Nominees sought for the Rock Ethics Institute’s 2016 Stand Up awards

November 06, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa -- The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State announces a call for nominations for its ninth annual Stand Up Awards in recognition of undergraduate students at the University’s campuses who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause or belief. The goal of the award is to recognize courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community about how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

For example, in spring of 2015 Melissa McCleery, Carolyn McDonald and Parker Werns were honored respectively for their work in helping to prevent sexual violence; poverty; and discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. These student leaders faced difficult challenges, social pressures and conflicting claims concerning what to do. But, through their courage and determination to make the world a better place, they stood up for their beliefs. These individuals are part of a growing group of Penn State Stand Up Award recipients who meet the challenge, stand up and make a difference in the world.

Any faculty, staff, student or community member worldwide may nominate a Penn State undergraduate student from any commonwealth campus who has demonstrated ethical leadership for initiatives both large and small. Selected honorees will receive a monetary award of $1,000 each, be recognized at a spring 2016 ceremony and in a short video, and highlighted in traditional and digital publicity throughout the University.

To view the profiles of previous Stand Up honorees, visit www.StandUpPSU.com.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 29, 2016. Nomination information, including online submission links, is available here

  • Melissa McCleery 2015 Stand Up Honoree Poster
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  • Carolyn McDonald 2015 Stand Up Award Honoree Poster
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  • Parker Werns 2015 Stand Up Honoree Poster
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  • 2014 Stand Up Honoree Zachary Brubaker
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  • 2014 Stand Up Honoree Maggie Cardin
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  • 2013 Stand Up Honoree Gizelle Studevent
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  • 2013 Stand Up Honoree Taryn NollRock Ethics Institute, ethics, Stand Up Award
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  • 2012 Stand Up Honoree Staci Neal
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  • 2012 Stand Up Honoree Julian Haas
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  • 2012 Stand Up Honoree Joshua Brady Branch
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  • 2012 Stand Up Honoree Barabara Donnini
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  • 2011 Stand Up Honoree Sara Kizer
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  • 2011 Stand Up Honoree Ruth Canagarajah
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  • 2011 Stand Up Honoree Jeff Brozena
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  • 2010 Stand Up Honoree Peggy Styles
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  • 2010 Stand Up Honoree Stephen Lucas
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  • 2010 Stand Up Honoree Sarah O'Donald
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  • 2009 Stand Up Honoree Shane George
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  • 2009 Stand Up Honoree Miatta Massaley
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  • 2009 Stand Up Honoree Hilary Griffith
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  • 2009 Stand Up Honoree Andie Graham
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  • 2009 Stand Up Honoree Koann Eicher
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  • 2008 Stand Up Honoree Mallorie McCue
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  • 2008 Stand Up Honoree Liz Francis
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  • 2008 Stand Up Honoree Jeremy Weisblatt
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  • 2008 Stand Up Honoree Emily Helms
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  • 2008 Stand Up Honoree Desiree Martin
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