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5/4/2009 —

Penn State Brandywine dedicated a special evening to its outstanding student leaders and those faculty and staff members who volunteer their time as advisers to student organizations during Leadership Recognition Night, April 22, in the Tomezsko Classroom Building lounge.

Junior Christina L. Felizzi received the University-wide Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, which is given annually to full-time undergraduate students from each of the campus locations. The Walker award recognizes a student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of their campus and, hence, to the reputation of the University as a whole. 

Sophomore and incoming president of the Student Government Association (beginning next fall) Brittney Walker, of West Chester, received the Outstanding Student Service to Campus and Community Award recognizing a student who has given outstanding service to the campus and community through volunteering their time by assisting others or impacting the lives of others, thereby gaining positive recognition for him/herself and for the campus. 

The Barbara-Jackson Williams Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding was given to Paola Pedraza-Rivera. The award recognizes a student who has clearly demonstrated that individual differences are valuable and that learning about others who are culturally different is necessary and rewarding; shown the ability to gain the trust and respect of individuals who are culturally different from themselves; initiated programming efforts involving multicultural issues at Penn State Brandywine; or provided outstanding service in a variety of cultural student organizations at Penn State Brandywine.
Andrea McLaughlin received the Outstanding Adult Student Award, which recognizes an outstanding adult student (age 24+) at the campus who demonstrates initiative, tenacity, and flexibility in overcoming obstacles to furthering his/her education; serves as a role model for other adult students by sensitizing the institution to the needs of adult students and by establishing him/herself as a leader in the peer group;  achieves academic excellence as measured by cumulative GPA; and whose clearly defined short and long term goals reflect the values and ideals of higher education. 
The student-run newspaper, the Lion’s Eye, won the Student Club/Organization of the Year. The newspaper has shown exceptional involvement throughout the year; was active in recruiting new members and keeping them engaged and involved; contributed to the quality of student life; and promoted campus involvement. 
Karrie Bowen, instructor in communications and adviser for the Lion’s Eye, was named Club/Organization Adviser of the Year, an honor that recognizes a faculty or staff member who volunteers his/her time to serve as a club or organization adviser. Bowen has shown that she is truly engaged in the activities and mission of student organizations and is committed to enhancing the student life experience.
The Pep Rally sponsored by THON was named the Outstanding Program or Event of the Year, which recognizes a program or event, sponsored by a student club or organization that enhanced the quality of student life by promoting campus community and Penn State pride. This program demonstrated creativity, uniqueness, and inclusion.  
Junior Teron Meyers, of Upper Darby, won the Deborah J. Erie Student Leader Award, named for the campus’ director of student & enrollment services. The award recognizes a student leader who displays commitment and dedication to multiple organizations while maintaining solid academic standards. Meyers has shown how leadership involvement contributes to building pride in one’s campus and enriches the overall college experience. 
Senior Emily Robb, of West Chester, received the Outstanding Community Service Award for her outstanding work sewing (and encouraging others to sew) “Huggy Pillows”—heart-shaped, fleece pillows given to patients in the cardiac recovery unit at Chester County Hospital,  in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service. This award recognizes Robb’s volunteer event as contributing to the spirit of civic engagement through raising awareness of and enlisting campus involvement toward supporting a cause.
The event concluded with the inauguration of the 2009-2010 Student Government Association: Brittney Walker, president; Mehak Qadeer, vice president; John Bevilacqua, secretary; and Rahel Teklegiorgis, treasurer.

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