The Office of Student Engagement staff are happy to recognize students at Ithaca College who excel in the areas of leadership, service, involvement in the life of our campus, and academic success. We are pleased to create this website that highlights outstanding students and staff and to recognize the good work they have done to make Ithaca College a community that thrives, and one that so many of us are proud to call home.
Community Service Awards
Each year, one service-based student organization receives the Service Organization of the Year award in recognition of their efforts to address challenges and improve the quality of life right here in Tompkins County. This year’s recipient is IC Play Project. IC Play Project focuses on educating others and providing a safe play opportunity for hundreds of children in the Ithaca Community. The organization partners with South Hill Elementary School where they play with students during their recess time. In addition to the commitment of members volunteering weekly at recess, IC Play Project also hold engaging events in the community. Thanks for your work, IC Play Project!
This award recognizes one student who has participated in the majority of Service Saturday events between September and April of the given academic year, and demonstrates a high level of leadership in the program. This year's Service Saturday Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Rachel King.
Rachel has been an amazing presence for this program; offering smiles and a positive experience for other volunteers. In addition to being a true believer of Service Saturdays, Rachel has also been involved in many service oriented student organizations at Ithaca College.
Community Service Scholarships
Being a part of a college community also means that as college students we are a part of a larger network and Jackie Marusiak is a student who understands just what that means. Jackie is a part of numerous community action organizations and activities such as Habitat for Humanity, WRFI Community Radio, to being a leader and participant on numerous Alternative Breaks through the Office of Student Engagement. Jackie had this to say about service “it’s important for me to motivate and inspire others to pursue service as a lifelong commitment, in whatever form it’s able to take." Thank you for all that you do Jackie!
The advisor of the year award is given to an advisor of a student organization who has shown true dedication and commitment. This year’s recipient is Jason Muenzen of Core Trading Consultants. One student writes, “Jay is incredible from helping out with day-to-day tasks, mentoring students, and finding amazing opportunities for personal growth.” Another says, “Not only has he helped our club to become the success it is today, but he has made it a priority to create an academic learning environment open and inclusive to all." Congratulations, Jay and thank you for your commitment and dedication!
The outstanding executive board member of the year award is presented to an individual who demonstrates high levels of leadership, commitment, and support as an executive board member in their organization. This student also demonstrates outstanding creativity, participation, and energy toward the success of their organization. This year’s award goes to Julia Batista of Buzzsaw Magazine. One of Julia’s peers wrote, “she has consistently gone above and beyond for Buzzsaw. She puts in time, energy, and love into everything she does.” Another wrote, “She functions based off of an innate sense of capability, responsibility, and interest in the health of the organization and those within it. Excellence is her default.” Congratulations, Julia!
This award is given to a newly formed Office of Student Engagement student organization recognized in the 2019-2020 academic year who has shown true dedication and commitment to the Ithaca College community. This year’s recipient is Ujima: Black Student Union. Within their first year, they've accomplished so much. They've worked closely with Southside, coordinated a town hall with local community leaders, provide scholarship resources and a network of administrators of color to local students all while focusing on bridging the gap between the two communities. Their accomplishments in their first year as a student organization were limitless, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future. Congratulations!
The Student Organization of the Year award is given to a student organization that made outstanding contributions to the campus community during the academic year. This year’s recipient is the Ithaca College Physical Therapy Students of Color. Since recognizing the need for this organization and forming, the executive board have focused on networking, careful listening and creative solution development to create a safe space for individuals in the physical therapy program from diverse backgrounds. They increased the amount of meaningful education, support and professional development opportunities for students in all six years of the Physical Therapy program on campus. Congratulations!
The Program of the Year award recognizes a successfully planned student organization program that enhanced the Ithaca College community by utilizing a different and creative approach, was open to the entire college community, utilized college resources and drew in a diverse audience. This year, the Program of the Year award is given to BomberTHON. The goal of BomberTHON is to raise funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. This past year, they set out to raise $15,000 and completed demolished that goal with a final total raised of $28,233. Thanks to these significant fundraising efforts, BomberTHON not only united the campus to make a difference, they have provided much needed resources to the families and patients at the hospital!
