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Student Affairs honors campus leaders, contributors

A number of Alfred University (AU) students and clubs were recognized for outstanding contributions to the campus for the 2012-13 academic year during the annual spring Student Leadership Dinner hosted by the Student Affairs Division.

Honored groups included Orientation guides, sports team members and captains, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society members, peer review board members, club and organization presidents, Alfred’s Newest Talent graduates, E-LEAD scholars, Women’s Leadership Academy graduates, Resident Assistants, and Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior nominees.

Sherill Anderson AU Classes ’05, ’08 and Jessica Ecock ’06, ’08 were the keynote speakers, presenting “All that Glitters is Purple and Gold: Expanding Your Leadership Circle.” Anderson and Ecock spoke about making intentional connections with people you admire as leaders in order to grow leadership skills and reach your full potential. Both speakers currently work at Rochester Institute of Technology, Ecock in the Student Conduct Office and Anderson as an academic adviser for mechanical engineering students.

The Student Senate “Purple and Gold Explosion” award for school spirit went to the Boffer Club, a group that stages “battles” using foam swords and shields. The Senate awarded AU Quidditch the “Rising Saxons” award for the best club created by a first-year student. 

Brenda Porter, director of Residence Life, awarded the Resident Assistant Rookie of the Year award to Casey Duncan, sophomore sociology/political science major from Stuarts Draft, VA. The Resident Assistant of the Year Award was shared by Edidong Udoyen, junior chemistry/biology major from Union, NJ, and Megan Healy, a junior art and design student from Belmont.

Gary Horowitz Leadership Development Program graduates were recognized with certificates and a lapel pin by Dr. Julia Overton-Healy, director of leadership programs and the Women’s Leadership Center. This year, certificates were awarded to Casey Duncan, Ana Fredell (ceramic engineering senior, Saratoga Springs), Dianne Mattar (ceramic engineering junior, East Amherst), Kelly Jo Stein (accounting sophomore, Scottsville), Brielle DePugh (senior early childhood education/psychology major, Alpha NJ), Samuel Miller (senior materials science major, Kinsman, Ohio), Rosemarie Oakman (junior art and design major, Fishkill) and Shelby O’Rourke (senior early childhood education major, Canisteo).

The award for Outstanding Campus Contribution by a First-Year Student, given by Tricia Debertolis, assistant dean for New Student Programs, went to Lauren Schramm, an environmental studies/political science major from Morrisville, VT.

The Saxon Six, seniors who were chosen for their overall campus impact and leadership throughout their years at AU, were Fredell; Dave Konnick, a biology major from Vestal; Claire Dvorak, a ceramic engineer from Tully; Kevin Keefe, a ceramic engineer from Quincy, MA; Jonathan Ugalde, a psychology major from Johnstown; and Rebecca Windover, an early childhood education major from Lowville. The six have contributed across a wide spectrum of areas in Student Affairs. They have been resident assistants, captains of sports teams, started clubs, served on advisory and/or search committees, helped to get new initiatives off the ground, and displayed the values of the Student Affairs Division throughout their time on campus.

Keynote Anderson holds an undergraduate degree in English and communication studies and a graduate degree in counseling/college student development. While a student at AU, she was very involved in on-campus activities, holding roles as a Resident Assistant, DJ for the WALF (student) radio station, Features Editors for the Fiat Lux (student newspaper), and secretary for UMOJA (multicultural club).

Keynote Ecock holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in counseling from AU. During her time at Alfred, she worked as a Resident Assistant and then a Resident Director. She also worked for the Powell Campus Center and the Career Development Center. She believes that the outside-of-classroom experiences were what shaped her career in student and academic affairs.