University Park, Pa. – Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2011 John W. Oswald Award. Katy Wick is the recipient in the field of athletics; Connor Sattely, journalism; Brandon Wolf in the creative/performing arts; Justin Schmader, representing scholarship; and Mohamed Raouda, social services.
The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970 to 1983.
Katy Wick, an advertising major from Winter Springs, Fla., has been named to the dean's list every semester at University Park. A four-year player on the women's lacrosse team, she is a member of the Athletic Leadership Directors Institute. She also is a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board, and currently serves as vice president. She also serves as the Penn State representative at Big Ten and NCAA meetings.
"There is no doubt that Katy's heart, mind and body are devoted to strengthening Penn State on all levels," one nominator said. "If there is a cause worth fighting for, she is the first one in line to help out. She has helped to make our University and our communities a better place to learn and grow."
Connor Sattely, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a dual major in political science and communication at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He was managing editor of The Behrend Beacon and for the past two years has been its editor-in-chief. In that role, he is responsible for all areas of production and business. He also designed and initiated the first Beacon website and launched a marketing department. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honors society, and Lambda Phi Eta, communication honors fraternity.
"As an energetic and creative student leader," a nominator said, "Connor has worked tirelessly to increase the size and quality of the Beacon."
Brandon Wolf, a journalism major from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., created Penn State's comedy club, Second Floor Stand-up. He has organized its shows, booked venues, advertised events, and worked with every member of the organization. He is responsible for all business aspects of the organization, which encompasses Second Floor Sketch, sketch comedy, and Studios, a film production company. Second Floor Stand-up won Penn State's Outstanding New Student Organization Award in 2009-2010.
"As a student leader in the comedic performing arts," a nominator said, "he has enhanced the public esteem and renown of the University, and has helped create a new outlet of expression on the University Park campus, which is open to anyone from any background."
Justin Schmader, from Leeper, Pa., is a plastics engineering technology major at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. A member of the Schreyer Honors College, he maintains a 4.00 grade point average. He is senior class president of the student chapter of the Society of Plastic Engineers, and fundraising chair of Omicron Delta Kappa honors fraternity. As a member of Tau Alpa Pi, engineering honors society, he tutors engineering students who are having difficulty with their course work.
"Unlike many of his classmates," a nominator said, "Justin does not just want to know the answer to the question; he wants to understand why the answer is what it is."
Mohamed Raouda, of State College, Pa., is a Schreyer Honors College student with a dual major in history and international politics. He began his studies at Penn State Altoona and currently serves as president of the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments. He also is president of the Lebanese Student Association, founder and current vice president of AGORA Liberal Arts Magazine, and an active member of Lion's Paw, senior honors society.
According to one nominator, he "is one of those rare individuals who has found a way to balance the rigorous academic endeavors of the Schreyer Honors College with significant and meaningful engagement outside the classroom."