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April 7, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service Award winners April 6 during the University’s fifth 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.
AdInk was recognized as the student organization of the year, and Margaret Sebastian, who serves as a student development specialist in Student Support Services, 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.
Hope Garrett, a senior business management and marketing major from St. Joseph, Mo., who serves as an office assistant in the Freshman Seminar office, was named Northwest’s 2015 Student Employee of the Year. Her nominator credited her for her enthusiasm, foresight and initiative as well as her development of a student employee manual and document tracking system to help less-experienced student employees become comfortable in their positions in the Freshman Seminar office.
Kirk Skoglund, academic engagement coordinator in the Talent Development Center, was named Supervisor of the Year, marking the first time a former Student Employee of the Year Award winner also has received the Supervisor of the Year award; Skoglund was named Student Employee of the Year at Northwest in 2011. Additionally, Skoglund has been named by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators as its Missouri Student Employment Supervisor of the Year.
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 faculty 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 Erin McLaughlin, a senior English education major from West Des Moines, Iowa, for her paper, “The Art of Arrangement: How to Approach Bach on Marimba,” which she wrote for Music Literature II: Baroque-Classical, under the instruction of Dr. Rebecca Dunnell. In the paper, McLaughlin compared and contrasted two Bach compositions to their marimba arrangements, using a strong narrative voice and evaluative assertions that were supported by her research.
During his keynote remarks, Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet asked students to reflect on their less successful moments and how they worked through those moments to achieve and lead others. He also thanked them for leaving their signatures at Northwest.
“All of you come to this institution with your own unique experiences, and through that you’ve taken advantage of what’s been offered to you,” Mottet said. “You’ve put your name on Northwest. You have made a signature contribution that is unique. No one else can make the contribution that you’ve made to this institution because they’re not you. They do not come with your experiences, they do not come with your abilities and that makes this a very interesting place.”
A complete listing of the award winners appears below.
First place: Erin McLaughlin, “The Art of Arrangement: How to Approach Bach on Marimba”
Second place: Melissa Pack, “Deaf Americans in the Criminal Justice System: An Overview of the Issues”
Third place: Kori Grogan, “Fall of the Roman Republic”
Blue Key Freshman of the Year: Jacob Hain
Outstanding Student of the Year: Hannah Olson
Community Leadership Award: Sigma Society
Outstanding New Organization: Behavioral Sciences Association
Outstanding Program of the Year: AdInk’s “Power Up Your Profile Picture”
Commitment to Diversity Award: Student Senate
Outstanding Organizational Advisor: Margaret Sebastian, Student Support Services
Student Organization President of the Year: Cody Uhing, Student Senate
Outstanding Student Organization: AdInk (pictured below)
Tower Service Award (team): Sigma Society
Tower Service Award (academic advisor): Kat Falke
Tower Service Award (student): Matthew McLeay
Tower Service Award (faculty): Dr. Karen Schaffer
Hannah Christian, Talent Development Center (pictured right)
Student Employee of the Year: Hope Garrett, office assistant in the Talent Development Center
Supervisor of the Year: Kirk Skoglund, academic engagement coordinator in the Talent Development Center
Student Employment Team of the Year: Center for Information Technology in Education (members pictured below; team consists of students Stephanie Crabtree, Mitchell Decker, Lawrence Foley, James Hogle, Praveen Jonnalagadda, Duncan Kelly, Matthew Seipel, Alyssa Steen)
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Professionalism: Shelby Lavery, office assistant in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Quality of Work: Alexis Nielson, student custodian in Facility Services
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Initiative: Payton Brass, call center supervisor in the Office of University Advancement
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Reliability: Brittany Walker, library assistant in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
The Northwest Award of Excellence for Uniqueness of Contribution: Duncan Kelly, systems programmer in the Center for Information Technology in Education
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