Students receive medallion, leadership awards

By University Communications
May 22, 2014

Photo: UW-Stout Spotlight Photo

Sixteen students have been named winners of the Samuel E. Wood Medallion, the highest nonacademic honor at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The award is given annually to seniors who have been active in student activities, displayed leadership ability and excelled academically. Winners are chosen by a committee representing students, faculty and staff.

The Wood awards and Leadership Awards were presented recently at the annual Leadership Awards banquet sponsored by the Involvement Center and Stout Student Association.

Samuel E. Wood was a longtime assistant chancellor for Student Services/Dean of Students. He retired in 1991 and died in February 2013.

The Wood award winners, their hometowns and majors are:

  • Caleb Ahles, Lino Lakes, Minn., construction

  • Klare Armstrong, Eau Claire, psychology

  • Phylicia Fehlen, Clear Lake, human development and family studies

  • Robert Felton, Appleton, business administration

  • Garrison Gless, Milwaukee, vocational rehabilitation

  • Kaitlyn Hafeman, Madison, hotel, restaurant and tourism management

  • Henry Hansen, Mora, Minn., environmental science

  • Laura Hanson, New Auburn, human development and family studies

  • Justin Krutza, Stevens Point, information technology management

  • Melissa Lemerond, Green Bay, psychology

  • Juliana Lucchesi, West Allis, applied science

  • Shadrack Masaki, Farmington, Minn., business administration

  • Lisa Oswald, Park Falls, professional communication and emerging media

  • Angela Sanchez, Beloit, hotel, restaurant and tourism management

  • Brandon Wayerski, Menomonie, business administration

  • Kristin Ziehl, Greenville, human development and family studies

The Leadership Award, also chosen by a committee composed of students and staff, was presented to individuals and organizations.

  • Volunteer of the Year, Lisa Oswald

  • Advocate of the Year, Shelby Schuppe, Fond du Lac, applied social science

  • Outstanding Student Employee, Jade Roinila, Boyceville, dean’s assistant in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, business administration

  • Student Staff Team or Group of the Year, Writing Center Tutors

  • Adviser of the Year, Emily Ascher, Gamma Sigma Sigma

  • Student Organization Event of the Year, Homecoming: Menomonie Prom, Blue Devil Productions

  • Student Organization of the Year, Stout Retail Association

  • Outstanding Student Leader, Shadrack Masaki

Video coverage of the Wood winners discussing what inspired them to get involved, what leadership means to them and their advice for first-year students is available on Vimeo and on YouTube. The video was produced by Scott Fischer, from Rice Lake, who is majoring in entertainment design.