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May 2012 News Releases

Leadership Institute bestows awards

Students, faculty and community members were recently presented awards by the Washburn University Leadership Institute at a spring banquet.

The Leadership Institute Senior Fellow award was presented to Shea Kirsop, of Lyndon. Kirsop is a business major who has been involved in the Leadership Institute for two years. During the 2011-12 academic year, he served as the Leadership Institute Junior Fellow and acted as the Leadership Challenge Event student director. During Kirsop's role as Senior Fellow he will lead the Student Leadership Council of the Leadership Institute.

Kristen Onions, Shawnee, Kan., received the Leadership Institute Junior Fellow Award. Onions has been involved in the Leadership Institute for two years, previously serving as co-director of the programming team. A nursing major, she plans and coordinates all aspects of the Leadership Challenge Event.

The Emerging Leader Award was presented to Amanda Sorrell, Edna, Kan. This award is given by Leadership students and recognizes the person they deem as having made an impact as a leader during his or her first year on Washburn campus. Other nominees included Ashley Altenhofen, Westmoreland, Kan.; Kathryn Clark, Shawnee, Kan.; Braden McGinnis, Oskaloosa, Kan.; and Carly Willis, Newton, Kan.

Receiving the Outstanding Distinguished Student Leader Award was Daphne Phillips, Lawrence, Kan. This award recognizes a senior Leadership student who has given outstanding commitment to and leadership within the Institute while attending Washburn. Other nominees were Blake Bryant, Independence, Kan.; Kelli Coldiron, Wichita, Kan.; Grace Hildenbrand, Lawrence, Kan.; and Darrin Simmons, Downs, Kan.

The recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Leadership in Faculty/Staff/Administration at Washburn University was Michael McGuire, in recognition of his outstanding leadership role at the university.

Miriam Krehbiel, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Topeka, received the Outstanding Community Leadership and Commitment to the Students of the Leadership Institute Award, in recognition of her outstanding leadership roles in the community and for her support of the students and initiatives of the Institute.

Tracy Routsong, chairwoman of the communication department, was presented the Exemplary Leadership at Washburn Award, for her work with the Leadership Challenge Event, her support of the Leadership courses and overall leadership at Washburn.

The Washburn University Leadership Institute strives to establish innovative platforms for leadership education focused on the development of future leaders and progressive leadership methods. Its mission is to develop students into ethical, caring, and diverse leaders prepared to immediately assume leadership roles in today’s changing society by cultivating the study of leadership and facilitating transformational learning experiences.

Jeff Mott is director of the Leadership Institute.

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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711