At Student Government Association (SGA) Installation on April 7, the college recognized student leaders and those scholars who stand out for their leadership, academic record, and commitment to Mary Baldwin’s values.
The President’s Award is given to one student who demonstrates a commitment to academics, campus and community service, exceptional leadership qualities, and dedication to diversity. Such a student exhibits honor and integrity in her actions and a spirit of adventure. She is committed to personal wellness and shows an ability to balance mind, body, and spirit. This year’s recipient is Kristia Vasiloff.
For her ability to build a team of peers, serve as a role model, and inspire others to action, Kathryn Laflin earned this year’s Brenda Bryant Student Leadership Award. Such leaders have a strong sense of self, can balance multiple commitments, demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, and are dedicated students.
Students who earn the Global Citizenship Award demonstrate respect for all people and value diverse perspectives of others; engage in service to the campus, community, nation, or world; effect positive change; show a commitment to diversity; and embrace all members of the community with compassion. This year’s recipient is Bethany Zaiman.
Upholding the principles of the Mary Baldwin Honor and Judicial codes is the hallmark trait of students who receive the Honor and Integrity Award. This year, that award goes to Kathleen Hurlock.
Recipients of Mary Baldwin’s Unsung Hero Award are students who serve as role models to others and go above and beyond in their care and concern of the campus community, but who often do not receive public acknowledgement of their hard work. This year, Damba Koroma is Mary Baldwin’s unsung hero.
The Lynn Gilliland Boldly Baldwin Award recognizes a student who demonstrates exceptional school spirit, a desire to mentor and help classmates, and strong communications skills. Awardees effect positive change on campus and in the greater community and have a strong sense of self — all traits embodied by Mary Baldwin’s former director of first- and second-year experience, Lynn Tuggle Gilliland ’80. This year, Reetu Sinha and Shekira Ramdass jointly received the award.
For committing to students’ academic success; exceeding expectations; and leading by example with honor, integrity, and a dedication to personal wellness, Director of Student Development and Support Amber Keen Ellis received this year’s Advisor of the Year award.
The student organization that best enhances life on the Mary Baldwin campus, demonstrates growth and increased strength of leadership, and exceeds expectations earns top recognition as Organization of the Year. In 2014–15, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership band jointly proved to be the most effective in engaging students and encouraging participation in campus life.
Students elected to the 2015–16 Executive Committee of the SGA were also installed as part of the ceremony. They are:
Tralen Neal, president
Jazmine Brooks, vice president
Sharanya Rao, secretary
Molly “Jasyn” Chase, treasurer
MiAngel Hite, Residence Hall Association chair
Jan Edlene Miguel, Judicial Board chair
Rasheeda Bradley, lead advocate
Lillie Parker, Baldwin Program Board chair
Ciara McLaren, Honor Council chair
Ciara Dacosta-Reyes, Inter-Club Council chair
Jazmine Brooks and Mariah Efurd received the Sarah K. Small Award, which is presented in honor of 1st Lieutenant Sarah Small ’02 to senior cadets who have exemplified service and commitment to community and country.
Kimberly Denny received the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Award, which is presented to a senior cadet in the upper 25% of her graduating class who will seek a commission after graduation.
Sarah Seekins, Stephanie Collins, Hailey Caton, and Melissa Lovretich received the Military Officers Association of America Award, which recognizes outstanding ROTC cadets that show exceptional potential for future military leadership, good academic standards, high moral character, and loyalty to VWIL and country.
Jade Baker received the National Society of United States Daughters of the War of 1812 Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership, military discipline, dependability, patriotism and upright character of speech and habits, exemplifying the ideals upon which our nation was founded.
Shanelle Espinal received the Association of Military Colleges and Schools (AMCSUS) President’s Award from Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox. Each year, AMCSUS provides the college with a president’s award to present to a cadet with two full years in the VWIL Corps of Cadets who best demonstrates the mission of AMCSUS: strong values, positive leadership development, outstanding citizenship, and service to others.
Jasnique Rolle received the VWIL Corps Communication Award, which is presented to the cadet demonstrating commitment to the promotion and publicity of the corps through marketing and media.
Jochebed Koomson received the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, which is awarded to a scholar officer candidate based on academic excellence and leadership potential.
Tatiana Western, Katherine Narvaez, Carolyn Gale, and Brenda Ajavon received VWIL Strength and Endurance Test (SET) Awards, which are presented to the cadets from each class with the highest SET average and all passing scores. Western, a graduating senior, had an average fitness score of 94 percent; Narvaez, a junior, had an 88 percent average; Gale, a sophomore, had a 90 percent average; and Ajavon, a freshman, had an 83 percent average.
Carolyn Denny received the MacArthur Award, which is presented to a senior demonstrating academic excellence, physical training, and leadership.
Meagan Barron received the Colonel Frank Pancake Award, which is presented to a senior demonstrating leadership, academic excellence, and the attributes of a citizen solider.
Jazmyne Williamson received the VWIL Physical Training Award, which is presented to the cadet who has been committed to improving and refining PT within the Corps.
Tisha Wilkerson and Terra Daniels received the VWIL Corps Service Award, which is presented for outstanding service to the Corps.
Rachel Jones received the VWIL Spirit Award, which is presented to the senior who best represents the spirit of the Corps.
Nhi Nguyen, Alana Rister, Mikayla Waters-Crittenton, and Breanna Thomas received the VWIL Academic Awards, which are presented to the cadets from each class with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA). Nguyen, a graduating senior, has a 3.88 GPA; Riser, a junior, has a 3.9 GPA; Waters-Crittenton, a sophomore, has a 3.71 GPA; and Thomas, a freshman, has a 3.77 GPA.
Aimee Barrenada received the VWIL Molly Pitcher Award, which is presented to a cadet who displays professionalism while representing the VWIL Corps at Mary Baldwin and in the Staunton community.