Campus Life Honors and Awards

2012 Awards

The Campus Life Honors and Awards is an annual tradition where more than 100 students, faculty and staff are recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions to the various areas of campus life.

ASWU

Albert Prize

Created by a bequest of Joseph H. Albert, this prize is awarded to the student who, having maintained good standing in scholarship during the year, has grown in capacity, ability, and performance to have a positive impact on his/her peers.

Winner: Emily Dougan

  • Emily Dougan '13
  • Major: Chinese Studies
  • Hometown: Bloomington, IL

Colonel Percy Willis Prize

In memory of Colonel Percy Willis (1885), a trust was established by his wife to provide a prize to the student who, throughout the school year, has displayed virtues of diligence, reliability, and responsibility through deeds and services to fellow students of the University.

  • AnnaMaria Mencarelli '13
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Sutherlin, OR

Frank Meyer Student Life Award

This awards was renamed in 1994 to honor the 27 years of service provided by former Vice President for Student Affairs, Frank Meyer. It is presented to a student for outstanding leadership and contribution to improve the quality of life at the University.

  • Raymond White '12
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Cerriots, CA

Jessie E. West Award

Named in honor of Jessie E. West '14, Willamette's first female student body president, this award is presented to two students for outstanding leadership and contribution to the student body through both their positions and their actions.

Winner: Sarai Rivas

  • Sarai Rivas '13
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Woodburn, OR
  • Catherine Simonson '12
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Hometown: Fairview, OR

Daniel H. Schultze Award

Created in 1965 in honor and recognition of Daniel Schultze, professor of religion, dean of men, and professor German. Schulze was held in high regard by all and was truly a friend of the students. This award is given to the members of the senior class who have put out the extra effort necessary for the class to function properly, not just now but in previous years, and are considered "The Bet Friends of the Class as a Whole."

Winner: Devon Cooke

  • Devon Cooke '12
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Brattleboro, VT
  • Andrew Hallberg '12
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Admission

Franklin D. Meyer Student Ambassador Award

Presented to tour guides, outreach ambassadors or overnight hosts who best demonstrate the ability to make visits by prospective students and families most informative and enjoyable.

  • Rafael Baptista '12
  • Major: Spanish and Politics
  • Hometown: Portland, OR

Winner: Kaitlyn Rice

  • Kaitlyn Rice '12
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Eagle, ID

Athletics

Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award

This award honors the top female academic performer from the Athletics department, recognizing an athlete who excels in the classroom.

  • Jaela Dinsmore '12
  • Major: Latin American Studies and Spanish
  • Hometown: Hines, OR

Male Senior Scholar Athlete Award

This award honors the top male academic performer from the Athletics department, recognizing an athlete who excels in the classroom.

  • Douglas Gilmore '12
  • Major: Business Administration and Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Portland, OR

Bishop Wellness Center

Outstanding Contribution to Campus Wellness

This award recognizes individuals or groups who promote wellness on campus.

  • Rachel Krow-Boniske '12
  • Hometown: Albany, OR

Campus Recreation

Willamette Store Outstanding Female Intramural Athlete of the Year

Given to the University woman who displays passion and joy for recreational and competitive activity, this award honors a student who exhibits exemplary sportsmanship qualities.

  • Morgan Iveson '12
  • Major: Biology and Spanish
  • Hometown: Reno, NV

Willamette Store Outstanding Male Intramural Athlete of the Year

Given to the University man who displays passion and joy for recreational and competitive activity, this award honors a student who exhibits exemplary sportsmanship qualities.

  • Zachary Douglass '14
  • Major: Undecided
  • Hometown: Salem, OR

Career Center

Professional Development Award

This award is given to a student who contributed to the professional and career development of his/her Willamette University peers through programs, personal leadership and/or partnering with others to educate and inform students about their careers. The recipient will have taken a strong role in furthering Willamette students' ability to apply what they learned as undergraduates to their futures.

