2015 Student Life Awards Banquet

The 21th annual Student Life Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, was held in the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The dinner and awards ceremony recognizes and honors student’s organizational achievements. 

Stephanie Fiely, Director of Student Activities, was Master of Ceremonies.  Jeff Ledebur, who represents Campus Ministries, provided the invocation.

Awards were presented in the following categories:  Organizational recognition, recognition of service, athletic and intramurals, and achievement awards. 

The Student Leadership Award (upperclassman) is given annually to a second year student who has made outstanding contributions to student life at Pitt-Titusville.  This year’s recipient was Tenasia Law.

Abbey Roach was awarded the Freshman Leadership Award.  This award is given annually to a first year student who has shown excellence in leadership abilities in the classroom, work areas, residence halls, and campus activities. 

Shane Clever and Jacob Rash were presented with the Commuter Student Leadership Award in recognition to their service to the campus and community.

After honoring the eight Resident Assistants, Manuel Alcantara was the recipient of the Resident Assistant of the Year Award and Kaitlyn Russo was the RA with the highest GPA by the Office of Residence Life.

The Residence Life Leadership Award was presented to Rachel Cooper and Morgan Hudson.  This award is given annually to a student who resides within the campus residence halls for at least one year and is actively involved in residence life programs and campus life.

Organizational recognition awards were presented to members of the Alpha Omega, Student Ambassadors, Black Student Union, Cheerleaders, Commuter Student Association, Guitar Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Residence Hall Activities and Programs (RHAP), Student Activities Board, and Student Government Association.  The Black Student Union received the outstanding student organization award.

Jeff Ledebur was presented with the student organization advisor of the year award for advising Alpha Omega.

New this year was the presentation of the NACA Mid Atlantic Region Outstanding Student Leader Award.  To earn this distinction, a student nominee must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, demonstrate significant leadership skills and ability, hold a significant leadership position on campus or within the community and have made significant contributions via volunteer involvement either on campus or off.  This award was presented to Josie Sweitzer.  The award was announced at the annual regional conference in October and presented to the student at the campus banquet.

This year the students presented the second annual Professor of the Year award organized by the Student Government Association.  Dr. Laura Terwilliger was named this year’s Professor of the Year.

Manuel Alcantara was the recipient of the Good Citizen Award.  This award is presented to the student who has effectively demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge with personal integrity and academic honesty, and to the sanctity of the learning environment.  This student must have passed at least 24 credits, maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0 and has demonstrated leadership within the campus and the community. 

Fifteen students were recognized for their academic and involvement in campus and community activities through the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.  These students were each given certificates from Who’s Who at the banquet.

Student athletes were recognized for their commitment to the athletic program at Pitt-Titusville.  Tenasia Law, Samantha Marak, Maurice Davis, Shaquille McCray, Lloyd Wheeler are the five basketball players who were recognized for their two year commitment as members of the basketball teams.

The awards are selected in the second semester of each year through an application process, beginning with nominations of student leaders.  Awards are determined by a selection committee that includes faculty and staff members.