BOONE, N.C — Ten Appalachian State University students were recognized for their significant contributions to campus in the areas of academic, service and leadership excellence during the 2018 Celebration of Leadership and Legacy awards ceremony held at Appalachian in April. The awards also recognize the time, energy, skills and commitment of students, faculty, and Student Affairs educators and staff.
Appalachian’s Division of Student Affairs conferred the annual awards to the following individuals:
- Sara Jayne Vess received the Student Employee of the Year Award.
- Sarah Aldridge and Dylan White ’18 were conferred the Ronny L. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership.
- Jon Garst, Carson McCall and Rene Perez were bestowed the Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service.
- Kaci Ausmus ’18 and Alison Smith ’18 were presented with the Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Affairs.
- Aubria Myers ’18 and Emily R. Young ’18 received the Berardino DiBernardi Student Award for Leadership and Legacy.
At the ceremony, J.J. Brown, vice chancellor for student affairs, presented each recipient with their respective award.
More about the Leadership and Legacy awards and awardees
Student Employee of the Year Award
Ronny L. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership
Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service
Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Affairs
Berardino DiBernardi Student Award for Leadership and Legacy
To learn more about the Appalachian Leadership and Legacy awards, click here.
About the Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University is committed to the development of lifelong learners and leaders by engaging and challenging students within a culture of care and inclusion. The division consists of 16 units that offer activities and services to help students develop more fully by becoming global learners, fostering healthy relationships, appreciating diversity and different perspectives, understanding community responsibility, enhancing self-awareness, developing autonomy and living ethically. These units include the Career Development Center, Campus Activities, Office of Community-Engaged Leadership, Wellness and Prevention Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Service, Parent and Family Services, University Housing, Student Conduct, University Recreation, Intercultural Student Affairs, Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services, Electronic Student Services, Child Development Center, and Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives. Learn more at https://studentaffairs.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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