By: Mira Costello
IU South Bend’s annual Student Life Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in the University Grill. Those interested in attending should RSVP on Titan Atlas.
So, what are the Student Life Awards, and who are this year’s contenders for each category? Read on to meet the outstanding students, staff, faculty and organizations the IU South Bend community nominated for recognition this year.
Centellas Student Leader of the Year: Named in honor of former Student Life Director Sam Centellas, this award is given to a student who has had an exceptional year in their leadership of students and impact on campus.
- Ana Carmona, sophomore
- Mira Costello, sophomore
- Emilee Edmonds, junior
- Hailey Franceschi, sophomore
- Jordan Keeley, sophomore
Educator of the Year: This award is given to an outstanding faculty member.
- Klajdi Bregu, Economics
- Sharon Busenbark, Accounting
- Louise Collins, Philosophy
- David Douglas, Dentistry
- Gordon Fowler, Management
- Robert Guthrie, Decision Science
- Matthew Mancino, Communications
- Mohammad Merhi, Decision Sciences
- Stacie Merken, Criminal Justice
- Anurag Pant, Marketing
- Shahir Rizk, Chemistry
- Henry Scott, Physics
- Mark Sniadecki, Integrated New Media Studies
- Hong Zhuang, Economics
Inclusion Impact Award: This award is given to a student or faculty member who has made a notable contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus by advocating for and including underrepresenting groups and people.
- Reagan Ayala, student
- Peter Miles Loutzenhiser, student
- Elizabeth Paice, administrator
- Neovi Karakatsanis, faculty and staff member
SGSO Advisor of the Year: This award is given to a faculty or staff advisor to an SGSO (Self-Governed Student Organization) who has made an exceptional impact for the SGSO they advise.
- Amy Gretencord
- Neovi Karakatsanis, Honors Club
- Joel Langston, Gamers’ Guild
- Anurag Pant, Advertising and Marketing Club
- Henry Scott, Physics Club
Staff/Administrator of the Year: This award is given to a staff member or administrator who has gone above and beyond to help students and make IU South Bend a better place.
- Erin Brown, Titan Success Center
- Jules Descoteaux, Computer Science Department
- Savanna Herbert-Annis, Veteran Student Services
- Kevin Ladd, Professor of Psychology
- Kim Moore, Career Services
- Derrick Patty, Disability Support Services
- Lori Schmatz, Titan Success Center
- Misel Ramirez Vasoli, Student Counseling Center
- Barbara Williams, Leighton School of Business
SGSO of the Year: This award is given to an SGSO – a student club or organization on campus – that has demonstrated remarkable contributions to campus life this year.
- Accounting Association
- Botany Club
- Gamers’ Guild
- History Club
- IUSB Cheerleading
- Latino Student Union
- Physics Club
- Titan Powerlifting Club
Wolfson Outstanding Senior: This award is given to a graduating senior who has made an outstanding impact on campus throughout their entire career at IU South Bend.
- Shamiso Chigadza
- Connor Dick
- Haley Hessey
- Christian Martinez
- Preston Porter
- Reginald Williams