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Student Life

Leadership Honors and Awards

The Gates Center honors individual student leaders and student organizations at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony each spring. Honorees are nominated by the campus community and selected by committees made up of faculty, staff and students.

Individual Awards

The Alpha Sigma Kappa Class of 1938 Memorial Prize

The Alpha Sigma Kappa Class of 1938 Memorial Prize was established in 1993 by members of the Class of 1938 who were members of the Alpha Sigma Kappa fraternity. The prize is given to a senior student who has participated in at least two co-curricular activities on campus, and has exhibited a strong commitment to community service while a student at Lake Forest College for at least the last two years.

Recent recipients include:

2019

 

2017
2015
Katherine Nolte
Rachel Tenuta

Jeremy Berg

Alexandra Beer
2018
2016
2014
Alexandra Widmer
Lisa Ledvora
Jonathan Ramirez

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

Peter C. Clute Award for Outstanding Character

Peter C. Clute Award for Outstanding Character was established to honor the memory of Peter C. Clute, class of 1973, whose “boundless energy and infectious and unceasing enthusiasm brought great happiness to all who knew him.” The fund was established through the generosity of Peter’s friends and classmates. The recipient of the award, selected by Lake Forest College Student Affairs staff in consultation with students, “… shall be that Lake Forest College student whose uniquely positive attitude and whose joy in living inspires and enhances the lives of those around him or her.”

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Elza Demiri
Urooj Akmad
Rapheal Mathis
2018
2016
2014
Arun Pookote
Sophie Faylor
Joao Cassamano

If you would like to nominate a peer for this award, please click here

The Elizabeth W. Fischer Prize

The Elizabeth W. Fischer Prize was established in honor of Elizabeth W. Fischer, advisor to the Class of 1998 and Dean of the College from 1994–2002. The recipient must have attended Lake Forest College for four years and must have excelled in academics and co-curricular activities. The recipient may not be a member of Senior 25. 

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
 Rodrigo Sanchez
Camille Krier
Jeremy Boeing
2018
2016
2014
Ryan Shalosky
Sherin Varghese
Amanda Gibbs

If you would like to apply for this award, please click here

The Edward H. Oppenheimer Memorial Prizes 

The Edward H. Oppenheimer Memorial Prize are given each year to a senior man and a senior woman who are judged to have contributed the most to the College community. The prize, given by James K. Oppenheimer, Class of 1965, honors his father. It is awarded and announced at the Senior Honors Convocation.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Alexis Nogulich

Ayesha Quraishi

Brendan McLane

Andrea Lorch

Samuel Herrmann

Lauren Sanford

2018
2016
2014
Lauren Bell

Jakobi McClellan

Pulkit Diwan

Sierra Clark

Vasiliki Gerentes

Chris Way

 

The Tamara Lee Wefler Award

The Tamara Lee Wefler Award  This award was established by the class of 1977 in memory of their classmate Tamara Lee Wefler (1955–1975). The prize is awarded annually to that senior whose independent spirit has encouraged the acceptance of a diversity of values and beliefs within the student body; whose inspiration and enthusiasm have promoted the highest standards of character and integrity in others; and whose actions have consistently demonstrated a sensitivity for and an interest in the welfare of others.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
KeAnthony Thompson
 Evelyn Bello
JerDrema Flynt
2018
2016
2014
Ashley Lamarre
Jyothis James
Lucy-George Cooper

If you would like to apply for this award, please click here

The Make A Difference Award

The Make A Difference Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping others and to community service. Students nominated for this award should be able to illustrate how they have made a difference on campus and in the community through outreach, education, and service.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Claire Grebner
 Jennifer McTague
Kaitlyn Kast
2018
2016
2014
Maham Mansoor
Lauren Bell
Jana Hengstler

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Social Justice Award

The Social Justice Award is presented to a student or a student organization that has shown a concern for underrepresented groups, and has improved the lives of others with regard to social justice issues. Students who endeavor to build upon and advance human relations concerning race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, nationality, gender or any other area related to social justice were nominated for this award. 

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Ayesha Quraishi
Ananias McGee

Ashley Lamarre

Jyothis James
2018
2016
2014
Kanoe Montano
Lisa Ledvora
Jyothis James

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Commitment to Campus Well Being Award

The Commitment to Campus Well Being Award recognizes the student who has made the most outstanding contributions to promoting the health and wellness of Lake Forest College students and our campus community. Students who work to increase understanding of the importance of mind, body, and spirit in personal development, educate about and promote healthy lifestyle decisions, raise awareness of or decrease stigma around physical and mental health concerns, provide opportunities to engage in activities that enhance mental and physical well-being, and otherwise contribute to the development of the college as a healthy learning community were nominated for this award.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Aleksey Ilyukh
Mara Negru
Ashton Hartman
2018
2016
2014
Michael Roy
Beatriz Estay
Galina Lipkin

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Community Builder Award

The Community Builder Award is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions towards building a strong campus community. This student will have been a positive, motivating role model on campus for other students. They will have worked to link fellow Lake Forest College students more closely with the campus fostering a continuous positive environment of the campus community. 

