Toast to Leadership banquet highlights campus leaders
The Lamar University Department of Student Development and Leadership, honored student organizations, student leaders and advisors during the 34th annual Toast to Leadership banquet held Wednesday evening on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. The Toast to Leadership banquet began in 1980 to recognize student leaders who work so hard during the year, and the faculty and staff members who advise and guide the student organizations in their efforts.
"We are so proud of all our student organizations for working so hard during this past year," said Teresa Simpson, interim director for Student Development and Leadership. "Instilling the desire to reach out to and serve the community and turning campus leaders into global leaders are a priority at Lamar."
The Robert C. Kemble Award recipient was Paul Rizk, a chemical engineering and pre-med major from Beaumont. The award was first awarded in 1982 and pays tribute to former LU president Robert Kemble for his example and the high standard of educational excellence that he represented and recognizes outstanding senior men. This award is based upon the nominees’ leadership, character, contribution to the community, state and nation, and above average scholarship. Rizk serves as a Lamar University Ambassador.
The Bess Gentry Award was bestowed upon Patty Stephens, a Port Neches biology and pre-med major from Port Neches. The award was established in 1985 to honor Gentry and recognize outstanding senior women. The award recipient must exhibit leadership, exemplary character, contribution and service to the community, state and nation and possess above average scholarship. Stephens serves as a Lamar University Ambassador.
The Ann Shaw Award was presented to Micah Murdock, a chemical engineering major from Groves. The award was established through an endowment by a group of alumni to recognize Shaw’s dedication to the growth and development of student leadership. She was personally responsible for the implementation of numerous student life programs and events, many of which have become Lamar University traditions. Murdock serves as a Lamar University Ambassador.
Along with the announcement of many awards for selected student organizations, Antoinette Mays, a special events assistant for the alumni relations office, was awarded the Student Organization Advisor of the Year award for her work with Bruised But Not Broken, a domestic and sexual violence awareness and support group.