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Praiseworthy students, groups honored at annual event


The 2018-19 Student Activities Awards, presented this past week in the Keystone Dining Room, honored Penn College students, their faculty/staff mentors and the campus organizations that thrive through their involvement.

Among the evening’s recipients:

Student Leader of the Year
Natascha G. Santaella

New Student Leader of the Year
Serena V. Bergeron

Adviser of the Year
Carl J. Bower Jr., Horticulture Technicians Association

Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
Baja SAE
Penn College Construction Association

Most Improved Student Organization of the Year
Wildcat Online Gaming Association

Outstanding Senator of the Year
Jordan M. Scott, School of Construction & Design Technologies

Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity
Adri S. Lee

Outstanding Community Service Program of the Year
Way’s Garden Scarecrows, Horticulture Technicians Association

Outstanding Philanthropy of the Year
Taco Tuesday, Omega Delta Sigma Fraternity

Outstanding Program of the Year
BJ’s (Ben & Jerry’s) in Your PJs
Students Tasia A. Werkmeister and Adri S. Lee

New Program of the Year
5K Silkie Run, Omega Delta Sigma Fraternity

Fraternity Member of the Year
Emily J. Jones, Omega Delta Sigma Fraternity

Fraternity New Member of the Year
Duncan C. McSain, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity

Fraternity Academic Achievement Award
Omega Delta Sigma Fraternity

Fraternity Scholar of the Year
Emily J. Jones, Omega Delta Sigma Fraternity

Penn College Community Betterment Program of the Year
Students Speak
Lynaugh H. Bobst, Ethan M. McKenzie, Brianna E. Milden, Jennifer Nicholson, Dessa D. Valisno and Alane D. Zellars-Howard

Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Recipients
Joseph F. DiBucci and Nathaniel H. Lyon

Sworn in as the 2019-20 Student Government Association Executive Board were:

Patrick C. Ferguson, president
Michael E. Highland, executive vice president
Ryan P. Farabaugh, vice president of internal relations
Katherine A. “Kat” Downes, vice president of public relations
David Eaton, vice president of financial affairs

– Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

A 2018 baking and pastry arts alumna, Sataella – Student Leader of the Year – is an applied management student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
A 2018 baking and pastry arts alumna, Sataella – Student Leader of the Year – is an applied management student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

A full house applauds a campus brimming with pride and accomplishment.
A full house applauds a campus brimming with pride and accomplishment.

Chosen as the New Student Leader of the Year, Bergeron is an automotive technology management: collision repair concentration major from Lansdale.
Chosen as the New Student Leader of the Year, Bergeron is an automotive technology management: collision repair concentration major from Lansdale.

The Wildcat logo attractively adorns the centerpiece at each table.
The Wildcat logo attractively adorns the centerpiece at each table.

Students and advisers of 2018-19's outstanding organizations, Baja SAE and the Penn College Construction Association, stand for a joint memento.
Students and advisers of 2018-19’s outstanding organizations, Baja SAE and the Penn College Construction Association, stand for a joint memento.

Capturing just one of the night's photoworthy moments
Capturing just one of the night’s photoworthy moments

Wildcat Online Gaming Association members show off their "most improved" plaque.
Wildcat Online Gaming Association members show off their “most improved” plaque.

Jordan M. Scott, the year's top Student Government Association senator, represents the School of Construction & Design Technologies.
Jordan M. Scott, the year’s top Student Government Association senator, represents the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

A splash of school color accents the tabletop
A splash of school color accents the tabletop

Lee, of Williamsport, does double duty as the student leader most "Committed to Social Justice and Diversity" ...
Lee, of Williamsport, does double duty as the student leader most “Committed to Social Justice and Diversity” …

... and (with Werkmeister) as the architects of a winning ice-cream social program. Lee majors in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Werkmeister, of Altoona, is enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.
… and (with Werkmeister) as the architects of a winning ice-cream social program. Lee majors in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Werkmeister, of Altoona, is enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.

Student organizations were encouraged to have photos taken in front of the college's "step and repeat" banners, an invitation readily accepted by the Women in Construction club. Soon-to-graduate construction management majors Juliann M. Reazor (left), of Schuylkill Haven, who was SGA's December/January "Student of the Month," and Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, are joined by Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies.
Student organizations were encouraged to have photos taken in front of the college’s “step and repeat” banners, an invitation readily accepted by the Women in Construction club. Soon-to-graduate construction management majors Juliann M. Reazor (left), of Schuylkill Haven, who was SGA’s December/January “Student of the Month,” and Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, are joined by Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies.

