Tim Wagner / Student Life Editor

Tim Wagner
Student Life Editor

Keene State College’s Student Center held their annual Student center awards.

The event started with the Outstanding Leadership Award which was awarded to Samuel Clough for his work with the InterFraternal Council throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Clough said he was incredibly honored and privileged to win the award. Clough said, “I feel incredibly honored and privileged to have won the Outstanding Leadership Award this past weekend. However, this award isn’t possible without the incredible and consistent support that I’ve received in the past year, but also the past four years at Keene State. I want to take a moment to appreciate Sigma Pi here at Keene State, the Interfraternity Council, and Brandon Carta. Sigma Pi and IFC allowed me the opportunity to step into leadership positions within my freshman and sophomore year which was something that I never thought would be possible. It encouraged me to take on new challenges and seek discomfort, and meet new people.” Clough also thanked Brandon Carta. Clough said, “Brandon Carta, he’s been fantastic. He has been able to come into his position at the start of the year and made significant progress in helping the interfraternity council become a clear, better run organization on the whole.” Clough said even with the COVID-19 modifications the Student Center put on a show. Clough explained “Despite the pandemic, the Student Center was still able to provide a really great event and a beautiful setup and venue in the Mabel Brown Room. This was my first time going to this event, and I was amazed of all that was done despite being in such a difficult time. I do not think I am alone in saying that we all wish we could have had more people in the room with us to celebrate, but nevertheless, it was a great event and I think it worked out brilliantly.”

The event continued with the Outstanding Volunteer Service award being presented to Lee Peet for writing and volunteering to write and lead sexual violence prevention programs and incorporating technology and media for MVP. Peet also lead focus groups DOJ grant focus groups to better the community at large.

The next award presented was the 2021 Outstanding Organization President. This award went to President of Delta Phi Epsilon Emily Butkus for leading by example and pushing her organization to be better. Specifically Butkus’ focus on social justice and spearheading conversions about racism to see how her organization can improve.

The next two awards were group awards. One presented to the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon for the Outstanding Greek-Letter Organization Award and the other to the Social Activities Council for the Outstanding Non-Academic Organization. Both groups weathered the storm of COVID-19 while pushing their organizations to new heights.

Brandon Carta said in the speech presenting the award “The organization receiving this award started off this year without a full e-board, no general members, and a new advisor.”

The next award went to WKNH’s Diana Duffy. Duffy won the award for assisting WKNH through new officer transitions, challenging the group to reach new horizons while being a constant advocate for radio journalism.

The next award was the Outstanding Student Employee Award. This award went to team leader of the Night Owl Cafe (NOC) Val Mamish. Mamish won the award for creating a safe and open space for the NOC to continue operations throughout the pandemic.

The next award was the 2021 Echo Award winner. The winner was the Equinox’s very own Administrative Executive editor Puja Thapa. Jessica Gagne-Cloutier said Thapa won the award for her relentless work at the Equinox and equally as relentless work for social justice and the awareness of systematic racism.

The next award was the Captain Michael J. Watters Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented to Equinox Staff member and Vice-President of Social Activities Club Sydney Robinson. Cloutier said Robisnon was the award for leading teams of employees for the Student Center Building Managers and Tech team.

The next award was the Kenneth and Carol Swenson Jue Community Service Scholarship. This award was presented to Keene State College Student Kyle Woodward for his work with the Children’s Miracle Network. Cloutier said his charitable work and representing the school’s motto “Enter to learn; Go forth to Serve.”

The final award of the night was the Class of 2020 scholarship which was presented to Equinox Staff and Community-Assistant Lydia Mardin. Cloutier said Mardin’s leadership throughout the year and scope of her occupation’s across campus.


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