Kennesaw State Student Life awards Golden O’s

Caption: (front, left to right) Ugo Oruada, Karen Carvajalino (back, left to right) Aaron…

Georgia (May 15, 2014)

Caption: (front, left to right) Ugo Oruada, Karen Carvajalino (back, left to right) Aaron Roberson, Lindsay Knox, Dara Hudson, Ryan Delaney, Tiffani Reardon, Elizabeth Thomas, Shawn Smash-Jett, Khy Chestnut, Katherine Street, Jahan Saeed, Rachel Martini and Matthew Prater
Kennesaw State University’s Department of Student Life recognized several individuals and student organizations during this year’s Golden O’s Student Activities Awards Ceremony. The annual event bestows Golden O’s in honor of outstanding achievements.
“Our students help make KSU a wonderful place to learn, not only in the classroom but also in the various clubs and organizations they operate,” said Kathy Alday, director of Student Life.
“We are fortunate because each year new student leaders step up to take the place of those who are graduating and campus life goes on without missing a beat,” she said. “The presentation of the Golden O’s is our way of acknowledging all the hard work and dedication of the individuals and groups who went above
and beyond during the year.”
Following are the recipients of this year’s awards:
Individual Awards
The Dr. Nancy S. King Student of the Year: Katherine Street
The Dr. Jerome Ratchford Student Engagement Award: Karen Carvajalino
The Dr. George Beggs Advisor of the Year: Brent Obleton
KSU Emerging Leader Award: Nancy Montroy
KSU Humanitarian Award: Tiffani Reardon
KSU Global Citizen Award: Ugo Oruada
KSU Owlympian: Khy Chestnut
KSU Unsung Hero: Patrick Ehui
Organization Awards
Spotlight Award
Philosophy Student Association
Special Recognition for Outstanding work with an Academic Department
Student Nurses Association
KSU Collaboration Award
Semper Fi Society
New Student Organization of the Year
Semper Fi Society
Humanitarian Jewel Service Initiative of the Year
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
Student Government Association
KSU Global Awareness Award
Lasting Legacy Image Award
Kennesaw Pride Alliance
The International Student Association
Program of the Year
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
The Kennesaw Activities Board
Organizations of the Year
Distinguished Black Gentlemen
KSU Owl Radio
KSU offers more than 200 student organizations that sponsor activities and events each year, contributing to a rich campus life. To view a complete listing of organizations, please visit:

-- By Robert S. Godlewski

KSU student Life


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