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Torchbearer Awards Ceremony 2017

By: Angela Roman

The Torchbearer Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony was held on April 20th.  The ceremony recognizes students and student organizations for their commitment to serve our campus and community during the 16-17 academic year.   Congratulations to all of our winners:

Rising Star Leadership Award –  Andrew Kapanowski, Arianna Lozano, Kathryn Pilczuk, Samantha Gerken, Tea Caragao

Initiative 125 Service Award – Samantha Cavotta, Nicole Christenson, Amada Gilliam, Jordan Gilpin, Melissa Henderson, Zoe Horn, Lauren Johnston, Jason Keinath, Leah Kelsey, Felicia Kohn, Cassandra Kolka, Paige Kramer, Megan Liede, Arianna Lozano, Lily Luong, Miranda Maitland, Shaun Martin, Shaylin McCann, Laura McKeown, Courtney Palmer, Jacob Russell, Caleb Schultz, Jessica Westman, April Wilson, Lindsey Winslow, Sharell Williams, Tiyler Rush, Mary Leiter, Troy Longman, Katherine Denney, Megan Meerman, Morgan Payne

Presidential 250 Service Award – Amanda Gilliam, Melissa Henderson, Zoe Horn, Paige Kramer, Megan Liede, Jacob Russell, Sharell Williams, Tiyler Rush

Heart and Soul Service award – Lindsay Cavanaugh, Zoe Horn, Claudia Miller, Browyn Johnanson, Sarah Nestell, Logan Anderson

Commitment to Service – Josh Olszewski, Katie Nimtz

Newman Civic Fellows Award – Sean Williams

Community Volunteer of the Year – Zoe Horn

OMSS Above and Beyond -  William Holden, Taylor Williamson, Jordan Dawkins, Talesha Wright

Honors Outstanding Scholar Award – Tyler Ryan

Student Government Presidential Award – Dylan Tantalo, Josh Olszewski

Ubuntu International Student Ambassador – Yashkumar Bhalala, Hawraa Albesher

Ubuntu Education Abroad Scholar – Anh Ngo, Elizabeth Yost

Club Sports Core Value Award – Women’s Club Rugby

Collegiate Leadership Competition Honor – Erin Crummel, Katie Thompson, Travis Hill, Patrick Maloney, Katie Nimtz, Chrystal Parker, Talesha Wright

Fraternity Member of the Year - Jacob Law Phi Sigma Kappa

Sorority Member of the Year - Jamie Baranek Alpha Xi Delta

Greek Servant Leader - Nicole Christenson Lambda Kappa Sigma

Greek Silent Leader - Gabbi Schmidt Delta Zeta

Greek Academic Excellence - Amoreena Most Alpha Xi Delta

Greek President of the Year - Ashley Taylor Lambda Kappa Sigma

Greek New Member of the Year - Joe Rockwell Phi Alpha Delta

Greek Outstanding Service Program of the Year - Sigma Alpha Epsilon Paddy Murphy Week

Greek Outstanding Advisor of the Year - Angela Roman Professional Greek Council

RSO Advisor of the Year – Dr. Laura Dix, American Marketing Association

Five Star RSO –  Circle K International, Bulldog Sustainability Alliance, American Marketing Association, Public Relations Student Society of America

Torchbearer Leadership Award - Alexandra Reeds, Andrew Klarecki, Erin Crummel, Josh Olszewski, Justin O’Donoghue, Katelyn Michalski, Levi Cipcic, Shelby Alda, Tori VanOeffelen, Justin Wolber, Leesa Deadwyler


Recognizing Job Search Stress: Watching for the Signs. By Katie Nimtz (Ferris State University, PR Student)

You are sitting at your desk in front of your laptop screen clicking to see if there will be anything on page number two of your search. As you scroll down to look for those two words ‘Now Hiring’ your neck is tense from sitting for so long and your eyes are strained from the backlight of the screen. You try a new search, trying to rearrange the words to bring up something new; job openings near me, career opportunities near me, jobs, who’s hiring, where can I find a job, need job, how to not be poor. After hours of searching and filling out the same information about a hundred time in slightly different ways, you receive a couple of interviews, and you attend each one not thrilled. They weren’t the ones you really wanted, and find yourself right back at the beginning again searching the internet. Why does finding a job have to be so difficult?

Many students feel pressured into finding the best job possible during their last summer and post-graduation. This self-expectation of perfection leaves individuals unfocused, doubtful in their own capabilities, and many times unmotivated. Alexander Graham Bell wrote, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” In the same way, it is important for individuals to realize that finding a job takes persistence, dedication and grit. The best way to overcome the stresses of job searching is recognizing the problem.

 How are you supposed to keep your sanity during the hunt? Understanding the causes of the stress is a great way to combat it. Students are constantly put into time sensitive situations and are generally capable of handling the crunch for time. However, the vast array of options and possibilities can cause some individuals to freeze up in their hunt. In Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he explains the philosophy of starting with the end in mind. Finding a job should not be a last minute decision, giving yourself plenty of time to find and hear back from the potential employer. An individual needs to be actively strategizing their next move in their career path. This doesn’t mean to obsess over a particular job, try read between the lines of a bad-news letter, or feel over confident in yourself. Find your dream job and start making a long term game plan by identifying the steps that will take you to your goal. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

It can be difficult to recognize that even with a great education that first ‘adult job’ may not include being a manager, having your own office, or include the best hours. What matters is understanding how the job fits into your career path. It is important to identity and utilize your resources to lessen the effects of stress. Rejection is hard to take, but equipping yourself with the a top of line resume, cover letter, interview skills, professional demeanor, and positive attitude will get you closer to the goal. Students can reach out to professors, industry professionals, the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, and even First Lady’s Attic for ways to prepare and be less stressed during the process.