  • AnnaMaria Mencarelli '13
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Sutherlin, OR

Office of the Chaplains

Social Justice Leadership Award

This award recognizes student who have made extraordinary efforts in the area of social justice, working toward full and equal participate of all groups in society.

  • Jonathan Gates '12
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Winner: Rosie Glade

  • Rosie Glade '12
  • Hometown: Taylorsville, UT
  • Margarita Gutierrez '12
  • Hometown: Salem, OR

Winner: Kim Sogge

  • Kim Sogge '12
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Collegian

Timothy C. Hawkins Award

Presented to a student who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of journalistic photography, the Timothy C. Hawkins Award was established in 1977 by family and friends in his memory. Hawkins was a familiar person on campus in the 1970's a great sports fan, and a favorite with the students.

Winner: Ally Szeto

  • Ally Szeto '14
  • Major: Economics
  • Hometown: Hillsborough, CA

George Putnam Award

Named to honor George Putnam, who served as editor and publisher of the Capital Journal of Salem from 1919 to 1952, this award is presented to a student on the Collegian staff who has given distinguished service to the paper. Putnam was an advocate who fought long an hard for public interest, including a battle with the local Ku Klux Klan. Willamette University also named the George Putnam University Center in his honor.

  • Matthew Pitchford '12
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Silverdale, WA

Charles A. Sprague Award

Presented to a member of the Collegian reporting staff, this award recognizes students for their outstanding endeavors. It is named in honor of Charles Sprague, one of the Northwest's most respected editorial voices, former governor of the State of Oregon and former editor of the Oregon Statesman newspaper. In addition, Sprague was an active member of the Willamette University Board of Trustees.

Winner: Miles Sari

  • Miles Sari '14
  • Major: Spanish, English, and Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR

Community Service Learning

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award is given to a studentwho demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the community.

  • Kaitlin Greene '12
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Pullman, WA

Outstanding Service Collaboration

The award recognizes a student-initiated service program collaboration in recognition of outstanding service to the community.

  • Kaneko Community Partnership Committee - Katherine Lum '14
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
  • Kaneko Community Partnership Committee - Kelley Van Hook '14
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Gladstone, OR
Kaneko Community Partnership Committee

Dean of Campus Life

Dean's Special Recognition Award

Give to the students who make an especially significant and original contribution to campus life during the academic year.

  • Margarita Gutierrez '12
  • Hometown: Salem, OR
  • Rae Lloyd-Lever '14
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Boise, ID
  • Lauren Vermilion '14
  • Major: Politics and Environmental Science
  • Hometown: Kent, WA

Greek Life

G. Herbert Smith Award

This peer-based recognition award honors a fraternity member who has made outstanding contributions to his fraternity and has served as an excellent role model for other members of the chapter.

  • Johnny Baggett - Sigma Chi '12
  • Major: Management and History
  • Hometown: Salem, OR
  • Aaron Bilbao - Kappa Sigma Fraternity '12
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Kenny Gebhardt - Sigma Alpha Epsilon '13
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Hometown: Eugene, OR
  • Geoffrey Suthers - Phi Delta Theta '12
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Greek Man of the Year

This peer-based award recognizes and honors a fraternity member who has made outstanding contribution to Greek life at Willamette and to the campus community as a whole.

  • Kenneth Miller '12
  • Major: Physics
  • Hometown: Woodland, WA

Greek Woman of the Year

This peer-based award recognizes and honors a sorority member who has made outstanding contribution to Greek life at Willamette and to the campus community as a whole.

  • Sarah Sonnenfeld '12
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA

Outstanding Contribution to Greek Life

This award honors outstanding leadership and contribution to Interfraternity/Panhellenic Council and/or an individual chapter. The award recipient is selected by the collective office of Greek Life.

Winner: The Executive Council of Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Mortar Board

Hank Althoff Award

Created by the Willamette University Chapter of Mortar Board, this award is presented to a person who has continually given outstanding service to the Willamette University community. Henrietta "Hank" Althoff epitomized the true meaning of this award, service as a member of the Health Center staff for more than 30 years. Because of her, Willamette University is a better place.

