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Volume 57, Issue 2

May 8, 2009

MOSAIC recognizes diversity leadership

The Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community recently recognized graduating seniors, student organizations, staff and faculty this week for efforts to promote diversity.

At a May 2 year-end awards banquet and graduation reception, 13 individuals and organizations were honored for their commitment and promotion of diversity at UCCS.

The event began with a welcome from student leaders John Szpyrka and Jesse Perez, and Regina Lewis, a current UCCS Ph.D. student and associate dean at Pikes Peak Community College, spoke. Graduating seniors were presented with a special MOSAIC stole to wear at graduation and awards were announced.

Those receiving awards were:

2009 Faculty Awards
Silvia Martinez
Becky Thompson

2009 Staff Awards
Ruth Shilling
Sabrina Wienholtz

2009 Advisor Awards
Eric Nissen

2009 Outstanding New Club Award
Club Elias

2009 Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Award

2009 Indomitable Spirit Award
Virginia Orona

2009 Outstanding Club Award
Asian Pacific Islander Student Union

2009 Rising Star Award
Ayden Merino

2009 Outstanding Event Award
Safety is a Human Right Rally (Women’s and Ethnic Studies & Student Diversity Council)

2009 Outstanding Leader Award
Crystal Duckhorn

2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Emanuelita Martinez

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