By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Nine current and former UW-Green Bay student-athletes will be recognized with Chancellor’s Medallions or University Leadership Awards Friday evening at the semi-annual University Leadership Awards ceremony. In addition, Phoenix cross country runner Areanna Lakowske (Sparta, Wis.) will receive the Outstanding Student Award after being nominated and selected from approximately 900 graduating seniors.
“I am extremely proud of Areanna,” said cross country coach and academic coordinator Mike Kline. “She is very deserving and she has definitely earned this honor. Next year will be my 27th season as a coach and Areanna has been one of the best – if not the best – as a role model and as a mentor for other student-athletes. Her commitment, her dedication and her mental toughness are second-to-none, and I’m going to be so proud to see her accept this award tonight and to watch her graduate tomorrow.”
The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association has been soliciting nominations and designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976.
Lakowske and fellow seniors Jessica Stolfi (Kenosha, Wis./Women’s Diving) and Maria Tinebra (Burnsville, Minn./Women’s Nordic Skiing) will accept Chancellor’s Leadership Medallions Friday night prior to walking the graduation stage at the Kress Events Center on Saturday. A total of 29 graduating seniors will receive a Chancellor’s Medallion, which recognizes sustained academic and community achievement throughout a UW-Green Bay career.
Another six Phoenix student-athletes will garner University Leadership Awards, which are given out to undergraduates who have contributed to the growth and development of a student organization or who have exhibited a commitment to community service, while remaining in good academic standing. Those receiving Leadership Awards are: Christina De Boer (Onalaska, Wis./Women’s Golf), Carrie Dinelli (Northbrook, Ill./Women’s Diving), Andreau Enderby (New Franken, Wis./Men’s Cross Country), Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Softball), Taylor Thomas (Wausau, Wis./Women’s Basketball) and Nicole Will (Luxemburg, Wis./Women's Cross Country). Women’s basketball manager Nellie Schafer will also be recognized with the University Leadership Award.
For the complete list of Chancellor’s Medallion and University Leadership Award recipients, click here.
Below is the full release on Lakowske’s Outstanding Student Award.
Sparta’s Lakowske earns UW-Green Bay Outstanding Student Award
By Kelly McBride
The May 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award as selected by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association is Areanna Lakowske.
Lakowske, of Sparta, is receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Human Development and Public Administration, and honors in the major.
She was nominated and selected from among approximately 900 graduating seniors who are eligible to receive diplomas at the Saturday, May 18 commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center on campus. The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association has been soliciting nominations and designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976.
Lakowske will accept the Outstanding Student Award at an awards ceremony for graduating seniors Friday night, May 17. She will also be acknowledged from stage at commencement the following day.
Lakowske is an accomplished student researcher who exhibited posters at the annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium in 2012 and 2013, and at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference this month in Chicago. Her topic this year was “Personality Influence on Irrational Beliefs and Organizational Commitment.” She also served as a research assistant in her department’s Language Learning Lab, as an intern and volunteer assistant with UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd summer camp for grieving children, and as a teaching assistant for a social sciences statistics course.
A member of the NCAA Division I women’s cross country team, Lakowske is a multiple winner of All-Horizon League academic honors. Over the course of her UW-Green Bay career, she has served as president of the Psychology and Human Development Club and as an officer of the campus chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society. In those roles, she has promoted new initiatives to stage career-information sessions, publicize faculty mentoring opportunities and develop a grad-school preparatory series.
In the community, Lakowske has volunteered with the Brown County chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and the local Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, working to increase awareness of mental health issues among her fellow UW-Green Bay students.
UW-Green Bay spring commencement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Kress Events Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/commencement.
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