LEHMAN TWP. — Dr. Charles Davis, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Chancellor, and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Government Association are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 student recipients of The Martin U. Dougherty Emerging Leader Award and The Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award.
The 2015-2016 Martin U. Dougherty Emerging Leader Award was awarded to Dallas native, Gregory Strazdus. The Dougherty family established this award in remembrance of their husband/father, Martin, who served on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Advisory Board. This award recognizes a student of junior status who has at least a 3.0 cum GPA, and has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character. Strazdus is an information science and technology major who serves as the campus’ Student Government president. He has been a volunteer, representing the campus and university at community events in the Back Mountain and the surrounding area. He has also served on student discussion panels and focus groups sharing student interests and concerns.
The 2015-2016 Eric A. and Josephine Walker Award was awarded to Jason Crispell from Trucksville. The purpose of this award is to recognize the Commonwealth Campus student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of their campus and, hence, to the reputation of the University as a whole. The award is made annually, at or near the end of the spring term, to a full-time undergraduate student. Crispell has served as president of the campus Fitness Club and vice president of the Blue & White Society. He is a graduate of Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre and an Eagle Scout. In addition, he has been a member of the Student Activities Fee Committee, helping to make decisions on how student funds should be spent. He graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice.
Information provided by Penn State Wilkes-Barre.