Once a year, the University of Bridgeport has the opportunity to recognize those who make a real difference for the school. Students at the University of Bridgeport come from all over the world, each bringing with them unique perspectives and life experiences. Without a doubt, the incredible heart and character of the community is not only exemplified by the diversity of the students, but by the leaders who are committed to having the school be extraordinary.

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” At the University of Bridgeport, we recognize that leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but we understand that all of them have one thing in common – they have an impact on others.

On April 28th, the Student Leadership Awards Banquet was held in the Social Room of the Student Center, where forty individuals were recognized for the impact they make on campus culture and student life. All of the nominees, nominators, staff, and faculty gathered to celebrate the students and faculty who contributed to making the University incredible this past year. The event was intended to combine a formal approach that valued the contributions of each recipient, with a personable acknowledgement of the achievements of family members.

Whether the individuals were student employees, advisers, or just a friend to all – each one took responsibility for their own experience and was committed to the lives of other people. The Award Banquet was a moment to truly thank our leaders for everything – to thank them for their dedication, hard-work, and every single moment they were making a difference while no one was watching.

As organizers of the 2015 Student Leadership Award Banquet, we hope you are as inspired by our winners as we have been, and that you join with us in looking toward another extraordinary year ahead.

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List of Award Winners

Individual Awards

  • Advisor of the Year Award, Elena Cahill
  • Community Service Award, Faustino De la Cruz
  • Scholar Citizen Award, Kristin Avolio
  • Shining Knight Spirit Award, Martina Santia
  • Purple Knight Partnership Award, William Brandon
  • Greek Male or Female of the Year Award, Raksha White
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Sophomore Student, Caitlynn Dufort
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Junior Student, Simon Arias
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Senior Student, Jasmine Cates
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Graduate Student, Jeffrey Fleurantin
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Graduate Student, Hakim Hill
  • Outstanding Involvement by a Graduate Student, Nicole Morse
  • Dean’s Award (Exceptional Junior Student), Brinet Rutherford
  • President’s Award (Exceptional Senior Student), Ying Shen

Student Club Awards

  • Campus Program of the Year Award, Black Student Alliance
  • Excellence in Community Service Award, buildOn
  • Outstanding Cultural Club of the Year Award, Global Affairs Society
  • Outstanding Greek Organization of the Year Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Outstanding Club of the Year Award, Civil Rights Activist Club

Residential Life and Student Conduct Awards

  • Community Assistant of the Year Award, Chenyang Wang
  • Resident Assistant of the Year Award, Brinet Rutherford
  • Guest Relations Associate of the Year Award, John Erick Bonilla
  • Keeping the Flame Alive (Essay), Lais Medeiros
  • Keeping the Flame Alive (Project), Eric Flemings

Student Employment Awards

  • Student Employee of the Year, Phillip Carroll
  • Graduate Assistant of the Year, Elena Cela

Admissions – Student Ambassador Awards

  • Chelsea Robinson
  • Tonisha Husbands
  • Shanasia Shelton
  • Denise Coke
  • Shannan Bott
  • Rikia Bradley
  • Mona Hagelstein
  • Guilherme da Silva
  • Rachel Davis
  • Brianna Fisher
  • Brandon Woods
  • Helen Humphreys
  • Stephanie Vega
  • Elena Cela