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Student Leaders Recognized With Annual Awards 

Maggie Keach '14 won the Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence Award and Student Employee Award. Keach is seen here with Chille, a RIC alumnus for whom one of the awards is named.

Maggie Keach '14 won the Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence Award and Student Employee Award. Keach is seen here with Chille, a RIC alumnus for whom one of the awards is named.


Rhode Island College’s Office of Student Activities celebrated students who have worked to improve campus and community life at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony in April.

The annual awards ceremony recognizes RIC students who have demonstrated leadership potential through their work to promote civic engagement and public service in a variety of activities.

These endeavors include working and interning in the community, providing support to friends and family, volunteering with service organizations and participating in campus involvement programs.

Students are recognized for their display of good character, respect, dignity, inclusiveness, professionalism and compassion.

“This year’s award recipients are a great group of students,” said Marissa Weiss, assistant director of student activities. “All the nominees were well deserving and commented that they felt honored to be in the same category as the winners.”

A list of the 2014 Student Leadership Award winners includes:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership: Sandra Burnock. Presented to a graduate student who displays a high level of professionalism and capacity to build community, passion and integrity.
  • Campus Spirit Award: Julien Goldstick. Presented to a student who embodies the spirit of Rhode Island College and has inspired others to become engaged in the college and its mission.
  • Organization Outreach: Student Nurses Association. Presented to a student organization that has formed successful partnerships with local, national or international organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on society.
  • Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence Award: Maggie Keach. Presented to a graduating senior who exemplifies what it means to be a student leader. The award is named in honor of RIC alumnus Alan Chille, general manager of the Providence Performing Arts Center.
  • Student Employee Award: Maggie Keach. Presented to a student employed by a campus office or department who has shown dedication, professionalism and leadership skills.
  • Vital Contribution to the Community Award: Holly Cekala. Presented to a student who has shown that a community can be transformed through leadership and involvement.
  • Rising Star Award: Joseph Sherry. Presented to a student who has shown great leadership potential and has gone above and beyond assigned responsibilities in the beginning stages of their leadership journey.

The Student Leadership Awards are one of several leadership development programs offered by the Office of Student Activities.

Other programs include:

  • The Emerging Leaders Program at RIC, which helps students develop leadership potential through participation in workshops and experiential learning opportunities in six key areas: personality and self-awareness; values and personal mission; wellness and balance; introduction to difference; and intercultural communication and social justice.
  • Collegiate Fellows, a collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs that provides new students with a peer mentor to connect  to the campus community.
  • Leadership Weekend, a retreat designed to give RIC students meet new people and gain leadership skills.