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Celebration of Leadership Awards
Watch the 2020 Virtual Celebration of the 2020 Leadership Awards show as we celebrate our outstanding PLU student leaders from afar and recognizing outstanding clubs/organizations, club advisors of the year, and inducting students into our Pinnacle Society. We recognized outstanding seniors and their exemplary leadership throughout their time at PLU in social justice & diversity, sustainability, innovation, mentoring, vocation, and living out the PLU mission.
Graduating Senior Awards:
Student graduating at the conclusion of the academic year as well as students who graduated the previous December (For example: a student who graduated in December 2019 may be nominated for an award in 2020) are eligible for the following awards:
LEADERSHIP IN LIVING PLU MISSION AWARD
This award honors a student for their exceptional leadership contributions to the PLU and greater Tacoma communities. As the highest honor presented by the Division of Student Life, this award recognizes student excellence in leadership that embodies the ideals and values expressed through the University Mission.
2020 recipients are: Todd Dizon, Kylie Rademacher, Kyle Siemers, Fatou Dieng, and Carson Begstrom
LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
This award honors a student who has demonstrated leadership through education and advocacy for the sustainability of the earth and its inhabitants. The recipient has engaged the interconnection between people, planet, and prosperity, and incorporated economic, ethical, and environmental concerns into their lives and relationships with others.
2020 recipient is: Daniel Hatchet
LEADERSHIP IN INNOVATION AWARD
This award honors a student who has demonstrated innovation through thought and action, and who has contributed greatly to the improvement of the PLU community or student experience in a transformational and groundbreaking way
2020 recipients are: Natalia Giovengo and Ivory Turner
LEADERSHIP IN VOCATION AWARD
This award honors a student who is purposeful in exploring, discerning and living their vocation in a way that serves both their purpose and academic pursuits and that contributes to the lives of others by meeting a “world’s greatest need”. This student has a comprehensive understanding of the reflective process required for discerning vocation and a demonstrated track record in influencing their peers by mentoring them in discerning their vocation and leading and guiding them to contribute to response to world’s greatest need.
2020 recipients are: Ian Lindhartsen and Michelle John
LEADERSHIP IN SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
This award recognizes a student who has served as an agent of change. The individual receiving this award has contributed to increasing the PLU community’s capacity for the awareness and action necessary for justice; prioritized and engaged diversity and inclusion at PLU, local, regional, and/or global communities; and has committed to the personal learning necessary for efficacy in this work
2020 recipients are: Barbara Gilchrist, Kenzie Gandy, and Dejan Perez
LEADERSHIP IN COLLABORATION AWARD
This award honors a student who, through collaborative leadership and enthusiasm for cross-campus connections, has made a contribution that has improved the PLU student experience in specific ways or as a whole. This individual challenges others and the PLU community to live up to the ideals embedded in the university’s mission.
2020 recipients are: Ian Rice, Sophie Apgar, and Abbigail Terry
LEADERSHIP IN MENTORING
This award honors a student who through the mentorship of other students has recognized their strengths, encouraged them to their cultivate strengths and utilize them for the good of community, and supported them to explore their passions and vocation.
2020 recipients are: Anamaries Garcia Marrero and Nathan Adams
Outstanding Programs and Individual Awards:
There are over 70 active clubs and organizations at PLU. Each year Student Life looks forward to celebrating and recognizing the outstanding programs, officers and advisors associated and supporting PLU’s Clubs & Orgs.
SOCIAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes a program that has contributed to the sense of community on campus by encouraging students to come together and meaningfully engage with one another and/or the Parkland community.
2020 recipient is: The Clay Crows
EDUCATION PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes a program that has contributed to the broader mission of PLU and has provided substantial opportunities for learning in a meaningful and applicable way.
2020 recipient is: Active Minds Club
SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes a social justice program that allowed a broad range of participants to experience and learn about diversity and social justice. The program has a focus on developing understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.
2020 recipient is: Banned Book Club
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes a program that has engaged students in service while encouraging students to serve beyond this one experience.
2020 recipient is: Delta Iota Chi
STUDENT CLUB/ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes an organization that has advanced the mission of PLU by fostering growth in thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care. Through their programs and services, the recipient of this award has promoted campus spirit and pride. Their contributions have enhanced the student experience not only of their members but of the student body at large. This organization has exemplified the PLU ideals as outlined in the mission statement while providing opportunities for others to become involved and grow as leaders.
2020 recipient is: Chemistry Club
QUIET INFLUENCE AWARD - Individual Club Award
This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to his/her club and campus community in a meaningful yet behind-the-scenes way.
2020 recipients are: Casey Brown and Matthew Jugovich
OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Individual Club Award
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout their term of office and has enhanced participation and involvement within their organization, the campus, and the community as a whole.
2020 recipients are: AJ Moore and Dylan Ruggeri
ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD - Individual Club Award
This award recognizes an advisor who has excelled in providing support and assistance to a club/organization. The recipient has provided time and services that have played a key role in the organization’s success.
2020 recipients are: Jen Rude and Nicole Juliano
Continuing Students Award
Students being honored for leadership excellence and were nominated by at least one member of the PLU community– a faculty member, staff member, or fellow student. Leadership is the ethical engagement of influence that is expressed through advocacy, vision, drive, and cultivation of shared purpose and is realized through positive impact that is understood in community and in reciprocal relationships with others.
PINNACLE SOCIETY AWARD
This leadership distinction has become synonymous with excellence in leadership, service, and community impact. This award is reserved for continuing students.
2020 recipients are: Aaron Miller, AJ Moore, Alissa Ouanesisouk, Bethany Girma, Bryant Barlett, Carlos Alvarez, Casey Brown, Cece Chan, Danny Samson, Hannah Jeffries, Heze Goodwin, Hunter Hobbs, Joey Grabowski, Kayna Kliewer, Miguel Ordanez, Rayna LaFave-Clark, and Sheridan Moore.