New senators take oath of office

Jackie Valley

KSU recognizes student achievements, leaders at ceremony

The 2007-2008 Undergraduate Student Senate was inaugurated last night at the Student Leadership Honors Awards Celebration and Inauguration. Newly elected executive director Katie Hale spoke on her plans for change for the upcoming school year.


Credit: Ron Soltys

Katie Hale, executive director of the Undergraduate Student Senate, called for unity among student leaders in her inaugural address last night at the 29th Annual Student Leadership Honors Awards Celebration & Inauguration.

Hale said she wants to “unite together to accomplish the goals we set forth for the common good of our fellow students.”

“After all, that is what we, as students leaders, are here to do,” she said. “When we received the honor of being elected or appointed to our positions, we pledged to commit ourselves to responsibilities, and in doing so, we strive for the betterment of Kent State.”

Pete Goldsmith, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, administered the oath of office to the 2007-2008 USS and Graduate Student Senate and the commitment to service oath to all newly elected student officers in organizations.

Following Hale’s speech, Edward Moreira, executive chair of the GSS, extended an invitation to USS “to work together to achieve bigger and greater goals.”

Moreira said the goal of any level of student government is to “serve the student body as whole whether we are graduate students or undergraduates.”

President Lester Lefton, who spoke at beginning of the ceremony, thanked the students for their work throughout the year at Kent State.

“I’m proud of your achievements,” he said. “I know the dividends of your time and energy.”

Award Recipients of the 29th Annual Student Leadership Honors Awards Celebration & Inauguration

Students, faculty advisers and student organizations received awards based on academic achievement, dedication to student organizations and impact on the student body. In all, there were 18 different awards — some to multiple recipients.

The Nancy and John Scott Leadership Award

Sasha Parker

Student Leaders of the Year Award

Graduate Students:

Diana Awad

Clinton Braganza

Hazel Emery

Lizhong Hao

Doron Kutash

Jeremy Neal

Undergraduate Students:

Bethany Early

Elizabeth Eckels

Kevin Hallsky

Michael Hammond

Eduard Junelov

Erika Kendall

Sasha Parker

Melissa Pollock

Matthew White

Mortar Board Scholar’s Medal

Nicole Narduzzi

Melvyn J. Feinberg Outstanding Senior Award

Erica Balazs

Justin Jeffery

Distinguished Student Leader Awards

Senior: Marisia Styles

Junior: Amanda Vasil

Organization Excellence Award

All Campus Programming Board

Kent Communication Society

Kent Student Ambassadors / Student Alumni

Public Relations Student Society of America

Advisor Excellence Award

Preston Boardhead, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Julie Christensen, Pi Mu Epsilon

Rozell Duncan, Kent Communication Society

Mietek Jaroniec, Department of Chemistry

Eric Rackham Award

Lucas Citro

Benjamin Feld

Margaret Swanson Davis Award

Elizabeth Eisaman

Christopher Taylor

Emerging Student Leader Award

Nicholas Disabatino

Sarah Hansel

Renee Pearce

Lauren Strohl

Elise Venditti

Mary Manchester Award

William Christe

Jaclyn Krah

Cindy Bowlby Award

Jenna Gerling

Preston Mitchum

Manchester Cup Award

Ross Miltner

Megan Odell-Scott

Community Excellence Award

Amanda Peel

Megan Sedello

Leo Anthony Soehnlen

Service Excellence Award

United Christian Ministries

Students of Scholarship

A number of students also received the Leadership Excellence, Senior Recognition and SherriJo Luft Memorial awards.

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