The Student Leadership Awards ceremony celebrates students whose leadership has contributed to the growth, development, and vitality of USF and the broader community. Both undergraduate and graduate students who apply for awards are role models who exhibit commitment, enthusiasm, and the pursuit of excellence through their endeavors.
The 18th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 4:30-5:30pm in Xavier Chapel, Fromm Hall.
Congratulations to the 2013 Student Life Leadership Award Recipients!
Archbishop Oscar Romero Award (graduating seniors/graduate students)
Leonard Paul Rubio
As Co-Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Insight Prison Project, senior Leonard Rubio works to help the organization continue to bring rehabilitative services to prisoners. He volunteers with USF’s San Quentin Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E and the San Francisco Healing Circle for the Soul Support. He is earning a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation here at the University of San Francisco.
Emerging Leadership Award (first-year students)
Caitlin Hurley is a freshman, Nursing major at USF. She works as an Athletics Event Manager on campus and volunteers with USF’s Relay for Life event. She is involved in the Nursing Student Association and the Magis Emerging Leadership Program on campus as well.
Jaclyn Sakura Knitter
As a freshman Jaclyn Knitter is a Politics major with a minor in Asian Studies. She works as a student assistant for the Politics department, and is involved with the Magis Emerging Leadership Program, as well as, the Martin Baros Scholar Program. She is the Director of Internal Procedures for the Residence Hall Association and is a volunteer Assistant Teacher at the St. Ignatius Youth Confirmation Program.
Freshman Lindsey Mau, a double major in Hospitality Industry Management and Entrepreneurship Studies, is a member of the Hospitality Management Association and the Residence Hall Council at USF. She volunteers with Meals on Wheels, USF’s School of Management Habitat for Humanity, and the SF Botanical Gardens. She also is a recipient of the Dean’s List award.
Excellence in Leadership & Service Awards (sophomores and juniors)
A Theology & Religious Studies major, Lauryn Gregorio, is a member of the University Ministry Ignatians Student Leadership Team. As a junior, Lauryn is also a leader for the Kairos Retreat throughout the school year and a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador.
Hector Antonio Martinez
Hector Martinez is a sophomore Business Administration major with a minor in Latin American Studies. He is a Resident Advisor and Community Assistant for Hayes-Healy dorm, and is the president of Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios. He is a recipient of the Ronald McDonald’s House of Charities Scholarship.
As Vice President of Campus Activities Board and On-Campus Representative for ASUSF Senate, Madeline Meininger is a sophomore Politics major and a student in the Honors in Humanities program. She is also a part of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Inc. where she is that Chief Operating Officer.
Marianne Marie Meyer
President of ASUSF Greek Council, Marianne Meyer is a junior Marketing major who is also a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. In the fall semester she served as the Treasurer of DZ, and she is currently the Vice President of New Member Education. She volunteers at the Catholic Diocese Of San Jose as a Leader of the Diocesan Youth Retreat, and also works as a Community Assistant in Fromm Residence Hall.
Amanda Mitchell is a Theology & Religious Studies major with a minor in Psychology. She works as an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) for the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good where she facilitates and leads service orientations and projects that meet the needs of both the community partner as well as service-learning courses. Amanda is also a volunteer minister for the Comunidad San Dimas Ministry.
Sophomore Jose Gil, majors in Politics with a minor in Ethnic Studies. He works as an Intercultural Center Intern for USF’s Cultural Centers. He also interns for Causa Justa (Just Cause) where he works with tenants in the San Francisco area to make sure their rights are being upheld.
Victor Casillas Valle
As a double major in Communication Studies & Media Studies, sophomore Victor Valle is an Intern/Lyricist Lounge Organizer for the Cultural Centers on campus. He is also the Co-Director for the WORD! Poetry Club and the Founder of We Move Against the Tides, which is a music website that covers local and underrated artists in the San Francisco area.
Father John P. Schlegel, S.J., Award (graduating seniors)
Nicholas Alexander Perez Votaw
Senior Economics major at USF, Nicholas Votaw is a Resident Advisor for the St. Ignatius living-learning community in Phelan Hall. He is also the front desk staff in Loyola House. He volunteers with the San Francisco Fire Department as a Volunteer Emergency Responder, where he receives extensive, hands-on training with emergency preparedness.
