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The University of Alabama

UA Recognizes Students, Partnerships during Awards Ceremony

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama recognized campus organizations and students during the 28th Annual Service and Leadership Awards.

UA’s Office of Student Involvement, the Community Service Center, the Office of Greek Affairs, Student Leadership and the Capstone Heroes Committee recently hosted the awards ceremony for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Service and Leadership Awards recognize student organizations and individual students for their leadership and service endeavors on UA’s campus and throughout the community. They represent the highest honors given to student organizations and individual student leaders of those organizations.

The following recipients were awarded for 2013-14:

Profiles in Service

New Community Partner of the Year: Weaver Bolden Branch-Tuscaloosa Library

CSC Volunteer of the Year: Rachel Guiles

Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger Awards (Most Pounds Collected per organization type): Wal-Mart of Winfield, Check Depot, Alpha Gamma Delta, Sigma Tau Gamma, Culverhouse College of Commerce, Verner Elementary, Echols Middle, Hillcrest High, Baptist Campus Ministries, Tuscaloosa Public Libraries, Alpha Kappa Psi, Office of Student Conduct, The Retreat

CSC Service/Outreach of the Year: Hands On Tuscaloosa. Individuals:  Elliot Spillers, Carson Cleveland, Joe Fowler, Abigail Thompson, Kathleen Cook and Leslie Branch

Profiles in Leadership

Outstanding Advocacy Organization:  Students for Open Doors & Ethical Leadership

Outstanding Honor Society: Golden Key Honor Society

Outstanding Professional Organization: Culverhouse Investment Management Group

Outstanding Recreational/Athletic Organization: Alabama Triathletes

Outstanding Religious/Spiritual Organization: UKirk

Outstanding Service Organization: UA Dance Marathon

Outstanding Special Interest Organization: The 49

Outstanding Graduate Organization: UA Supply Chain Management Professionals

Capstone Innovation Award: UnLocked’s Commitment to Equity in Education

Outstanding Outreach Award: Crimson Kindness

Outstanding New Organization: Caring For Camo

The Dr. John L. Blackburn Award (for advisers): Mary Lowery (Delta Epsilon Iota)

The Will Byington Awards (individual award for excellence in student org. leadership): Rachel Ramey, Student Engineers in Action; and Justin Campbell, ASCE Concrete Canoe Team

SOURCE Collaborative Grant Project Recipients: Black Warrior Film Festival; Women’s Week; Breaking Bread & Breaking The Mold; and Holt Community Festival

The David L. Phelps Organization of the Year Award: Tide Talks (The Organization of the Year award was named this year in honor of David L. Phelps, a graduating UA senior engineering major from New Orleans who during his time at UA devoted much of his energy to improving student organizations at UA and the campus community.)

Leadership UA Phase 1 Participants: Peter Arvantis, Demetra Bullard, Austin Burnett, Ryan Campbell, Jake Eigner, Ben Flores, Jonathan Harrell, Jenna Heard, Aaron Howard, Ashton Huggins, Sarah Kidwell, MaryBeth Lewis, Sarah Mansager, Geena Marshall, Bria McGee, Reece McKenzie, Graham Miles, Austin Mitchell, Rachel Paikoff, Justin Pendleton, Sarah Setterstrom, Lakeisha Skinner, Jonathan Smith, Tyler Sullivan, Ashley Walter, Kevin Wedge and Liena Zaidan

2013-14 Capstone Hero Award Recipients: Jerry Burttram, Tatiana Carrasquilla, Allison Lockhart, Erica Sucher and Lane McClelland (faculty-staff recipient)

Students, organizations and grant recipients are selected by a variety of committees made up of faculty, staff and students. These honorees have made a huge impact on the UA campus and the Tuscaloosa-Northport community.  For more information about the awards, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 205/348-6796 or the Community Service Center at 205/348-2865.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782
  • SOURCE: Rosalind Moore, director, Undergraduate & Graduate Student Involvement, 205/348-6114,