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Students, adviser receive honors during leadership dinner

A number of Alfred University students, groups, and advisers were recognized for outstanding contributions to the campus during the annual spring Student Leadership Dinner.

The Student Senate Award for Most Improved Club went to the Student Activities Board and to Kristie Valentino of Middletown, president of the group.

The Student Senate Adviser of the Year Award went to Dr. Andy Eklund, associate professor of chemistry, for having the greatest impact on a club or organization Eklund is adviser to Forest People and Adviser to the Student Affiliate Chapter of ACS (American Chemistry Society).

Forest People is a group of outdoor enthusiasts. The group offers trips almost every weekend with larger trips during fall and spring breaks. The trips vary greatly from camping to backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, snowshoeing, etc.

Eklund earned a doctoral degree from the University of California-Irvine and a bachelor of arts degree at the College of Wooster (Ohio). The Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Campus Contribution by a First-Year Student went to Ana Devlin Gauthier, a communication studies major from New Salem, MA.

The Saxon Six, who were chosen for their overall campus leadership throughout their years at AU, were Mary Geiss, a biology major from Baldwinsville; Andrew Ivovich, a materials science and engineering major from Annandale, NJ; Laquesha Garner, a psychology major from Florissant, MO; Shawn Isaacs, a criminal justice studies and sociology major from Buffalo; Eric Walton, a materials science and engineering major from Mechanicsburg, PA; and Emily Tobin, a psychology and sociology major from Penfield.

The six have contributed across a wide spectrum of areas in Student Affairs. They have been resident assistants, members 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. Each of the Saxon Six will be asked to become involved as advisers whenever the division is in need of alumni feedback.

Jessica Marble of Wellsville, Julie Gordon from Teaneck, NJ, and Laura Findlay from Fabius graduated from the Gary Horowitz Leadership Development Program.

The four components of the Leadership Certificate are skills building, involvement, commitment, and documentation and completion. The program helps to develop leadership potential and strengthen each student’s skills. Gary Horowitz is a former Alfred University administrator in Alumni and Government Affairs.