College honors student leaders

The Dana Morosini Reeve '84 Memorial Public Service Award is bestowed on a student with spirit and determination from the heart that has far-reaching and effective public service. It was presented to Shabana Basij-Rasikh '11 of Kabul, Afghanistan, for her tireless work for women's rights in her homeland, in Vermont, and elsewhere in the world, and for promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Shabana founded HELA, a nonprofit educational organization in Afghanistan, and serves as executive director of the Afghan Youth Initiative.

Also receiving Public Service Leadership Awards were: Taryn Tilton '11 of Sycamore, Ill., for her leadership in the Middlebury Alternative Spring Break ("Malt") program to Ecuador and for helping to create a mentoring program for adopted Chinese children in the Middlebury area; Kathryn Ruymann of Medford, N.J., for her involvement with the Relay for Life, Malt trip to Oakland, Calif., and GlobeMed, a global public health student organization; and Whitney Hanson '11 of Wayne, Pa., for creating community partnerships and recruiting student volunteers through the Volunteer Services Organization on campus.

The Public Service Leadership Awards were presented by Tiffany Sargent '79, director of the Alliance for Civic Engagement, and Patrick Durkin '79, who started the PSLA program at Middlebury in 1993.

Joint Dean of the College/Student Government Association Awards

The Outstanding Campus Leader Award recognizes a junior or senior for innovation, motivation, initiative and perseverance, and the 2011 recipient was Catarina Campbell '11 of Indianapolis, Ind., for striving to make the Middlebury community a more positive place for everyone through her work with the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance (MOQA) and Feminist Action at Middlebury organizations.

The Extraordinary Emerging Leader goes to a first-year student or a sophomore for outstanding leadership and involvement in the campus community. The award was presented to Rachel Sider '14 of Fort Wayne, Ind., for myriad activities including J Street U, Community Council, Somali-Bantu ESL Tutoring Group, Juntos and the Judicial Board Selection Committee.

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