Awards banquet honors students for achievements

Academic Award Banquet

Newman University put on its 2017 Academic Awards Banquet last weekend to recognize students and leaders for their achievements and accomplishments in the classroom and community.

The Academic Awards Banquet is a long-standing tradition for recognizing students at Newman, but unlike previous years, Newman added a banquet style to this year’s ceremony.

“The purpose of it remains the same,” said Rosemary Niedens associate vice president for academic affairs. “This is the university’s way to honor the achievements of our students, whether that be academic or service.”

Khoi Nguyen, sophomore, was awarded the prestigious St. Catherine Medal for demonstrating outstanding service, and establishing an excellent record for scholastic achievement.

Nguyen said she was surprised to be a recipient of the prestigious medal, and is thankful of everyone who has helped her along the way.

“I appreciate all the support I have received,” Nguyen said. “I am extremely grateful for those who have made important impacts in my life.”

Levi Esses, dean of students, said that it was a great moment to see student athletes recognized for their commitment in the classroom as well.

“It’s a cool moment to see our student athletes up there,” Esses said. “That showed not only their excellence in the court or field, but also in the classroom.”

Esses awarded Delaney Hiegert, junior, the Creativity Initiative award for her dedication on The Vantage and her ability to balance her responsibilities.

“The nominator was really impressed with how she’s been using creative ways of trying to get new advertising and new ways to get the message out in The Vantage,” Esses said.

Newman’s new Black Student Union was also received an award by Esses.

Esses said Black Student Union won Club of the Year. Various clubs were nominated and SGA voted. Esses said with their enthusiasm and ability to introduce fresh topics, it was no surprise the club won.

“Some of the different events they put on really made us think, but also really brought us together,” Esses said. “Things like the event they had in the Alumni Center, when they talked about some of the issues going on in America.”

Overall, Esses said, it was great to witness just how special Newman students are.

“You get to learn about all different types of students you maybe have never met before,” Esses said.

This story first appeared in the April 27th, 2017 issue of The Vantage