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Jordan Moran
Brendan McLane
Rapheal Mathis
2018
2016
2014
Alexander Sheppard
Virgil Thomas
Pulkit Diwan

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is awarded to the first year student leader who has shown tremendous growth over the past academic year, and is an emerging leader in the Lake Forest College community. The nominee should be an active member of at least one registered student organization, be respected by their peers, and should demonstrate leadership potential at the College. 

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Dega Demiri
Kotch Mmopi
Lily Collins
2018
2016
2014
Taylor Moore
Lindsay Cohen
Matthew McPherson

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Student Leader of the Year Award

The Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a person who through their leadership skills and initiative, has made a significant impact on the Lake Forest College community throughout the past academic year. The recipient must have demonstrated examples of outstanding service to others and within the community. Award recipients will be selected based on breadth and depth of involvement and leadership in co-curricular activities, including: membership and leadership of College-sponsored student organizations, service in the community, involvement in professional, academic, and leadership development experiences, and the overall impact on campus life and learning for students. 

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Katherine Nolte
Mara Negru
Katherine Bentley
2018
2016
2014
Altin Kukaj
Kimiko Fujioka Guillermo
Anali Vargas

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Commitment to Student Development Award 

The Commitment to Student Development Award will be presented to an outstanding faculty or staff member who has fostered an environment of student development throughout the academic year. The recipient will have challenged students to step outside their comfort zone and learn about themselves and the Lake Forest College community through knowledge and understanding. The recipient will have set clear and ambitious standards for students to aspire towards.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Stacy Oliver-Sikorski
Patrick Doggett
Dawn Abt-Perkins
2018
2016
2014
Elizabeth Snider
Stewart Foley
William Dlugokienski

If you would like to nominate a faculty or staff member for this award, please click here

The Student Organization President of the Year 

The Student Organization President of the Year recognizes a student organization president that has had a significant impact on their student organization throughout the past academic year. Nominees will have influenced the development and mentoring of organization members and officers. Award recipients will be selected based on visible examples of ethical leadership, a commitment to the growth of the organization and development of its members and a dedication to helping the organization embody the College’s mission.

Student organization awards include:

2019
2017
2015
Rodrigo Sanchez

Guadalupe Ornelas

Devin Tyler
Periana Wilson
2018
2016
2014
Morgan Malte
Virgil Thomas
Anna Bryan

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

The Advisor of the Year Award

The Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the faculty or staff member who has served as an official advisor to a registered college student organization and has gone above-and-beyond their duties to ensure the organization’s success. The successful candidate will have contributed significant time, energy, and resources. This recipient should actively mentor the students within the organization, and be someone to whom the students look for support and direction. Through their work with the organization, this nominee should cultivate the leadership of the members.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Courtney Joseph
Carolyn Tuttle
William Dlugokienski
2018
2016
2014
Raymundo Juarez
Heather Noll
Kellie Doyle

If you would like to nominate a faculty or staff member for this award, please click here

The Jacob Wardwell Edwards Prize

The Jacob Wardwell Edwards Prize was established by friends and relatives in memory of Mr. Edwards, former Director of Admissions. The prize is given annually to the rising sophomore who is judged to have demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership during his or her first year at the College.

Recent recipients include:

2019

 

2017
2015
Isabella Nuno
Adelaide Grubbe
Jose Reyes Facio
2018
2016
2014
Uche Okeke
Lillian Shehadi
Samukelisiwe Ngwenya

If you would like to nominate a peer or yourself for this award, please click here

Student Organization Awards

The Outstanding Program of the Year Award

The Outstanding Program of the Year Award is presented to an organization who has facilitated an exemplary on-campus program.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Diversity of Thought Week
PRIDE Annual Drag Show and Gala
Black Lives Matter Sit-in and Discussion
2018
2016
2014
TedX
UBA Blackout Fashion Show
Heroes Day

If you would like to nominate an organization’s program for this award, please click here

The Student Organization of the Year Award

The Student Organization of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Lake Forest College community by a registered student organization. Student organizations will be reviewed on membership, recruitment, programming and service. Organizations who have collaborated with other organizations, academic departments, or offices are prime candidates for this award. Organizations nominated must be registered with the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth. To be eligible they must have an advisor, a roster and procedural guidelines registered with the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth.

Recent recipients include:

2019
2017
2015
Muslim Students Association 
United Black Association
United Black Association
2018
2016
2014
South Asian Students Association
United Black Association
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If you would like to nominate a registered Student Organization for this award, please click here

The Excellence in Marketing Award

The Excellence in Marketing Award will recognize outstanding marketing achievements or initiatives undertaken by a registered student organization. Organizations nominated for this award should be able to illustrate how they have marketed or promoted either a particular program or the organization as a whole.

Recent recipients include:

2019
UMOJA
2018
UMOJA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to nominate a registered Student Organization for this award, please click here

The Collaborative Effort of the Year Award
The Collaborative Effort of the Year Award will recognize an outstanding event or program in which two or more registered student organizations have collaborated. 
Recent recipients include:
2019
Nu Rho Psi Art Series
2018
Latin American Coffee & World Tea Tasting
2017
Fall Fest - Student Programming Board - Dance Team, Garrick Players, Alpha Phi Omega
If you would like to nominate a program that was sponsored by two or more Student Organizations for this award, please click here