Student Leader of the Month | Center for Student Involvement | Kent State University

Student Leader of the Month

Recognition for excellence in leadership through campus and community involvement.

We invite any Kent State community member (faculty, staff and students) to nominate a student who they believe exemplifies leadership through personal development, organizational leadership and/or community engagement. The student must be in good academic standing. All nominations should be submitted by the second Friday of each month.  Nominations will be reviewed and selected by members of the Center for Student Involvement staff.

Student Leader of the Month recipients will receive:

  • Student Leader of the Month Certificate
  • Lunch with the Dean of Students
  • Choice of a t-shirt, mug, or hat from the University Bookstore
  • Recognition on the Student Leader of the Month website
  • Recognition in an email to the Center for Student Involvement listserv 
  • Recognition in the monthly Leadership Newsletter
  • Mention in a twitter post via @KentStateLeads

If you have any questions, please contact Tessa Wagner by email twagne18_stu@kent.edu or by phone 330-672-2457.

Submit a Nomination for Student Leader of the Month

SEPTEMBER - Student Leader of the Month

GILLIAN CONRAD

Senior

Finance

President of Golden Key International Honour Society.

Her nominator, Rachelle Yarbrough, said this about Gillian: “Last year the previous leadership, students and advisor, all stepped down at the same time. The organization was left without much direction or documentation to stand on. Gillian stepped up and took the role of President to not only maintain the organization chapter, but to help it thrive. The national Headquarters for Golden Key has chapter standards for leadership operations, academic recognition, service activities and chapter awareness. There are three levels of Bronze, silver and gold. This year, for 2017-2018, KSU Golden Key received the Gold level ranking, which it has not done in the years since I have been involved as a student and currently as the advisor. I attribute this to Gillian's dedication and the leadership she has shown within the organization and the community we serve. She is a great value to our organization and truly deserves to be recognized for it.”  

OCTOBER - Student Leader of the Month

JOHN McDERMOTT 
Junior
Accounting
President of Delta Sigma Pi and the director of Business for Kent Interhall Council.

John was nominated by two different people for this award. His first nominator, Evan Medfisch, said this about John: “John has served as a responsible and effective leader in both of his important leadership roles on campus. His work represents and benefits hundreds if not thousands of students on campus and specifically those in the College of Business. More recently, John worked hard to ensure that the Deltasig (the cafe on the second floor of BSA) could remain open for the coming years. He also participated and led extensive move-in weekend activities for KIC and spent this past weekend leading campus events for homecoming. John is extremely deserving of this nomination.”

John’s second nominator, Reilly Berk, said this about him: “John has been an amazing leader on and off campus. He has made important monumental changes to better our Fraternity and group as a whole. He makes a an effort to talk to everyone in the fraternity multiple times throughout the semester. John has represented Delta Sigma Pi in meetings with the Deans and at different conferences around the United States. John brought our DSP cafe back after months of people telling us it was never going to happen. John fights for what he believes in and never ever gives up. He is supportive and caring and cares so much about Kent State and the organizations he is involved with at the school. In KIC, John has put on huge events such as Sex Week, Sibs and Kids Weekend, Parents Weekend, etc. If anyone ever needs anything John is always there.”