ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mical Romano, an interior design major, and theatre performance major Ray Singleton received the highest honors at the 2011 Student Life Awards ceremony on April 19.
During the ceremony, held in Richardson Ballroom, Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life, presented the awards to Romano, Singleton and a host of other Winthrop students, campus organizations and community members. Romano, a native of Lusby, Md., won the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, while Singleton of North Charleston, S.C., took the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. These awards, given annually, honor graduating students with outstanding records of service to Winthrop. Romano has served as an orientation leader and an RA for two years. She has held leadership roles with the Interior Design Student Organization, where she helped the organization become involved with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Romano has served as community service chair for the National Residence Hall Honorary and served on the Multicultural Student Council as Hispanic activities coordinator. After graduation, she plays to seek an interior design position in her native Maryland or in Washington, D.C.
Singleton has been active within the Greek community, participating in Back the Pack, Adopt-a-Highway, Feed the Students, Children Attention's Home in Rock Hill, King Day for Kids, Children's Summer Camp and Relay for Life. He has starred in a number of plays and lends his musical talents to on-campus organizations.
Senior social work major Amy Elizabeth Jenkins received the American Legion Award, presented to students who exemplify courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship. The Chapin, S.C., native, has been a Winthrop Ambassador and served as an RA for three years. She volunteered with March of Dimes, Kickball for Kancer, Cardboard Village, Richardson Rescue, Bingo with Seniors and many other causes. Jenkins also has served as an unpaid intern with the Boys and Girls Clubs, rebuilt a home in Costa Rica and volunteered at an orphanage in San Jose. She will graduate in May with honors and plans to join the Peace Corps.
Mary Martin, instructor of English, is the recipient of this year's Combining Service and Learning Faculty Award. She has created and taught an English course, "Arts in Medicine: Expressive Arts in the Hospital Setting," a growing course that explores artistic expression within the medical setting. As an ACAD instructor, she has added a community service component to several courses in the past four years. She is an advocate for service learning and civic engagement programs at Winthrop.
Sociology major Leslie Bennett of Greenville, S.C., netted the Multicultural Student Life Award, established by the Office of Multicultural Student Life. She has been a member of the Multicultural Student Council since fall 2009. She will graduate this year with a degree in sociology and criminology.
Other awards presented April 19 included the following:
•The Serving Others and Reflecting (SOAR) Award: Airamiss Gardner, a sophomore exercise science major/nutrition minor from Summerville, S.C.
•The Student Safety Award: Junior athletic training major Amanda Cardenas of Phoenix, Ariz.
•Intern of the Year: Summerville, S.C., native Ashley Bateman, pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental sciences (pre-veterinary studies).
•Student Organization with Exemplary Record of Service: SKIN DEEP, a community service and theatre organization of 35 students.
•Exemplary Single Service Project by a Group: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for their work with the Saluda Trail Middle School step team and mentor program; Honorable Mention to Kappa Alpha Psi for the development of mentoring program "Guide Right Program: Journey to True Brotherhood."
•Exemplary Service by an Individual: Brittany Dickens of North Charleston, S.C., a junior middle-level education major.
•Fred Angerman Quality Staff Award: Kwabena T. Sankofa-Amammere, assistant professor of psychology and staff psychologist for Health and Counseling Services at Winthrop.
•Citizens in Service Award: Pat Courtney (coordinator of monthly Friendship Dinner program) and Thi Le, owner of Thi's Place on Main in downtown Rock Hill.