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04/27/2015

Student Life Awards Highlight Active Year for Winthrop Student Body

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 Alyssa Toshimitsu, a social work major from Santa Clarita, California, received the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, while Ian Deas, a biology major from Charleston, South Carolina, won the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
 The prestigious American Legion Awards were given to Grace Kathleen Radler of Marietta, Georgia, and Myreon Savon Williams of Greenwood, South Carolina. The awards are presented annually to graduating students who display outstanding courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship.

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Seniors Ian Deas and Alyssa Toshimitsu
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Grace Kathleen Radler and Myreon Savon Williams
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Madison Diggs, from left, Dean of Students Bethany Marlowe
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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Seniors Alyssa Fumiko Toshimitsu and Ian Deas captured top honors at the 2015 Winthrop University Student Life Awards ceremony on April 23 at the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Division of Student Life. Various staff members and Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life, presented the awards.

Toshimitsu, a social work major from Santa Clarita, California, received the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, while Deas, a biology major from Charleston, South Carolina, won the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the two awards are presented annually to students who have given great service to the university and plan to continue service after graduation.

Toshimitsu enjoyed her work in student life so much that she will head this fall to N.C. State to enroll in its education administration program for higher education. She participated in the 2011 Emerging Leaders, was selected as a Winthrop Ambassador and as an Orientation Leader and then Student Director of Orientation. She was a resident assistant for three years and has helped pilot a co-ed Emerging Leaders’ floor. In her freshman year, she started an off-campus project named the annual Ebenezer Avenue Leadership Academy that continues today.

Deas serves as the chair of the Council of Student Leaders and helped in the selection of new incoming Winthrop president Dan Mahony. A McNair Scholar and member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, he has volunteered to work during the MLK Day of Service, with Project REBOUND, Rolling in Rock Hill and the Boyd Hill S.C.O.P.E. project. He is considering his options after graduation, including a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University.

The prestigious American Legion Awards were given to Grace Kathleen Radler of Marietta, Georgia, and Myreon Savon Williams of Greenwood, South Carolina. The awards are presented annually to graduating students who display outstanding courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship.

Radler will graduate with a business degree with a concentration in sustainable business. A soccer player for four years, she was picked as team captain this year, served as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was picked for the Student Advisory Committee that helped select Winthrop’s new president. She worked as a Winthrop Ambassador since 2012 and helped with several Big South Conference Service Projects, as well as community service projects with her hometown church.

Williams will graduate in December with a degree in political science and a minor in psychology. After transferring to Winthrop, he became an Orientation Leader and co-founder and director of the WASA Dance Team. Active in Winthrop’s Model United Nations, he is a Safe Zones student facilitator and is a representative for the political science department on the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board. He has volunteered with several local human service agencies in Rock Hill and with the African Students’ Association.

The James C. and Kimberly Dickens Williamson Leadership Award is given to two undergraduates who demonstrate campus or community leadership. Madison Diggs, a freshman elementary education major from Hartsville, South Carolina, works as a Winthrop Ambassador, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House with her Alpha Delta Pi sorority and works with children as a Teaching Fellow. Aaron Keith, a senior clarinet performance major from Cheraw, South Carolina, loves tutoring music students in an underprivileged school in Pageland. He also provides leadership with the Safe Zones program.

The Combining Service and Learning Faculty Award went to Laura Ullrich, an associate professor of economics and 2014 Kinard teaching award recipient. She created the Winthrop Microfinance Project, which has engaged students to travel to Bolivia and Panama to explore microfinance and entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Rising senior and English major Andrew McIver was recognized with the Gloria Godfrey Jones Outstanding Tutor Award for his passion in helping tutor students at the Writing Center. Three students nominated him for the award because he is able to identify a student’s writing problems quickly and then guides the student in learning how to fix them.

The Winthrop chapter of the NAACP won the Outstanding Student Organization Award, which was accepted by President Shayna Foxworth and member DeVonte Walker. The organization brought attention to current issues from voter registration to police brutality and held multiple events, including the very popular Swagger Jack’d event which raises funds for NAACP student scholarships and the Boyd Hill Recreation Center.

Additional awards included:

• The Diversity and Student Engagement Award: Katherine Le, a senior biology major from Rock Hill who wants to be a family doctor, supported diversity and inclusion and cross-culture communication among students, faculty and staff through her work in the Office of Diversity and Student Engagement.

Exemplary Service By an Individual: Julia Swidzinski, a junior social work and elementary education honors student from Hilton Head, South Carolina, worked diligently as a tutor and mentor in the Homework Clinic and played an integral role in the development of the Literacy Intervention Team, a collaborative effort of the clinic, Rosewood Elementary and York Road Elementary reading programs. She designed a Blackboard program used by the 23 work study students and 20 volunteers to coordinate curriculum, news and a calendar.

Exemplary Single Service Project By a Group: Members of Phi Epsilon Kappa, an honors organization for health, physical education, recreation, fitness/wellness, athletic training and sport management, partnered with the Children’s Attention Home Inc., holding numerous field days including life lessons on campus.

• The Serving Others and Reflecting (SOAR) Award: Verneisha Smith, a freshman English major with a minor in leadership studies, is on track for the MAT5 program. The Pawleys Island resident helped with a number of events, volunteered at MLK Day of Service, traveled to Selma, Alabama, on the Alternative Spring Break trip, among other activities. She is a S.C. Teaching Fellow, a Close Scholar and a member of the Association of Ebonites.

Intern of the Year: Eboni Ford, a senior sociology major, interned at the Rock Hill Police Department where she worked on crime mapping.

Student Organization with Exemplary Record of Service: The women’s lacrosse team has only been in existence for three years but its members are making a name for themselves on the field and as active citizens. They held clinics for youth, raised funds for hydrocephalus patients, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, and visited a Children’s Hospital while on spring break in San Diego. They’ve logged more than 400 hours of service.

Greek Chapter of the Year Award, Sorority: Alpha Delta Pi increased its academic performance, participated in other organizations, established a Tri-County Alumnae Association and raised $11,000 to create a memorial scholarship for a member who passed away.

Greek Chapter of the Year, Fraternity: Pi Kappa Phi contributed across the campus in leadership roles in other organizations, received the Founder’s Award (the highest given by its national organization) in the fall 2014, participated in education events and were exceptional in their academics and fundraising abilities.

Greek Woman of the Year Award: Abigail Roush of Alpha Delta Pi, junior double major in math and economics from Richland, Virginia.

Greek Man of the Year Award: Cameron Benton of Phi Beta Sigma, senior biology major from Charleston, South Carolina.

Outstanding Program Award for a Sorority: Zeta Tau Alpha for its breast cancer survivors’ talk on their battle with cancer.

Outstanding Program Award for a Fraternity: Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi for their “Don’t Shoot: Inequality in Ferguson” event to inform members how to deal peacefully with police officers. The program strengthened bonds between the organizations and campus police.

Student Safety Award: Janay Reece, a sophomore mass communication major from Baltimore, Maryland, while working as a resident assistant in Margaret Nance, heard an assault outside and ran to help the female victim from her male attacker, thus stopping the assault and helping apprehend the suspect.

Active Bystander Award: Rayana Deanyne Briggs, a freshman theatre major from Columbia, South Carolina, heard a cry outside her residence hall room and took immediate action that resulted in the capture of an assailant who was attacking someone.

Fred Angerman Quality Staff Award: Joan Weir, Office of Vice President for Student Life.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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