UD Bestows Honors
May 4, 2015 | Kristi Lynch
Thursday, April 30, the University of Dubuque bestowed high student, faculty, and staff honors upon six individuals and one student organization at the 2015 Honors Convocation at Heritage Center. The Student of the Year Award, University Leadership Award, Senior Academic Athletic Award, Student Organization of the Year Award, Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award, Faculty of the Year Award, and Staff of the Year Award,were announced at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Sadé Pointer received the Student of the Year Award. Given annually by the Student Government Association, this award recognizes an undergraduate college student who exemplifies those qualities of personal, college, and community achievement the University seeks to honor. This student has an above-average classroom record and is involved in campus and/or community activities. The Student of the Year is chosen by election of the general student body from a list of finalists selected by the Student Government Association. The daughter of Carlotte Pointer of Rochelle, Illinois, Sadé is a senior, double majoring in criminal justice and sociology.
Shauna Schmitt received the University Leadership Award. This award, given annually, is the highest leadership honor awarded by the University. It is given to the student who has shown commitment beyond personal gain, served fellow students, encouraged and promoted positive actions in others, and demonstrated in his or her personal life the true spirit of the Mission of the University of Dubuque. Shauna, the daughter of Bruce and Jane Schmitt of Knoxville, Iowa, is a senior, majoring in marketing.
Stephanie LoCasto received the Senior Academic Athletic Award. This award is the highest honor awarded by the University’s athletic department. It is given to the student athlete who has demonstrated an excellent academic record and has made a major contribution to his/her team in the athletic area. The recipient must also demonstrate the personal qualities that are inherent in the Mission of the University and the Wendt Character Initiative. Stephanie, the daughter of Santo and Gerlinde LoCasto of Lake Zurich, Illinois, is a senior, majoring in environmental science.
Phi Theta Psi, a co-educational fraternity focused on service to the community, received the honor of Student Organization of the Year. This honor, awarded annually, is given to a student organization that shows dedication to campus involvement, leadership, and the betterment of campus life as a whole. The recipient is chosen by election of the general student body.
Mishereen Ellis, director of multicultural student engagement, received the Advisor of the Year Award. Chosen by election of the general student body, this award is given to the faculty or staff member who, through their hard work, expert advice, and tremendous efforts, have helped an organization(s) grow and succeed.
Craig Marty, associate professor of business, received the Faculty of the Year Award. The Student Government Association gives this award annually to a College faculty member who is an outstanding teacher with a positive attitude, who has the ability to motivate, and who has earned the respect of his or her peers. The Faculty of the Year is chosen by election of the general student population from a list of finalists selected by the Student Government Association.
Ross Salwolke, security supervisor, received the Staff of the Year Award. Given annually, this award is given to a staff member who unselfishly devotes his or her time and energy in support of the University. The Staff of the Year is chosen by election of the general student body from a list of finalists selected by the Student Government Association.