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.
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
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.
Winner: AnnaMaria Mencarelli
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.
Winner: Raymond White
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
Winner: Catherine Simonson
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
Winner: Andrew Hallberg
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.
Winner: Rafael Baptista
Winner: Kaitlyn Rice
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.
Winner: Jaela Dinsmore
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.
Winner: Douglas Gilmore
Bishop Wellness Center
Outstanding Contribution to Campus Wellness
This award recognizes individuals or groups who promote wellness on campus.
Winner: Rachel Krow-Boniske
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.
Winner: Morgan Iveson
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.
Winner: Zachary Douglass
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.
Winner: AnnaMaria Mencarelli
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.
Winner: Jonathan Gates
Winner: Rosie Glade
Winner: Margarita Gutierrez
Winner: Kim Sogge
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
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.
Winner: Matthew Pitchford
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
Community Service Learning
Outstanding Leadership Award
This award is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the community.
Winner: Kaitlin Greene
Outstanding Service Collaboration
The award recognizes a student-initiated service program collaboration in recognition of outstanding service to the community.
Winner: Kaneko Community Partnership Committee - Katherine Lum
Winner: Kaneko Community Partnership Committee - Kelley Van Hook
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.
Winner: Margarita Gutierrez
Winner: Rae Lloyd-Lever
Winner: Lauren Vermilion
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.
Winner: Johnny Baggett - Sigma Chi
Winner: Aaron Bilbao - Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Winner: Kenny Gebhardt - Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Winner: Geoffrey Suthers - Phi Delta Theta
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.
Winner: Kenneth Miller
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.
Winner: Sarah Sonnenfeld
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
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.
Winner: Matthew Pitchford
Office of International Education
International Community Recognition Award
This award recognizes students who have contributed significantly to the international community at Willamette University.
Winner: Elena Crecelius
Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Affairs
This award honors a student who has shown outstanding contributions to multicultural affairs at Willamette.
Winner: Jose Alvarado
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.
Winner: Maureen La Velle - Eastside
Winner: Micah Merryman - Kaneko
Winner: Colleen Smyth - Westside/Cornerstone
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.
Winner: Morgan Gratz-Weiser
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
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.
Winner: Jacqueline Vaughn
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.
Winner: David Fukunaga
Winner: Micah Mizukami
Winner: Kai Yoshioka
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
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
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
Winner: Tana Watanabe