Group of Students on the sidewalk near the Student Center

Awards and Recognition

This year the Center for Student Involvement hosted the 38th annual Student Leadership & Honors Awards. At this annual event, we celebrate and recognize our student leaders, organizations and advisors for their contributions to the Kent State community during the current academic year.

As part of the evenings celebration, the 2015-16 elected directors and senators of the Undergraduate Student Government took the Oath of Office and executive director, Samuel Graska, delivered his inaugural address.

Senior Awards

Eric Rackham Award

This award is presented to the senior who has displayed good scholarship and who has shown great interest and concern for the University. In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will place a strong emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2015-16 recipients: Alyssa Wenger, Perry Kimmel, and Nicole Sauter

Manchester Cup

This award is presented to the senior whose contribution of leadership and citizenship has had the most far-reaching effect upon the University. Emphasis is placed upon effective and significant leadership. Note: In selecting the recipient of the Manchester Cup, the committee will place a strong emphasis on leadership and a moderate emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2015-16 recipients: Colin Otubu, Kevin Otubu, Brittany Martin and Chelsea Kennedy

Margaret Swanson Davis Award

This award is presented to the senior who has displayed outstanding scholarship, and whose contribution as an independent (non-Greek) has enhanced campus activities and residence hall living. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will place strong emphasis on scholastic achievement.

2015-16 recipients: Drew Canfield and Axel Alwan

Mary Manchester Award

This award is presented in memory of Mrs. Mary Manchester, wife of the late Raymond E. Manchester, Dean of Men Emeritus. The senior selected for this award shall display superior scholarship, strong leadership, and constructive citizenship. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will give the greatest consideration to candidates who have shown superior scholarship.

2015-16 recipients: Alexandrea Garrett, Samuel Rodgers, and Alicen Maestas

Melvyn J. Feinberg Outstanding Senior Award

This award is given to the individual who has evidenced good scholarship, whose campus participation has been outstanding in both breadth and depth, and who has made a significant impact on the University. Note: In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will give equal consideration to scholastic and co-curricular achievement.

2015-16 recipients: Megan Grable, Brian Cannon, and Kalene Capilongo

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Cindy Bowlby Award

This award was created in memory of Cindy Bowlby, a dedicated student leader at Kent. In the spirit of her ideals, this award is presented to a returning (non-graduating) student leader who has demonstrated excellence in his or her scholarship, leadership, and integrity.

2015-16 recipients: Courtney Yoder, Charles Lonergan, and Theresa Medrano

Distinguished Student Leader Award

Awarded by the Kent State University Alumni Association to student leaders who have demonstrated outstanding campus leadership during the course of his/her undergraduate studies. The recipient is selected on the basis of leadership, academics, community, and social service to the university. This award is given to one student in each of the following categories: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, Greek community member, and international student.

2015-16 recipients: Lindsey Leddon, Haruka Takabayashi, Olivia D’Andrea, Kelsey Merritt, Layne Crow, and Amanda Bevington

Student Leader of the Year Award

This award is given to no more than nine student leaders each year. Members of organizations may be nominated by their peers or advisors. The committee will place a strong emphasis on students who have contributed significantly to the leadership of their organization and whose campus participation has been outstanding.

2014-15 recipients: Amanda Bevington, Megan Carrasco, Kevin Heller, Angela Ehrich, Terry Hugo, Natalia Roman, Marisa Stephens, Kevin Otubu, and Gabrielle Woodard

Nancy and John Scott Leadership Award

This individual is chosen by the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs from the students who were selected as Student Leader of the Year. This individual has shown exceptional leadership through his or her organizational involvement and has had a positive and significant impact on the greater Kent community.

2014-15 recipient: Kevin Otubu

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS

Advisor Excellence Award

This award will be given to an advisor(s) of a registered student organization who has been recognized by his or her organization as having done an outstanding job.

2015-16 recipients: Joe Karpinski and Mary Lynn Delfino

Organization Excellence Award

This award is given to registered student organizations for outstanding contributions to its members and the student body as a whole. The recipient will be an organization whose members have demonstrated a strong ability to promote its ideals, have used innovative methods in reaching goals, and whose members have made significant contributions to Kent State University.

2015-16 recipients: FLASHanthropy, Kent State Construction Management Student Organization, and Kent Student Ambassadors

Service Excellence Award

This award recognizes the commitment of student organizations to community service. Each group recognized shall have made a meaningful contribution through the completion of community service projects.

2015-16 recipients:  The Campus Kitchen at Kent State and Art Education Student Chapter

Information for the 2015 - 2016 USG Directors and Senators can be found on the Undergraduate Student Government website.