Student Affairs Division Recognizes Outstanding Student Leaders | News | Notre Dame News
The University of Notre Dame Student Affairs Division recognized seven students at the 36th Annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 6. These annual awards honor current students who have made outstanding contributions to the Notre Dame community.
The Reverend A. Leonard Collins, CSC Award, honoring a graduate who has made substantial personal efforts to advance the interests of Notre Dame students, was presented to Allan Njomo of Arlington, Texas.
A graduate in business analysis, Njomo served as student body president this year and was previously president of Stanford Hall, where he advocated for marginalized people in residential communities. He was an active participant in the Building Bridges mentorship program within Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), where he actively championed the cause of low-income first-generation students and served as a Notre Dame Young Life facilitator, guiding the high school. students in personal growth and life skills. More recently, Njomo has been a strong advocate for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a college holiday.
The Blessed Basile Moreau, CSC, Leadership Award was presented to Marie Müller of Lake Elmo, Minnesota. This award is given to a graduate who embodies Father Moreau’s vision of educating the heart and mind as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advance the Catholic character of the University.
Mueller, a theology major with minors in studio arts, philosophy, and Catholic social tradition, has been extensively involved in promoting the Catholic charism at Notre Dame, particularly through leadership roles in campus ministry and the Center for Social Concerns. She has served as Small Group Bible Study Leader, Compass Small Group Co-Leader, and Spirituality Director for Notre Dame Right to Life. She was also a member of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations and assisted in the process of short courses for students entering the Catholic Church.
The Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, CSC Award annually honors a senior graduate whose leadership has significantly improved the welcoming and inclusive climate within or beyond the University community. This year’s recipient is Max Siegel from Fishers, Indiana.
Majoring in psychology and global affairs, Siegel has served as chairman of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, president of the Zeta Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and athletics representative on the student government executive cabinet. In 2020, Siegel presented to the Board’s Undergraduate Experience and Student Life Committee where he addressed the student experience related to the coronavirus pandemic and discussed microaggression training via SPSM. He also spoke at the 2020 Juneteenth Rally and Walk for Unity.
The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, given to a senior graduate who exemplifies the ideals of the university through outstanding community service beyond the university community, was presented to Greg Miller of Chandler, Arizona.
Applied and Computer Mathematics and Statistics and majoring in Economics and Constitutional Studies and Hesburgh Program in Minor Civil Service, Miller made significant contributions to the South Bend community during his time at Notre Dame. Engaging in local activism and housing advocacy efforts, Miller co-founded the South Bend Tenant Association, served as president of the Roosevelt Institute, and was appointed by the City of South Bend to serve on housing task forces. accessibility to housing and the education of landlords and tenants. . Additionally, he served as co-chair of BridgeND and was named a 2021 Truman Fellow for his work in public service.
Thomas Deslongchamps of Milwaukee received the Ray Siegfried Award for Excellence in Leadership, given to a senior graduate who exemplifies the qualities for which former Notre Dame administrator Ray Siegfried was known, including leadership, generosity, devotion to faith Catholic and affinity for athletics.
With degrees in liberal studies and business economics and a minor in Italian, Deslongchamps was a goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team and was accepted into the Sorin Fellows program at the Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. He also served as co-leader of the University’s Communion and Liberation club, visiting local retirement homes, hosting weekly discussions of religious texts, and fostering community and friendship.
Madeline Ward of St. Johns, Florida, received the Mike Russo Spirit Award, honoring an outstanding undergraduate student who exemplifies the qualities Russo was known for, including service, personal character, and a drive to bring out the best in themselves and others.
A graduate in political science and applied and computational mathematics and statistics, Ward served as resident assistant at Howard Hall and as a Welcome Weekend Ambassador. She was also co-chair of the ND Votes Task Force and a core team member of the Summer Service Learning Program at the Center for Social Concerns. She volunteered as a teaching assistant at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, and as part of the Student Policy Network, Ward led the Indiana Driver’s Privilege Card Project, advocating for a legislation to provide driver’s privilege cards to undocumented residents of Indiana. .
The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism was awarded to Genevieve Redsten from Madison, Wisconsin. This award is given to a senior graduate who exemplifies the qualities of Moore, a former Associate Vice President of Notre Dame, who was known for his integrity, character, commitment to Notre Dame, and writing ability.
An English graduate, Redsten served as editor of Scholastic magazine, achieving in-depth coverage of a variety of topics, including the 50th anniversary of the admission of undergraduate women to the University, the character of Notre Dame Law School, and the relationship with its neighbors in the South Bend community. A dedicated journalist, she has done internships at Indianapolis Monthly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Tampa Bay Times. After graduating, Redsten will intern at the Dallas Morning News.