Excellence in Leadership winners

Monday, April 21, 2014

Troy Berkness is one of 25 recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award

Troy Berkness, a community health major from Willmar, is one of 25 recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award.

Meet the Excellence in Leadership Award winners, St. Cloud State's 2014 outstanding undergraduate and graduate leaders.

The 25 recipients will be honored at a banquet April 27 in the ballroom of Atwood Memorial Center. View the selection criteria.

Keynote speaker is Mary Rathsabandith, Class of 2003 and a former Excellence in Leadership Award recipient. Rathsabandith is a test engineer for Delta Air Lines and an active St. Cloud State alumna.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business computer information systems with a minor in human relations.

Excellence in Leadership Award recipients complete an extensive application and are chosen by St. Cloud State employees for their exemplary leadership and service.

In its 26th year, the Excellence in Leadership Award program is managed by the Department of Campus Involvement.





Alfredo Azevedo de Oliveiera

Political Science

Itajai, Brazil

Arielle Benoit

Athletic Training

St. Cloud, Minn.

Troy Bjerkness

Community Health

Willmar, Minn.

Erika Blank

Business Management

Nicollet, Minn.

Vanessa Burggraff

Global Studies

Redfield, Minn.

Ellie Dietzen

Early Childhood Education

Black Creek, Wis.

Melissa Elsen

Elementary Education

Coon Rapids, Minn.

Lindsey Gunnerson

Women's Studies

Annandale, Minn.

Kelly Haws

Educational Leadership and Administration

St. Cloud, Minn.

Mikayla Hogan

Mechanical Engineering

Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Shruti Jagannathan

Bio-medical Science

Karur, India

Carmen Johnson

Health and Physical Education, Developmental Adapted Physical Education

Augusta, Wis.

Carissa Johnson

Higher Education Administration

Becker, Minn.

Kay Kilpatrick

Community Health

Dousman, Wis.

Bao Lee

Women's Studies

Oshkosh, Wis.

Timothy Lyngen

Health and Physical Education

Albertville, Minn.

Daniel McClure

Public Safety Executive Leadership

Racine, Wis.

Amy Olson


Roseau, Minn.

Shrawin Pandey

Information Systems

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Jared Sandler

Teaching English as a Second Language

Philadelphia, Penn.

Chelsea Swiggum

Recreation and Sports Management

Prior Lake, Minn.

Jason Tham

Mass Communications, English

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gao Vang

Community Psychology

St. Paul, Minn.

Lenbriel Weah

Leadership/Organization, Relational Communication

New Hope, Minn.

Amber Wiese

Social Work

St. Cloud, Minn.

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