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April 2013 News Releases

Students receive SOAR achievement awards

Achievement awards were given to student organizations recently during the Student Organization Achievement Recognition (SOAR) banquet at Washburn University in April. The awards recognize students, faculty, staff and student organizations that "have gone the extra mile and soar to new heights." The SOAR awards were created in an effort to acknowledge contributions of those individuals who might not otherwise be recognized. 
 
SOAR awards were given to the following recipients.
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award: Carol Vogel, equal opportunity director, and advisor, NoNoSo, and Kappa Alpha Theta. The award is presented to the faculty/staff advisor who has provided continuous support for his or her respective student organization.
 
Outstanding Emerging Leader for Freshmen Award:  Kathleen Longhofer, Andover, is a sophomore, majoring in history. The award is presented to the freshmen who have demonstrated knowledge, enthusiasm, and motivation for campus and community involvement and leadership.
 
Outstanding Emerging Leader for Transfer Students Award:  Brady Riekeman, Coffeyville, is a sophomore, majoring in physical therapist assistant. This award is presented to transfer students who have demonstrated knowledge, enthusiasm, and motivation for campus and community involvement and leadership. Transfer student nominees must have transferred during the summer or fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
 
New Student Organization of the Year Award: Leadership Institute Student Leadership Council. This award recognizes the new student organization that has made exceptional contributions to their members and the greater Washburn community in their first year of registration. 
 
Student Organization of the Year Award: Kappa Sigma. This award is presented to the registered student organization that has made exceptional contributions to their members and the greater Washburn community.
 
True Blue Bod Spirit Award: Brett Johnson, Bonner Springs, is a senior, majoring in exercise physiology, kinesiology. This award is presented to the student who has contributed a great deal of time, energy, support and spirit to the organization, its member and Washburn University.
 
Commitment to Diversity Student Award: Porchia Brown, Kansas City, Missouri, is a senior, majoring in mass media with an emphasis in film and video. This award is presented to one Washburn student who has shown commitment and support toward developing a culturally diverse, compassionate, and educated university community reflective of inclusive excellence.
 
Commitment to Diversity Faculty/Staff/Community Award: Leslie McCullough, lecturer, social work. The Commitment to Diversity Award is presented to one faculty, staff, or community member who has shown commitment and support toward developing a culturally diverse, compassionate, and educated university community reflective of inclusive excellence.
 
Random Acts of Kindness:  Laura Stadler, Topeka, is a senior, majoring in human services with an emphasis in victim and survivor services and youth services and childcare. The award is presented to the student who has made purposeful and outstanding contributions in community service/philanthropy.
 
President’s Outstanding Leader Award: Caprice Cortez, Topeka, is a senior, majoring in medical imaging and radiologic technology. The award is presented to a student who shows exceptional commitment to academic achievement, community service, campus involvement and leadership.
 
Outstanding Program for Campus Enhancement: Leadership Challenge Event®, organized by the Leadership Institute Student Leadership Council. Registered student organizations receive this award for organizing a program designed to improve students’ Washburn experience, raise school spirit, or promote the image and assets of Washburn. 
 
Outstanding Program for Community Service: Can Emporia, organized by Washburn Student Government Association. Registered student organizations receive this award for organizing, participating in, or developing a program to perform volunteer work for the community that improves the quality of life.
 
Outstanding Program for Diversity: “Lecture Series,” featuring Susan Cain, Washburn Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board. Registered student organization receive this award for organizing a program designed to promote awareness or understanding of race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, language, religion, ability, age, or sexual orientation.

Washburn University Student Employee of the Year Award:
Morgan Nolte, Atchison, is a senior, majoring in elementary education with a concentration in middle school English and language arts. Nolte works in residential living.
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Contact:
Student activities and Greek life office, 785-670-1723
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153

 

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