NEWARK, Ohio, April 19, 2018 — To this year's student leadership award winners, college is more than just studying and grades. Recipients were nominated for their leadership on campus and in the community, demonstrating a commitment to engagement in order to make a difference in the lives of those around them among a number of other criteria. The awards were given to the honorees by the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) during an evening ceremony in the John Gilbert Reese Center on April 16.
"Students and the organizations they lead are vital to the development of the campus culture and its impact on the community," said Justin Khol, assistant director of student life.
The individual honorees were:
Kelly Saffle Leadership Award – Given to a COTC student involved in one or more organizations who demonstrates strong and consistent leadership.
This year's recipient was Angela Emler for her work both as a student employee and a representative of COTC in the Coshocton community. Angela works in the Gateway as a student ambassador and assists with various admissions related events such as orientation, College Aspire, Explore COTC, Egg Drop and many more. She has represented COTC at several Coshocton events such as Friday Night Lights, the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival and the Main Street Magic Christmas Parade.
William A. Kilpatrick Leadership Award – Given to a second year Ohio State Newark student involved in one or more organization who demonstrates strong and consistent leadership.
This year's recipient was Carmen Arredondo. She demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the campus culture and community. As the founder and chair of Viva Cultura, she leads an organization that helps highlight diversity. She also participates as a student representative in the Licking County Foundation's roundtable meetings on diversity and inclusion.
RESPECT Award – Given to a COTC or Ohio State Newark student who demonstrates responsibility, equity, self-awareness, purpose, enthusiasm, compassion and teamwork.
This year's recipient was Ohio State Newark student Tika Rizal. As founder and current president of the Bhutanese American Student Organization she has coordinated collaboration with other student organizations for events highlighting diversity such as the Cultural Affair, International Day and a Holi celebration. She has also led the group in community efforts to mentor young girls in Columbus immigrant communities teaching them to value education and make informed decisions about their futures.
Up and Coming Leader Award – Given to a first- or second- year student who is highly involved and demonstrates strong leadership.
This year's recipient was Ohio State Newark student Deonna Durrett who led the funding and activities of both the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip to Arkansas and the activities of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Organization. She led several successful fundraisers that helped defray some of the costs for her fellow students to take part in the Habitat for Humanity trip and was a leader on the worksite.
Community Service Leader of the Year Award – Given to a student who has demonstrated strong and consistent leadership in a student organization that contributes greatly to the community.
This year's recipient was Ohio State Newark student Jenna Malcolm. She demonstrated great commitment to making a difference in the community through her leadership of the Global Community K-5 organization that completed multiple fundraisers to give $300 each in school supplies to both Hawthorne and Northridge Elementary. She also participated in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge build in Arkansas.
Outstanding Collaborative Program Award – Given to two or more student organizations that coordinate an impactful program.
This year's recipients were PSI CHI and Phi Theta Kappa. They coordinated the National Guard Supply Drive that collected various items such as books, small games, playing cards, puzzles and health items to stock the local National Guard unit base and to be sent with those currently being deployed.
Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award – Given to a student organization that demonstrated consistent dedication to improving campus.
This year's recipient was the Community Council. The Community Council has worked within the residence halls to create a friendly, inclusive environment. They coordinated several holiday centered events such as Halloween Town. They also coordinated stress-free activities to help fellow students refresh during finals week.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.