Header Search U N C C . E D U

Spotlight: Best of the Best

Main Content

Spotlight: Best of the Best

Date Published:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Each spring, UNC Charlotte recognizes the leadership of outstanding students who have made extraordinary contributions to our campus through their academic and co-curricular pursuits.

Honors and Awards, coordinated by the Center for Leadership Development, were awarded in April to students who represent the best and the brightest of UNC Charlotte. They included a four-year varsity letterman, a meteorology intern, a student who has completed a semester at sea, and both a homecoming king and queen. They have served the University in Student Court, as orientation counselors, student government leaders, and as presidents of student organizations. Their academic accomplishments are stellar.

The Chancellor’s Citations for Leadership and Service were awarded to four seniors:

  • Kareem Abdelnabi, a psychology major, is a graduate of the Leadership Fellows program and has served as president of the Muslim Student Association. He studied abroad with the Semester at Sea program in 2009, returning to the University to serve as both president and vice president of the Education Abroad Association.
  • Courtney Diliberto, majoring in social work, has made many contributions to the University through her leadership in our Greek community. She is a member of Chi Omega Fraternity in which she held several positions, including Relay for Life Chair. She has also served as treasurer and president of Panhellenic Association, the largest women’s organization at UNC Charlotte.
  • Marketing major Fabian Eilliott is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders program and has served the University as a resident advisor, SAFE program counselor, Student Government Association senator and Student Alumni Ambassador. He is the founder and president of United Black Professionals.
  • Michael Weir, a marketing major, is a graduate of both the Leadership Fellows program and the LeaderShape Institute and has been involved with the judicial branch of Student Government for four years. He has also been a peer mentor for a freshman seminar course. Michael has dedicated three of his summers to the SOAR program, serving as an orientation counselor, program assistant and new student and family services intern.

Macey Ruble, a physics major, received the Provost’s Student Athlete Academic Achievement Award. Macey is a four-year varsity letterman in pole vault and is ranked third all-time for UNC Charlotte in the pole vault. Macey has been on the Athletic Director’s List for 10 semesters due to his outstanding academic achievements.

Garrett Bedenbaugh received the Noble Niner Award. Garrett, a meteorology major, has served as president and vice president of Kappa Alpha Order. He has also been a meteorology intern for WCCB-TV-Fox and WCNC-TV-NBC while a student at UNC Charlotte.

Kayla Owen was awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa’s Freshman Leadership Scholarship. Kayla is involved in the American Medical Student Association, the Kinesiology Student Organization, and intramural volleyball. She is also a UNC Charlotte tour guide and is participating in an internship with a Charlotte dermatologist.

The Chuck Lynch Award was presented to political science major Jessica Simpson. Simpson is a graduate of both the Leadership Journey Learning Community and the Leadership Fellows program. She has been member of the LEAD Team and active in student government as a senator and chair of internal affairs and was the past chair of student affairs. She is the current president of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and has served the University as both an orientation and SAFE counselor. Jessica is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and was selected as the 2012 Homecoming Queen.

James Hanson, majoring in criminal justice and psychology, was awarded the Bonnie E. Cone Award for Leadership and Service. James is a member of the judicial branch of the Student Government Association, where he has served as a panel member, a chair, lieutenant chief justice, and chief justice. He has served as a PAL in the Emerging Leaders Program, and this year served as the PAL coordinator. James has been a resident advisor and an orientation counselor.

Congratulations to all of our students on these noteworthy achievements!