Annual Leadership Awards Announced

Office of Student Involvement Bestows 22 Awards During Annual Ceremony

Springfield, Ohio - Wittenberg's Office of Student Involvement hosted the seventh annual Student Leadership Awards to kick off this week's Liberal Arts in Action: Celebration of Learning.

The ceremony took place at the Benham-Pence Student Center's Dining Room on Wednesday, April 5, and celebrated individuals, organizations and events that impacted the campus community in a positive way throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Committee members received 101 nominations for 22 awards.

The event is sponsored by Student Involvement, Student Senate, the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council and celebrates leadership at Wittenberg, while honoring deserving individuals, organizations and/or departments for their contributions to the success of the university.

Members of the selection committee included representatives from Student Senate, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Residence Life, Campus Ministries, Concerned Black Students, American International Association, Gender & Sexual Diversity Alliance, the Hagen Center, and representatives from the faculty and the administrative staff.

For generations, Wittenberg has intentionally provided meaningful curricular and co-curricular opportunities to develop future leaders, all while helping students achieve personal and professional success. Today it's called the #WittFactor. Learn more at

The following is a list of this year's winners: 

Program of Year Award - Immigration Panel (Sigma Delta Pi and the American International Association)

Contributions to Community Involvement Award - Celebrate Service Programs

Outstanding Community Service & Philanthropy Award - Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi and the Nu Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha

Dietrich Academic Excellence Awards - Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Gamma chapter of Beta Theta Pi

Advisor of the Year Award - Brandon Jones, Department of Music, advisor for OCMEA and Tiger Pep Band

Volunteer Advisor of the Year Award - Drew Kolb, Beta Theta Pi

Contributions to Community Living Award - Casino Night

Richard R. Scott Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award - Jon Duraj, Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention

Contributions to Health and Wellness Award - Lindsey Criswell, Project Woman advocate

Wittenberg Woman of the Year Award (student) - Megan Bobbitt

Wittenberg Woman of the Year Award (faculty) - Ruth Hoff, Department of World Languages

Wittenberg Woman of the Year Award (staff) - Carol Nickoson

Celebration of Diversity Award - The Facing Project, coordinated by Lauren Instenes

Contributions to Religious and Spiritual Life Award - Interfaith Initiatives, coordinated by Zara Tickner, Jewish Culture Club and the Interfaith Committee

Most Improved Chapter Award - Phi Kappa Psi

Tiger Award - Kyle Powers, Kelsey Lorko, Kamyia Fletcher, Cameron Black, and Evan Barnard

Unsung Hero Award - Angie Fairbanks, Joe Robinette, Grace Whiteley, JoAnn Bennett, and Brian LeMaster

Emerging Leader of the Year Award - Zach Hobson

Greek Woman of the Year Award - Molly Records, Alpha Delta Pi

Greek Man of the Year Award - Joshua Marks, Phi Kappa Psi

Club Sport of the Year Award - Club Basketball

New Organization of the Year Award - Tiger Pep Band

Chapter of Excellence Award - Delta Tau Delta

Student Organization of the Year Award - Alpha Phi Omega


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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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