The Corporate Development Council (CDC) at the University of Missouri-Rolla presented six campus leadership awards during its annual leadership banquet and awards ceremony April 19 in Centennial Hall on the UMR campus.
One award was presented to an individual student and three awards were presented to student groups. In addition, the CDC presented two awards to outstanding UMR faculty and staff members. Faculty, staff and students could nominate other UMR students, faculty and staff members for the awards.
The awards and winners are as follows:
Asha Rao, a senior in engineering management from Rolla, Mo., received the Most Spirited Missouri Miner Award. This award is presented to a student whose show of campus spirit is truly stellar. The award is judged on the student’s ability to spread spirit throughout the campus with his or her actions and words.
V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Committee received the Remarkable Student Group Award. This award is given to a student group that shows outstanding commitment to the principles of leadership on which the University of Missouri-Rolla was founded. They will have shown dedication to their chosen purpose and significant contributions to the university. Virginia Cleary, a graduate student in nuclear engineering from Reeds, Mo., accepted the award for the group.
UMR Panhellenic Council received the Group Community Service Award. This award is given to a student group that demonstrates very high dedication to the service of the community at large. The award is judged based on the amount and quality of community service, as well as its betterment of the university’s standing in the community. This award is intended for groups whose chosen purpose is other than community service. Kelle Iniguez, a junior in biological sciences from Rolla, Mo., accepted the award for the group.
UMR Psi Chi Club received the Most Improved Organization Award. This award is given to a student organization that demonstrates significant growth from the previous school year. This growth should be in the form of redefining the organization’s focus, better achieving that focus, and overall improvement in stature and contributions to the university. Peggy Weaver, a senior in history and psychology from Rolla, Mo., accepted the award for the group.
The Outstanding Student Advocate Award was presented to Dr. Christopher Ramsay, an associate professor of metallurgical engineering and associate director of UMR’s Freshman Engineering Program. The award is presented to a student or faculty or staff member who has shown outstanding dedication to the pursuit of the cause of the students of UMR. The award is judged based on the contributions to the betterment of student lives affected by the candidate.
The Extraordinary Faculty/Staff Award was presented to Patty Robertson, an administrative assistant in UMR’s basic engineering department. The award is presented to the faculty or staff member who is judged to have best supported the development of personal and leadership skills in the classroom, through advising, or in any other role related to the university.
The Corporate Development Council is composed of MSM-UMR alumni and others who work together to strengthen the university through their participation in campus activities and events.
The banquet was sponsored by the UMR chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, National Residence Hall Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership honor society), Order of Omega (a national Greek honor society), and the UMR Student Council.