More than 100 students and student groups were recognized at University of Wisconsin-Stout’s annual Leadership Awards programs released virtually May 6.
Winners were announced for the Samuel E. Wood Medallion and campus Leadership Awards for the 2019-20 academic year. Also, the Outstanding Co-op Student of the Year Award winners were named for 2019. The Office of International Education awarded two Global Ambassadors.
Those nominated for awards also were recognized.
The event was sponsored by the Involvement Center, Stout Student Association, Career Services and the Office of International Education. The ceremony was held virtually and can be viewed here.
A total of 25 students received the Wood Medallion, given annually to seniors who have been active in student activities and exhibited an outstanding degree of leadership while at UW-Stout. Winners are chosen by a committee representing students, faculty and staff.
The medallion is the highest nonacademic award for students.
Samuel E. Wood was a longtime assistant chancellor for Student Services/Dean of Students. He retired in 1991 and died in February 2013.
The Wood award recipients are:
- Brandon Beaulieu, Bloomington-Normal, Ill., psychology
- Nathalie Bonilla, Abbotsford, psychology
- Erin Briggs, Janesville, applied social science
- Deon Canon, Milwaukee, professional communication and emerging media and applied social science
- Cozy Dumas, Lake Hallie, computer science game design and development
- Nikki Fitzgerald, Franklin, retail merchandising and management
- Matthew Gunderson, Hudson, business administration and psychology
- Nicholas Halbach, New Holstein, business administration
- Elizabeth Jeppesen, Sunburg, Minn., hotel, restaurant and tourism management
- Riley Kangas, Kenosha, computer networking and information technology
- Michael Lange, Fond du Lac, computer science and mathematics
- Shelby Larson, Neenah, business administration
- Madalaine McConville, Augusta, applied social science
- Seth Plenge, Bangor, construction
- Rana Pluemer, Platteville, hotel, restaurant and tourism management and golf enterprise management
- Laura Reimer, Oregon, mechanical engineering
- Jourdan Reindl, Merrill, hotel, restaurant and tourism management
- Allison Rigotti, West Salem, marketing and business education
- Nikki Ruf, Eagan, Minn., computer networking and information technology
- Nicole Seidler, Merrill, art education
- Chelsea Stuttgen, Colby, early childhood education
- Vanessa Talford, Wabasha, Minn., early childhood education
- Xena VanDusartz, Hammond, applied mathematics and computer science with a business administration concentration
- Angel Yang, Blaine, Minn., apparel design and development
- Stephanie Zengler, Merrill, business administration
Winners of the annual Leadership Awards are chosen by a committee made up of students and staff. The winners are:
- Outstanding Student Leader of the Year, Brandon Beaulieu, member of Qube staff, Stout Student Association director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Nathalie Bonilla, president of Latinos Unidos
- Student Organization of the Year, Native American Student Organization
- Student Organization Event of the Year, Four winners: Diversity Week, Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos and Stout Student Association; American Red Cross Blood Drive, Gamma Sigma Sigma; International Night, International Club; Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer
- Adviser of the Year, Karissa Zastrow, Blue Devil Productions
- Student Employee of the Year Undergraduate, Kelsea Goettl, Menomonie, sustainability specialist
- Student Employee of the Year Lead, Xena VanDusartz, human resources assistant
- Student Employee of the Year Graduate, Coltan Schoenike, Omro, graduate assistant at the Qube.
- Madelaine Nordstrom, New Berlin, Experience Scotland, spring 2018
- Pakou Vang, Andover, Minn., Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, spring 2018
Outstanding Co-op Student of the Year Award
The Outstanding Co-op Student of the Year Award was given to 23 students in the university’s Cooperative Education Program.
More than 1,000 students participated in co-ops in the past year. Through Career Services, students work in a paid position in their fields of study and receive academic credit.
The winners are selected by the program’s Advisory Committee for excellence and achievements in their cooperative positions, for contributions to their employers and for academic achievement.
This year’s winners, their majors and employers are:
- Kristin Anderson, Rockton, Ill., business administration, Rockford Toolcraft Inc.
- Brant Attleson, Holmen, construction, Western Specialty Contractors
- Maria Brownell, Eau Claire, packaging, 3M
- Matthew Buechel, New Holstein, manufacturing engineering, Schuette Metals
- Logan Fogeltanz, Manitowoc, mechanical engineering, Husco International
- Abi Gardiner, Deforest, graphic communications, Nosco
- Max Grovogel, Algoma, manufacturing engineering, Schreiber Foods
- Jack Grubish, St. Paul, Minn., construction, Ryan Mechanical Inc.
- Mary Iliopoulos, Morton Grove, Ill., mechanical engineering, ITW Deltar Fasteners
- Jessica Kastello, Muskego, graphic communications, Great Northern Corp.
- Chase Kirby, Three Lakes, mechanical engineering, Seagrave Fire Apparatus
- Addie Kubitz, Cottage Grove, Minn., real estate property management, Weidner Apartment Homes
- Parker Lehmann, Chippewa Falls, manufacturing engineering, Seagrave Fire Apparatus
- Casey Mikl, Dresser, business administration, Bending Branches
- Isabella Pedlar, Rogers, Minn., retail merchandising and management, Ross Stores Inc.
- Rana Pluemer, Platteville, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Destination Kohler
- Clarice Tume, Lakeville, Minn., professional communication and emerging media, Selma Center for Nonviolence
- Nilufar Umarova, Vahdat, Tajikistan, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Milwaukee Country Club
- Alyssa Weber, Eau Claire, environmental science, UW-Sprout Campus Garden
- Brookelynn Weeks, Orfordville, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, The Beloit Club
- Christel Weltzin, Big Bend, food science and technology, Nestle
- Angel Yang, Minneapolis, apparel design and development, Chico’s FAS Inc.
- Paige Yon, Dickinson, N.D., computer science, Digi-Key