Hilary Williams Ford Award (graduate students)
Raminderjit (Sonam) Kaur Gill
Raminderjit Gill is a graduate student getting an MS in Environmental Management and MBA in Organizational Development. Raminderjit is also a Physical Science Technician and National EJ Eco Ambassador Fellow for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she helped establish partnership with UC Davis Center for Regional Change research team to adopt R9’s approach for screening Imperial Valley, CA.
James F. Kenney Memorial Award (undergraduate students)
Senior Research Assistant for the Foster Care Research Group, Audrey Rhodes is a junior majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Child and Youth Studies. She works as a Student Administrative Assistant at USF’s School of Law, and is also a Call Taker Coordinator in the Department of Public Safety. Audrey also volunteers with La Casa de Las Madres as a Domestic Violence Counselor.
Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Award (graduating seniors)
Alumni of the Martin Baros Scholars Program, Brandon Oldham is a senior Environmental Science major with a minor in Politics. Brandon is an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) for the Leo T. McCarthy Center and the Quesada Gardens Initiative. He is also a Mercury Research Analyst for the Environmental Science Department on USF’s campus.
Carly Smith is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Service and Engagement. She is an Advocate for Community Engagement for the Leo T. McCArthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, where she works as an on-site partner to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Project Open Hand. Carly is also a Student Intern for the Office of Development on USF’s campus.
Priscilla A. Scotlan Award (graduating seniors)
As a senior at USF, Joseph Estalilla is majoring in History and double minoring in Asian studies & Public Service. He is involved with the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), and is an Intern for Prisoner Legal Services at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He volunteers at multiple places such as, Project Open Hand, Quesada Gardens Initiative, Youth Speaks Poetry Slam, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, and the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT).
Senior Leadership Award (graduating seniors)
Mercedes Marjorie R. Natividad
As a senior at USF, Mercedes Natividad is getting a degree in Nursing with a double minor in Theater and Child & Youth Studies. She is a Resident Advisor and Community Assistant in Hayes-Healy Residence Hall and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She volunteers at the Junior Apostolates for Christ as a Youth Group Leader.
Taylor Holmes is a senior graduating with a degree in International Studies. She is a Peer Advisor where she advises organizations and their leaders in managing internal conflicts, putting together budgets and event plans, including predicting trends in attendance, participation and revenue for ticketed events. She is also Committee Chair for the Relay For Life events on campus.
As a senior, Evan Vaughan is graduating with a degree in International Studies with a double minor in European Studies and Peace & Justice Studies. He works as a Community Assistant in Hayes-Healy Residence Hall and a University Ambassador for the Office of Admissions. Evan has participated in multiple immersion trips, such as trips to Peru, Spain, Tunisia, and Southeast Asia, for example. On campus, he is also involved with ASUSF Senate and University Ministry.
Student Life Graduate Student Leadership Award (graduating graduate students)
Clark Campagna is a graduate student getting his Master of Arts degree in Organization & Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs. At USF, he is a Graduate Intern for Educational Media and Assessment at the Cultural Centers, and he is also the Graduate Intern for Families and Youth in Transition at the Learning & Writing Centers.
As a graduate student, Andrea Wise is getting her Master of Arts in Organization & Leadership. She is the Senior Coordinator of Community-Based Learning for the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service & the Common Good. She volunteers as Chair for the LGBTQ Caucus for Faculty and Staff and as an Advisor for the Sister Connection club.
Brittany M. Coker
Brittany Coker is getting her Master of Arts in Organization & Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs, while working as a Graduate Marketing Intern & Greek Life Intern for USF’s Student Life & Engagement. She is also an Assistant Coordinator for the Muscat Scholars Program and a Teaching Assistant for USF’s Center for Academic and Student Achievement.
Consulting Associate at Olive Grove Consulting, Amy Whittaker is getting her MBA in Nonprofit Management. Previously, Amy worked as a Communication & Events Manager for Encorps Inc and as a Strategic Plan Board Fellow for Bandaloop.
Wilita Dennis-Park Sanguma
Wilita Sanguma is a graduate student earning his Masters in International Studies. He works as a University Ministry Social Justice Intern and a Resident Minister at USF. He has participated in immersion programs that have traveled to Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, and France, to name a few.