Top Students, Faculty, Staff Receive Leadership Awards at Dalton State
May 8, 2015
Twenty-six students, faculty, staff, and student organizations were honored with awards at Dalton State’s Fifth Annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet.
The Leadership Awards are handed out annually to the College’s most distinguished student leaders, student organizations, and faculty and staff members that contribute to the quality of student life on campus, according to Amber Lesicko, Coordinator for Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Office of Student Life.
The Spence Higgins Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership is named in honor of the first Student Body President, the late Spence Higgins. The award is given to a select group of graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in campus life involvement and who, through their service, have exemplified a commitment to the positive enhancement of Dalton State College. The recipients of the Spence Higgins Award this year were Russell Smith and Kayla Almazan.
The Shooting Star Award was presented to Jose Gonzales, Brooklyn Cole Herrera, Will Skiffen, Katherine Fromm, Laurely Caycho, and Shawna Ellis.
The Shining Star Award for Outstanding Student Leadership is given to select students with 60 or more earned credit hours who have shown dedication to involvement in campus life and who have exemplified a commitment to enhancing Dalton State.
This year’s recipients of the Shining Star Awards were Vicki Crane, Breann Campbell, Austin Wade, H. Ellie Bradford, and Julia Koschulla.
The Rising Star Award is given to rising student leaders with fewer than 60 earned credit hours who have shown dedication to involvement in campus life and who have exemplified a commitment to enhancing Dalton State College. This year’s recipients of the Rising Star Award were Jonathan Schwan, Krystal Tee Au Yuik, Caleb Earle, and Stephanie Skiffen.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Melissa Ortiz. The recipient of the Student Employee of the Year Award was Erik Simpson.
The Unsung Hero Award for Faculty/Staff was presented to Dr. Jacquelyn Mesco, assistant professor of education. This year’s Student Unsung Hero was Drew Serrette.
Dalton State’s Social Work Club was recognized as the Registered Student Organization of the Year.
This year’s Advisor of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Jonathan Gulledge, associate professor of psychology.
The recipient of the award for Outstanding Community Service Project was Dalton State Athletics for their involvement with Habitat for Humanity.
This year’s recipient of the Outstanding New Initiative Award was presented to the Campus Activities Board for their new event, the Roadrunner Music Festival.
Receiving the Dignity of Difference Award was Montana Gray.
“The winners of these awards are a great addition to not only the Office of Student Life, but to Dalton State College and the Dalton community,” says Lesicko. “Their commitment to the campus and, more importantly, to our students, does not go unnoticed.”