BISMARCK, ND—Recently, more than 100 students were recognized for their service, leadership and accomplishments in areas ranging from academics to volunteerism at the 2018 University of Mary Awards Banquet.

The festivities celebrate the University of Mary’s mission of servant leadership as exemplified for us through Jesus Christ, whose witness is particularly lived-out by the individuals recognized this evening.

Monsignor James Shea, president of University of Mary, welcomed honorees, families and well-wishers, applauding award recipients for their dedication.

“From the classrooms to the boardrooms, members of the university community give testimony to the dream of our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, through their leadership in service of truth,” said Shea. “You, our servant leaders, bring
 great distinction and honor to the University of Mary as you affirm its identity as faithfully Christian, joyfully Catholic, and gratefully Benedictine through your selfless witness.”

The following awards were presented:

North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Outstanding Student in Early Childhood Education to Sara Clark, Helena, MT.

This award honors students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

 

North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Outstanding Student in Elementary Education to Kylee Leingang, Bismarck, ND.

This award is given to a student who has interest in teaching, has outstanding personal qualities and character, has high academic ranking, and is involved in campus activities and community organizations.

 

North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Outstanding Student in Secondary Education to Zachary Kost, Bismarck, ND.

This award is given to a student who has interest in teaching, has outstanding personal qualities and character, has high academic ranking, and is involved in campus activities and community organizations.

 

Undergraduate recipient of the St. Catherine Medal to Genevieve Say, Napa, CA.

Graduate recipient of the St. Catherine Medal to Cole Schram, Bismarck, ND.

The Saint Catherine Medal for Student Achievement is an annual award for presentation at colleges and universities affiliated with Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. Each year, University of Mary awards up to two medals: one to a graduating senior and one to a graduate student who is completing his/her studies. These students must exemplify leadership, service, and the ideals of a Catholic education. Recipients are nominated by faculty and selected by a committee composed of a representative from the Catholic Studies Program, an instructor from the Emerging Leaders Academy, and the Office of Academic Affairs. This year, 14 outstanding students were nominated.

 

Senior Nursing Leadership Award to Kelci Benson, Soldotna, AK.

This award is given to a student who represents the philosophy and goals of the university and the Division of Nursing, is recognized for professionalism, e.g., accountability, creative leadership, and effective collaboration with others. This may also include involvement in campus activities other than those related to nursing as well as activities in the larger community. The student also demonstrates significant academic achievement, attainment of the university-wide competencies and Division of Nursing Outcomes.

 

Student Nurse of the Year to Gwendolyn Davis, Bismarck, ND.

This award is given to an outstanding member of the University of Mary Nursing Student Association and is selected by a panel of judges from the nursing community. Winners then compete for the state SNOY title.

 

Judy Maslowski Award to Nicole Everitt and Julia Johnson, Bismarck, ND.

The Judy Maslowski Award is given twice a year by the Division of Nursing to a second semester junior nursing student who has demonstrated excellence both in the academic and in the clinical areas of the nursing program at the University of Mary.

 

Lambda Beta National Respiratory Therapy Honor Society to Dominic Mangino, Grand Forks, ND, and Shauneil Schwartz, Herreid, SD.

This award is given to a student who is in top 25 percent of their class and has an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher.

 

Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry Award to Jared Pflipsen, Foley, MN.

This award is given to the top freshman student in general chemistry.

 

Dr. Marla Behm Scholarship to Jenna Ehlis, New England, ND, and Mason Merck, Minot, ND.

This award is given to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, service to community, and has completed Organic Chemistry I.

 

Outstanding Senior in Biology to Jessica Gagen, Livingston, MT.

This award is given to a student based upon his/her character, academic excellence in the biological sciences, and demonstration of leadership.

 

R.D. Koppenhaver Exam Scholarship to Shantel Herner, Mott, ND.

This award is based on academic achievement and for a student planning to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

 

Marv Borgelt for the Outstanding Graduating Senior of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business to Michael Sperry, Berryton, KS.

This award recognizes a student based on the following criteria: 1) Summa is the top 1 percent – 3.9 or better GPA, 2) Egregia Cum Laude (outstanding praise) criteria – those who receive overwhelming outstanding praise from faculty and/or peers, 3) on and off campus volunteer activities, and 4) on and off campus recognition.

 

Abby Renschler Memorial Award to Theresa Haynes, Bismarck, ND.

This award is in memory and honor of Abby Renschler,
a 2015 graduate of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, who passed away on June 27, 2015. The
 award is presented to a junior or senior from the Gary Tharaldson School of Business based on the following criteria: 1) demonstration of academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, 2) demonstration of passion for learning, and 3) sets a positive example for others.

 


UMTFO Academic Excellence Scholarship 
to Mikayla Unruh, Montrose, CO.

