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GWC congratulates 2019-2020 student honors and awards recipients

GWC congratulates 2019-2020 student honors and awards recipients

Each year in April, the GWC community celebrates students’ academic, leadership, and involvement achievements at a special honors reception. Since we were unable to host the event in-person this year, we wanted to share the list of 2019-2020 honorees and award recipients so we can recognize them virtually, together. Congratulations to all!

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester recognizes students who have earned a 3.6 GPA or higher. Students recognized with high honors have earned a perfect 4.0.

Dean’s List with HIGH HONORS (4.0 GPA)
Eliza Barragan
Karlie Bartlett
Danielle Bonngard
Brian Chatfield
Emma Davellis
Kara Davis-Jagodzinski
Emilee Deibert
Skylar Duerr
Kevin Eggert
Gabriela Esquivel
Anais Friedrich
Jessica Jones
Hadlie Kelly
Nicole Kolar
Zoee Lagerhausen
Jenna Los
Jessica Lupont
Hanna Major
Margrethe Marie Makasiar
Melissa Martischang-Murphy
Cherie Meinen
Matthew Menning
Sarah Mitchell
Kimberly Norwood
Danielle O’Bannon
Katelyn Perryman
Teagen Petersen
Lauren Scalise
George Somerville
Heather Stewart
Lynn Talarek
Christina Tellez
Marlene Vail
Hailey Vyskocil
Annalise Warren
Mariah White
Parker Wilson

Dean’s List (3.6 GPA and above)
Casey Burmeister
Elise Carter
Crystal Cauley
Gisela De la Torre
Clarissa Dodillet
Sarah Drafall
Leonel Esquivel
Courtnie Gabala
Katherine Graham
Yatzary Huerta
Dalila LeBeau
Emily McCulloh
Jessica Ortiz
Taron Rich
Rachel Schuldt
Beth Sylvanus
Regan Thurow
Joely Vanlaarhoven
Whitney Westmaas
Natalie Wiess

Gold Ivy Leaf Award

The Gold Ivy Leaf Award represents superior scholarship for those students who have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours at Aurora University and are graduating with at least Magna Cum Laude honors (3.75 to 3.89).

Recipients
Julia Kranenburg
Amber Munster
Marlene Vail

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Eligibility for membership in the Honor Society is based on first-time, full-time university attendance and a term GPA of 3.50 during the freshman year.

Inductees
Julia Kranenburg
Jacqueline Pytel

Lake Geneva Garden Scholarship

The Lake Geneva Garden Scholarship is awarded to one student who exemplified the values and goals of the Lake Geneva Garden Club by having a major in Environmental Science/Sustainability and a strong focus on social responsibility, advocacy, and ethical responsibility.

Recipient
Margrethe Marie Makasiar

Psi Chi Honor Society

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Requirements for membership include being a psychology major or minor; having completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework; having completed at least 9 semester credit hours or equivalent of psychology courses; having a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses; and having earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class compared to their classmates across the entire Aurora University.

Inductees
Nicole Kolar
Hanna Major
Teagen Petersen

George Williams College Faculty Award

The George Williams College Faculty Award recognizes an outstanding graduating senior for embodiment of ideals true to Sir George Williams and his worldwide mission. Recipients demonstrate the GWC ideals of community service, service to George Williams College, authentic learning, regard for the whole person, and service through diverse and global ties.

This year's recipient of the GWC Faculty Award is a familiar face at GWC. She has served the college as a student leader taking on roles as a member of the move-in crew, orientation leader, and resident assistant. She may be most recognizable though for her role as a library student assistant. She was one of the first students to work in the library when it opened, and she continued to do so into her senior year. Academically, she has been an exceptional student and made the Dean's List every semester. She has shared her academic strengths with her peers serving as a tutor. Her additional contributions to our learning community included being a key member of our Responsible Solutions Club and her tireless work and commitment behind the scenes as the editor of the GWC Gazette. She often contributed her own writings as well as editing copy and designing the layout.

Julia Kranenburg has a strong presence but a quiet demeanor; what was important to her was not the prestige of position but to simply "getting things done" and her accomplishments at GWC are many. She has got a lot of things done! She came to GWC with the dream of becoming a nurse, and she will leave GWC at a time when nurses are very much needed in the world. We are proud to call her a daughter of George Williams College, and we know she will continue to embody the values of Sir George Williams as she goes forth into the world.

