Welcome to Leadership Recognition Month as we recognize the amazing contributions of WOU student leaders to the community and campus. There are descriptions of awards as well as videos for awards and award winners below.

Join us in celebrating these outstanding WOU students!

Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Welcome from WOU President, Dr. Rex Fuller

Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Delmer Dewey/Julia McCulloch Smith Award Winners.

Noah E “NJ” Johnson

“Our award winner commented that through their activities on campus they have developed the critical ability to collaboratively problem solve even when individuals and groups initially seem to have different goals and values. They have learned the responsibility of leaders to speak out and work against injustice.”

Josh Salsbury

“A math major would never be able to land a job at a non-profit. To this they said, ‘My time at WOU has taught me I can apply my skills however I want and I can help make people’s lives better by doing so.’”

Maya Schlosser-Hall

Abby’s House Advocate Leadership Award

“She embodies what it is to be a peer advocate for Abby’s House. From day one she has been deeply intune with the needs of students, even ones with identities different from her own.”

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Jessica Martinez-Medina

Abby’s House Senior Advocate Award

“She is incredibly influential and has been a huge asset to the team since the beginning of the year. She is someone I look up to.”

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Lily Gallagher

Abby’s House Social Justice Award

“Their knowledge about how the WOU system works and their willingness to reach out to the broader community is incredibly inspiring.”

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Nathan Nañez

Ackerman Landers Resident Assistant of the Year

“This person has undoubtedly gone above and beyond what it means to be an RA. Their perseverance and selflessness for everyone around them is inspiring.”

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Sandra Garcia-Torres

Ambassador of the Year

“I am so excited to continue to work with you and watch the positive impact I know you will have while also growing not only as a leader but as a person.”

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Carlos Fonseca

Arbor Park and Barnum Resident Assistant of the Year

“This person has been a great help with the transition to online and has had great relationships with their residents and staff.”

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Dioselin Alvarez

ASWOU Citizen Senator Award

“She has been a strong advocate for equity within our student government and processes and has extended her advocacy in other clubs and organizations.”

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Naomi Smith

ASWOU Club of the Year

“This club really stepped up and has been in communication with me all year. Even though things have been slow moving and everything is tough with COVID, they have been a great club to work with.”

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Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Distinguished Student Leader

Carlos Fonseca Jr.

“Carlos is thoughtful, compassionate, and courageous throughout his work as a student leader. I have truly never met someone who has faced so much adversity and has equal strength and empathy.”

 

Arlette Tapia Lopez

ASWOU Executive Cabinet Member of the Year

“Arlette frequently excels when leading and working with teams, communicating within the executive cabinet, and always completes her tasks efficiently and promptly.” 

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Elizabeth Braatz

ASWOU Senator of the Year

“Even before becoming senator, Elizabeth was working hard to ensure that student voices were heard and student needs were being met.”

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Martina Shannon

ASWOU Student Organizations Leader of the Year

“This last year has been turbulent, and rocky, and a difficult year for many but Martina started a club during that time and has great communication.”

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Tati Whitlow

Black Student Union Executive Member of the Year

“This student has been involved in BSU over the past three years. I am so proud to have seen her growth and development into a strong leader who is passionate about racial justice.”

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Juliana Cameron

Don Boderman Volunteer of the Year

“Juliana has spent the past 3 years working industriously for the IFC committee and has spent countless hours of her time over the entire academic year.”

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Blanca Jimenez

Executive Member of the Year

“Blanca Jimenez is a great leader and she has taken a lot of initiative for the club. We appreciate everything you do Blanca, so thank you.”

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Kappa Delta Chi

FSC Excellence in Academics

“This award is going to an organization that is proving you can be small, yet mighty. Members have come together to support one another in succeeding in their academic endeavors.”

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Chase Johnson

Heritage Hall Resident Assistant of the Year

“We would not be where we are without them and are grateful for their diligence, empathy, and support in this role.”

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Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Distinguished Student Leader

Antonia Scholerman

“Antonia is a one of a kind leader in the best way. Her energy brings a calm joy to those around her. She gets an amazing amount of work done quietly without seeking a lot of praise.”

Juliana Cameron

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Nick Denning

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Logan Jackson

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Blanca Jimenez

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Quentin Kanta

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Kayley Arpaia

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Carlos Fonseca Jr.

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Elvis Solis Santos

IFC Committee Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Outstanding Student Citizen

Maria del Refugio Becerra

“I am so proud of this student and excited to see the impact they make in the lives of everyone they meet. They will go far, yet remain family.”

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Lauren Gerig

Leadership Certificate

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be a student leader at Western Oregon University. They will graduate from Western with our full support and recognition of having mastered the core competencies of leadership.”

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Alicia Ojeda

Leadership Certificate

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be a student leader at Western Oregon University. They will graduate from Western with our full support and recognition of having mastered the core competencies of leadership.”

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Carlos Fonseca Jr.

Leadership Certificate

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be a student leader at Western Oregon University. They will graduate from Western with our full support and recognition of having mastered the core competencies of leadership.”

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Natalie Dean

Leadership Certificate

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be a student leader at Western Oregon University. They will graduate from Western with our full support and recognition of having mastered the core competencies of leadership.”

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McKenzie Wolfe-Webb

Leadership Certificate

“These students truly exemplify what it means to be a student leader at Western Oregon University. They will graduate from Western with our full support and recognition of having mastered the core competencies of leadership.”