The University of Mary Teaching Faculty Organization gives this award based on GPA, university and community activities, academic excellence, and nomination by a faculty member. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.

 

Sandra Nicholson Award to Kolbe Schanzenbach, Vista, CA.

This award, established by the family of the late Sandra Nicholson, a former faculty member, is presented to an outstanding junior vocal music major.

 

Terry and Cathy Kristensen Award to Stephanie Otremba, Sartell, MN.

Terry and Cathy Kristensen of Bismarck, long-time friends and supporters of the University of Mary, endowed this award in the spring of 2014 to recognize and support an outstanding freshman music major. Recipients are selected on the basis of musical and academic merit, and their contributions to the ensembles and programs within the music department.

 

Kenneth and Patricia Porter Award to Elizabeth Kensok, Wheatland, ND.

This award is endowed by Kenneth and Patricia Porter and their children to recognize and support an outstanding freshman music student with preference for students from Mandan and Bismarck. Recipients may major in any area, but must demonstrate leadership and service through participation in a major music ensemble on campus.

 

Exercise Physiology Outstanding Researcher Award undergraduate recipient to Brieann Backes, Minot, ND, Kendra Cook, Colorado Springs, CO, Sarah Frank, Mandan, ND, Jaime Schaaf, Bismarck, ND, and Maranda Wagner, Mobridge, SD, and graduate recipient to Kayla Thomas, Bismarck, ND.

This award recognizes a student who 1) is currently accepted into the Program in Exercise Science or Clinical Exercise Physiology 2) has potential for research publication in a peer reviewed journal 3) has submitted for presentation at a regional or national professional meeting 4) has met high level of quality of work, including research design, sample size and quantity of measures/variables.

 

Exercise Physiology Outstanding Servant Leader Award to Alexandra Poland, South Heart, ND.

This award recognizes a student who has 1) been fully accepted into the Program in Exercise Science (junior or senior) or Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology (first or second year master’s degree program), 2) demonstrated passing academic performance; total GPA of 2.5 for under- graduate and 3.5 for graduate, or higher, 3) demonstrated active involvement in the University of Mary community, 4) demonstrated active involvement in the greater community, 5) consistently models the Benedictine values of community, hospitality, moderation, prayer, respect for persons, and service, 6) demonstrated outstanding service in the Exercise Clinic, including skills competency (with assessment and exercise monitoring/supervision), communication, reliability and dependability, documentation, and active willingness to learn.

 

Athletic Training Leadership Award to Emily Kautzman, Mandan, ND.

This award recognizes a student that has leadership or an active involvement with: 1) UMATSA, 2) Club Involvement (ELA, Pro Health, etc.), 3) University Stewardship, 4) Community Involvement, 5) Attending CEU meetings for district or state, 6) Recommendation letter from one preceptor and one peer, and 7) Letter to the award panel.

 

Outstanding Senior Athletic Training Award to Elizabeth Weisz, Wahpeton, ND.

This award recognizes a senior student with: 1) above average grade point Average, 2) above average evaluations from preceptors, faculty, peers, and underclassmen, 3) service learning hours, 4) volunteer hours, and 5) involvement in the university.

 

Student Government Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards to David Ronderos, PhD, Julie Yarwood, PhD, and Michelle DeGraw

This award recognizes staff or faculty members who have made an impact on students academically and/or personally.

 

Sr. Thomas Distinction of Service Award to Alexandra Poland, South Heart, ND.

This ward recognizes a senator, serving at least one year on Senate, who has exemplified premier service to the University of Mary Student Government. He/she has shown leadership and service to Student Government and embodies the Benedictine value of service in their everyday life.

 

First Year Senator of the Year Award to Maura Stevenson, Woodbury, MN.

This award recognizes a first year student senator, regardless of the academic year, who has demonstrated commitment
 to Student Government. He/She has created an immediate impact on Student Government through excellence in filling the duties of his/her office.

 

Foot Print Award to Genevieve Say, Napa, CA.

The Foot Print Award is given to an outgoing senior Student Government member who has provided an outstanding contribution to the Senate and the student body throughout their entire career at the University of Mary.

 

Senator of the Year Award to August Taylor, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

This recognizes a student senate member who has contributed outstanding service to the student senate and student body.

 

Outstanding Service as an Admissions Intern to Michael Stumpf, Little Falls, MN.

This award recognizes a graduating student who has contributed outstanding service to the university through his/her years as an admission intern.

 

Outstanding Service as an Admissions Administrative Intern to Thomas Barry, Bismarck, ND.

This award recognizes a graduating student who has contributed outstanding service to the university through his/her years as an admissions administrative intern.

 

Student Ambassador of the Year to Victoria Del Curto, Oakdale, CA.