Recipient
Julia Kranenburg

SCHOOL OF NURSING AWARDS

Sharon Beverly Award

Each year, one student from the School of Nursing is awarded the Sharon Beverly Award. This award is presented in cooperation with the Delta Phi Alpha Sorority to a senior nursing major who most exemplifies spirit, determination, and leadership. Beverly was a nursing major who persisted toward her degree despite the hardship of a full leg amputation due to bone cancer. Tragically, Beverly died before achieving her goal, but left us all with the lingering spirit of who she was and what she achieved.

This year's recipient of the Sharon Beverly Award suffered from seizures from age 6 onward. She had six brain surgeries when she was 16, and missed a full year of high school, yet managed to graduate with her class on time. She is an excellent student, professional in demeanor, and an asset to the nursing profession. The School of Nursing presents the Sharon Beverly Award for the 2019-2020 academic year to Jenna Los.

Recipient
Jenna Los

Sigma Nursing Honor Society

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.

Inductees
Alani Aquilar
Brianna Bjorge
Emma Davellis
Sabryn DeNotto
Bekaila Dorn
Skylar Duerr
Angelica Garcia
Julia Kranenberg
Jenna Los
Angela Pieroni
Jacqueline Pytel
Beth Sylvanus

Student Nursing Association Board Members
Shannon Vogt – President
Bridget Laing – Vice President
Emma Davellis – Project Chairperson
Megan Laing – Treasurer
Rachael Willoughby – Secretary

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AWARDS

Outstanding Social Work Student Award

The Outstanding Social Work Student Award is awarded to a GWC graduating senior who has consistently demonstrated the core values and practice behaviors put forth by both the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Council on Social Work Education. The core values of social work include service, social Justice, respecting the dignity and self-worth of others, recognition of the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

The social work faculty is proud to award the Outstanding Social Work Student Award to Jessica Jones. Jessica demonstrates the qualities of a social worker in her classwork, her internship, and as a valued member of the GWC community. Through her creativity, initiative, and ideas, Jessica provided shared leadership in the social work program, serving as a vice president of the Social Work Club, designing the School of Social Work apparel for the campus store, leading the Christmas Toy Drive, working in the library, and volunteering to assist others on campus and in her classes.

Recipient
Jessica Jones

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national social work honor society that recognizes academic excellence among undergraduate students. We have chosen to call this society Phi Alpha which means “love of humanity,” and we have adopted the colors blue and gold. These GWC students have been selected by the Zeta Epsilon Chapter to become members of the National Social Work Honor Society because they have demonstrated an interest in the profession of social work; they have attained academic excellence not only in social work education, but also in all other academic areas; and we believe they are dedicated to the idea of service to humanity. They have also demonstrated a commitment to the standards, ethics, and goals of the social work profession.

Inductees
Karlie Bartlett
Danielle Bonngard
Brian Chatfield
Anais Friedrich
Jessica Jones
Hadlie Kelly
Jessica Lupont
Melissa Martischang-Murphy
Cherie Meinen
Kimberly Norwood
Heather Stewart
Lynn Talarek
Marlene Vail

STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND INVOLVEMENT

Student Employment Acknowledgement

The following students have participated in student employment on-campus throughout the academic year and have contributed greatly to the day-to-day functioning and overall success of GWC.

Eliza Barragan
Casey Burmeister
Miranda Coombs
Gisela De la Torre
Emilee Deibert
Sabryn DeNotto
Nicholas Dubios-Rose
Jalen Dunbar
Kevin Eggert
Leonel Esquivel
Anna Featherstone
Katherine Graham
Demi Grant
Nayeli Guerra
Olivia Hesterly
Shamya Hood
Jessica Jones
Jenna Kincaid
Julia Kranenburg
Zoee Lagerhausen
Dalila LeBeau
Margrethe Marie Makasiar
Ashley Martin
Amber Munster
Tempelle Newman
Alfonso Nuci
Teagen Petersen
Connor Prekwas
Jacqueline Pytel
Dezirae Ruiz
Lauren Scalise
George Somerville
Marlene Vail
Hailey Vyskocil
Annalise Warren
Mariah White
Natalie Wiess

2020 Alternative Spring Break

Every year, GWC invites students on a service trip in support of its alternative spring break program (ASB). During the first week of March, eight students traveled to Missouri and volunteered with Mission St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation and eradication of poverty in St. Louis. The mission’s focus is on after-school assistance, community work, and home rehabilitation in poverty ridden neighborhoods in the area.

