Alissa Cutforth, a mathematics major from Columbus, Ohio, and Connor Dealy, a philosophy major from Colorado Springs, Colo., have been named recipients of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Outstanding Student Leader Award.
|PBA Dean of Students Kevin Abel, right, presents the 2013 Outstanding Student Leader Award to senior Alissa Cutforth.|
|Senior Connor Dealy, left, receives the 2013 Outstanding Student Leader Award from Dean of Students Kevin Abel.|
|Clayton Kolb, director of the Center for Campus Connections at PBA, presents the Rothschild Leadership Scholarship to Catherine Wiersma.|
The two seniors were selected from a pool of student leaders who were nominated by campus department heads. The award is presented to seniors who demonstrate dedication to excellence in Christian leadership, strong involvement in all aspects of student life and a GPA above 3.0.
Cutforth and Dealy were recognized during the Refresh Leadership Spring Banquet sponsored by Student Development.
In addition to majoring in mathematics, Cutforth’s minors are in psychology and studio art. Her involvements include leading a PBA mission trip to Brazil twice, and she is going on a mission trip to Sweden this summer. She is a member of the Psychology Club, and she has been a Missions Planning Team member for three years. She has submitted work for the Living Waters Review literary magazine, and she is the vice president of the Mathematics Society. In addition, she is a recipient of the Karen Swick Mathematics Award.
Dealy, who is enrolled in the University’s Supper Honors Program, is double-minoring in business administration and studio art. He played on PBA’s varsity soccer team his freshman year, and he also has served as a Point 58 Bible study leader and a ’Fish Leader during Welcome Week. He served on the Welcome Week Steering Committee in 2011 and was the committee co-director in 2012. He is a member of the A.L.I.C.E. improv comedy troupe as well as a member of the Ethics Bowl team.
Also during the dinner, juniors Chloe Westrich of St. Peters, Mo., and Zak Schneider of Orlando were recognized as recipients of the Servant Leadership Award.
The Rothschild Leadership Scholarship was presented to Catherine Wiersma of Denver, Colo. The award recognizes an outstanding freshman leader of PBA’s Impact Leadership Team. The scholarship was established by PBA alumni Philip Rothschild ’85 and his wife, Jennifer Jolley Rothschild ’86, to recognize student leadership potential.
For the first time, the University’s Center for Campus Connections also recognized clubs and organizations that have demonstrated engagement in social, academic and Workship projects. Dr. Claire Wolan-O’Connor, adviser for the Psychology Club, received the Outstanding Student Organization Adviser Award for 2013.
The Boarder Patrol, a club dedicated to longboarding, surfing, skateboarding and other related activities, received the Outstanding Student Organization award.