This award recognizes an outstanding Student Ambassador who has excelled in representing themselves and the University of Mary to prospective students and their families.

 

Student Organization of the Year to Music Student Organization (MSO).

This award is in recognition of exemplary service and commitment by a student organization to the University of Mary. As part of this recognition, this organization will receive $1,000 from the Sister Jude Braus Grant.

 

Student Organization Advisor of the Year to Joann Stacey

This award is in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to students as an advisor to a student organization.

 

Outstanding Marauders Activities Committee Board Member to Peter McCabe, Littleton, CO.

This award is presented to the student(s) who have shown the most dedication to providing quality entertainment to their peers. They have gone above and beyond to serve their fellow students and did so with pride.

 

Resident Assistant of the Year to Marianne Hofer, Rapid City, SD.

This award is given to a second or third year RA who exceeds the expectations of the RA position in offering students an on-campus living experience based upon the university’s mission and Benedictine values.

 

Rookie RA of the Year to Raymond Young, Littleton, CO.

This award is given to a first year RA who exceeds the expectations of the RA position in offering students an on-campus living experience based upon the university’s mission and Benedictine values.

 


Outstanding Rec Crew Member of the Year
to Justin McCabe, Mandan, ND.

This award is given to a Rec Crew Worker who exceeds the expectations of the Rec Crew position by role modeling the University’s Mission and Benedictine values to all students that take part in student recreation and going above and beyond the call of duty to provide organized and fun recreational events to their peers.

 

Outstanding SPURS to Joelynne Nguyen, Elk Grove, CA, Jenna Ehlis, New England, ND, Claudia Rabaey, Taunton, MN, Brittni Krance, South Heart, ND, Kayla Lindquist, Hazen, ND, Christina Hauge, Wichita, KS, Emily Klimisch, West St. Paul, MN, Emma Stehr, Centralia, WA.

This award recognizes SPURS members who have met the criteria for selection based on meeting attendance, leadership and participation in SPUR Chapter service activities.

 

SPURS Service Awards to Michael Storick, Bismarck, ND, and Kimberly Toepke, Mandan, ND.

This is presented to those students who have volunteered their services as their schedules have allowed and have been faithful to their commitment as a SPUR.

 

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Award to Therese Kulas, East Grand Forks, MN.

This award is given to a student who has beautifully exemplified the Benedictine Value of Service. The recipient of the St. Teresa of Calcutta Service Award has been a true servant leader and has followed the example of Jesus Christ who “did not come to be serves, but to serve,” (Matthew 20:28). This student has been a beautiful reminder to all of us that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit,” (John 12:24).

 

Outstanding Peer Leader to John Schueller, Pierre, SD.

This award recognizes a Welcome Week Peer Leader who excelled in their position. They warmly welcomed all those who they met on campus; worked well with students and fellow peer leaders; generated enthusiasm and excitement for Welcome Week events; and went above and beyond to serve their fellow students. The recipient of this award is an example to all other peer leaders and is a role model for the university’s mission and Benedictine values.

 

TRIO Elite Graduate Awardto Genevieve Say, Napa, CA, and Tessa Wickstrom, Dickinson, ND.

This award exemplifies all the attributes of a successful TRIO student by taking full advantage of the TRIO program, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, exhibiting a positive attitude, and achieving a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

 

Outstanding University Ministry Team Member to Melina Birchem, Backus, MN, and Abigail Landsteiner, Fairmont, MN.

This award recognizes a member o the University Ministry student leadership team who exemplifies the mission of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and has made an extraordinary contribution to the spiritual like of the university community.

 

Outstanding University Ministry Volunteer to Sara Kate Heyman, Springfield, GA, Shae Ryalls, Gig Harbor, WA, Lily Weber, Beaverton, WA, and Jack Boeser, New Brighton, MN.

This award recognizes a student volunteer who exemplifies the University of Mary’s Benedictine values and has made an invaluable contribution to the apostolic work of University Ministry.

 

Presidential Student Leadership Awards to Lisa Anderson, Atkin, MN, Melina Birchem, Backus, MN, Kaitlyn Fuglseth, Fertile, MN, Christopher Kraft, Bismarck, ND, Eileen Leong, Pierre, SD, Joseph McDonald, Eden Prairie, MN, Hannah Modeen, Grand Forks, ND, Genevieve Say, Napa, CA, August Taylor, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Raymond Young, Littleton, CO.

This award is given to students who are sophomores or above who have attained a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and higher. The honorees are selected based upon 1) exemplary dedication to the mission and Benedictine values of Mary, 2) involvement and responsibility in Mary’s organizations and activities, 3) demonstration of leadership and initiative in eliciting the participation of others, and 4) mature desire to be involved in projects that further one’s own educational goals.