NEWARK, Ohio, April 26, 2017 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark honored student leaders who have taken initiative on campus and in the community. On April 18, the Office of Student Life recognized four students and three student organizations for their strong and consistent service during the Student Leadership Awards.
Both COTC President Bonnie L. Coe and Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald offered words of thanks and encouragement. Coe specifically noted that student leadership is an opportunity to take what is learned in the classroom and apply it to the other activities that are a part of campus life. MacDonald said, "What you're doing here in your extracurricular activities is building the campus, making it what it is."
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 Lindsey Berry for her commitment and organizing of the Forensic Science Club and specifically of the club's trip to the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee. She was noted to be exactly what the group needed to make a stronger impact on campus.
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 Krysten Chadwick. She is president of Psi Chi, the national honor society of psychology, treasurer of Introspect psychology club, member of the Ohio State Newark advisory board and more.
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 Hunter Spittler. She was on the 2016 Homecoming Court. She is involved in Active Minds, Campus Activities Board and Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge.
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 COTC student John Gordon. He was chosen for his leadership of Society of Engineering Technology that coordinated a very successful "Stuff the Truck" event at the local Kroger and the group's repair of a local pedestrian bridge. He also participated in the Propel Ohio Leadership Conference and Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip to Alabama.
Outstanding Organization Program Award – Given to a student organization that creates a program that has great impact on the campus.
This year's recipient was Campus Activities Board for their coordination of the Students vs. Staff Charity Basketball Game that accounted for 20 percent of the donations to Operation Feed this year.
Outstanding Collaborative Program Award– Given to two or more student organizations that coordinate an impactful program.
This year's recipients were Student Government and Society of Engineering Technology for their coordination of the collection of Christmas gifts for a local family in need as a part of Licking County Job and Family Services' Families Helping Families program.
Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award – Given to a student organization who demonstrated consistent dedication to improving campus.
This year's recipient was Psi Chi for their fundraising of $1200 donated to various local organizations, consistent presence at psychology related conferences and coordination of Graduate Records Examination (GRE) preparation sessions on campus.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs Program Manager Vorley Taylor also recognized 15 Diversity through Artistry student volunteers, six student employees and three students leading the Student Cultural Council who significantly contributed to the office's programming this year.
Director of Student Life Holly Mason closed the event with a quote from John Quincy Adams. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
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.