Office of Student Activities

Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony

2016 Leadership Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Leadership Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, April 18 at 6pm in the University Union Grand Ballroom. There were 95 nominations for 15 different awards this year. Below is a list of winners of each award.

Click here to see pictures of the event, courtesy of the Visual Production Center

Click here for the full descriptions of the awards 


William E. Brattain Award: Vanessa Redpath

W. Garry Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Governance: Esmeralda Moreno, Aaron Terrile, Rachel Wirt

Gordon A. Taylor Student Leadership Award: Angela Elzer, Kaylee McAllister, Gina Meier, Alex Rogers, Bridget Williams

Ralph H. Wagoner Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service on Behalf of WIU: Kelly Shoppa

Ronald D. Gierhan Award for Outstanding Quiet Influence by an Individual: Rebecca Haughey

Cari Sheppard Emerging Student Leader Award: Jeffrey Waisganis

Outstanding Executive Board Member in an Organization: William Gradle

Outstanding Student Organization Advisors: Tim Helwig, Dr. Mary Jensen, Brittany Royce, Justin Schuch

Outstanding Student Organizations: Panhellenic Council, Resident Assistant Council, Students T.A.L.K.

Most Improved Student Organization: Women in Science

Outstanding Multicultural Program: Dia De Los Muertos (Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.)

Outstanding Volunteer Service by an Organization: Council for Exceptional Children

Outstanding Philanthropy by an Organization: Dance Marathon

Outstanding Co-Sponsored Program: Hazing Prevention Week (Greek Life Programs & WIU Athletics) 

Outstanding Student Program: Student Advocacy Day (Student Government Association)


The 2017 Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held in April 2017. See this page for more information in late 2016.