Spirit of Aloha awards

Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:27pm

During fall semester 2012, the residential life staff held nominations for the Spirit of Aloha. These nominations were made by USU Eastern students. This is a special award given to individuals who have made a difference at USU Eastern. The five categories: student leader, staff, faculty, student and community member. With several individuals nominated in each category.

For the student leader nominations there was Emma Rowley, SUN Center; Emily Williams, ESA; Lindly Fernandez, SUN Center and residential life; Kelly Winterton, ambassador and Rachel Naylor, SUN Center.

For staff member nominations there was Melanie Nelson, associate vice chancellor; Greg Dart, director of enrollment services; Terry Johnson, program coordinator-SUN Center; Jay Mastin, cook and Jan Thornton, director of student success.

Faculty member nominations were Michelle Fleck, associate professor-geology; Jason Olsen, associate professor-English; Pam Cha, adjunct faculty-communication and English; Carrie Icard, associate professor-English and Russell Wilson, associate professor-music.

For the student nominations there were Bailey Thomas, April Miller, Jacob Alvarodo and Wesley Buckwalter.

Finally, for the community member nomination, there was only one nomination which was John Cardon who is also an institute teacher at the Price LDS Institute of Religion.

For these nominations, the individual who received the most votes were awarded the Spirit of Aloha during Global Week at USU Eastern. A ceremony was held in the cafeteria during the Oceanic Day.

For student leader, the winner was Lindly Fernandez; staff member, Jan Thorton and Carrie Icard won faculty member; students: Bailey Thomas and Wesley Buckwalter, community member, John Cardon was the winner.

“Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. “Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. “Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

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