University of Southern Maine students were honored at the 2011 Student Involvement Recognition Gala for their leadership and support of fellow students. The event was held Friday, May 6, in USM’s Abromson Community Education Center, Portland.
Sarah Bujno of Northwood, NH, was named recipient of the Senior Husky Achievement Award. Bujno has been a leader of the Gorham Events Board; Residential Life; Student Senate; Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority - Kappa Iota chapter; the Board of Student Organizations; Catholic Newman Club; and has served as a work-study employee in the Office of Community Service Learning and Interfaith Chaplaincy. A recent inductee into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Bujno graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics.
Caroline Breton of Cumberland received an Outstanding Student Leader Award. She is the founder and president of the eating disorder support group, REACT: Recovery in Action, along with serving as the secretary of the Board of Student Organizations. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Exercise Physiology.
Chris MacDonald of Saco received an Outstanding Student Leader Award for his contributions to programming, service and community building as a resident assistant in Dickey Wood Hall. He also was honored for his work with the Residential Learning Initiative and as a peer academic advisor with Student Success. This fall, he will be a senior, majoring in General Management.
TJ Williams of Mexico was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life Award. Williams was cited for his high academic achievement and leadership work with Circle K, the Student Senate and the Events Boards. He also worked to re-establish Kappa Delta Phi fraternity and is also the founder of the fund-raising event, USM Relay for Life. This fall, he will be a junior majoring in Industrial Technology.
Kristen Evah Hellewell of Windsor, Conn. received the Outstanding Contribution to Campus Diversity Award for her work in building an accepting campus community. In addition to her leadership work with both the Queer Straight Alliance and the American Sign Language Club, Hellewell was involved with National Coming Out Day events, the USM Royal Majesty Drag Show, Lavender Lunch dialogues, and the Deaf Film Festival. She graduated with honors with a major in Linguistics.
Nevin Duffey of Falmouth was named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Community Service Individual Award. As the president of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Duffey has been involved with a number of projects that encouraged student success, graduation motivation, financial literacy and environmental sustainability. This fall, he will be a junior majoring in Marketing.
James Deng of Portland was named the Outstanding Student Employee for 2011. Deng is the Fitness Center supervisor for the USM Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex in Portland. Deng earned a degree in General Management while raising seven children.
Danielle Taylor of Portland also was named an Outstanding Student Employee for her work in USM’s Honors Program. Special credit was given for her outstanding dedication and for generating ideas to enrich student involvement in the Honors Program. This fall, she’ll be a junior majoring in Communication and Media Studies.