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04/16/2010

Student Life Presents Annual Awards to Deserving Students, Organizations and Campus Members

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 Heidenberg won the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award and Vandiver took the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the April 13 ceremony.
 Presented annually, both awards honor graduating students who have an outstanding record of service to the university.

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Heidenberg and Vandiver
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West and Vallotton
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Political science major Rachel Heidenberg and music major Kevin Vandiver captured top honors at the recent 2010 Student Life Awards ceremony in the Tuttle Dining Room. Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life, presented the awards.

Heidenberg won the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award and Vandiver took the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the April 13 ceremony. Presented annually, both awards honor graduating students who have an outstanding record of service to the university. Heidenberg of John’s Island, S.C., has volunteered with Relay for Life, the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen and Office of Disability Services, held numerous leadership positions with the Honors Association and as a Winthrop Ambassador and Model United Nations delegate. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career as a child advocate.

Vandiver of Lyman, S.C., has served in numerous leadership roles at Winthrop including as an Emerging Leader, Orientation Assistant, DSU programmer and Peer Mentor. He is an associate minister and youth director of his church and has mentored youth at Rebound Alternative School.

Aimee West, a psychology major from Aiken, S.C., and William Vallotton, a finance major from Lancaster, S.C., won this year’s American Legion Awards. The awards are presented annually to graduating students who display outstanding courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship. West spent a semester abroad volunteering at an orphanage in Bolivia, South America, while Vallotton completed a 465-mile bike-a-thon that raised more than $27,500 for United Cerebral Palsy.

English major Charli Bryan of Anderson, S.C., received the Holly Self Drummond Award that is presented to a female who demonstrates high academic achievement and a strong commitment to volunteerism. A Teaching Fellow, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, giving more than 160 hours of community service. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in library and information sciences.

Scott Werts, an assistant professor of geology, was the recipient of the Combining Service and Learning Faculty Award. Chosen for his dedication to integrating academics into the Alternative Spring Break program, Wertz enhanced the experience of students through his expertise of the sciences and geology.  Wertz has volunteered his spring break for the past two years to travel and provide volunteer service alongside students in Mammoth Cave, Ky.

Kathleen Callahan, a residential learning coordinator for Lee Wicker residence hall, earned the Multicultural Student Life Award. Callahan is a member of the university’s diversity team and has worked very closely with the Safe Zones program. She also volunteers a week during the summer to serve as one of the lead counselors at Camp Any Town which addresses identity, race and multicultural issues faced by high school students. Psychology major Phylicia Burley also was honored with the Multicultural Student Life Award.

Additional awards presented included:

•The Serving Others and Reflecting (SOAR) Award: Erin Brown, a sophomore business administration major from Monks Corner, S.C.
•The Student Safety Award: Women Against Rape and student leader Tiara Moore.
Intern of the Year: Erin Elizabeth Sweeney, a senior business administration major originally from Woodstock, Ill.
Student Organization With Exemplary Record of Service: Student Environmental Action Coalition.
Exemplary Single Service Project By a Group: Student Athletic Advisory Council for the project “Samaritan’s Feet” to collect more than 1,000 shoes and $2,000 for the children of Haiti.
Fred Angerman Quality Staff Award: Alex Talley, Bookworm textbook manager and Winthrop graduate.

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