Written by Mac McCormick, university news and communications intern
The Miami University President's Distinguished Service Award was presented to 21 graduating seniors earlier this month for their contributions to the campus, the greater community and to higher education.
The recipients of the award are:
Colin Michael Brand - zoology and environmental science co-major from Dublin. Brand was awarded for his distinguished undergraduate research in the department of anthropology, service as a resident assistant and intellectual and cultural contributions.
Emily Sue Crane - journalism and anthropology double major from Arden Hills, Minn. Crane, an editor of The Miami Student, was awarded for her "rare combination of academic rigor and use of social science to speak to pressing real world problems."
Matthew David Gingras – kinesiology major from Cincinnati. Gingras was awarded for moral and ethical leadership while serving as a student employee at Miami’s Recreation Center.
Mariah Taharria Green - social justice studies major from Canton. Green was awarded for the growth she has exhibited through her community engagement, her service to campus life and as a student employee.
Abbi Rose Hoerst - speech communication major from Middletown. Hoerst was awarded for her contributions as a student employee, campus leader and embodiment of “I Am Miami.”
Stephen Gregory Hostelley - political science and economics double major from Sagamore Hills. Hostelley was awarded for his contributions to the Government Relations Network LLC and the Inside Washington program and for his role in Project Green Room, raising awareness of the budget deficit among his peers.
Sylvia Luu - psychology major from Oberlin. Luu was awarded for her contributions to the department of psychology and the office of new student programs.
Michelle Korina McVicker - individualized studies major from Chicago, Ill. McVicker was awarded for her commitment to intercultural exchange, academic excellence and pedagogical innovation.
Chelsea Ann Menke - zoology and anthropology double major from Fairfield. Menke was awarded for her four years of dedicated volunteer service to local children in foster care from two counties through the Miami Holiday Project.
Nicholas Michael Miller - integrated social studies education major from Toledo. Miller was awarded for his contributions as a campus leader and particularly as the first chair of the Armstrong Student Center Board.
Jordan Nicole Osborne – architecture major from Delaware. Osborne was awarded for her contributions to the department of architecture and interior design, her campus leadership and for being a role model for service learning locally and internationally.
Abigail Rose Pautz - German and strategic communication double major from Strongsville. Pautz was awarded for enhancing campus life via communications and connections and for her leadership and excellence as a student employee.
Jennifer Nicole Pugh - electrical and computer engineering technology and health information technology double major from Middletown. Pugh was awarded for her service in the Miami University Middletown Student Government and for her contributions as a student employee, role model and mentor.
Shan J. Qureshi – zoology major from Liberty Township. Qureshi was awarded for his service to the Miami University Hamilton Student Government Association and his contributions to the Project Civility Initiative at the Hamilton and Oxford campuses.
Josie Marie Ridgeway – gerontology major from Jackson. Ridgeway was awarded for raising awareness of aging within the campus and community and raising substantial philanthropic funds for aging-related organizations.
Rachel Elizabeth Ronau – zoology major from Grove City. Ronau was awarded for her intellectual leadership as an undergraduate researcher and subsequent presentations about alcohol-related negative consequences in college students.
Charlie Garber Schreiber - political science major from Cincinnati. Schreiber was awarded for his dedication to Miami University and its student body.
Gabrielle Mary Trojanowski - integrated mathematics education and mathematics double major from Perrysburg. Trojanowski was awarded for her leadership in mathematics education and as an orientation student coordinator.
Ethan Hunter Vargo – biochemistry major from Hudson. Vargo was awarded for his performance as a resident assistant and campus tour guide.
Carli Renee Williams – marketing major from Canton. Williams was awarded for her numerous accomplishments on campus and abroad.
Mingze Yin – finance major from Chicago, Ill. Yin was awarded for her service as a student employee, campus activist, community organizer and cultural leader.
The recipients of the President’s Distinguished Service Award are automatically awarded the Senior Service Leadership Award at a ceremony in the Armstrong Student Center at 4 p.m. Friday, May 9.