Leadership Recognition Banquet honors dozens of UIndy students

The University of Indianapolis held the Annual Leadership Recognition Banquet on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event recognizes the outstanding work of all Greyhounds over the past academic year and celebrates the accomplishments of student leaders, student organizations and athletic teams.

“The Student Leadership Recognition banquet is one of my favorite events of the year. It allows us to recognize the incredible accomplishments of our student leaders and celebrate the unbelievable ways that students make a difference across campus,” said Kory Vitangeli, Vice President for Student & Campus Affairs and Dean of Students.

“I am so proud of our student leaders both inside and outside of the classroom and those who are also a part of athletic teams. I especially want to thank those students who are graduating for all they have given to UIndy. They have left a legacy that will impact us for many years to come!” Vitangeli added.

Accomplishments and recognition of those students graduating were celebrated and this Senior tribute video was shown:



The following students, faculty and staff constitute this year’s honorees:

Advisors of the Year:
Jeffrey Barnes, advisor to UIndy PRIDE
David Styers-Barnett, advisor to Sigma Zeta and chair of the Department of Chemistry

The Advisor of the Year Award is given to a full-time faculty or staff member who has served a registered student organization for the entire academic year in a supportive and positive manner. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Emerging Leader of the Year:
Brad Moon

The Emerging Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual in their freshman or sophomore year. The student selected for this honor will best exemplify student leadership through the impact they have made to campus life.  This individual must clearly display that they are a great role model, they impact the lives of others, and demonstrate a great deal of leadership potential. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Student Leader of the Year:
Stephen Cox

The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes a student in a leadership role (RSO, RA, OL, Chapel Steward, etc.) who has excelled in their position during the year and has made a significant contribution to campus life at UIndy during the year. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Student Volunteer:
Ellen Hodson

The outstanding student volunteer award is designed to recognize a UIndy student who has selflessly volunteered in the community. Nominees should not only have shown a dedication to service, but also demonstrated a commitment to leadership that inspires others to engage in service. Presented by Volunteer Services.

RA Programmer of the Year: 
Skyla Baird

Awarded annually to the Student Staff member, selected by residents, as the individual who has most successfully programmed for their assigned living area over the course of the academic year. Presented by Residence Life.

Registered Student Organization of the Year:
Crimsonettes Dance Team

The Registered Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to an organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function through membership, philanthropy efforts, and/or event planning. Presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Residential Community of the Year:
Central Hall

Awarded annually to the Residential Community that has the highest level of student engagement. Presented by Residence Life.

Student Employees of the Year:
Zoe Berg
Jessica Munoz-Sainz

Nominated by supervisors across campus, this award recognizes the student staff(ers) who contribute significantly towards the forward movement of their respective office/department. Presented by the Professional Edge Center.

Inclusion & Equity Trailblazer Award: 
Better Together
Black Student Association

Athletic Commitment to Service Award:
UIndy Softball Team

Bridge Scholar Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement:
Thy Kieu
Zachari Lynch
Meaghan Owens
Jazmine Rivera

Edge Award:
Ashlea Alley
Mikayla DeLay
Erin Webb
Peisen Zhang

Presidential Ambassadors:
Sulaiman Alsaif, Lauren Bryant, Davis Christy, Alexis Dobrynski, Jesshica Elfin, Lyndsy Elsinger, Nehal Gajjar, Vishakha Hiremath, Kirby Jones, Madi Kovacs, Shelby Lannan, Julie Larson, Ben Lawson, Kaushal Patil, Kiersten Reed, Kiara Richardson, LaWan Rollins, Emily Sands, Nicole Schath, Tosin Seu, Maria Villegas, Austin Wagner, Molly Wolfe

First Year Leadership Experience:
Claire Cantrell, Craig Chigadza, Brooke Green, Dario Huber, Catherine Jameson, Andrea Jimenez, Alexandra Nickerson, Karsyn Powell, Madison Schueler, Megan Standish, Caitlin Staples, Alysssa Tapy, Karlye Vonderwall

Resident Assistant of the Year:
Schuylar Casto

Mindy Owens Outstanding Junior Leaders:
Natalie Benson, Taylor Carpenter, Nikolaus Clark, Grace Kinsey, Erin Pool, Sydney Reynolds, Zechariah Saenz

Strain Outstanding Seniors:
Jabree Bond-Flournoy, Lauren Bryant, Schuylar Casto, Stephen Cox, Caleb Gabler, Nehal Gajjar, Emily Hiland-Freck, Juliana Rohrmoser, Emily Sands, Molly Wolfe

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