STEPHENVILLE (April 20, 2015) — Tarleton State University campus leaders, student achievers and community supporters were honored April 17 during the 19th annual Leadership and Service Awards banquet.
Hosted by the Tarleton Division of Student Life, the ceremony recognizes those who contributed to a successful year, including community and civic leaders.
The John Tarleton Spirit Award, named in honor of the university’s founder, honors juniors, seniors or graduate students who best exemplify the spirit of Tarleton through involvement, participation and leadership. Recipients this year were: Kendyl Adams, Shelby Holloway, Alyssa Byrd, Christopher Garza Cruz, Sean Guinyard, Ana Gutierrez-Perez, Timanisha Holbert, Hailey Kane, Bethany Kyle, Justin Leugers, Jordan McCrory and Kristy O’Keefe.
Other top awards also bear the name of individuals who have had a significant impact on Tarleton.
The Sen. Robert Glasgow Community award, named after Tarleton alumnus and longtime member of the Texas Legislature, is presented to a community business, organization, agency or leader who over the years has dedicated time and resources to supporting and enhancing student life at Tarleton. This year’s recipient is Members Trust Federal Credit Union.
Dr. W.O. and Florence Trogdon have two awards named in their honor, for Individual and Organizational Service. Dr. Trogdon served as Tarleton’s 12th president. This year’s Individual Service award was presented to Adam Barnes. The Organizational Service award went to Tarleton Serves.
The May Jones Advisor of the Year award, presented to an advisor with exemplary leadership and dedication to his or her organizations, recognizes the longtime member of the Tarleton faculty who served as sponsor to countless campus organizations. This year’s recipient is Betti Cryer, advisor to Tarleton Scholars Society.
Honoring one of Tarleton’s Distinguished Alumni, the Col. Will Tate Organization of the Year award, was presented to Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
The Program of the Year award recognizes the organization that conducted the most creative and innovative activity or program during the year. Program of the Year honors went to the members of InterFraternity Council for their efforts in collecting donated items to prepare 800 care packages for the homeless in Dallas-Fort Worth and providing more than 600 pounds of items to shelters as part of “Project Dallas.”
Freshman and Sophomore Participation awards are given to the two underclassmen who are most actively involved in all aspects of campus life. This year’s outstanding freshman award was presented to Emilee White and the outstanding sophomore award to Randi Morgan.
The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority also received this year’s Award for Fraternal Excellence. The awards are presented to a nationally affiliated Greek fraternity or sorority at Tarleton that symbolizes the excellence of the Greek system.
Below is a complete list of Leadership and Service Award winners announced at the 2015 ceremony:
Freshman Participation Award
Sophomore Participation Award
Award for Fraternal Excellence
Alpha Gamma Delta
Greek Man of the Year
Adam Barnes – Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
Greek Woman of the Year
Kristy O’Keefe – Delta Zeta sorority
Leadership in Athletics Award
Tarleton TexAnn Volleyball Team
Sid Miller Excellence in Agriculture Award
Colton Buckley and Haley Simmons
Sen. Robert Glasgow Community Award
Members Trust Federal Credit Union
Program of the Year
“Project Dallas” – InterFraternity Council
May Jones Advisor of the Year
Betti Cryer – Tarleton Scholars Society
New Student Organization of the Year
Tarleton State University Purrs & Spurs
W.O. & Florence Trogdon Individual Service Award
W.O. & Florence Trogdon Organizational Service Award
Col. Will L. Tate Organization of the Year
Alpha Gamma Delta sorority
Wellness Leadership – Individual
Wellness Leadership – Organizational
School Wide Activities Team (S.W.A.T.)
Impact Award – Individual
Impact Award – Organization
Graduation Gratitude & Recognized Regalia
Dr. Wanda Mercer Tarleton Legend Award
Jay Johnson and Keauno Perez
Student Life Award
Tarleton Parents Association (TPA)
John Tarleton Spirit Awards
Kendyl Adams, Shelby Holloway, Alyssa Byrd, Christopher Garza Cruz, Sean Guinyard, Ana Gutierrez-Perez, Timanisha Holbert, Hailey Kane, Bethany Kyle, Justin Leugers, Jordan McCrory and Kristy O’Keefe
TTS and TTP ‘Purple Poo’ senior recognition and unmasking
Faith Redus, Brandy Pickett, Erica Guzman, Hillari Raemsch, Kendyl Adams, Marty Stinson, Matthew Harmon, Jacob McCay and Desmond Robinson