The Duquesne University Senior Celebration annual event was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Union Ballroom. Recipients of the Student Life Leadership Award and Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership were announced.
Student Life Leadership Award
The Student Life Leadership Award was presented to the following outstanding seniors who were nominated by the Student Life staff. They were evaluated on their dedication to the Mission Statement, leadership positions, service, academic achievements and their presence on campus.
Katelyn Edwards is a Biology major in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Katelyn served as a Resident Assistant and as Public Relations Chair for her sorority, Kappa Epsilon. She participated in numerous community service projects, including: Lauren’s Work, Up ‘til Dawn; Hilltop Nursing Home in Monongahela, Pa. She served as a volunteer on the Oncology Unit at Allegheny General Hospital and participated each fall in the Pittsburgh South Side Clean-Up. She has earned and maintained a Dean’s List QPA for all four years. She was also selected for the Towers Resident Assistant of The Year Award, two years in a row.
Kathryn Harringtonis a Spanish/Pre-Health Professions Studies major in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Katy’s leadership positions include: Assistant Philanthropy and Service Chairwoman for Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Student Health Advisory Committee, Relay for Life Coordinator and Executive Planner for Up ‘til Dawn. She also did extensive community service: Parental Resource Network Blanket Making Night, fundraising for breast cancer research, and was a Group Leader for Spring Clean-Up. She participated in Cross Cultural Mission Experiences by going to Immokalee Migrant Farm Experience and Dominican Republic Children’s Camp Experience.
Kristina Kocher is an Elementary Education major in the School of Education. Kristina was involved in the Orientation Program as a Team Leader, Assistant Director and Director. Kristina also served on the Duquesne Program Council. She was the Assistant Director of the Senior Class Council and the transition chair of the Junior Class Council. She was also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma and the Freshmen Class Advisory Council. Kristina earned and maintained a Dean’s list QPA for all four years.
Molly McCann is a Corporate Communications major in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Molly has served as Vice President and Scholarship Chair of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, President of the Pan-Hellenic Council, served on the Senior Class Council and both planned and attended mission trips to Jefferson City, Tenn. She earned and maintained a Dean’s List QPA for all four years. She was inducted into the Order of Omega and several other Honor Societies. Molly volunteered at St. Clair Hospital and tutored in the Hill District through the Hill House Association.
Justin Stadelmyer is a Finance major in the School of Business. Justin has served as the Vice President for Finance for the Student Government Association and the Career Chair for the Junior Class Council. He also has been a Team Leader for Orientation, the Vice President of the Finance and Investment Management Association, Financial Chair for Lambda Sigma, member of Phi Eta Sigma and Lambda Sigma, Red and Blue Crew and the Duquesne Asset Management Group. His service projects include participation in the Relay for Life, Spring Clean-Up and the Millvale Public Library Rebuild.
Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership
The Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership was established over 10 years ago to recognize a graduating senior who has demonstrated superior ethical leadership. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed by a special committee coordinated by the Beard Center for Leadership Ethics and Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., the Executive Vice President for Student Life. Students are selected based upon their commitment to moral and spiritual values and their outstanding leadership in the area of ethics in campus life, family life and in the community.
The 2012 Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership was presented to Jeffrey A. Mitch.
Jeffrey A. Mitch is an Accounting major in the A.J. Palumbo School of Business. While at Duquesne, Jeff demonstrated extensive involvement and leadership, while practicing the three tenets of Ethical Leadership. He participated in many programs and was involved in several organizations, which were directly impacted by his ability to defend the common good, demonstrate respect for the dignity of others and display sensitivity for the stewardship of the University. His involvement included: service chair for the Freshman Class Advisory Council, Finance Director for the Duquesne Program Council, President of the Residence Hall Association, Director of the Senior Class Council and Senator for the School of Business.
Dominion Distinguished Scholar Award
As part of Dominion’s on-going commitment to higher education and recognition of academic excellence, the company established the Dominion Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given annually to the graduating senior of Duquesne’s A. J. Palumbo School of Business Administration who best exemplifies the qualities of intellect, character and business acumen necessary for success in today’s global economy. Jeffrey A. Mitch was this year’s recipient.