High achievers

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Among the innumerable honors bestowed upon St. Cloud State students this spring were the following:

  • Evelyn Saxon

    Evelyn Saxon

    Communication studies students received the annual National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Collegiate Award because of their work with the Daun Kendig Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive. The students, who have led bone marrow/stem cell donor registration drives for the last eight years, have registered more than 1,200 donor candidates, at least nine of whom have actually served as donors. The NMDP provides marrow and stem cell transplants to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. 
  • International relations major Benita Kaneza, junior, Bujumbura, Burundi, received the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship. The fellowship made it possible for her to spend the summer working with a team in charge of monitoring human rights in prisons, camps and other detention centers for Ligue Iteka, the leading human rights organization in Burundi, East Africa. The fellowship is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in human rights work worldwide.
  • Criminal justice major Evelyn Saxon, junior, Foley, received the President’s Award at the 10th Annual American Indian Awards Banquet this spring for her courage and leadership on social justice issues. The award was established in honor of Roy H. Saigo, past St. Cloud State president, for courageously taking a stance against Indian mascots and logos in college-level sports. Forty-seven other students were also recognized for their leadership and involvement during the banquet.
  • Rosio Esparza

    Rosio Esparza

    Rosio Esparza
    , a junior majoring in mass communications and Spanish, received a $10,000 scholarship from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation. The awards program, designed to encourage students to choose a career in broadcasting, recognized Esparza, Sauk Centre, for her academic achievements, drive and dedication to pursuing a careerin television. 
  • Students honored at the 2008 Multicultural Student Services Awards Reception in April included 75 award winners as well as more than 300 students who were recognized for maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale. Presidential Awards in recognition of their dedication to the success of their peers went to seniors Ka Her, Albertville, Bintou Jatta, St. Cloud, Terri Johnson, Rochester, and Amer Lam, Rochester. Student Organization Leader of the Year winners were seniors Ferezer Yimer, Brooklyn Park, Organization for the Prevention of AIDS in Africa, African Student Association and Today’s Women; Terri Johnson, Rochester, Council of African American Students; Bintou Jatta, St. Cloud, Today’s Women; and Christopher Hoa, Circle Pines, Vietnamese Student Organization; as well as graduate student Nguyen Huynh, St. Cloud, Vietnamese Student Organization.
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