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Arlette Tapia Lopez

MCR Mentor of the Year

“A strong mentor goes beyond what is expected and takes initiative to provide support to meet their mentee’s needs”

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Jessica Martinez-Medina

MCR Mentor of the Year

“A strong mentor goes beyond what is expected and takes initiative to provide support to meet their mentee’s needs”

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José Alaniz-Benitez

MECHA Freshman of the Year

“This year’s MECHA awards were chosen by MECHA members to recognize outstanding commitment to the university, MECHA, and the Latinx community.”

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Student Leadership Recognition Month 2021: Klush Tum Tum

Elizabeth “ZZ” Braatz

“She is dedicated to living her values of equality, kindness, love, and support. Leaders make our campus safer, more welcoming, more true to the values we aspire to be.”

Fatima Urenda-Hernandez

MECHA Member of the Year

“Her phenomenal activity within MECHA has made it an even more inclusive club and has made sure everyone feels respected.”

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Michael John Naputi

MSSP Recogntion Award 20-21

“I have seen this student grow as a professional and a strong leader during their time at WOU. Their positive energy, caring personality, and sense of humor will truly be missed.”

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Sangato Letisi

MSU Member of the Year

“Sangato’s personality truly shines strong, even through the screen. He has always stepped up to speak when others are unwilling and his humor and smile always bring light to the meetings.”

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Elyse Rodriguez

Multicultural Leadership Award

“Blanca Jimenez and Elyse Rodriguez are two of the most capable individuals I have ever met and MSU, along with myself and our advisor Anna Hernandez-Hunter are lucky to have them.”

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Blanca Jimenez

Multicultural Leadership Award

“Blanca Jimenez and Elyse Rodriguez are two of the most capable individuals I have ever met and MSU, along with myself and our advisor Anna Hernandez-Hunter are lucky to have them.”

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Anne Dungalen

Outstanding Activity Committee Member of the Year

“They have taken the lead on many events and they have raised a lot of money for the food pantry. We need more people like them”

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AJ Owens

Outstanding ARA of the Year

“He pulls through and provides consistent support. AJ is a constant morale supporter of HPAC and a wonderful advisor”

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Makana Waikiki

Outstanding IFC Member

“You might think it would be easy and even fun to doll out nearly 4.5 million dollars, but it’s not. These individuals have spent countless hours in meetings, reviewing budgets, and scrutinizing figures in order to limit the increase of the fee.”

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Cheyanne Bumgardner

Outstanding NRHH Member of the Year

“She stands out from the group as someone who is hardworking, pays attention to detail, and cares about the success of the organization.”

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Channing Bushman

Outstanding RHA Executive Board Member of the Year

“They have gone above and beyond to make this year amazing for everyone. They are always thinking of others.”

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Payton Wagner

Outstanding Senior Resident Assistant of the Year

“While looking through the nominations words like role model, steps up, inspiration, supportive, wise, calm, outstanding, incredible to work with were constantly being said.”

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Kayley Arpaia

Outstanding Student Engagement Student Employee of the Year

“They are compassionate, caring, and thoughtful and put those same qualities into the work that they produce.”

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Kaylie Leonard

PLUS Team Member of the Year 2020

“We have all been inspired by her work ethic and attention, but I am most inspired by the way our recipient looks out for others to make them feel seen and valued.”

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Emily Beck

Psychology Peer Advising Leadership Award

“Her leadership is particularly remarkable because of the circumstances of which it occurred, an entire year of working remotely.”

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Cole Hendren

Psychology Peer Advising Leadership Award

“Cole is proof that someone is a leader not because of their title but because of their actions and how they inspire others.”

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Michael John Naputi

SEP Student of the Year

Michael John truly exemplifies the spririt of this award and excels in setting a positiove example for all to emulate.

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Sydney Carpenter

Spirit of Student Media Award

“Sydney has earned this through her hard work and dedication in bringing important news stories to the students of WOU.”

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Anne Francesca Dungalen

Student Activities Board Member of the Year

“I appreciate you so so much for all of your willingness to be flexible, to sign up for things, and for your never-ending creativity and good ideas.”

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Adam Dryden

Student Veteran of the Year

Adam truly exemplifies the spririt of this award and excels in setting a positiove example for all to emulate.

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Cruz Lopez

Unidos Executive Board Member of the Year

“Their excellence has aided UNIDOS in their development as a club as well as empowering and shaping the lives of WOU students.”

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Blanca Jimenez

Unidos Executive Member of the year

“Their excellence has aided UNIDOS in their development as a club as well as empowering and shaping the lives of WOU students.”

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Sydney Urueta-Lothman

Upward Bound Recognition Award

“Sydney is a student who is passionate about helping others and seeing students full potential. She embraces challenges and has grown so much.”

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Chris Smith

Wayne F. Morse Ethics in Leadership Award

“Chris has consistently gone above and beyond in his role as ASWOU director of state and federal affairs. Throughout the past year Chris has advocated and lobbied extensively.”

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Maria Becerra

Writing Center Tutor of the Year

“Maria, you are one of a kind. You are selfless, you embody a boundless enthusiasm, and you possess the combination of humor and humility.”

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Thank you for celebrating these amazing WOU student leaders and their accomplishments from this 2020-2021 academic year.

 

If you are interested in the student leaders from the 2019-2020 academic year, click HERE to be directed to that webpage.