Omega Delta Sigma was already well-represented by accounting student Emily J. Jones' selection as Fraternity Member of the Year and Fraternity Scholar of the Year ...
Omega Delta Sigma was already well-represented by accounting student Emily J. Jones’ selection as Fraternity Member of the Year and Fraternity Scholar of the Year …

... but the veterans organization also impressively picked up plaques for outstanding philanthropy, new program and overall academic achievement.
… but the veterans organization also impressively picked up plaques for outstanding philanthropy, new program and overall academic achievement.

The Horticulture Technicians Association picked up community service kudos for its Halloween enhancements to Way's Garden. Faculty adviser Carl J. Bower Jr., who was not present, was also among the event's honorees.
The Horticulture Technicians Association picked up community service kudos for its Halloween enhancements to Way’s Garden. Faculty adviser Carl J. Bower Jr., who was not present, was also among the event’s honorees.

WOGA president Hallie S. Harriman (left), an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major from Mifflinburg, receives an award from Shannon Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist.
WOGA president Hallie S. Harriman (left), an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major from Mifflinburg, receives an award from Shannon Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist.

Greek Life's new member of the year is Duncan C. McSain, a web and interactive media major from Westminster ...
Greek Life’s new member of the year is Duncan C. McSain, a web and interactive media major from Westminster …

... who marked the occasion in the company of his Phi Mu Delta brethren and (at left) adviser Brian J. Schurr, of Counseling Services.
… who marked the occasion in the company of his Phi Mu Delta brethren and (at left) adviser Brian J. Schurr, of Counseling Services.

Omega Delta Sigma's Chet Beaver, last year's award-winning adviser, returns for Wednesday's festivities.
Omega Delta Sigma’s Chet Beaver, last year’s award-winning adviser, returns for Wednesday’s festivities.

SGA luminaries team up with Student Activities employees.
SGA luminaries team up with Student Activities employees.

Some of the principals in "Students Speak!" in which four women shared empowering stories of personal triumph, commemorate their recognition for "community betterment."
Some of the principals in “Students Speak!” in which four women shared empowering stories of personal triumph, commemorate their recognition for “community betterment.”

Representing the veterans fraternity, automotive student Andrew Placencia accepts one of the group's numerous awards from Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and cultural life, and Allison A. Bressler, associate director of student activities for new student program leadership.
Representing the veterans fraternity, automotive student Andrew Placencia accepts one of the group’s numerous awards from Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and cultural life, and Allison A. Bressler, associate director of student activities for new student program leadership.

One of the newest campus organizations is the Penn College Pep Band, whose members spread school spirit through music.
One of the newest campus organizations is the Penn College Pep Band, whose members spread school spirit through music.

DiBucci accepts one of the banquet's two scholarship awards ...
DiBucci accepts one of the banquet’s two scholarship awards …

... and joins fellow members of the ConCreate Design Club that he founded.
… and joins fellow members of the ConCreate Design Club that he founded.

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, presented a number of certificates to involved campus leaders, including dental hygiene student Alaina M. Murren, of Aspers.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, presented a number of certificates to involved campus leaders, including dental hygiene student Alaina M. Murren, of Aspers.

Representatives of the Wildcat Events Board – including adviser Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student activities programming – help celebrate the organization's 20th-anniversary year.
Representatives of the Wildcat Events Board – including adviser Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student activities programming – help celebrate the organization’s 20th-anniversary year.

The passing of the SGA gavel from leader Everett B. Appleby (left) to Ferguson ...
The passing of the SGA gavel from leader Everett B. Appleby (left) to Ferguson …

... sets up this presidential portrait.
… sets up this presidential portrait.

Adviser Thomas E. Ask (left), professor of industrial design, enjoys a yearend get-together with members of the Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists.
Adviser Thomas E. Ask (left), professor of industrial design, enjoys a yearend get-together with members of the Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists.

SGA leaders acknowledge another academic year of advocacy.
SGA leaders acknowledge another academic year of advocacy.

Attendees sample the tasty offerings.
Attendees sample the tasty offerings.

Another of the college's active student groups, United Campus Ministry, takes its turn in the spotlight.
Another of the college’s active student groups, United Campus Ministry, takes its turn in the spotlight.

This year's SGA Executive Board poses for a parting (snap)shot.
This year’s SGA Executive Board poses for a parting (snap)shot.

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