Congrats to Our 2023 Student Life Award Winners
DeSales is proud to honor the following recipients of the 2023 Student Life Awards. A formal celebration was held on May 3. Congratulations to all of our leaders!
MARGARET “MARGE” KENDER STUDENT LIFE TRAILBLAZER AWARD
Recipient: Mary Bushner ’23
Presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership throughout the student life department, provided new pathways for students to succeed, and displayed generosity to students through their actions.
THE JOHN A. HANLEY SPIRIT OF DESALES AWARD
Recipient: Abigail Estrada ’23
This honor is awarded to an individual whose actions, positive attitude, and exemplary spiritual life have influenced DeSales University.
DR. JERRY JOYCE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AWARD
Recipient(s): Ashlee Jopp ’23 and Xavier Gordon ’23
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in student activities, engaged other students through clubs and organizations, and has dedicated himself/herself to enhancing the school spirit of DeSales University to his/her peers and the community.
DR. GREGG AMORE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE AWARD
Recipient(s): Mary Frances McNulty ’26 and Joyce Hanna ’26
Presented to a first-year student who has exemplified the Golden Council traits within his/her 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 his/her peers.
PARENT ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL SERVICE
Recipient: Kathleen Maloney ’23
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.
REV. JAMES FINNEGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL SERVICE AWARD
Recipient: Julia Fox ’24
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.
REV. JAMES FINNEGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR ORGANIZATION SERVICE AWARD
Recipient: Best Buddies
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: Melissa Israel ’23
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advising his/her 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 his/her scheduled duties to promote the career development center and enhance his/her own career growth and development.
HELEN DANKO AND JEAN MAURER WELLNESS AWARD
Recipient: Sarahjane Galvin ’24
This honor is awarded annually to a student who has contributed to the overall wellness of the DeSales student body.
GEORGE S. SALZMANN SGA AWARD
Recipient: Michael Pierce ’23
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 AWARDS
First Year: Jacalyn Cuozzo ’26
Sophomore: Daniel Fonte ’25
Junior: Brandon Rank ’24
Senior: Lauren Linder ’23
This award is given to a first-year student, sophomore, junior, and senior who have exemplified outstanding leadership through academics, extracurricular activities, and who have served as positive role models for others during the academic year.
SGA PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Recipient: Black Student Union - Afro Caribbean Carnival
This award is presented to an individual or group who has executed the most outstanding campus program to benefit the University. Outstanding programs include programs that contribute to the development of a diverse culture on campus and appeal to a varied audience.
SGA STUDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recipient: Students for Health Humanities
This award is presented to a group that has benefited the community through its outstanding programs, leadership on campus, and dedication to the mission of DeSales University.
SGA SISTER JOHN MARIE OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Recipient: Kristin Eicholtz
This award is presented to a staff member who has shown outstanding service to the student body of DeSales University.
SGA DR. JEFFREY FOCHT OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Recipient: Dr. Francis Mayville
This award is presented to a faculty member who has shown outstanding service to the student body of DeSales University.