Two University of Tampa seniors have been honored for their compassion,
leadership and selflessness with this year’s Student Ethics Award.
annually by the Center for Ethics at UT, the award recognizes an undergraduate
student who exemplifies high ethical standards at the University, upholds social
responsibility practices in the community and exhibits strong potential for
professional success, said Angie Johnson, coordinator of the centers and
institutes in the Sykes College of Business.
Meagan Nagy ’11, a
performing arts major with minors in dance/theatre and applied dance, and Lucy
Monette ’11, a psychology major, were humbled by the announcement.
don’t do it for recognition,” Nagy said. “We love and are passionate about the
things we do.”
Nagy, a resident assistant, took control of a difficult
situation when her residents, as well as friends and classmates in the theater
department, learned of the car accident this spring that killed freshman Tessa
Byers. One of the first people to find out about Byers’ passing, Nagy organized
a session with a UT counselor, met with Byers’ family, helped coordinate a
dinner with the family the next evening and led the planning of Byers’ on-campus
“Something in me just said I needed to get a group together. We
need to be together,” said Nagy, noting that as a senior she takes the role of a
mother figure in her residence hall. “We’re trained in residence life for this,
though you don’t expect it to actually happen. I knew I could step up and be
that person they could go to.”
One of Nagy’s nominators, Associate Dean
of Students Stephanie Russell Holz, said Nagy is the strongest student leader
she has seen in times of crisis.
“In my 12 years working with students at
UT, I have never been more impressed with a young woman of character than I have
been with Meagan,” Holz said. “Being ethical is difficult on a daily basis but
even more difficult in times of stress and crisis. Meagan has demonstrated that
her moral compass rings true in all situations.”
Three years ago Monette
saw a need at UT. Her mom was undergoing treatments for lung cancer, and Monette
was participating in local Relay for Life events, which are fundraisers for the
American Cancer Society. When organizers looked to UT to form its own Relay
event, Monette didn’t hesitate to lead the effort.
Her mother, Kathy
Rowley, died in 2009. But since then, the UT Relay for Life event has grown from
just three organizers to 30 on the 2011 committee and raised more than $46,000
in this year’s event alone.
Monette is involved with the PEACE Volunteer
Center as well, organizing volunteer opportunities for other students. Megan
Frisque, assistant director of civic engagement and one of Monette’s nominators,
said Monette has the ability to engage her peers while connecting with the
Monette said it’s a natural instinct.
how I live life, and it happens to be ethical,” Monette said.
teaches a Science Through Art course at the Ovation School for the Arts, a
nonprofit school that makes sure that the arts are integrated into the
curriculum, and she has taken a job with the school as volunteer coordinator and
art director for the summer and fall. This summer she is working at Creative
Clay Cultural Center’s camp for children with disabilities.
spend the summer, like she has for the past five years, in an intensive,
nonprofit program called Lovewell, where groups of students come together and
write full-length musicals from scratch. Nagy works with students age 9-13 to
choreograph the shows they create.
Each award winner received a plaque
and $500 at a luncheon in their honor with Center for Ethics Co-Directors Robert
McMurrian and Daniel Verreault, along with center advisory board members, Dean
of the College of Business Frank Ghannadian and those who nominated the students
for the award.
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