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Campus organizations hold end-of-year ceremonies

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College student affairs staff, including Ruby Penstil-Bukari (far left) and Mohsin Masood and Jacquelyn Condon (both seated), were part of a ceremony recognizing international exchange students earlier this month. The students include, from left, Ida Hedqvist (Sweden), Sylvain Darville (France), Mio Enomoto (Japan), Kathleen Murphy (Northern Ireland), Yannis Elandaloussi (France), Yendry Torres-Vindas (Costa Rica), Mizuki Amagai (Japan), Adile Deliimam (Bulgaria), Akira Kawasaki (Japan), Syed Haroon Bin Farrukh (Pakistan), Wellington Ouverney (Brazil) and Aoi Tsukada (Japan).
The end of the spring semester is a time to stop and reflect on the many accomplishments that have been achieved throughout the academic year. Several organizations at Monmouth College have done just that, holding end-of-the-year award ceremonies and recognition events.

MC’s Office of Intercultural Life held two such events, presenting a variety of awards in late April and, two weeks later, recognizing 12 international students who were on campus during the spring semester.

Raven Robinson, a sophomore from Peoria, received two awards – President of the Year and Peer Mentor of the Year. She was recognized for her leadership of UMOJA, a new organization that promotes unity and African-American culture. Robinson was a near unanimous winner of the latter award.

Junior Zakiyyah Ali of Homewood received the Student Leader of the Year Award for Programming and was cited for “raising the level of programming and educating the campus community about diversity, as well as African-American culture.”

The Student Leader of the Year Award for Academic Standards went to sophomore Garrett Daniel of Glenwood, who co-chaired the Academic Study Tables program and “set the standard for others attending the study tables to achieve high academic standards.”

Junior Dawn Williams of Chicago received the Student Leader of the Year Award for Advertisement and Engagement for “making sure students are informed about various ways they can get involved and participate in campus activities.”

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to junior Ariana Wills of Bolingbrook. Wills leads the musical group Colorful Voices of Praise and serves on the public relations committee for intercultural life.

International exchange students Adile Deliimam of Bulgaria and Yendry Torres-Vindas of Costa Rica shared the Student Leader of the Year Award for Community Service. They received the honor for spearheading a Kids For Hunger fundraiser that more than doubled its goal of $500.

Deliimam and Torres-Vindas were two of the international students recognized in the Office of Intercultural Life’s May ceremony. Others included Mizuki Amagai, Mio Enomoto, Akira Kawasaki, Ayumi Kikuchi and Aoi Tsukada (Japan); Syed Haroon Bin Farrukh (Pakistan); Sylvain Darville and Yannis Elandaloussi (France); Ida Hedqvist (Sweden); Kathleen Murphy (Northern Ireland); Viktoriya Krasimirova Nencheva (Bulgaria); and Wellington Ouverney (Brazil).

President Mauri Ditzler and vice president for student life Jacquelyn Condon presented certificates and small gifts to the students and thanked them for choosing Monmouth College for part of their higher education experience.

Liedman Hall was a big winner at MC’s Residence Life Awards, taking the top prize for Educational Program of the Year (interview etiquette), Staff of the Year and Social Program of the Year (“Bring Your Own Bowl” by sophomore Christina Durante of Wauconda).

Other winners included sophomore Aaron Bromeland of Newark, Male RA of the Year; junior Kayla Corzine of Danville, Female RA of the Year; and senior Jonathan Welty of Dixon, Head Resident of the Year.

Ten Monmouth students were honored at the “It’s Great to Be a Scot!” awards banquet. They were recognized for their excellence in mentoring throughout the past year, with each honoree inviting their own campus mentor to join them.

Honored students included seniors Gabi Schaerli of Gurnee (Autumn Scott), Cyrus Turner of Reynolds (Tim Stiles), Jonathan Welty of Dixon (Roger Haynes) and Ed Wimp of Chicago (Don Capener); and junior Mary Bohlander of Marengo (Janeve West).

Also, sophomores Stevie Croisant of Hennepin (Marlo Belschner), Anders Nelson of Galesburg (Mike Sostarecz) and Raven Robinson (Kate Zittlow Rogness) and freshmen Kaitlyn Miller of Hobart, Ind., (Laura Moore) and Radha Regmi of Chicago (Linda Munoz).

Highlander Leadership Awards were presented in April by the Office of Student Involvement. Senior Samantha Jagust of Lockport received two awards – the Student Employee of the Year and the White and Crimson Leadership Award. Other winners of student awards included senior Kevin Ross of Homer Glen, Big Red Spirit Award; Jonathan Welty, Good Neighbor Award; and junior Roy Sye of Arlington Heights, Student Leader of the Year.

The women’s fraternity Alpha Xi Delta was recognized for Student Organization Service Excellence, and AXD shared the award for Student Organization Excellence with the Men’s Water Polo Club.

Monmouth College staff members receiving Highlander Leadership Awards were Stephanie Kinkaid, Outstanding Career Mentor; and Ronda Willhardt, Student Organization Advisor Excellence (Alpha Xi Delta).