Students win top campus awards

(April 21, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three scholars earn individual UofL Student Awards

Three McConnell Scholars were recognized April 12 for their achievements on campus and in the community.

"This is really quite unbelievable," said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. "Combined with other awards, this has been a great year of individual accomplishments for McConnell Scholars."

About the students

JUSTIN BRANDT was named Outstanding University Freshman. In addition to his role as communications director for the McConnell Scholars Program, Brandt serves as the communication director for his fraternity, Sigma Chi. He is the Student Government Association liaison for the Interfraternity Council; is a volunteer with the Rotoract Club; and was selected to be a Task Force Freshman for SGA.

TRISHA MACLIN was named Outstanding University Junior. She served as the corporate solicitation chair for the UofL Dance Marathon. She was able, with the help of her adviser and executive board, to secure more than $45,000 of the $61,000 raised by obtaining three new sponsors. Maclin served as a student orientation leader, is the secretary of Chi Omega Sorority, and served as the SGA senate appropriations vice chair.

BLAKE CHRISTOPHER was named Student Government Association Staff Member of the Year.

About the awards

UofL Student Awards are in their 11th year. Nominations come from students, faculty and staff, and a committee selects recipients based on leadership, service and involvement.

"It is rewarding for the entire university community to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of students," said Dean of Students M