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The University of Tampa recognizes outstanding individuals and student organizations at its annual Leadership Awards Night.

Student Leader of the Month

The University of Tampa recognizes one undergraduate student for demonstrating exemplary leadership practices during each month of the academic year. Students, faculty and staff from within the UT community and contacts off campus (e.g., employers, internship supervisors, non-profit agencies, etc.) are encouraged to nominate a student for this monthly award. To nominate a student, please visit the online Student Leader of the Month nomination form. For more information, contact

Leadership Awards Night Celebration

Each April, the University community gathers for a night of celebration, honoring the achievements of students, faculty, staff and student organizations during the academic year. Student organizations, individual students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate one another for these annual awards. Leadership Awards Night 2015 was held Thursday, April 30. For more information, contact

Congratulations to our 2015 Leadership Award Winners! 

Resident Assistant of the Year
Julia Rufino 

Baccalaureate Experience Outstanding Mentor, Fall 2014
Kelly Fitzgerald 

Baccalaureate Experience Outstanding Mentor, Spring 2015
Mary Lee Gibson 

Baccalaureate Experience Outstanding Mentor in an Initiative, Fall 2014
Katie Robinson  

Baccalaureate Experience Outstanding Mentor in an Initiative, Spring 2015
Michael Leahy 

Outstanding Commitment to Diversity Award
The Sigma Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Experiential Education Intern of the Year Award
Jennifer Allison 

Experiential Education Education Abroad Award
Emily Dorso 

Experiential Education Leadership Award
Meredith Brown

Experiential Education Service Learning Award
Victoria Suslovitch 

Experiential Education Undergraduate Research Award
Jace Jedlicka 

Outstanding Contribution to Student Life 
Monnie Wertz 

Bob Ruday Outstanding First Year of Involvement 
Taylor Marten 

Bob Ruday Outstanding Second Year of Involvement 
Faith Ponti 

Bob Ruday Outstanding Third Year of Involvement 
Nicholas Tran 

Bob Ruday Servant Leadership Award 
Imani Cruz
Klaus Grim
Kyle McGee
Kayla Mladinich 

Bob Ruday Student Unsung Hero Award 
Shani Bennett
Meredith Brown
Katie Drake
Katelyn Edwards
Mary Lee Gibson
Jodi-Leigh Ward 

Faculty and Staff Unsung Hero Awards   
Jason Sumerau  
Laura Henchey
Shannon Calega  
Alexander Guedouar  
Marquis Holley
Sybil O’Neal
David Stern
Jeff Skowronek  
Lesley Charles
Julie LeBlanc 

Leadership and Academic Achievement Award  
Jennifer Allison
Meredith Brown
Jorge Echavarria
Mia Glatter
Matthew Hartford
Je’Coy Hawley
Christine Homsher
Kylie Iasillo
Marissa Nece
Gianna Rocco
Hannah Ryon
Selene San Felice
Megan Togher
Megan Turnquest
Leanna Wade  

Student Employee of the Year 
Eric Langhoff 

Greek Woman of the Year 
Jennifer Allison  

Greek Man of the Year 
Kyle McGee  

Outstanding Sorority of the Year 
Delta Sigma Theta  

Outstanding Fraternity of the Year 
Zeta Beta Tau 

Tom Fitzgerald Most Spirited Organization 
Delta Sigma Theta 

Outstanding New Organization of the Year 
Roots & Shoots  

Most Improved Organization of the Year 
Gluten-Free Improv  

Outstanding Organization of the Year 
Delta Sigma Theta (small)  
University of Tampa Diplomats (large) 

Volunteer Organization of the Year 
University of Tampa Diplomats 

Greek Volunteer Organization of the Year 
Delta Sigma Theta 

Alternative Breaks Volunteer of the Year 
Daniel Holahan 

Greek Student Volunteer of the Year 
Lillian Cousins 

Student Volunteer of the Year 
Imani Cruz 

Active Citizen Award 
Imani Cruz 

Joyce Keller Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year 
Melanie Hicks   

Male Intramural Athlete of the Year 
Brendan Tedaldi 

Female Intramural Athlete of the Year 
Kristen McKenna 

Intramural Sports Official of the Year 
Emily Cartafalsa 

Spartan Awards 
Jennifer Allison
Chanel Vanzant
Kristin Anderson
Torrie Winsett
Joey Pawlan
Eric Langhoff
Sarah Zaki
Shantelle Eddy
Kelly Fitzgerald
Leanna Wade 

J. Richard Piper Outstanding Advisor of the Year  
Tiffini Theisen