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April 4, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service Award winners April 4 during the University’s sixth annual Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
The collaborative celebration is sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment. The ceremony recognizes the winners of the B.D. Library Research Contest, Student Organization and Leadership Awards, Student Employment Awards and the Tower Service Awards. Additionally, new awards were presented this year to recognize Commitment to Social Justice and Student Impact.
Sigma Society was recognized as the year’s Outstanding Student Organization – one of three team awards it received.
“(Sigma Society) sets a standard for servant leadership because it is comprised of a group of young women who are willing to give up weekends, nights, overall time and sometimes money all for the sake of helping others,” one of nominator wrote. “While the process of planning events has been very rewarding, the results of their community service efforts have reminded them time and time again that there is meaning to what they do, and that they can continually grow to make a positive visible impact on our community.”
Additionally, Kristina Martinez, a University Police officer, was named Outstanding Organizational Advisor for her work with Northwest Advocate of Animal Awareness. In a tie, Hannah Krohne, a senior dietetics major from Holt, Missouri, and Timothy Schieber, a senior chemistry major from Hamilton, Missouri, were named Outstanding Students of the Year for their commitments to academic excellence, leadership, service and engagement.
“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,” said Lauren Stehlik, a coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement. “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 about 950 student employees, representing 110 departments and 120 student employment supervisors. They play a key role in the institution’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.
Alisha Greene, a junior psychology major from St. Louis, who works in the University Police Department, was named Northwest’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year. Greene’s nominator cited the professionalism and high standards she brings with her work. She assists in the hiring and training of other student employees and students are receptive to her calm, holistic approach.
Jeremy Waldeier, associate director in the Office of Admissions, was named Supervisor of the Year. Waldeier also will be recognized as State of Missouri Student Employment Supervisor of the Year, marking the second consecutive year a Northwest supervisor has received the honor.
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 scholarly information sources to the topic; the demonstration of skillful incorporation of source content to support the paper’s thesis; and a responsible use of information by providing complete and accurate citations.
First place was awarded to Aaron Schmidt, a sophomore history major from St. Joseph, Missouri, for his paper, “An Analysis of the Zimmermann Telegram in the Context of German Imperialism.”
Tanner Lewey, a senior English and history major from Melcher, Iowa, received second place for her paper, “Just Like Dogs: The Black-Dog Analogy in Chesnutt’s
The Marrow of Tradition.”
Morgan Wagle, a sophomore animal science major from Edgerton, Missouri, received third place for her paper, “The Death of Capital Punishment is Looming Near.”
Dr. Michael Steiner, dean of Northwest’s College of Arts and Sciences, delivered the keynote address. Steiner became dean Jan. 1, 2014 after serving as a chair and faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined the Northwest faculty in 1997.
In describing the qualities of Monday’s award recipients, Steiner said they have value mentorship, intentionally create good circumstances for themselves, treat difficulties as part of the plan, are persistent, leverage individual strengths to achieve group goals, and they are focused on serving people rather than completing tasks.
“What we’re recognizing today are individuals who made a conscious choice to excel every day in those things that they do, whether it be their work or their organizational activity,” Steiner said. “I think we’re recognizing people who are cognizant of that. They know what they’re doing, and each time they step into the office or they go to an organizational meeting, they think ‘I’m going to work hard and I’m going to do the best that I can.’ It’s not something that simply happens. Rather they make a choice to do it.
A complete listing of the award winners appears below.
Presented by B.D. Owens Library
Presented by the Office of Student Involvement
Presented by Student Senate
|Sigma Society was recognized with the Community Leadership Award as well as the Outstanding Student Organization and Tower Service Award team.|
Presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Success
Presented by the Graduate Office
Presented by the Office of Human Resources
Presented by the Office of Human Resources
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