Annually, the Office of Campus Involvement (OCI) hosts the Student Leadership Awards where clubs and organizations are recognized in various categories, such as the Outstanding Student Club or Organization of the Year.

The following were recognized:

  • New Student Club or Organization of the Year: Hiram Women’s Lacrosse
  • Outstanding Student Club or Organization of the Year: Terrier Activities Board (TAB)
  • Most Inclusive Program or Initiative of the Year: Black Student Union’s (BSU’s) Black Lives Matter Mural & Dedication Ceremony
  • Most Sustainable Program or Initiative of the Year: AmeriCorp’s HAPPI Place
  • Campus Program of the Year: Sex Toy Bingo, hosted by the Terrier Activities Board (TAB)
  • Unsung Student Leader of the Year: Skyler Huda
  • Student Club or Organization Officer of the Year: Alexis “Lexie” Flores
  • Student Club or Organization Advisor of the Year: Julie Hild, Advisor of the Terrier Activities Board & Dee West, Advisor of Black Student Union
  • Outstanding First-Year Student Leader of the Year: Catlyn Kauffman
  • Outstanding Second-Year Student Leader of the Year: Mackenzie Morrison 
  • Outstanding Third-Year Student Leader of the Year: Ryan Streator
  • Outstanding Senior Student Leader of the Year: CeCe Edwards

As the Director of Campus Involvement & Diversity Programming, Julie Hild has the privilege of overseeing Hiram’s 25+ clubs and organizations and is full of gratitude and admiration after the Student Leadership Awards ceremony. “I am immensely proud of every student, advisor, club, and organization that was nominated this year,” she said. “As for the winners, I am so happy for them! Every single winner deserved their plaque, and more, for such incredible feats and accomplishments this year. You all provided such amazing leadership as well as educational and leadership opportunities for campus, and I thank you for that. My job isn’t nearly as fun without you!”

Hild also serves as the advisor for the Terrier Activities Board (TAB) and acknowledges their efforts this past year. “Y’all have been such an incredible team to work with, and there aren’t enough words to express how much I’ve loved working with you.”

Moreover, Hild was selected, along with Dean of Students, Dee West, as the Student Club or Organization Advisor of the Year.

“As this is my first year at Hiram, I am equally shocked and flattered by both the nomination and the win,” said Hild. “I never would’ve imagined gaining the amount of support I have from Hiram students, but I am so, so grateful they enjoy me and my work. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone I’ve worked with this year.”

Additionally, thirty-five students and one faculty advisor were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK), the premiere Greek-letter leadership honorary that recognizes the achievements of college students in at least one of these five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Community Service/Student Activities
  • Journalism/Student Media
  • Creative/Performing Arts

The students inducted represent the top 35% of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes at Hiram.

Assistant Dean of Students and OΔK Circle Coordinator, Mick Steiner is looking forward to revitalizing OΔK on campus. “As members, students have access to engage in leadership opportunities on campus and on the national stage through monthly webinars, a yearly conference, and an expansive network of OΔK alums offering job and internship opportunities. A lifetime membership fee also affords students discounts at national retailers.”

On campus, students will be responsible for engaging the larger Hiram community in at least one service and one leadership event each year. As a newly revitalized circle, new members will shape the future of Hiram’s circle.  

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded on December 3, 1914, on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The Society was founded by a group of 15 students and faculty who believed that scholarship alone couldn’t predict success. Hiram’s Circle was founded in 1962 and after a brief hiatus, it has now returned!

“As an OΔK member, I am proud to help this well-respected opportunity return to Hiram. Dr. Laci Fiala and Morg Kush also played integral roles in the revitalization of the organization,” said Steiner.

The 2023 inductees include:

  • Laura Alspaugh
  • Emma Bago
  • Ethan Barnes
  • Kearan Barnett
  • Marisa Bolton
  • Julia Brooks
  • Isabella Cambareri
  • Kayla Campbell
  • Jacob Carleton
  • Rebecca Cotterman
  • Adam Ellis
  • Mackenzie Flaherty
  • Amber Fox
  • Halley Fritz
  • Ashley Hennen
  • Chelsea Hixon
  • Skyler Huda
  • Dylan Jacobs
  • Lyndsey Johns
  • Camden Kane
  • Jacob Kowal
  • Julianna Marie Le-Quay
  • Amanda Murphey
  • Kieran Pellin
  • Amanda Pittman
  • Bryce Pruszynski
  • Morgan Rekstis
  • Elena Rinaldi
  • Karyn Sanders
  • Trey Saunders
  • Elizabeth Scharer
  • Sydney Spitler
  • Ryan Streator
  • Stephanie Travis
  • Carisa Vollman
  • Dr. Laci Fiala

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By Elyse Pitkin

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