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Centennial Student Union Announces Annual Awards

Students and student organizations recognized for community involvement and leadership in action.

Centennial Student Union News Release, 4-23-2012

The Centennial Student Union Student Activities Office at Minnesota State University, Mankato recently held its annual awards ceremony, and a number of students were honored.

The annual event organized by the CSU Student Activities Office recognizes students and student organizations for community involvement and leadership in action.

Matt Lexcen, president of the Minnesota State Student Association, and Sara DeBoer, president of IMPACT, the student programming and events arm of the CSU, were recipients of the Outstanding Collegian Award, which recognizes student leaders who represent the ideals of Minnesota State Mankato.

Lexcen, a senior speech communications major, served as the 2011-12 Minnesota State Student Association president. An active member of Sigma Nu fraternity, he previously served on the Interfraternity Council, which governs the seven men’s fraternities at Minnesota State Mankato. He is a member of Order of Omega, a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations.

DeBoer is a math major and five-year member of IMPACT. She served the past year as IMPACT president, overseeing nine committees that planned numerous events, including homecoming activities, concerts, and the monthly late-night Mavericks After Dark series.

Those who want more information may contact Lenny Koupal, communications coordinator for the Centennial Student Union, at 507-389-6774 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.


Other awards during the awards presentation included the Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame Award, which honors students and staff who live the CSU mission as a vibrant community gathering space. Hagebak, former CSU facilities director for whom the award was named in honor of his retirement last year, recognized Francis Goettl among this year’s four recipients.

Goettl retired from the CSU in March after 27 years as the building’s maintenance worker. Recognized as “instrumental in making the CSU what it is today,” Goettl was honored for his warm greetings and his ability to troubleshoot all maintenance and repair issues.

Students named to the CSU Hall of Fame included Amy Chin, music major and six-year member of the CSU student staff who she served as building manager and operations graduate assistant; Sam Glubka, a senior graphics design major whose four-year work in the CSU included serving on the student activities student staff and as a CSU student graphic designer; and mass communications major Erika Masias, former IMPACT public relations co-chair, CSU board member and two-year intern with the CSU Communications Office.

The 2012 Leadership in Action Award presented by CSU Director Laurie Woodward honored Megan Rae, graduate advisor in the Women’s Center and peer education theatre troupe coordinator. The award recognizes students who embrace diversity and encourage cultural understanding.

The Strength and Service Award, given to a student displaying global leadership committed to civic engagement and social justice, was awarded to Moriah Miles, international relations major and MSSA vice president. Among her contributions, Miles served as a planner for the recent Arrowhead Model United Nations conference at Minnesota State Mankato that drew students from regional campuses to focus on global awareness.

The Outstanding Registered Student Organization Award was presented to the Chicano-Latin American Student Association for its active participation in 2011 Homecoming activities and ongoing programming of student events.

Other recipients at the 2012 Leadership Awards included:
• Davy Family Volunteer of the Year Scholarship: Trent Prince, three years volunteer service to the ECHO Food Shelf.
• Outstanding Volunteer Award (community service): Hillary Geesman, social studies and education major, community hunger relief efforts including active Campus Kitchen participation.
• Marie Bruce Fraternity Man and Sorority Woman of the Year: Eric Heller, Lambda Chi Alpha and speech communication major graduate currently working as an admissions officer; and Nikki Sabby, Gamma Phi Beta, and family consumer science major.
• Outstanding Student Leader Award (involvement to benefit others): Sarah Koenen, information systems major, Maverick Textbook Reserve Program; Grace Webb, mass communications major, moral integrity as Reporter writer and KMSU staff member; and Ben Keller, mechanical engineering major, baseball clinic involvement for underprivileged children in Dominican Republic.
• Hope and Inspiration Award (seeks to make the world a positive place): Sheka Mansaray, English major, published poet and founder of 50Strong50Wise in support of native Sierra Leone.
• Service Program of the Year Award: Muslim Student Association for raising awareness and funds for famine in Somalia.
• Outstanding RSO Advisor: Paul Prew, Ph.D. , sociology and corrections associate professor and advisor for the Sociology Club, Animal Rights Concern, Mankato Area Students for Socialism and Students for Sustainability.
• Maverick Spirit Award (student who challenges the status quo): Bronson Myers, sociology major, for Food Not Bombs program involvement.
• Rising Star Award (campus programming involvement): Tibyus Hill, freshman law enforcement major, for Brothers With A Purpose involvement; and Cody Nickel, international business major, active involvement in Lambda Chi Alpha and Interfraternity Council.
• Purple and Gold Award (mirrors Maverick school spirit): David Schieler, speech communication major, president of the Residence Hall Association, MSSA senator and incoming MSSA vice president; and Tige Hutchinson, sports management major, co-founder of Maverick Mob spirit group.

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