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Students, organizations receive campus awards

05/29/2014
Several Monmouth College students and organizations were honored at recent end-of-the-year award ceremonies and recognition events.
        
Awards were presented in the areas of Greek life, intercultural life, residence life and leadership. Under the latter heading, the winners of the Associated Students of Monmouth College election were announced. Jake McLean, a rising senior from Silvis, will serve as president, while rising junior Amber Berge of Port Byron will be vice president.
        
At the Office of Intercultural Life event, Raven Robinson of Peoria received awards for Outstanding Student Leader and Athletic Excellence. She shared the latter honor with Kyra Kimber of Chicago and DeAndre Smith of Carbondale. Other awards went to Antonio Borges of Chicago (Outstanding Orientation Leader); Lidia Temores of Chicago (Outstanding Peer Mentor); Sarina Alexander of Chicago (Outstanding Committee Leader); and the Colorful Voices of Praise Mime Team (Organization Excellence).
        
Fulton Hall was a big winner at the Residence Life Banquet, taking the top prize for Educational Program of the Year (modern woman triage), Staff of the Year and Passive Program of the Year (an educational public service announcement). The Cleland Hall Talent Show was named Social Program of the Year.
        
Other winners included Jon Steban of Lombard, Male RA of the Year; Jill Vass of Dallas City, Female RA of the Year; Coleman Reed of West Burlington, Iowa, Head Resident of the Year; and Gage DeCook of Port Byron (House Manager of the Year).
        
Highlander Leadership Awards were presented in April by the Office of Student Involvement. Robinson was a two-time winner there, as well, receiving the Big Red Spirit Award and the White and Crimson Leadership Award. McLean earned the Student Leader of the Year Award, while Reed was named Student Employee of the Year. Corbin Beastrom of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Good Neighbor Award.
        
Staff member John Salazar was presented the Advisor Excellence Award for his work with Mu Lambda Rho (a men’s and women’s social fraternity), while faculty member Dick Johnston was named Outstanding Career Mentor.
        
Alpha Xi Delta (a women’s social fraternity) received the Organization Excellence Award, the Association of Student Activity Programming earned the Organization Excellence Award and the Leadership Challenge Conference, presented by the Associated Students of Monmouth College, received the Kaleidoscope Award for a creative program that improves the MC community. 
        
At the Greek Life Recognition Banquet, Alpha Xi Delta received the award for Outstanding Chapter Operations, as well as the Academic Excellence Award, the Award for Excellence in Civic Responsibility and the Award for Excellence in Chapter Education and Programming. Member Haley Miller of Viola was named the Emerging Female Greek Leader.
        
Other students who received awards included Rik Williams of Greenview (Emerging Male Greek Leader); Philip Jones of Oconto Falls, Wis. (The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award); Justin Frye of Carol Stream (Outstanding Greek President); Becca Wilson of Naperville (Greek Woman of the Year); and Brad Whitcomb of Greenview (Greek Man of the Year).
        
Sigma Phi Epsilon (a men’s social fraternity) received the Excellence in Involvement and Leadership Education Award. The Outstanding Chapter Program honor was split between Pi Beta Phi (a women’s social fraternity) and a joint program by Kappa Kappa Gamma (a women’s social fraternity) and Phi Gamma Delta (a men’s social fraternity).
        
Polly Timmerman was named Outstanding Advisor.