Leading the way
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Excellence in Leadership Awards were presented this spring to 28 students, a faculty member and a student organization that, through their leadership, creativity, initiative, social responsibility and active participation in the campus and community, have made significant contributions to the wellbeing of others.
The Dennis M. Thayer Leadership Award went to Joseph Storlien, St. Cloud, graduate student in environmental and technological studies, who has been a leader in the Environmental Studies Research Group, Environmental Technical Society Club, Soil Science Society of America, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Friends of the Sauk River and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Student Organization Leader of the Year is senior anthropology major Kent Fichtner, St. Peter, who has chaired the Student Government committee that allocates student fees of approximately $11 million to programs on campus.
Adviser of the Year is David L. DiMaria, director, International Student and Scholar Services, who is adviser to the International Students Association. He helped found Cultural Café, a successful series of cultural presentations that focus on a different country each week.
Student Organization of the Year is the Residence Hall Association, which serves as a resource to individual halls, a channel of communication between the halls and a voice for all residence hall students.