The Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. Leadership Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership

The Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. Leadership Award is presented to outstanding seniors who have been nominated by the Student Life staff. They are evaluated on their dedication to the Mission Statement, leadership positions, service, academic achievements and their presence on campus. Five extraordinary students are recognized in 2015 with an Award for Excellence in Student Leadership.

Lauren Drumm is a environmental science major in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences with a 3.86 GPA. She has served as President of the Evergreen and Ecology clubs and is the Rotaract Club’s Co-Director of Pure Thirst, a program that promotes the development of clean drinking water sources around the world. She was very active in planning, fundraising for and implementing a water treatment system for a community in Honduras and will be doing the same for a community in Tanzania this year. She has also served as a student ambassador with the University’s Alumni Relations staff.

Nick Frost is a political science and journalism double major in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts with a 3.74 GPA. He served as President of the Sigma Nu fraternity, Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council and is a member of the Order of Omega. Nick has been a Resident Assistant since the spring 2014 semester and is an active member of WDSR Student Radio. He has done extensive work with Sigma Nu’s White Rose Ball, which benefits the American Gold Star Mothers, and with Habitat for Humanity.

Joseph Hornak is a biology major in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences with a GPA of 3.81. He has served as the Attorney General of the Interfraternity Council, Executive Vice President of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and Music Director of the Duquesne Program Council. In his work with the Interfraternity Council, Joseph has re-established the IFC judicial system, an initiative which won an award for risk reduction from the Northeast Greek Leadership Association. Joseph has been involved with Spiritan Campus Ministry as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteer.

Jake Locke is a secondary education in social studies major in the School of Education with a 3.8 GPA. He has served as a Commuter Assistant, member of the Commuter Council and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Jake is also an accomplished local musician, having performed both by himself and with others at a variety of local venues and events. He has created and participated in a number of charitable events to support causes such as suicide awareness and the National Kidney Foundation.

Ektaa Rana is a physical therapy major in the John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences with a 3.4 GPA. She is an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) and the Duquesne University Physical Therapy Association. Ektaa has also served as Vice President of Communications for the Student Government Association, Secretary of the Panhellenic Council and as a Resident Assistant. She has participated in numerous service programs in the Pittsburgh community as well as in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania.