Student Recognition

The following awards are given by various segments of the university community and our designed to honor individuals and student organizations,that have made outstanding contributions to the community through their involvement, service, and leadership activities.

These two principle opportunities for student recongition are the quarterly Campus Life Awards, and the annual Wildcat Excellence Awards.

Campus Life Award Recipients

This award recognizes students who have significantly contributed to the improvement of the quality of student life during the past quarter at Northwestern. We seek to recognize students, who have impacted our community through program development and implementation, bridging cultural differences, or whom have taken responsibility for, and worked collectively with others, to create a more engaged and inclusive campus community.

Nominate A Student For A Campus Life Award

Nominations for award recipients may be submitted by:

Campus Life Award Winners - Winter 2014

Peter Podlipni, Class of 2015

Peter is being recognized for his work with the Polish-American Student Alliance (PASA). As the organization’s president, he has coordinated volunteer opportunities for Northwestern’s Polish-American students to work as medical interpreters at a clinic that serves uninsured and undocumented groups. He facilitated the process to get members of PASA as trained interpreters and has coordinated the schedules of the fourteen PASA members, who volunteer regularly at the clinic. Peter is also a member of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, where his commitment to serve has yielded nearly 3 times the number of community service hours required of his organization.

Tori Marquez, Class of 2016

Tori is being recognized for her work with MIXED, Northwestern’s Mixed Race Student Coalition. In the club’s first year, her work has helped the organization grow to over 100 members. This quarter Tori organized a panel discussion surrounding the topic of interracial dating. There were over 140 students in attendance to engage in conversation surrounding this topic with three esteemed experts in this field.

Roopali Kulkarni, Class of 2014

Roopali was selected for her role as the Vice President of Membership on the Panhellenic Executive Board. She is being recognized for her hard work in planning and implementing the 2014 Panhellenic sorority recruitment process. Her focus on inclusivity, transparency, and values-based relationship building led the Panhellenic community to have one of its most successful recruitment processes to date. Roopali is also an active member of Kappa Delta and the co-captain of Deeva Dance Troupe.

Tracy Navichoque, Class of 2014

Tracy is being recognized for her work with the 11th Annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR). As the main leader in this endeavor, she oversaw the coordination of all the events related to this event, including noteworthy keynote speakers, service learning trips for delegates, and panels of expert speakers debating critical topics related to the conference. In addition to her work with NUCHR, Tracy is actively involved with One Book One Northwestern, the Block Museum, and the Luso-Brasilion Association

Sofia Sami, Class of 2014

Sofia is being recognized for her work with Associated Student Government. In her role as Vice President of Academics, she created an ASG Undergraduate Student Survey, which received over 2,500 responses. The data collected from the survey has not only influenced ASG’s priorities for the next academic year, but has provided ASG with unprecedented data that will allow them to serve students more effectively. Sofia is also an active member in the Muslim Cultural Student Association.

Emily Rivest, Class of 2014

Emily is being recognized for her work with Northwestern Quest Scholars and more specifically the recently completed “Money Matters Week” she coordinated. The week consisted a series of events surrounding socioeconomic status, class and privilege at Northwestern; thereby engaging faculty, students, and staff in the important dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of an economically diverse campus community.

Campus Life Award Winners - Fall 2013

Becca Abara headshotBecca Abara

Becca was selected for her work with Free Your Mind! a collaboration between student groups committed to the support of mental health initiatives at NU. She worked with various campus departments to create a series of discussions, training, and advocacy for mental health issues. Becca is also actively involved in the African Student Association, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Out Da Box Sketch comedy group, and the African American Theater Ensemble.

Deniz Alpay headshotDeniz Alpay

Deniz was selected for her work as the Midwest Regional Vice Chair for the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students which has allowed her to represent Illinois graduate students. She is also actively involved in the Queer Pride Graduate Student Association, McCormick Graduate Leadership Council, Graduate Leadership Council, and Graduate Student Association.

andrew christy headshotAndrew Christy

Andrew was selected for his work with the Office of New Student and Family Programs. He is being recognized for initiating and executing a number of highly successful programs for Wildcat Welcome and the Parent and Family Orientation. Andrew is also active on campus as a member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, Dance Marathon Executive Board, and Phi Delta Theta.

david harris headshotDavid Harris

David was selected for his work with Associated Student Government. He created an ASG mentoring program and co-authored a bill in ASG Senate to allocate funds for students with financial need to participate in Dance Marathon. David is active on campus as a tour guide for the admissions office and peer adviser for Wildcat Welcome. He is a part of the Northwestern Student Holdings, Alternative Student Breaks, and Sigma Chi Fraternity.

noor hasan headshotNoor-UI-Ain Hasan

Noor was selected for her continuing efforts to foster community and ignite school pride through her work on the Wildside Executive Board. She also co-authored the ASG bill that allocated funds for students with financial need to register for Dance Marathon. Noor is also active as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Brown Sugar a cappella group, and Muslim Cultural Student Association.

meera patel headshotMeera Patel

Meera was selected for her work with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and organizations in the Evanston/Chicago community to organize events related to domestic violence and healthy relationship awareness. These events included a 5K run, social media campaign, speaker workshop, and handing out purple ribbons on campus. Meera is also an active staff member for The Daily Northwestern.

Campus Life Award Winners - Spring 2013

giovanni delgado head shotGiovanni Delgado - Class of 2014

Gio was selected for his leadership within the Multicultural Greek Council. He has helped to redefine the purpose of the council through several new initiatives and involvement opportunities on campus.

eduardo eurpoaEduardo Eurpoa - Class of 2016

Eddie was selected for his work with the Queer Pride Graduate Student Association. He successfully guided his organization through the process of planning the annual scholarly events Queertopia and Queergasm, and has made QPGSA one of NU's model organizations.

daniel floresDaniel Flores - Class of 2014

Daniel was selected for his hard work and dedication to Mariachi Northwestern. With his leadership and passion for mariachi music, this group has hit the Northwestern scene by bringing a new genre and sound to campus as well as the local community.

ellie grahamEllie Graham - Class of 2013

Ellie was selected for her leadership with the Contemporary Thought Speaker Series. She chaired this faculty/staff/student committee, secured grants and co-sponsorships from various campus departments. Ellie produced three strong lectures that engaged the NU community intellectually as a community of learners.

wendy wenWendy Wen - Class of 2014

Wendy was selected for her work with the Chinese Student Association (CSA) and Kappa Phi Lambda sorority. She served as one of the principle organizers of CelebrAsia, a collaborative effort between CSA and the Taiwanese American Student Club to honor the Chinese New Year.

Campus Life Award Winners - Winter 2013

michael hernandezMichael Hernandez - Class of 2013

Michael was selected for his work in establishing a formal partnership with the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance for Project ShoutOUT.

melissa brownMelissa Brown - Class of 2013

Melissa was selcted for this recognition for her work with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Executive Board, serving as the Secretary and stepping forward to serve as President.

jeremy friedmanJeremy Friedman - Class of 2013

Jeremy was selected for his work as Co-chair of the 2nd Annual NU Mega Shabbat, a campus-wide Shabbat meal sponsored by NU Hillel.

andrew brugmanAndrew Brugman - Class of 2013

Andrew was selected for his work as an Interfraternity Council (IFC) Executive Board Member, as the Vice President of Recruitment, and as a Senior Admissions Counselor.

hailey arterburnHailey Arterburn - Class of 2014

Hailey was selected for her leadership as Chapter President of the Chi Omega sorority, in the wake of the death of Alyssa Weaver, becoming the central point of contact for her sorority.

oliver ortegaOliver Ortega - Class of 2014

Oliver was selected for his work in expanding the LatinoQuest program at Evanston Township High School. He initiated the collaboration between Latino and Muslim student groups on campus, and coordinated the Omega Delta Phi fraternity's 2012 & 2013 volunteering efforts.

Campus Life Award Winners Fall - 2012

ahsin azimAhsin Azim Class of 2013

Ahsin was selected for his work as a member of the 2012 Wildcat Welcome Board as a liaison to the Weinberg College of Arts & Science, and as a co-director of the SCAPE (Serving Communities And Promoting Engagement)community service project for the class of 2016.

sophie mae friedmanSophie Friedman - Class of 2013

Sophie was selected for her role as VP of Membership for the PHA (Panhellenic Association), the Recruitment Preview process for PHA, and her contributions to the ASG (Associated Student Government) sponsored Student Activities fair, Homecoming, MSA (Multi Cultural Student Affairs) Fair, and the Family Weekend programs.

levi meleLevi Mele - Class of 2013

Levi was selected for his work to rally the NU athletic community in the search and support of our missing student, Harsha Maddula.

soad manaSoad Mana - Class of 2014

Soad was selected for her role as External Relations VP for the Muslim Cultural Student Association, her work with the offices of Religious Life and Multicultural Student Affairs, her membership in Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc., and her scholarship as a Melon Mays Fellow.

isabellaIsabella Pasbakhsh - Class of 2014

Isabella was selected for her exceptional work as President of the MGC (Multicultural Greek Council). She expanded the council and reached out to the Greek community.