Student Leaders, Clubs Celebrated for On-Campus Engagement


Members of Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment were awarded the Student Organization of the Year Award at the Student Involvement Awards ceremon on April 19.

Galloway, N.J. — Thanks to the tireless efforts of students, faculty and staff, Stockton University can boast of having over 200 ways for students to get involved on campus. These efforts were rewarded with more than 15 different awards during the annual Student Involvement Awards ceremony on Friday, April 19, in the Campus Center Event Room.  

Director of Student Development Jeff Wakemen mentioned that his office processed more than 1,700 student events this school year, including 195 tied to culturally themed celebrations. He added that there are 231 student-led organizations currently active on campus, of which 32 started this year.

“No matter what it is that you are doing, the most important thing you are doing is building a community,” Wakemen said. “We at Stockton need to create communities for the students to feel like this is their home and so that they feel like there are people here that care about them.”

The complete list of awards and honorees includes:  

  • Community Service Award:  Nashwa Hanif                          
  • Stockton Spirit Awards: Suleman Sami, Riya Goyal and Brant Knopp
  • Residential Scholar of the Year: Nicholas Avilleira
  • Graduate Community of Scholars Awards:  Jared Lombardi and Casey Berchtold
  • Be The Change Award:  Zikra Naz  
  • Unsung Hero Award: University Relations and Marketing Graphics Team
  • L.E.A.D. Awards: Margvinatta Senesie, Lidia Orellana, Jessica Nash, Aliyah Robinson and Priya Parikh
  • Outstanding Advisor of The Year: Dr. Theodore Alter 
  • Outstanding Program of The Year: Chamoy Night, sponsored by MEXSA and SET
  • Student Development Engagement Awards:  Britney Marrugo, Allison Solimene, Andrea Sandoval, Isabelle Eisenstein, Daniel Iovino and Samantha Bell
  • Greek Leader of The Year:  Gabrielle Shockley 
  • Student Organization of The Year Award: Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment
  • Emerging Leader of the Year Awards: Vlad Vasylyk and Alivia O'Neill    
  • Student Leader of The Year Award: Forrest Jennings 
  • Dean Of Students Service Award:  Priya Parikh