Several campus leadership awards were presented April 20 during the annual Outstanding Student Leaders’ Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Havener Center on the University of Missouri-Rolla campus.
The banquet and awards were sponsored by the Corporate Development Council (CDC), the UMR Student Council, the UMR chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership honor society), Order of Omega (a national Greek honor society), National Residence Hall Honorary and Tau Beta Pi.
The awards and winners are as follows:
Lauren Huchingson, a sophomore in management and information systems from Des Peres, Mo., received the Most Spirited Missouri Miner Award, which included a cash award sponsored by Blue Key. 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.
Engineers Without Borders received the Remarkable Student Organization Award. This award is given to a student group that shows outstanding commitment to the principles of leadership on which UMR was founded. They will have shown dedication to their chosen purpose and significant contributions to the university.
Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity 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.
The Missouri Miner 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.
The Individual Community Service Award, which included a cash award sponsored by Blue Key, was presented to Tim Hill, a sophomore in engineering management from Collinsville, Ill. The award is given to a student who has pursued community service to its utmost limits. The student is judged both on the quality and the quantity of the community service, as well as its contributions to UMR’s standing in the community.
The Extraordinary Student Leadership Award, which included a cash award sponsored by the UMR Department of Student Affairs, was presented to Nathan Mundis, a graduate student in aerospace engineering from Rolla, Mo. The award was established to raise the bar concerning what a student leader could accomplish. It is designed to honor individuals who have been outstanding campus leaders, not just good organization leaders.
The Student Council Member of the Year Award was presented to Charles “Jerel” Bernasek, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Chester, Ill. The award is presented to a member who has shown exceptional dedication to Student Council and has served on the council for at least three years.
The Student Council Executive Member of the Year award was presented to Dan Daegling, a senior in civil engineering from Arnold, Mo, The award is presented to an executive member who did an outstanding job as committee chair and with campus events and services.
The Student Council Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Charles “Wes” Chappell, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Berryville, Ark. The award is presented to a Student Council member who has served for less than a year. The recipient is selected by secret ballot.
The Student Council Student Services Award was presented to Chris Buterbaugh, a junior in metallurgical engineering from Edmond, Okla. Buterbaugh received the award for his dedication to Student Council’s student services committee.
The Outstanding Student Advocate Award, which included a cash award sponsored by Blue Key, was presented to Eric Cunningham, a senior in business and management systems from Lewisville, Texas. 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 Blue Key Miner of the Semester Award was presented to Emily Johnson, a senior in civil engineering from Fulton, Mo. Blue Key’s Organization of the Semester Award was presented to Circle K.
Tau Beta Pi scholarships were awarded to Leah Irwin, a senior in civil engineering from Belton, Mo., and Jim Schneider, a junior in mechanical engineering from Belton, Mo.
The National Residence Hall Honorary Emerging Leader Scholarship was presented to Matthew B. Miller, a sophomore in nuclear engineering from Maryville, Mo.
SUB’s Ned and Berna Harvey Volunteer Involvement Award was presented to Roumen Chamov, a junior in electrical engineering from St. Charles, Mo., and Dianna Meyers, a freshman in ceramic engineering from Blue Springs, Mo. The award recognizes the service of the late Berna Harvey, Student Union Board advisor from 1968-1983, and her late husband, Ned. The Student Union Board (SUB), with assistance from the Department of Student Life, is pleased to announce two $500 scholarships to recognize student leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to involvement, volunteerism, and academic success while a student at UMR.
The Extraordinary Faculty/Staff Award was presented to F. Scott Miller, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Advanced Materials Characterization Lab at the Materials Research Center at UMR. 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 Order of Omega Awards of Excellence recognize fraternities and sororities whose programming has exceeded the minimum standards. The Gold Award of Excellence was presented to Pi Kappa Alpha. The Silver Award of Excellence was presented to Zeta Tau Alpha. The Bronze Award of Excellence was presented to Chi Omega. Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Sigma received Honorable Mentions.
Order of Omega Student of the Month awards were presented to David Longrie, a junior in environmental engineering from St. Louis ; Dianna Meyers, a freshman in ceramic engineering from Blue Springs, Mo.; and Roumen Chamov, a junior in electrical engineering from St. Charles, Mo.,
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. For more information, visit the CDC’s website.