Celebrating Student Leaders
Annual Event Celebrates PLU’s Student Leaders
PLU’s annual Celebration of Leadership, held in the Anderson University Center on May 12, recognized students who live lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care while empowering their peers to do the same.
Through these leadership awards, Student Involvement and Leadership encourages faculty, administrators, staff and students to take time to acknowledge the contributions of student leaders who have excelled academically and made a difference through their leadership and service at PLU and in their communities.
Nominated students were invited to submit a resume; then a selection committee reviewed all nominations and made award recommendations. After that, Laura Majovski, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, confirmed the recipients.
“Developing student leaders is so much at the heart of a PLU education,” Majovski said. “It is inspiring each year to honor our student leaders, first-years through graduating seniors, and celebrate all that they have accomplished and contributed.”
Here are this year’s honorees:
This leadership distinction has become synonymous with excellence in leadership, scholarship, service and community impact throughout a student’s undergraduate experience. At PLU, Pinnacle Society is the highest honor for leadership and co-curricular involvement for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Graduating seniors are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients were presented with a framed certificate of membership and a commemorative sash, to be worn at Commencement.
The philosophy of Ubuntu is translated as “I am because we are”; it has become a core theme of leadership development programs at PLU. Students eligible for this award have a 3.0 GPA or higher and have demonstrated the fundamental values of leadership and service within our community. Graduating seniors were nominated by the PLU community; recipients were presented with a pin to be worn at Commencement.
Youdinghuan David Chen
Leader of Distinction Award
The Leader of Distinction award recognizes students with a 2.75 GPA or higher who have demonstrated leadership skills through their affiliation with a student organization or university department. Continuing students are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients were presented with a certificate. In addition, three students were selected to receive $500 professional development awards to be applied toward a professional development experience of their choosing sometime during the next academic year, such as conferences related to their leadership and academic interests.
Ruth Kovanen (Professional Development Award)
Andrew Larsen (Professional Development Award)
Theresa (Aiko) Nakagawa
Amy Wooten (Professional Development Award)
Mortar Board National Honor Society
Membership in PLU’s new chapter of Mortar Board recognizes juniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Students are inducted into the honor society the spring of their junior year and serve as active members throughout their senior year. PLU’s inaugural Mortar Board list includes three December 2013 graduates who are now alums (Colton Heath, Kimberly Stone and Selina Mach).
Gailon Wixson Pursley