Photos by Krista DeJulio and courtesy of Danielle Cutillo
Krista DeJulio and Ryan Fitzgerald – Features Editor and Opinion Editor
The 2015 Awards Banquet was held on Friday, April 17 in de Witt Hall. Awards are given out each year to students, faculty, and staff members for recognition of their accomplishments during the year. In addition, campus clubs were represented and the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board members were named at the annual ceremony, which had more than 100 students and faculty in attendance.
Hope for Humanity, an organization active for two years on campus, was named Student Organization of the Year. The club was recognized for their community service efforts with organizations including Cradles to Crayons.
“As a club, we are ecstatic to accept Student Organization of the Year. Over the course of the year we have worked really hard to expand our horizons with both local and on campus involvement through service. Our success has made us stronger leaders as well as strengthened our partnerships with organizations, clubs, and Lasell students,” said Hope for Humanity cofounder and President Danielle Cutillo.
“The 1851 Chronicle” Co-Editor-in-Chief Natalie Kfoury won the award for Student Leader of the Year. Kfoury, a senior, has been appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of the college’s paper for three years and has served as Communications Associate for the Center for Community-Based Learning for three years.
“I really enjoyed the event as a whole because it was so nice to honor many of my classmates. Being named Student Leader of the Year is amazing, I am so happy about it and proud to represent the Chronicle,” said Kfoury.
The SGA de Witt Spirit Award was given to Area Coordinator, Trish Moran, who has worked at Lasell for three years. Six Lasell Bowls were given to seniors this year, including 1851 editors Brianna Robbins and Kristina Kaufmann. Jennessa Agnew, Danielle Fortin, Brittany Korbel, and Tamara Matama were also honored.
“I feel extremely honored to be awarded with the Lasell Bowl and am grateful that the Lasell community recognized my involvements and efforts on campus,” said Korbel.
The final award given out during the event was to senior Stephen Saluti as the Lasell Chair. Saluti was recognized for his countless efforts to better the college during his four years including his presence on SGA and in the Rugby Club.
“I remember the past awards banquets sitting in the crowd watching the leaders of this school who are now alumni go on stage to be awarded for their accomplishments and I never thought I would eventually be one of them,” said Saluti.
Director of Student Activities Jenny Granger believes the banquet was a success saying, “The annual awards banquet is one of my favorite events to organize and run on campus. It is a special night where we come together as a community and celebrate many groups of student leaders.”
Granger feels strongly about those honored at the banquet and said, “This group of award winners is a great group that I have watched grow and change themselves and this community.”