Students recognize for community service leadership

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Twenty students recently received a university Award for Excellence in Leadership in recognition of their contributions to SCSU and their communities. Criteria for selecting award recipients included leadership, creativity/initiative, social responsibility and active participation in the campus and community.

Senior psychology major Ashlee Bekish, Marshfield, Wis., was named Student Leader of the Year for her vision, leadership and ability to meet the goals of the groups she works with. Those groups include the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, the university’s food committee and the Residence Hall Association, of which she has been president, and her work as an assistant hall director for Shoemaker Hall.

The 18th annual leadership honors program also put the spotlight on:

  • Assistant Professor Mark Mechelke, Chemistry Club advisor, named Advisor of the Year for his work as a mentor. Among the 40-member group’s many community outreach programs is "Husky Volunteers for Science," which puts teams of SCSU students in elementary school classrooms to perform hands-on science with fourth-graders.
  • The students’ Medical Professions Association received kudos for showing outstanding commitment to the organization’s goals, making an impact in the campus community, and excelling in program planning, financial management and leadership development of group members.

Find a complete list of honorees at www.stcloudstate.edu/news/scsunow/default.asp?storyID=18430.

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