After a social hour filled with greetings, tasty desserts, and warm drinks, the Eagle Leadership Awards at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were ready to begin. Dr. Frank Ayers opened the ceremony with a few inspiring comments about student leaders being “blessed with their education, they get to see sights..friendships.. experiences that they wouldn’t develope otherwise.”


On April 9, Master of Ceremonies Nayely Yepez started the night off by presenting the Individual Student Involvement/Leadership Awards. The first award was the Emerging Eagle Award for a students unparalleled dedication to their organization. It was followed by the Elite Eagle Awards to Allison Cisneros for outstanding work and Mitch Gussman for outstanding leadership.

The Outstanding Academic Leadership Award went to Lisanne Kippenberg, while the Outstanding Service Award went to Amy Wong. The final award for this category was the Outstanding Leadership Award, which went to Zachary Beard for his work as Managing Editor for Horizons. It was accepted by Julia Howlind, the Editor in Chief for Horizons. A quote by Vince Lombardi summed up the accomplishments of these leaders perfectly. He said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”


After a few door prizes, the Organization Leadership Awards were presented. Teri Poucher recognized the 14 people who earned the Eagle Leadership Medallions for completing the all the Eagle Leadership Series workshops. The program was a big success and will be returning in the fall semester. Also recognized were the organizers and lecturers of the Leadership Series, for dedicating their time to making the series a success.

The Greek Awards were presented by Charles Zeller, the Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor and Area Coordinator. Alpha Xi Delta took the award for community service, they had about 493.5 hours total this academic year. Awards were given out to outstanding participants in Greek Week which was also a big success. The award for most involved woman and man went to Lauren Rice and Christopher Woodward. The Greek Leaders award, The Man/Woman of the Year, was given to the man and woman who “exemplify a true greek leader.” The winners were Robert Codd and Caroline Gleb.


More prizes marked the end of the organization awards and the start of the Faculty Awards. The Unsung Eagle Award went to an advisor who has shown outstanding dedication to organization and was awarded to Bill Thompson for his work with the Student Alumni Association. He was not able to come but Dr. Ayers came forward to accept the award in Thompson’s place. Dr. Javad Gorjidooz, for his wonderful work with Phi Beta Lambda, was awarded with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Fred Cone of the Student Veterans Organization was recognized with the Outstanding Staff Award.


The Organization Awards recognized organizations and clubs for their accomplishments throughout the year. Soaring Higher Award was presented to an organization that made significant improvements to their organization and increase professor and student involvement on campus. Task Force One won this award for their dedication to working with SGA and the ERAU community. The Innovative Fundraising Award went to the Women’s and Diversity Center for “The Vagina Monologues.” The program raised $400 and five trash bags of donated items for the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter.

Board of Campus Activities and Department of Student Life won the Outstanding Co-sponsored Program Award for their work to bring ERAU Dueling Pianos. The Alternative Advertising Award went to the Women’s and Diversity Center for their creative and controversial advertising for “The Vagina Monologues” and the Prescott SlutWalk. The Eagle Service Award went to the American Association of Airport Safety. Greek Week won the Eagle Program Award for the best program on campus. Eagle Community Award was awarded to the International Student Association for their work bringing the community and the students together with the International Festival. The best new club in registration was the Air Force Combatants, thus earning them the Eaglet Award. The final award was the Sectional Eagle Award for an organization that exceeded expectations in leadership, involvement, and service, was awarded to Alpha Xi Delta.


After finishing off the door prizes, Poucher had a few closing remarks, “Embry-Riddle would be nothing without the impact that each of you make on this campus. Without you as students and especially you as student leaders, this place would just be a collection of empty buildings in the middle of the desert.”


The award ceremony was a huge success with beautiful desserts provided by SODEXO and raffles for door prizes throughout the night. Prizes included gift certificates from The Prescott Brewing Company, the Raven Cafe, and more. All the leaders recognized that night are an example to the rest of the ERAU community of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.


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