The Division of Student Affairs held its Twelfth Annual Student Leadership Reception and Awards Ceremony last week, honoring students and faculty who enhanced campus life throughout the year through their service and leadership.
The Bruin Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Division of Student Affairs to student leaders, is given to students who exemplified the University’s Community Commitments of personal integrity, individual worth, critical thinking, self control and community responsibility on and off campus. Recipients also displayed consistent involvement in campus life, outstanding service to the Belmont community and significant participation in campus leadership. Bruin Awards were presented to nine students: senior Levi Gordon, junior Charlie Dankert, senior Anna Matlock, senior Daniel Warner, senior Sami Hodge, junior Sarah Currey, senior Megan Lamb, senior Robert Wallace and junior JJ Mann.
In addition to the Bruin Award, Student Affairs also presents an annual Tower Award to a faculty or staff member who has enhanced the campus life experience by being “exceptional at engaging and educating students.” The 2013 Tower Award was presented to Associate Professor of Management/Healthcare Administration Dr. Charles Wainright.
Finally, the Emerging Leader Award recognizes freshman and sophomore students who have begun to make significant contributions within their organizations and/or communities and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. It was announced at the April 16 ceremony that this award is being named after Associate Provost and Dean of Students Dr. Andrew Johnston, “an individual that has spent his entire professional career investing in the lives of college students.” The first recipients of the Dr. Andrew Johnston Emerging Student Leader Awards were freshman Danny Zydel and sophomore MacKenzie Wilson.