Awards and Recognition

Each spring, the we host the Student Leadership & Honors Awards. At this 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 newly elected directors and senators of the Undergraduate Student Government take the Oath of Office and the incoming USG president delivers their inaugural address.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 award winners!

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.

2016-17 recipients: Kyle Brooks, Samuel Hersh

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.

2016-17 recipients: Matthew Chernesky, Layne Crow

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.

2016-17 recipients: Destiny Kaznoch, Brenna Parker

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.

2016-17 recipients: Carleton Whitmore, Courtney Yoder

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.

2016-17 recipients: Elizabeth Garlinger, Corey Patterson

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.

2016-17 recipients: Colleen Curtis, Kelsey Merritt

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.

2016-17 recipients: Mackenzie Phelps, Jarrod Crano, Veronica Musser, Emily Badock, Hanna Moore, Zhamilya Suieubayeva, Laura Wester

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.

2016-17 recipients: Olivia D'Andrea, Adam Dengler, Clifford Glowacki, Samuel Graska, Keri Richmond, Marisa Stephens, Jaqueline Torto, Laura Wester, Ariella Yager

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.

2016-17 recipients: Michele Ewing, Janine Tiffe

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.

2016-17 recipients: Public Relations Student Society of America

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.

2016-17 recipients:  Hillel at Kent State 

Rookie of the Year Award

This award recognizes registered student organizations that have been in existence for less than three years. These organizations have demonstrated the potential to provide strong leadership on campus and the ability to make a positive impact on Kent State University.

2016-17 recipient: International Student Council

 

Most Impactful Program Award

This award will be given to student organizations that implemented a program throughout the school year that made a substantive and positive impact on campus and beyond through its innovation and distinctiveness.

2016-17 recipient: Undergraduate Student Government for TedX