SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University recognized its most outstanding student leaders, organizations and student advisor on April 19 at the annual “Step Up & Stand Out” Leadership Recognition Ceremony on campus.
Emily Bramlett of Onawa, Iowa, was named the Student Employee of the Year for her exceptional performance as a federal work study student in the Department of Music. The Student Employee of the Year award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student who is working while attending school, either on-campus or off-campus at a local non-profit organization, and excelling both in the workplace and the classroom.
The Franciscan Spirit Award was given to one Briar Cliff undergraduate student at each grade level: senior Shelby Puhl of Le Mars, Iowa; junior Kendra Kersting of Winona, Minn.; sophomore Abby Gerhardt of Ankeny, Iowa; and freshman Breanna Allen of Crofton, Neb. The award recognizes the student who best demonstrates the values of St. Francis and St. Clare: peacemaking, reverence for creation, joyful service and building a caring community.
Nathan Frankman of Papillion, Neb. and Casey Zoss of Letcher, S.D., were named Emerging Leaders of the Year, given to Briar Cliff students who are viewed as up-and-coming leaders in the campus community. The recipients show dedication and potential, and are required to be full-time students with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or above.
Ashley Pawlowski, area coordinator for residence life, was named the Student Organization Advisor of the Year. Pawlowski advises both the Briar Cliff Student Government and Choosing Healthy Options In College Enhances Self (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) groups. The award is given to a faculty or staff member who exhibits excellent student relations, aptitude in challenging and empowering the organization to thrive, and providing support to help the organization meet its goals.
Briar Cliff’s chapter of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas was named the Student Organization of the Year, which recognizes the student club or organization that has most positively impacted the Briar Cliff community and represented the University. Criteria include alignment with the University’s mission statement, enhancement of campus life and a component of community service and leadership.