MCLA Holds 14th Annual Student Affairs Leadership Recognition Program Banquet


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) 14th Annual Student Affairs Leadership Recognition Program was held on Wednesday, April 21, in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.

The Student Affairs Leadership Recognition Program honors students who have gone above and beyond within the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts community as student leaders. This year, 278 student leaders were honored for their commitment and service to the college including acting as executive board members for clubs and organizations. The program highlights MCLA's belief that the out-of-classroom experience is a vital part of the overall College experience.

Of the 35 individual awards received, Jade Pricket '10, of Westhampton, Mass., was awarded the Dean's Medallion. According to Dean of Students Charlotte Degen, Prickett was nominated and selected for the Dean's Medallion Award because she is an excellent student, a caring team member who really understands the benefits of a team effort, a generous and civic minded person who involves others in good effort and an accomplished athlete and student leader.

Samantha Bey '10 of Rosedale, N.Y., was awarded the Multi-Cultural Advancement Award. She also is a recipient of the Hall of Black Achievement Award, along with Tabitha Cruz, Nadyne Damas, Christine Mbaka-Mouyeme, Chiara Morrison and Marvin Thompson.

"Samantha Bey is and has been a quiet and consistent force among students at MCLA," said Degen. "With her involvement and leadership, the Black Student Union has provided countless programs at MCLA and has provided most of the events for the Campus celebration of Black History Month."

This year Spencer Moser, coordinator of the Center for Service and Citizenship at MCLA, announced a new award called the Steve Green Community Engagement Award. This award was established through the generosity of former MCLA Vice President Steve Green and his wife, Sue Walker, and the many people who made a gift in honor of Green when he retired after decades of service to the college. The award will support a student or group to develop and deliver a civic engagement program in the community.

Moser said, "This award exemplifies Steve's dedication to the community and community service by providing students the tools and resources to continue in his commitment toward civic engagement."

For more information and for a list of all award recipients, click here.