Brandywine student leaders honored at recognition ceremony

BWine Promotions won the Student Club of the Year Award

BWine Promotions received the Student Club of the Year Award. Picture from left to right are club members Becca Civera, Hannah Sarafinas and Lauren Kelly. 

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MEDIA, Pa. — Penn State Brandywine students who have impacted the campus through their leadership and service were honored at the student leadership recognition night on April 12. The annual ceremony highlights the achievements of students involved with clubs, student government and campus programs.

Gabriel Schaefer won the Outstanding Service to Campus and Community Award, which recognizes a student who has volunteered their time to assist others. Schaefer also was  honored with the Diane D. Shorter Award, which recognizes a student or event that contributed to the spirit of civic engagement through raising awareness of and enlisting campus involvement toward supporting a cause.

Yana Markedonova received the Barbara Jackson Williams Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding, which recognizes a student who provides outstanding service in initiating multicultural involvement and awareness on campus.

Alexandria Hatchett was awarded the Deborah J. Erie Student Leader Award, which recognizes a student leader who demonstrates leadership qualities and contributes to building campus pride.

Maddie Malfara received the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award. This prestigious award recognizes undergraduate students whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of their campus and Penn State at large.

Laura Guertin, professor of Earth sciences and adviser to the Sustainovation Club, received the Club Advisor of the Year Award, which recognizes a faculty or staff member who shows that they are truly engaged in the activities and mission of the student organization.

BWine Promotions received the Student Club of the Year Award, which recognizes a student club or organization that has shown exceptional involvement throughout the year and has contributed to the quality of student life by promoting campus involvement.

The Fixings for Thanksgiving Club Challenge was named Outstanding Program or Event of the Year, a distinction that recognizes a program or event sponsored by a student organization that has enhanced the quality of student life by promoting campus community and Penn State pride. The event was co-coordinated by the Sustainovation Club and MarComm Club.

Brandywine Events & Activities Support Team (BEAST) recognized two club members serving as leaders and role models within the organization. This year’s Emerging Beast recipient was Kennesha Busby and the Exceptional Service to Beast Award was given to Tammy Katz.

The Office of Student Affairs also announced its 2018 Orientation Leaders: Jonathan Adrien, Keselul Bhuiyan, Meghan Bradley, Meghan Coyle, Sam Dikeumunna, Tammy Katz, Parnika Kapur, MD Uddin, Cody Stewart and Chevelle Thomas.

Residence Life presented awards to several outstanding students who assisted their department this year.

Yvonne Maloy was honored with the Community Builder of the Year Award, which is given to a resident assistant (RA) who has created the strongest, most cohesive and inclusive community within their assigned residential area.

Adi Yom-Tov received the RA of the Year award, which honors the RA who has been the most consistent, dependable staff member in all aspects of their responsibilities while creating a stronger, more vibrant and inclusive residential community through their work and attitude.

Lindsay Koch received the Programmer of the Year Award, which recognized the RA who put the greatest thought and care into planning programs.

Brandywine’s Student Government Association (SGA) recognized the following students for excellent contributions to student government life on campus:

Chevelle Thomas and Alan Norrigan received the Student Government Association President’s Award in recognition of their dedication to SGA and to their fellow students.

Koch, Neeka Pharaud and Samantha Sylvain received the Student Government Service Award for their service as SGA officers.

Norrigan and Thomas, the newly elected president and vice president of Penn State Brandywine’s SGA for 2018-19, were inducted to their new positions.