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New Class of Leaders Honored at 36th Annual Student Leadership & Honors Awards

Posted Apr. 15, 2014

Leadership Awards 2014


The Center for Student Involvement hosted the 36th annual Student Leadership & Honors Awards on April 9th in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.  The event celebrates and recognizes student leaders, organizations and advisors for their contributions to the Kent State community during the current academic year.  Any student, faculty, or staff member at the university is able to submit an awards nomination for any of the categories.  A selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.

In addition to the awards, the 2014-15 elected directors and senators of the Undergraduate Student Government took the Oath of Office and executive director, Marvin Logan, delivered his inaugural address.

Catherine Spisak, graduate assistant for leadership development in the Center for Student Involvement, said, “This ceremony is a great opportunity to both recognize our student leaders for their dedication to Kent State and their student organizations as well as congratulate and thank our graduating seniors. It is also a time to inaugurate the new directors and senators of the Undergraduate Student Government for the 2014-15 academic year and reflect on the great work of the outgoing board.”

The 2013-14 award winners are listed below, along with the newly elected members of the Undergraduate Student Government:


Eric Rackham Award

This award is presented to the senior who has displayed good scholarship and who has shown great interest and concern for the University. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will place a strong emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2013-14 recipients:  Joyce Ng, Kavitha Bagavandoss and Kevin Heller

Manchester Cup

This award is presented to the senior whose contribution of leadership and citizenship has had the most far-reaching effect upon the University. Emphasis is placed upon effective and significant leadership. Note: In selecting the recipient of the Manchester Cup, the committee will place a strong emphasis on leadership and a moderate emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2013-14 recipients:  Brenna Lynam, Christine Francisco and Christopher DeSanto Jr.

Margaret Swanson Davis Award

This award is presented to the senior who has displayed outstanding scholarship, and whose contribution as an independent (non-Greek) has enhanced campus activities and residence hall living. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will place strong emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2013-14 recipients:  Katie Fridley, Quintin Steele and Kyle Hovest

Mary Manchester Award

This award is presented in memory of Mrs. Mary Manchester, wife of the late Raymond E. Manchester, Dean of Men Emeritus. The senior selected for this award shall display superior scholarship, strong leadership, and constructive citizenship. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will give the greatest consideration to candidates who have shown superior scholarship.

2013-14 recipients:  Lauren Romick, Marcia Custer and Allison Lenz 

Melvyn J. Feinberg Outstanding Senior Award

This award is given to the individual who has evidenced good scholarship, whose campus participation has been outstanding in both breadth and depth, and who has made a significant impact on the University. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will give equal consideration to scholastic and co-curricular achievement.

2013-14 recipients:  Joseph Bizjak, Danielle Martin and Elizabeth Heibertshausen


Cindy Bowlby Award

This award was created in memory of Cindy Bowlby, a dedicated student leader at Kent. In the spirit of her ideals, this award is presented to a returning (non-graduating) student leader who has demonstrated excellence in his or her scholarship, leadership, and integrity.

2013-14 recipients:  Morgan Snyder, Shannon Wood and Michael DeFord

Distinguished Student Leader Award

Awarded by the Kent State University Alumni Association to student leaders who have demonstrated outstanding campus leadership during the course of his/her undergraduate studies. The recipient is selected on the basis of leadership, academics, community, and social service to the university. This award is given to one student in each of the following categories: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, Greek community member, and international student.

2013-14 recipients:  Amanda Bevington, Andrew Cappuzzello, Janece Schaffer, Jason Ohlsson and   Lauren Romick

Student Leader of the Year Award

This award is given to no more than nine student leaders each year.  Members of organizations may be nominated by their peers or advisors. The committee will place a strong emphasis on students who have contributed significantly to the leadership of their organization and whose campus participation has been outstanding.   

2013-14 recipients:  Megan Corder, Andrew Rasner, Danielle Melidona, Amanda Pokorny, Megan Carrasco, Jordan Ricks, Jeremy Shaw, Taylor Winter and Amish Patel

Nancy and John Scott Leadership Award

This individual is chosen by the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs from the students who were selected as Student Leader of the Year. This individual has shown exceptional leadership through his or her organizational involvement and has had a positive and significant impact on the greater Kent community.

2013-14 recipient:  Jeremy Shaw



Advisor Excellence Award

This award will be given to an advisor(s) of a registered student organization who has been recognized by his or her organization as having done an outstanding job. 

2013-14 recipients:  Dr. Nicola Brasch, Lindsay Marx, Dr. David Dumpe and Taylor Police

Organization Excellence Award

This award is given to registered student organizations for outstanding contributions to its members and the student body as a whole.  The recipient will be an organization whose members have demonstrated a strong ability to promote its ideals, have used innovative methods in reaching goals, and whose members have made significant contributions to Kent State University.

2013-14 recipients:  Body Acceptance Movement, HacKSU, Face AIDS and National Residence Hall Honorary (Black Squirrel Chapter)

Service Excellence Award

This award recognizes the commitment of student organizations to community service.  Each group recognized shall have made a meaningful contribution through the completion of community service projects.

2013-14 recipients:  Catholic Student Association and Student Affiliates in School Psychology


2014-15 Directors of the Undergraduate Student Government:

Marvin Logan                     Executive Director

Tyler Bayer                         Student Involvement

Michelle Crisler                 Academic Affairs

Brian Cannon                     Business and Finance

Robert Lierenz                  Governmental Affairs

Kevin Otubu                       Programming

Hannah Ward                    Community Affairs

Katherine Cookson         Student Advancement

Tia Loop                               Communications


2014-15 Senators of the Undergraduate Student Government:

Katelyn Walker                 College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Kelly Wise                           College of the Arts

Kara Jenkins                       College of Arts and Sciences

Alberto Lopez                    College of Business Administration

Matthew Gilkerson         College of Communication &Information

Angela Cecys                     College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Shervon Preston              Honors College

Luke Sutton                        College of Nursing

Astgik Ambartsumian     College of Public Health

Michael DeFord                                College of Technology

Colin Otubu                        Undergraduate Studies

Lauren Buchanan             Residence Halls

Justin Kwan                        Commuter and Off Campus Students

Joshua Lewis                      Senator-at-Large

Rachel Belack                     Senator-at-Large

Blake V. Springhetti        Senator-at-Large

About Center for Student Involvement (CSI)

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) fosters student growth and development through leadership, civic, cultural, social and involvement opportunities.  In addition to hosting various social activities through Kent Student Center Programming, CSI is dedicated to leadership development through student organizations, Greek life, Peer Involvement Advisory and Undergraduate Student Government (USG).  For more information about the Kent Student Center, visit

About Student Organizations

Center for Student Involvement provides direction for more than 300 student organizations at Kent State University.  Representing diverse interests in academics, culture, politics, sports and more, over 12,000 students are members of a student organization.  Funding and allocations are available for organizations to host events and activities on campus to support their mission and cause.  For a complete list of student organizations, visit 

About Undergraduate Student Government

Since 1924, USG has been committed to serving as the voice of the students. As the sovereign representative organization of the students of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USG provides vital services to the university community, such as judicial advocates, conference and program grants, voter registration and information drives and more. The Undergraduate Student Government always strives to represent the best interests of the undergraduate student body and will continue to do so, acting as a unified, guiding presence at Kent State University. For more information, visit