During the course of the week, students helped in food assistance programs for those undergoing extreme medical treatment; laid the ground work for a local urban farm and community garden; assisted in the career outreach center; and learned the impact this work has on a community. We recognize the eight students who dedicated their spring break to a cause larger than themselves and who demonstrated a commitment to the GWC mission of serving others.

Participants
Eliza Barragan
Casey Burmeister
Sarah Kamara
Margrethe Marie Makasiar
Mary Nash
Joely Vanlaarhoven
Jesenya Vasquez-Marquez
Mariah White

Program of the Year

Each year, student clubs and organizations host a variety of programs for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff. GWC students have the opportunity to vote on their favorite.

Nominated Programs
Feed My Starving Children Trip — Student Activities Board
Harvest Dinner — Responsible Solutions and Spiritual Advisory Council
SNA Carnation Fundraiser — Student Nursing Association
Social Work Toy Drive — Social Work Association
Student Vs. Staff Volleyball Game— Intramurals

Recipient of Program of the Year
Harvest Dinner — Responsible Solutions and Spiritual Advisory Council

Emerging Leader of the Year Award

The Emerging Student Leader Award is given to a student (or students) who have shown exemplary leadership qualities through student organizations, service, and advancement of the mission of GWC. They reflect ongoing and exceptional growth in personal and professional development with great leadership potential.

Nominees
Emilee Deibert
Jalen Dunbar
Kevin Eggert
Leo Esquivel
Shamya Hood
Mason Kaupilla
Julia Kranenburg
Amber Munster
Jacqueline Pytel
Shannon Vogt
Annalise Warren

Recipient
Annalise Warren

Student of the Year Award

The Student of the Year Award is presented to a GWC student (or students) who has inspired the growth and development of others. The recipient(s) has demonstrated initiative by seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future of their organization or the community at large. This student has made a meaningful contribution to the students, university, and surrounding communities through responsible leadership.

Nominees
Eliza Barragan
Kevin Eggert
Julia Kranenburg
Margrethe Marie Makasiar
Matthew Menning
Marlene Vail

Recipients
Julia Kranenburg
Marlene Vail

Carpe Diem Award

Carpe diem is Latin for “seize the day.” This award recognizes a student who in “seizing the day” has made a remarkable contribution to GWC. Students who are nominated for this award have a “sense of presence” on campus. These students are ones who walk through the residence halls, the dining room, into the classroom, or show up at an event and bring the best of “the moment” to the experience. They have the ability to be present with others and to find what is best about GWC. All of these nominees represent a sense of carpe diem and in doing so, make GWC a more wonderful place to be for others.

Nominees
Eliza Barragan
Kevin Eggert
Leo Esquivel
Mason Kaupilla
Matthew Menning
Connor Prekwas
Lauren Scalise
Marlene Vail
Annalise Warren

Recipients
Kevin Eggert
Leo Esquivel

Spirit of GWC Award

The Spirit of GWC Award embodies the ethos of former undergraduate student Travis Allen. During his time as a GWC student, Travis shared his gentle and welcoming spirit with others, lived by a strong conservation ethic, and demonstrated a desire to learn and grow through his studies. The recipient of the Spirit of GWC Award is a GWC student who meets the following criteria, which represents some of the best traits that Travis showed us on a daily basis:

  • Deep respect for nature and the natural beauty of the GWC environment.
  • Ability to cross social boundaries and connect with different student groups and be welcoming to all individuals.
  • Strong commitment to learning and growing through scholarly pursuits.
  • Ability to view obstacles as opportunities to overcome.

Nominees
Casey Burmeister
Kevin Eggert
Julia Kranenburg
Marlene Vail
Joely Vanlaarhoven
Jesenya Vasquez-Marquez

Recipient
Kevin Eggert