding student employees and supervisors across the Northwest campus. Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment, noted Northwest's student employment population consists of more than 900 student employees in 110 departments and 120 student employment supervisors. Student employees play a key role in Northwest’s educational, research and operational excellence, McLain said.
“Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication and initiative,” McLain said. “Student employment is our bridge to those we serve, a bridge that personally brings us friendship, ideas and motivation, among many other valuable assets. Indeed, Northwest depends on this irreplaceable workforce.”
The Student Employment Supervisor nominees are evaluated based on leadership, mentoring and professionalism. The Student Employee of the Year and Student Employment Team of the Year nominees are evaluated based on five standards established by the National Student Employment Association: reliability, initiative, professionalism, quality of work and the uniqueness of their contributions.
Brook McBride, assistant director of campus activities, was named Supervisor of the Year, and Lindsey Holt was named Northwest’s 2014 Student Employee of the Year. Holt, a junior from Sidney Iowa, and a unified science major with an Earth science major, serves as a Supplemental Instruction mentor in the Talent Development Center.
“Her motivation to provide and improve student success on campus is unparalleled by her peers,” Holt’s nominator wrote. “She takes on difficult tasks with ease and it is obvious that student success is at the forefront of her actions in her position. Her initiative and drive inspire her coworkers to perform to the best of their abilities. She is always on time, prepared and professional, and her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to her job is evident every time she walks into the office.”
The B.D. Owens Library also recognized the winners of its annual research contest, which is designed to encourage critical thinking and reward undergraduate students for research excellence. Papers were judged by a panel of six professors and librarians based on the application of relevant information sources to the topic; the demonstration of an ability to evaluate, analyze and synthesize information sources; and a responsible use of information by providing complete and accurate citations.
First place was awarded to Hannah Brey, a senior social science major from Raymond, Neb., for her paper, “Colorado: The Bolder State.” In the paper, Brey wrote about how women of Colorado expanded their sphere of influence in the 19th and 20th centuries by increasing their presence in communities. They worked for wages and organized suffrage associations that contributed to the domino effect of states expanding women’s rights.
Jared Ritenour, a senior history major from Chariton, Iowa, received second place for his paper, “The Wahhabi Ulama as a Force within Saudi Arabia: 1979-2013.” Dakota Sullivan, a senior political science major from Lucas, Iowa, received third place for his paper, “Violence and Oppression against Women: A Global Trend.”
New to the awards ceremony this year, the Office of Intercultural Affairs recognized a Northwest student with its Commitment to Social Justice Award. The award is designed to recognize an individual who models and works to create an equitable world for all.
“Social justice is both a process and a goal,” Bryant said. “It is the goal of creating an equitable world for all people and the process of learning to understand how we as individuals are showing up in the world. This involves recognizing our own identities, biases, privilege, internalized beliefs, and how inequity plays out.”
This year’s recipient of the Commitment to Social Justice Award, Adam McNairy, was recognized for embodying principles of social justice and working to create an inclusive environment across cultures, Bryant said. McNairy is a senior art major from Kansas City.
A complete listing of the award winners appears below.
First place: Hannah Brey, “Colorado: The Bolder State”
Second place: Jared Ritenour, “The Wahhabi Ulama as a Force within Saudi Arabia: 1979-2013”
Third place: Dakota Sullivan, “Violence and Oppression against Women: A Global Trend”
Blue Key Outstanding Freshman: Paige Diels
Outstanding Junior: Cody Uhing
Outstanding Senior: T’Lee Marie Ray
Community Leadership Award: Sigma Society
Outstanding New Organization: National Society of Leadership and Success
Outstanding Program of the Year: Minority Men’s Organization’s “Bowling for a Greater Good” program
Commitment to Diversity Award: Minority Men’s Organization
Outstanding Organizational Advisor: Steve Bryant
Student Organization President of the Year: Adam McNairy, Minority Men's Organization
Outstanding Student Organization: Sigma Society (pictured below)
Tower Service Award (team): Landscape Services
Tower Service Award (academic advisor): Dr. Benjamin Blackford
Tower Service Award (student): T’Lee Marie Ray
Tower Service Award (faculty): Dr. Max Fridell
Anthony Mittan, Office of Campus Activities
Student Employee of the Year: Lindsey Holt, supplemental instruction mentor in the Talent Development Center.
Supervisor of the Year: Brooke McBride, assistant director of campus activities
Student Employment Team of the Year: Office of Financial Assistance (members pictured below; team consists of Abby Athen, Regan Erickson, Shelby Lavery, Rebecca Moore, Sara Parks, Courtney Schelp and Jon Sielaff)
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Reliability: Betsy Heitshusen
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Professionalism: Christi Nance
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Quality of Work: Brittany Rowe
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Initiative: Nic Farrimond
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Uniqueness of Contribution: Charles Beckler
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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