Allegheny Honors Students and Organizations for Outstanding Leadership

Allegheny honored dozens of students and student-operated organizations for their leadership on the campus and in the Meadville community during the 2017-18 academic year.

Students and groups were nominated for the Annual Leadership Awards by community and campus sponsors, and were chosen by selection committees that included both faculty and staff. Awards were presented in April 2018 by Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr., and members of the College’s administration.

The students and groups honored for their leadership and a brief description of their accomplishments and awards follows:

Sydney Francis ’21 and Ben Resek ’21 received the Emerging Leader Award, given to outstanding first-year students or transfer students who have made noticeable contributions to student life on campus.

Terra Schall ’18 received the Innovation Award, which is presented to a student who has demonstrated innovative and creative leadership in a single event or an ongoing basis.

The Islamic Cultural Association and Sustained Dialogue received the Outstanding Organization Award, given to groups that have made positive contributions to the campus community.

Megan Arnold ’19 and Essence Suggs ’20 received the Helping Hand Award, inspired by Brian Grogan ’99. The award is presented to students who exemplify the ideals by which Grogan lived his life: leadership, commitment, spirituality, respect for others and personal sacrifice.

Maria Pineda ’18 and Andre Bryan ’18 each received the Inspiration Award, established to honor Paraskevi Mavrogeorgis ’97. This award is presented to students who inspire, educate and empower others through personal passions and interests.

Izoduwa Idehen-Amadasun ’18 was presented with the Justice Award, inspired by Roy Cerise, a former employee and member of the Allegheny community. The award is presented to a student who has shown a commitment to the advancement of justice in the Meadville community.

Lucie Shiffman ’18 received the Community Building Award. The award was inspired by Paula Coyle ’80, a former employee and lifelong friend and supporter of the College. This award is presented to a group that has made efforts to enhance the sense of belonging and community on campus.

Benedicte Musimisa ’21 received the Ethical Leader Award, which is presented to a student who demonstrates honesty and integrity in their decision making, and is awarded to a value-based student leader who is consistent in all aspects of his or her life.

Arianna O’Connell ’18 was presented with the Bridge Award, given to individuals and groups who are strongly committed to improving cultural understanding and have bridged the many cultures represented on campus.

Sarah Young ’20 received the Alyson Lawendowski Outstanding Community Service Award, presented to an individual who has been instrumental in advancing Allegheny’s commitment to service.

Leah Sulecki ’20 received the Scholar/Leader Award, presented to a student who has exemplified a balance of personal academic excellence and meaningful leadership involvement in the community.

Matt Wild ’18 received the Dean’s Award. The award is given to a student who best exemplifies the values of the Leadership Program through significant contributions to the college community.

Cornerstone Awards were awarded to seniors who were chosen on the basis of leadership, community involvement and academic accomplishments throughout their years at Allegheny. This year’s Cornerstone winners include: Allen Baugh, Sarah McLafferty, Caitlin Deubell, Sarah Nathan, Maggie Dugan, Kayla Orr, Sonya Korzeniwsky, and Elijah Prince.

Also honored were the recipients of the 2018 Fraternity and Sorority Awards. The Female Chapter of the Year was chosen as Alpha Delta Pi, and the Male Chapter of the Year was Phi Gamma Delta. The Greek Woman of the Year was Carissa Lange ’18, and the Greek Man of the Year was Nicholas Poling ’19.