Maria White is a student who goes beyond the classroom expectations. Maria not only performs academically brilliant in the classroom but also outside of it. Maria is deeply involved in the organizations that she's been a part of since they has stepped foot on this campus. Since Maria's arrival at Ithaca College she has used their voice and her activism to engage in diverse social justice issues in the community and is not afraid to ask for help. Maria says, “I have purposefully grown as a leader as I have developed my voice to facilitate discussions and lead campaigns on food insecurity, educational equity, and human rights issues.”
As an active student on the Ithaca College campus, Lochlyn Hejl is charismatic and deeply involved in her future endeavors in the realm of physical therapy. Lochlyn involved in Ithaca College Physical Therapy Student Association and Students for Geriatric Health Awareness. Lochlyn has worked on educating herself on issues of ageism. While participating in clubs for academic success Lochlyn also participates in clubs for academic release. Congratulations on your award Lochlyn!
During his time at Ithaca College, Logan has inspired his fellow students to fight for the dreams they want to achieve through the hard work and involvement he displays each day. He puts time and effort into organizations such as the Ithaca College Opera and the Student Organization of Ithaca College’s Self-Compassion Study. When he is not making an impact among the student body, he holds an Admissions Ambassador position for Ithaca College’s Admission Department. Way to go Logan!
Bethany has demonstrated impeccable leadership qualities while they have been a part of the Ithaca College community. Through reliability, compassion and imagination, she has paved the way to becoming a Leadership Scholar mentor; allowing many first-year scholars to look to her for support and guidance. She also has a strong involvement on campus through holding the Secretary position of our Public Relation’s Student Society of America, the Junior Co-Chair of Events position for the Senior Week Committee and the Student Leadership Consultant position for the Office of Student Engagement. Congratulations Bethany!
Throughout Ashley’s time here at Ithaca College, she has been striving to help others grow, develop new leadership skills, and ultimately benefit from the strong impact she can create. In order to create such an impact, Ashley displays great amounts of empathy and advice, often within Running Club that she is the proud President of. When she isn’t guiding her Running Club members to victory, she sits on the e-board of the Ithaca Society for Professional Journalists, has a position on the Ithacan and a position as a Student Leadership Consultant for the Office of Student Engagement. Congratulations Ashley!
Ali has demonstrated notable leadership qualities that have taken our campus by storm. Through multiple leadership positions, such as, Vice President of Business and Finance of SGC, Student Leadership Consultant, Jumpstart Leader, Ali has made it her mission to be as transparent, accessible, and communicative as possible. Through the achievement of this goal, Ali has allowed herself to support her peers and community in the best ways; being reliable and personable. Way to go Ali!
Through endless dedication and participation within the student organization of Spectrum, Grayson has gone far above and beyond. Throughout the last three years, they have provided meaning, new experiences, and coordination to Spectrum, while being sure to instill the importance of each member. Thank you for all the work you have done with Spectrum, Grayson! Congratulations!
The Senior Scholarship is awarded to a senior in recognition of academic achievement and campus involvement. Allison Kelley is just that student. While maintaining an impressive academic record, Ali also is deeply involved in many aspects of campus. From serving on Student Governance Council to being a Dean's Host for the Business School, that is just the start. Ali was recently elected as the 2021 Senior Class President. Way to go Ali!
Student Governance Council Scholarships
This year's recipient of the Margaret A. Reid scholarship is Emily Rosato, B.S. Television and Radio '21. Margaret A. Reid was an Ithaca College student and the bookkeeper on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association as a sophomore for the 1984-1985 academic year. Shortly after returning home for the summer before her junior year, Margaret passed away due to a small and undetected tumor in her brain. She donated her corneas and kidneys to those in need.The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a current Ithaca College student who embody the same spirit of involvement and dedication as Margaret. She was an excellent student leader, and she understood the great value that participation on campus can lend to an education.