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Lander University students honored for academic excellence, extracurricular service

April 27, 2011

Dr. Ball and Marina Morgan Lander University president Dr. Daniel Ball, left, congratulates business administration major Marina Morgan at Lander's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Morgan of Greenwood received the President's Award, reserved for those who exemplify the ethic of service in the university community.

Lander University recently honored its cocurricular standouts for the 2010-11 academic year, presenting student life awards to the university's top students and student organizations. The awards were announced during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony.

Lander president Dr. Daniel Ball presented senior business administration major Marina Morgan with the prestigious President's Award, given annually in recognition of unique exemplification of the ethic of service to the university community. Morgan, a resident of Greenwood, is a member of the Lander Presidential Ambassadors, the cocurricular committee, the judiciary committee and the Lander University Cheer and Dance Team.

The 2011 Lander Homecoming Queen, Morgan has been on the Dean's List from 2009-2011, and she was selected as Dancer of the Month for October 2010 and January 2011.

Sociology major Demario Watts of Clinton and mass communication major Kirsten Stewart of Spartanburg were named Lander University Man and Woman of the Year.

The 2011 Homecoming King, Watts is a member of Chi Alpha Omega fraternity, the student life council, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and the Blue Key Honor Society. He is a resident assistant, a Lander Presidential Ambassador and the recipient of the Ella Brooks Coleman Scholarship.

Man and Woman of the Year Lander University's vice president for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight, right, celebrates with Lander's Man of the Year, sociology major Demario Watts of Clinton, left, and Woman of the Year, mass communication major Kirsten Stewart of Spartanburg. The awards were announced at Lander's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony.

Stewart is a member of the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the Blue Key Honor Society and the Alpha Chi Honor Society. She also serves on the grade, judicial and endowed professorship committees. A Presidential Ambassador, Stewart has received honors such as the Sportsmanship Award. Her grades have earned her a place on the Dean's list and President's list, and she was a finalist in the 2011 Student Scholarship Showcase.

Lander's Greek Man and Woman of the Year awards went to physical education major William S. Clark of Newberry and business administration and mass communication major Lanesha Campbell-Alston of Charleston.

Clark is vice president of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He has volunteered with Adopt a Highway, Self Regional's Halloween Spooktacular and the Connie Maxwell Easter egg hunt.

A Presidential Ambassador, Campbell-Alston is a member of Lander's Honors International Program, Alpha Psi Omega Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Blue Key Honor Society. She is the recipient of the Alumni Mass Communication and Theatre Scholarship, the Jean O'Brian Burnes Scholarship, the Fine Arts Divisional Scholarship, the Leo and Louise McMullin Scholarship and the Morris Street Baptist Church Scholarship.

Other student life awards presented and photos taken at the ceremony follow:

Greek Man and Woman of the YearLander University physical education major William S. Clark of Newberry and business administration and mass communication major Lanesha Campbell-Alston of Charleston were named Lander's Greek Man and Woman of the Year at the university's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Pictured, from left, are: Jeff Constant, director of Student Activities, Campbell-Alston, Clark and Mandy McCaslan, assistant director of Student Activities.

Employer Excellence Award During Lander University's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony, Lander's director of Career Services, Jennifer Pierce-Turman, center, presented the Empoyer Excellence Award to Countybank. Representing the Greenwood-based bank were Angie Simpson, left, and Lara Hudson.



Adviser of the Year Lander Career Services director Jennifer Pierce-Turman, center, was named Adviser of the Year during the university's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Turman is pictured with, from left, Lander's director of Student Activities Jeff Constant, Jasmine Wallace of Gaffney, Maranda Miles of Darlington and Lander's assistant director of Student Activities Mandy McCaslan.


Community Service AwardAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority received the Community Service Award and the Student Organization of the Year Award during Lander's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Lander's director of Student Activities Jeff Constant, Lanesha Campbell-Alston of Charleston, Rayshawn Trapp of Blair, Alexia Pringle of Greenville and Lander's assistant director of Student Activities Mandy McCaslan.


Civic Engagement AwardLander University's Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity receive the Student Organization of the Year for Civic Engagement Award at Lander's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Alpha Tau Omega president Will Metts of Greenwood and Lander's vice president for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight.

Organization Program of the Year The Lander Professional Business Society's "Speed Interviewing" program earned the title of Program of the Year at Lander University's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Pictured, from left, are health care management major Magy Mekhael of Greenville and Lander's director of Student Activities Jeff Constant.

Resident Assistant of the Year

Amanda Jefferson, left, of Anderson was named Resident Assistant of the Year at Lander University's Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony. Jefferson is pictured with Lander assistant director of Housing Tracy Clifton.