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Wesley Award Recipients Announced

The Dean of Students Office is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 John Wesley Leadership and Service Award. The Wesley Awards are awarded by the Board of Trustees to students, faculty, and staff whose leadership and service best exemplify the spirit of the Methodist founder to “do all the good you can.” This year, four undergraduate students were selected to receive the Wesley Award.

Graduating Spring 2021
Rose-Marie Athiley (she/her/hers) is from Minneapolis, and is a graduating senior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in English with a communication studies minor and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate. Rose-Marie has excelled in service and leadership in many areas across campus, including with the Black Student Collective, the Multicultural Alliance, as a reporter and editor for The Oracle newspaper, in Residential Life as a Residential Advisor, in the First Generation Scholars Organization, as photographer for the Track and Field team, and as a mentor in the Hedgeman Center’s Student-to-Student mentor program. Rose-Marie regularly serves on Admissions and Student Life panels and was a featured speaker at Hamline’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. In February 2021, she served as a panelist for Hamline’s Community Conversation, “Addressing Student of Color Experiences in Higher Education.” A talented writer and spoken word poet, Rose-Marie’s poetry has been published in several anthologies. She is one of three Senior Commencement Speakers for the Class of 2021.

Rose-Marie has received numerous awards and honors, including the Student Congress Leadership Scholarship, Eliza Drew Prize in Communications, the Mary Ewing Roatsch Scholarship, and the Hedgeman Center’s Outstanding Sophomore Award. She was also inducted into the National Residence Hall Honors Society in Spring 2020. Rose-Marie’s nominator Carlos Sneed writes, “An independent thinker, Rose-Marie is able to critically assess and integrate others’ knowledge, experiences and opinions into her decisions and actions. In times of crisis at the University, Rose-Marie has been a steadying voice, a compassionate leader and supportive mentor to students wrestling with issues of diversity, racism, inclusion and community.”

Sophie Warrick (she/her/hers) is from Bemidji, and is a graduating senior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in music and social justice, with a minor in nonprofit management. Sophie has worked for two years with the New Student Programs Office on campus, where she has facilitated over 20 workshops and presentations on a range of diverse topics, including managing emotions, conflict resolution, and collaborative leadership. In this role, she also worked with Student Affairs professional staff to coordinate and implement Summer and Fall orientation for first year and transfer students.

Sophie is a creative activist and student leader who has worked in numerous roles both on and off campus, including with the Hamline Women’s Resource Center and the Zinesters Local 55104, as a group member for Midway Public Art, as a campus organizer for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, a digital communications intern for Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a HECUA intern with Forecast Public Art, and as an audio technician and sound engineer for the Envisioning Queer Justice Podcast. Sophie is a talented writer and artist whose work has been published in numerous zines and exhibits across Minnesota and the country. Her nominator Becky Kaarbo writes, “Sophie has found a balance at Hamline of getting as much out of her time here as she gave to the Hamline community...Her leadership is driven by her listening ear and her desire to make those around her the strongest they can be. The leadership and impact she has had on this campus...are the same things that make her an essential member of Hamline University, and a great example of John Wesley.”

Andrew Weston (Xe/Xem/Xyr - They/Them/Theirs) is from Minneapolis, and is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in Social Justice, with minors in legal studies and Spanish. They have served in numerous leadership positions on campus, including as Hamline Student Body President during the 2019-2020 academic year, as a Senior Representative with Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC), as the Lead Organizer/Co-Founder for Transgender, Intersex, Gender-Expansive Revolutionary Resources and Services (TIGERRS), as a student organizer for Hamline University’s Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs, a student organizations manager for Hamline’s Student Activities and Leadership Development Office, a First Year New Student Mentor, a Steward with local Zinesters Local 55104, and an Opinion columnist with the Hamline Oracle.

Andrew’s awards and honors include a Rozanne L. Ridgway Forum Fellowship in 2019 and the Transgender Stellar Award from the Hennepin County Public Health Red Door Clinic. Wesley Award nominator Frances K.B. Verner writes, “Andrew is a true leader in service to our community. One of Andrew’s qualities which I admire is that they are always the first to arrive and the last to leave when they lead. Andrew is a trusted student advocate; is listened to by their peers, faculty, staff, administration, and community alike; and is committed to making our campus better. They understand social justice and model their commitment to inclusion by engaging across all aspects of diversity.”

Graduating in December 2021
Kaia Zeigler (she/her/hers) is from Inver Grove Heights, and is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in psychology and minoring in business practice and Mandarin Chinese. Kaia is a highly involved leader both on and off campus and currently serves as the Hamline Student Body President. In this position, she has served as a leader during both a global pandemic and a University-wide pivot to a primarily distance-learning environment. In addition to her campus involvement, Kaia has also served as an intern with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), worked with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office as a Human Resources Trainee, and volunteered with Sky Oaks Elementary School in Burnsville and with the Calvary Lutheran Church Community Table in Minneapolis. She has also worked with City Councilmember Rebecca Noecker to form a local chapter of Ignite, an organization that supports young women to run for political office. This spring, Kaia announced her candidacy for the School Board in District 196.

Kaia’s awards and honors at Hamline have included selection as a Ridgway Forum Fellow, and the Eliza A. Drew Prize. Kaia’s first Wesley Award nominator, Peggy Andrews, writes, “(Kaia’s) comments in class discussion were thoughtful and challenged her peers to think about how they were interacting with the content and with each other...” Kaia’s second nominator, Jim Scheibel, writes, “At Hamline, (Kaia) has thrived, taken on numerous leadership roles and worked collaboratively and respectfully with fellow students, administrators, staff and faculty. She is an example of how we can act with civility, even when people have differences. Her action and service reflect the spirit of John Wesley.”

Written by the Dean of Students Office