Every year, Frostburg State University holds a Leadership Awards Ceremony hosted by the Office of Leadership and Experiential Learning, a way of saying thank you to the campus leaders who give so much to FSU, the local community and the world. At the ceremony, people from all over campus join together to celebrate another successful year and what it means to be a Bobcat.
FSU recognizes the following Leadership Award recipients:
Pillar of the Community award: Lauren Schoelen. This award strives to identify and recognize those key leaders on campus that impact the greater community at FSU. Schoelen is a student who has inspired many with her lively spirit and has a dedication to her work that is well-respected. She has traveled all over South America as part of mission trips. As a member of the President’s Leadership Circle, she traveled to Uganda in March to work with a non-governmental organization to promote sustainable, clean drinking water.
The Class of 1959 award: Kelly Bean. Throughout her FSU career, this incredibly dynamic young woman has stayed highly involved in the FSU community through her work as a Bobcat Ambassador, a Student Alumni Ambassador, a writer for The Bottom Line, a member of the Student Code of Conduct Panel, a General Psychology lab assistant, a General Psychology supplemental instructor and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership award: Janelle M. Walbert. This award is given to a junior who best embodies the leadership qualities that Sheely demonstrated in his life. The award includes a $2,000 scholarship and the requirement for 40 hours of community service to increase the awareness of and research on concussions and traumatic brain injuries, with a focus on youth sports. Walbert, who has a 4.0 GPA, plans pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. She has served as president of the Pre-Med Society and was one of the top four fundraisers for Relay for Life. She was described in her nomination as a “hard-working, dedicated, inquisitive and proactive learner.”
Father Ed Hendricks award: Sheena Willison. The award recognizes a student leader who has demonstrated a genuine concern for the well-being of others. Willison’s spirit of service and selfless attitude have fueled her work raising hundreds of dollars for FSU’s annual Relay for Life event and actively engaging in community service. Most inspiring, however, is the work she performed over a two-week period spent in rural Uganda this semester. She and several other members of the President’s Leadership Circle did much to improve the lives of Ugandans by teaching villagers and schoolchildren about sustainable practices in health, sanitation and water purification.
SGA Outstanding Senior Award: Brianna “Bobbie” Watson. This award, given by the Student Government Association, goes to Watson, one of its senior members, for her commitment, willingness, drive and ability to balance.
President’s Distinguished Service Award: Jerica Bennett. Bennett has been involved in various student organizations, including the Student Government Association. She has written for The Bottom Line, served as a Preview guide, raised funds for the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Relay for Life, and worked in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans during an alternative break trip. As a member of the University’s Honors Program, she will graduate with Honors in General Education, and has earned membership in three honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Kappa Delta. She testified on behalf of FSU and its students before the Maryland General Assembly. She has also transformed SGA and late-night programming through her efforts to make the Late@Lane program a reality.
Social Change award: Sara Cramer. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has worked to make a positive difference in the local, state, national or global communities. Cramer is a young woman who served as the face of the V-Day Campaign over the past year. She organized the Information Festival, coordinated “The Vagina Monologues” and planned programs that raised over $3,100 for the Family Crisis Resource Center and the Dove Center.
Zeus award for a male Greek student who promotes the betterment of Greek Life: Christopher Inskeep. Inskeep was the vice president and president of his chapter of Iota Phi Theta, president of NPHC for a semester, judicial chair for Greek Council, NPHC representative and president of Greek Council.
Hera award for a female Greek student who promotes the betterment of Greek Life: Janine Fields. Fields was the president of her chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, new member educator for two years, Greek Council vice president of Programming and Greek Council president, past preview guide and a resident assistant.
Emerging Leader award, the award that recognizes an outstanding freshmen or sophomore who has demonstrated leadership skills, involvement at FSU and strong academic performance: Jacob McDonald. McDonald is vice president of recruitment within Phi Mu Delta, a member of the honors program and a recently elected Student Government Association senator for the next academic year.
The Outstanding Faculty/Staff award: Dr. Lilly Ye. This is an award that recognizes the support and contributions of an outstanding faculty or staff member and the contributions they have made to FSU students over the past academic year. Ye does a brilliant job as the advisor to the Marketing Club and serves as an integral part of the campus community through her work coordinating Impact China, a summer study abroad program in which students are given the opportunity to travel throughout China as they gain invaluable cultural experiences and learn the importance of global citizenry.
Order of Omega Greek Advisor of the Year award: Bill Mandicott. Mandicott sacrificed his time to share personal experiences and knowledge about the importance of maintaining a values-based Greek organization. He sticks with an organization’s members, even when they have made mistakes, to help them improve their chapter. Mandicott is an incredible resource who deserves special recognition for his continued commitment to the Greek community.
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award: Shawn Jones. This award recognizes the support and contributions of an outstanding organization advisor at FSU. Jones has been devoted to student success and has taken on an active role in his organization. He has been seen, again and again, generously donating his time and pushing for the success of Paparazzi Perfect.
Greek Life Chapter of Excellence Award and Greek Life Chapter of the Year award: Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. This fraternity chose to become involved in activities outside regular chapter activities by doing its part to strengthen the community, the campus and the positive image of Greeks as contributors to the betterment of the community. Because of the importance placed on campus involvement, the Order of Omega recognizes Phi Mu Delta for being involved to the extent that its members are sure to effect positive change.
Outstanding Educational Programming award: Delta Zeta National Sorority for the Womanless Beauty Pageant. The award recognizes programming that is inherently educational in nature. Delta Zeta sought to raise money and awareness for The White Ribbon Campaign and issues relating to abuse against women. This was accomplished through a beauty pageant with 10 of FSU’s finest male participants who were selected to “strut their stuff” in evening gowns and bathing suits while answering a series of questions on topics ranging from rape, sexual assault and violence to prostitution and sex slavery. Even after the close of this program, this organization has remained invested in The White Ribbon Campaign through continued efforts in handing out white ribbons in the Lane Center and the promotion of the campaign’s pledge to “never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.”
Outstanding Social Programming award: Late at Lane’s Student Production Team. This award recognizes on-campus social events that provide students with positive and rewarding experiences. This year was an exciting year for the campus as it marked the development of a great new initiative – late-night programming. One night a month, the Lane University Center became a hub of activity from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. as students came to hang out, eat food, watch performers and play games in a safe and exciting environment. These nights had a variety of themes, including Seven Deadly Sins and the Boardwalk. The reported nightly average was around 1,000 attendees.
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