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Campus recognizes outstanding student leadership

Aimee Ralph and Steve Iatesta
Aimee Ralph and Steve Iatesta
5/1/2012 —

Penn State Brandywine hosted its annual Leadership Recognition Night on April 18 to acknowledge individual students, groups and events for their efforts on behalf of the campus and student body. The event also ushered in the new Student Government Association officers for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

The incoming SGA, known as The Pride Party, includes President Pawel Zwierzchowski, senior; Vice President Amelia Klaus, senior; Secretary Amanda Dzwill, junior; Treasurer Matthew McAndrew, senior and Head of Senate Lauren Coppola, junior.

Senior Heather Heacock received the Eric A. Josephine S. Walker Award. Given to full-time undergraduate students from each campus, the 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.

The Lion’s Eye newspaper received the Student Club/Organization of the Year award, recognizing a student club or organization that has shown exceptional involvement throughout the year and has contributed to the quality of student life and promoted campus involvement.

The student volunteer and service group Penn State M.A.D.E. (Making A Difference Everyday) won the Outstanding Program or Event of the Year award for enhancing the quality of student life by promoting campus community and Penn State pride while demonstrating creativity, uniqueness and inclusion.

Senior Steve Iatesta, outgoing SGA president, was bestowed the Deborah J. Erie Student Leader Award, which is named for the campus director of enrollment management and recognizes a student leader who displays commitment and dedication to multiple organizations while maintaining solid academic standards.

Senior Dave Serpentine was honored with the Outstanding Lion Service Award for demonstrating commitment and dedication while acting as the Nittany Lion mascot.

Junior Stacey Cassidy received the Outstanding Adult Student Award, which recognizes an outstanding adult student, 24 years of age or older, who serves as a role model for other adult students by sensitizing the campus to the needs of adult students and by establishing herself as a leader in her peer group.

Senior Aimee Ralph won 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 and impacting the lives of others.

Sophomore Carol Cloud received the Diane D. Shorter Outstanding Community Service Award, named for the campus’ student affairs specialist and given to a student who contributes to the spirit of service through raising awareness of and enlisting campus involvement toward supporting a cause.

The Student Affairs Excellence Award was shared by Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Laura Guertin and the Random IMPROV Club.

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