Student Affairs awards ceremony recognizes outstanding students and student groups

KENNESAW, Ga. | Apr 18, 2023

The 8th annual student leader awards ceremony celebrates outstanding Owls at KSU.

Dr. Eric Arneson hands an award to Sofia Torres
The Division of Student Affairs hosted the 8th Annual Student Leader Awards at the Convocation Center to honor outstanding achievements and recognize the continued exemplary commitment of KSU students who serve their local and global communities.   

Student Affairs received a record 205 nominations for students, fraternities and sororities, club sports, competition teams, and registered student organizations. The nominations are for students and groups that model extraordinary commitment to voluntary service on campus, school spirit, and dedication to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive campus.  

"I've had the opportunity to meet with several of you, attend your events, and hear about the amazing things you all are doing that impact KSU," said Dr. Eric Arneson, the Vice President of the Division of Student Affairs. "The work you all have done this year to make KSU the vibrant campus it is has been tremendous to witness."

Student-organized events were also recognized during the awards. Brown Sound and Latin Soul, winner of the Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion event category, is a collaboration with Lambda Theta Phi Latino Fraternity and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program. The program brought light to KSU's Latin American and Latinx Studies program and the opportunities for Latin heritage students and KSU students to learn about the history of other cultures. Topics discussed included:

  • The history of Chicanx Music in the US and its evolution.
  • The over-sexualization of Latinas.
  • A gallery walk facilitated by Dr. Silva.
Lambda Upsilon Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. posing with their award
Ryan Waltman poses with his Student Leader of the Year Award

Student leader of the year winner Ryan Waltman has a long list of accomplishments during his time here at KSU, including being a charter member and the first elected Vice-President of Alpha Pi Mu, multiple honor societies, a mathematics tutor, a volunteer with the Family Unification Project, and has been a President's List recipient every semester.

Congratulations to all of the fantastic Owls enriching their and the campus community's lives during their time at Kennesaw State University.

All of the student leader award winners pose for a photo with their awards on stage.

2023 Student Leader Awards include: 

Civic Engagement Award

Emory Roy, Student
EcoOwls, Student Group
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Yoshi Castro , Student 
Student Nurses Association, Student Group
Event - Brown Sound and Latin Soul, hosted by Sigma Lambda Upsilon Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.  

Community and School Spirit

Sahil Bardai, Student 
Adopt-A-Stream, Student Group 

Emerging Leader Award 

Sofia Torres 

Innovation Award
Astrid Cuellar Benitez, Student 
Public Relations Student Society of America, Student Group 
Student Affairs Leadership Award
Nicole Brock 
Student Program of the Year 
Salsa with the Señoritas, hosted by Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc 
Student Group of the Year 
The Night Owls 
Student Group Advisor of the Year

Leslie Holmes Minor, Student Nursing Association  

Student Leader of the Year 
Ryan Waltman 

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