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Students, Campus Organizations Recognized at Second Annual LEAD Awards

May 23, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- More than 150 students and 10 university organizations were recognized for their leadership and service efforts during the second annual Leadership and Engagement Achievements of Distinction (LEAD) Awards, held May 22 at Chumash Auditorium.

The event celebrates outstanding contributions by students from the Center for Leadership, Center for Service in Action, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Club Sports, and Clubs and Organizations.

“The LEAD Awards are a great way to honor the university organizations and students who commit themselves to developing their leadership skills beyond the classroom,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs. “These students and organizations exemplify Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing spirit and take it a step further by working to make our community a better place for everyone.”

Jason Mockford, director for leadership and service, said, “We are proud to recognize the outstanding work our students have accomplished in the past year, advancing our student organizations, living their values, and serving the larger community.”

The Center for Leadership awarded 90 certificates recognizing students who completed its Emerging Leadership Series during the 2016-17 academic year. The Emerging Leadership Series is an introductory program that allows students to develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. In addition, the center awarded 18 Developing Leadership certificates to students who continued their leadership development beyond the introductory program.

The event also recognized several university chapters, clubs and organizations for their yearlong leadership and community service efforts. Awardees included:

  • Student Community Services Program of the Year: Students Supporting People with Disabilities, led by materials engineering student Laura Mountain-Tuller and computer engineering student Ben Klave
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Chapter of the Year: Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Club Sport of the Year: Triathlon Club
  • Independent Student Organization of the Year: Delta Sigma Pi
  • Club of the Year: Society of Women Engineers


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