On Thursday, April 26, the 2012 Hedgeman Honors and Awards was held in the Kay Fredrick’s Ballroom with over 110 faculty, staff, students and family members in attendance, recognizing undergraduate student excellence in academic, leadership, and service. Associate Vice President Poonam Arora and Assistant Dean of Diversity Carlos D. Sneed spoke, as well as student leader Rachel Summers who delivered the senior address.
The three highest awards of the year were presented to Michael Riley (Barbara Simmons "Eagle," Award), Trung Le Nguyne and Grady McQuire (Merv Myers-Jeff Nash Scholarship) and Nancy Huynh and Rachel Summers (Pat Paterson Endowed Prize in Leadership).
Receiving Outstanding Student Awards were: Jessa Williams (first-year), Zin Zin Htoo (sophomore), Salisa Grant (junior), Lynne Chung (junior),and John Vang (senior).
Professor Kathy Burleson, biology, received the Outstanding Faculty Award. Lamar Shingles, coordinator of recreational sports, received the Outstanding Staff Award, while senior Lisa Fralish received the Outstanding Ally Award. Additionally, PRIDE Black Student Alliance received the Multicultural Student Organization-of-the-Year Award.
The program is organized by the Hamline University Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs, which helps create and sustain an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates, and advances student and campus diversity at Hamline University. The center seeks to support, empower, and promote the success of all students with particular attention to U.S. students of color, queer students, and others from historically marginalized backgrounds. For more information, please visit the Hedgeman Center website
or call 651-523-2423.