  • Matthew Pitchford '12
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Silverdale, WA

Office of International Education

International Community Recognition Award

This award recognizes students who have contributed significantly to the international community at Willamette University.

  • Elena Crecelius '12
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Hometown: Orofino, ID

Multicultural Affairs

Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Affairs

This award honors a student who has shown outstanding contributions to multicultural affairs at Willamette.

  • Jose Alvarado '12
  • Major: Computer Science and Math
  • Hometown: Salem, OR

Residence Life

Exceptional Contribution to Residential Community

On-campus living provides the opportunity for every collegian to develop skills, tools, and expertise. This award recognizes individuals from each area of campus who have assisted in the fulfillment of the residential mission by challenging and supporting the personal, social, and academic development of the residents and the residential communities.

  • Maureen La Velle - Eastside '13
  • Major: History
  • Hometown: Boise, ID
  • Micah Merryman - Kaneko '13
  • Major: History
  • Hometown: Vancouver, WA
  • Colleen Smyth - Westside/Cornerstone

Scholarships

Dona Adams Rothwell Scholarship

This award was created in memory of Dona B. Adams Rothwell, who earned her BA from Willamette in 1949. After graduation, she worked in journalism and in higher education at the University of Michigan and was active in AAUW and Pi Beta Phi alumnae activities. Her principal lifetime achievement was supporting scholarships.

  • Morgan Gratz-Weiser '13
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Hometown: Bayside, CA

Katie Redmond Memorial Scholarship

Created in 1986 in memory of Willamette student Katie Redmond, this award is given annually to an active member of the Beta Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega who demonstrates leadership potential and exhibits qualities of character worth of emulation.

Winner: Karlie Pyl

  • Karlie Pyl '13
  • Major: Chemistry and Music
  • Hometown: Bonney Lake, WA

Sara Bingay Schultz Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the friends and family of Sara Bingay Schlutz, following her death in 1995. Bingay Schultz was an exceptional student and accomplished athlete, graduating from Willamette with honors in 1990. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and became a little sister in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. She majored in English and minored in economics.

  • Jacqueline Vaughn '13
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Rochester, WA

Taul Watanabe Scholarship

A member of the board of trustees for many years, Taul Watanabe graduated from Willamette in 1941 and attended the College of Law until World War II forced his transfer to the University of Denver to complete his studies. In 1978, he received the Third Order Sacred Treasure, the highest Japanese government award for citizens of other countries. This scholarship is awarded to students of Japanese-American descent who have high academic achievement and a close connection to their Japanese-American heritage.

  • David Fukunaga '13
  • Major: Physics
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Micah Mizukami '13
  • Major: Japan Studies
  • Hometown: Eleele, HI

Winner: Kai Yoshioka

  • Kai Yoshioka '13
  • Major: Japan Studies
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Winterscheid Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Loren '48 and Muriel '48 Winterscheid for their lengthy record of service to Willamette University. The recipients will have made recognized contributions to the well-being of the Willamette University community.

Winner: Nicole Price

  • Nicole Price '14
  • Major: Politics
  • Hometown: Auburn, WA

Student Activities

Outstanding Program or Event

This award recognizes an event or program that took place on campus in the last year, which had a significant and positive impact on the University community.

Winner: Dark Side of Chocolate: Students Against Slavery and Willamette Events Board

Outstanding Student Organization

This award recognizes the student organization that has made the most significant impact on campus during the past academic year.

Winner: WU Causa

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

This award honors a student organization advisor who as contributed to the direction of the organization in such a way as to improve the campus community.

Winner: Beth Dittman

  • Beth Dittman

Tokyo International University of America

Outstanding Contribution to the American Studies Program and Willamette Community

This award recognizes Willamette students who have shown outstanding leadership through their contributions to the ASP/Willamette program.

Winner: Erica Jensen

  • Erica Jensen '12
  • Major: Environmental Science and Spanish
  • Hometown: Shoreline, WA
  • Tana Watanabe '13
  • Major: Economics
  • Hometown: Federal Way, WA