2015 Student Life Awards

by Nick Luchko | May 15, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the annual Student Life Awards Ceremony took place at the DeSales University Center.    

John Bayeux ’15, Jennifer Fay ’15, and Alyssa Petillo ’15, served as student leader hosts for the evening as a number of DeSales students were recognized for their service to the Student Life Department during the past year. 

Below are the recipients of the various awards along with the presenters. In addition, members of the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board were inducted into their new roles and members of the L.E.A.DSU (Leaders Emerging at DeSales University) program received their certificates of completion.

Fr. John Hanley Spirit of DeSales Award 

THE JOHN A. HANLEY SPIRIT OF DE SALES AWARD

Recipients: Catherine Chovanes and Ariana Faichtyger
Presenters: Maggie Riggins – Director of Campus Ministry

  • This honor is awarded to an individual whose actions, positive attitude, and exemplified spiritual life has influenced DeSales University.

DR. JERRY JOYCE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AWARD

Recipients: Andrew Ivankovits and Christine Holmes
Presenter:  Nick Luchko – Director of Student Engagement and Leadership  

  • Presented to an individual, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in student activities, engaged other students through clubs and organizations and has dedicated themselves to enhancing the school spirit of DeSales University to their peers and the community. 


Dr. Gregg Amore First Year Award

DR. GREGG AMORE FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE AWARD

Recipient: Ryan Gutshall 
Presenter:  Chad Serfass – Director of the DeSales Experience

  • Presented to a first-year student who has exemplified the Golden Council traits within their personal and academic life, has demonstrated these character traits throughout the campus community, and has exhibited these traits and strengths in a way that has inspired character growth in her or his peers. 

PARENT ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL SERVICE

Recipient: James Herrighty 
Presenter: Jaime Gerhart – Director of the Center for Service and Social Justice

  • This outstanding honor is awarded to the student who has portrayed a strong willingness to work within the community in an effort to strengthen and improve the lives of others.

Fr. James Finnegan Individual Community Service Award  

REV. JAMES FINNEGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL SERVICE AWARD

Recipients: Ashley Caroff and Victoria Gaffney
Presenter:  Jaime Gerhart – Director of the Center for Service and Social Justice

  • Presented to an individual who gives of himself/herself for the betterment of his/her fellow students both on and off the DeSales University campus.

Fr. James Finnegan Community Service Group Award

REV. JAMES FINNEGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR ORGANIZATION SERVICE AWARD

Recipient: Best Buddies
Presenter:  Jaime Gerhart – Director of the Center for Service and Social Justice

  • Presented to a group that is committed to giving back to the community through time and acts of kindness.

TROY BAUER CAREER AMBASSADOR AWARD

Recipient:  Heidi Kurter
Presenter: Kristin Eicholtz – Director of the Career Development Center

  • Presented to an individual, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advising their peers to explore, experience, and achieve their professional goals and follow their passions.  Furthermore, this is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond their scheduled duties to promote the Career Development Center and enhance his/her own career growth and development.

Helen Danko and Jean Maurer Wellness Award

HELEN DANKO AND JEAN MAURER WELLNESS AWARD

Recipients: Paige Nebistinsky
Presenter:  Wendy Krisak – Director of the Counseling Center

  • This honor is awarded annually to a student who has contributed to the overall wellness of the DeSales student body.

George S. Salzmann Award

GEORGE S. SALZMANN AWARD

Recipient: Rachel Myslinski
Presenter: Linda Zerbe – Dean of Students  

  • Presented to an individual whose leadership through the Student Government Association has made outstanding contributions to the DeSales community.

James F. Kilcur SGA Class Leadership Group

James F. Kilcur SGA CLASS LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Freshman: Karrington Hamilton
Sophomore: Dan McDonald
Junior: Rebecca Cabrera
Senior: Erin Rosa Pabon
Presenter: Rachel Myslinski – Executive President of SGA 

  • This award is given to a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior who has exemplified outstanding leadership through academics, extracurricular activities and served as a positive role model for others during his/her senior year. 

SGA Program of the Year Award

SGA PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

Recipient: Psychology Club Masquerade Ball
Presenter:  Savanna Risser – SGA Vice President for Student Life 

  • This award is presented to an individual or group who has executed the most outstanding campus program benefitting the University. Outstanding programs include programs that contribute to the development of a diverse culture on campus and appeal to a varied audience.

SGA Club of the Year Award

SGA CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recipient: Exercise is Medicine
Presenter: Christine Holmes – SGA Vice President of the Treasury

  • The Club of the Year is presented to a group who has benefited the community through outstanding programs, leadership on campus and dedication to the mission of DeSales University

SGA OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Recipient:  Brother Joseph Schodowski – Campus Environment
Presenters: Rachel Myslinski and John Bayeux

  • This award is presented to a staff member who has shown outstanding service to the student body of DeSales University.

SGA OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Recipient: Dr. Amy Scott – Business Department
Presenters: Rachel Myslinski and John Bayeux 

  • This award is presented to a faculty member who has shown outstanding service to the student body of DeSales University.

SGA 2015 – 2016 Executive Board

Executive President - Savanna Risser
Executive Office of the Treasurer - Lauren Wieser
Executive Vice President of Student Life - John Blaisse
Executive Vice President of Campus Services - Thomas DePaul
Executive Vice President of Student Resources - Kristyna Sabato

LEADSU Graduates

Patrick Collins
Angela Delio
Emily Gallagher
Gina Galassi
Erin Grube
Kelsie Hess
Ryan Jordan
Myriam Joseph
Amanda Kaschak
Emily Miller
Kaitlyn Miller
Krystina Sabato
John Pinto
Paul Vizza
Tim Yannaccone


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