On Friday, May 29, 2015, a group of students, family, staff, and faculty attended the 12th annual Oscars to recognize the outstanding work of student leaders throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. The Oscars were hosted by the Registered Student Organization whose mission is to “support students by pro­viding opportunities for them to grow as leaders.”

RSO provided free food to enjoy during the ceremony and a photo booth to commemorate the event. The eve­ning began with a slideshow showcas­ing a small sample of the numerous events that took place on campus this year. Then, MC Patrick Stiver intro­duced Dean of Student Engagement, Ed Mirecki to welcome students, fam­ily, and friends. Mirecki encouraged all attendees to join in “celebrating all the great work over the past year.”

The awards ceremony included awards by campus organizations like SAB, ASUWT, The Ledger, and Taho­ma West. In addition, student nomina­tions were considered for the student’s choice awards and several others.

The student’s choice categories in­cluded the awards for Outstanding Staff, Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Student Leader, and Campus Impact. The Outstanding Staff award was pre­sented to the entire staff of the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program. Several staff members accepted the award and received a loud round of applause.

The Outstanding Faculty award was presented to Christine Stevens, RN, Ph.D. who is an associate professor in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. Her scholarly interests include adoles­cent health, homeless healthcare, and food insecurity among adolescent populations. Stevens was also the re­cipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.

The Black Student Union won the award for Campus Impact. The Black Student Union aims “to offer a sense of community and unity for Black stu­dents on campus by providing an open and positive forum for students to ex­press their views concerning current events, academics, culture, and student life.” In addition, the Black Student Union has been a visible and vocal pres­ence on campus in support of the na­tionwide Black Lives Matter movement.

Dean of Student Engagement, Ed Mirecki also presented a new award at this year’s Oscars. Mirecki presented the Dean’s Leadership Award to sev­eral students who exhibited an ongoing commitment to leadership in student organizations on the UW Tacoma cam­pus. Awardees received a medal from the Dean and included The Ledger editor-in-chief, Eva Revear and Taho­ma West editor-in-chief, Nicole Mc­Carthy.

The final award of the night went to Top Dawg, Kathy Nguyen. Con­gratulations to Kathy Nguyen and all the award winners and nominees of the 2015 Oscars.

PHOTOS BY ALLISON PHAM
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