The evening began as club members
gathered on the ocean side terrace of the Monarch Room to socialize
over cocktails. The banquet room opened at 7, and initial awards
were given to President Wright, and Vice Presidents Rick Stepien,
Jeff Philpott, John Fleckles, and Scott Stensrud in appreciation
for their support of all the clubs. Following dinner, each
RIO was given a chance to honor its most outstanding member.
Actually each club got to honor two members, because each club
nominated a presenter to make the award.
Then ASHPU presented awards to different clubs for special accomplishments
this year. The most philanthropic club was awarded to the Graduate
Student Organization. Two different clubs were honored for the
Event of the Year: the Council of Countries for Intercultural
Bazaar and the International Studies Student Organization for
their A Frosted Affair.
The next awards were the most prestigious of the night. Grace
Cheng who teaches political science and international studies
and is the advisor for the Model United Nations Club and Amnesty
International was awarded the Advisor of the Year. Cheng said “I’m
very honored and surprised, since I know a lot of other clubs
have done a lot of great events.” The Rookie Club of the
Year was awarded to the Students of Essential Equality Club.
The last RIO award, for the Club of the Year, went to the Travel
Industry Managements Student Organization. Advisor Dr. Jerry
Agrusa said: “The students did all the work, and they deserve
it. They worked extra hard this year. It wasn’t just one;
it was the whole group, TIMSO as a whole and all the officers.
Every week there was an event and they took control of a lot
The banquet closed with recognition of this year’s student
council and the introduction of next year’s members. Erik
Hanson, who is graduating said goodbye to friends and colleagues,
and ASHPU advisor Jennifer Matheson, Student Life director, presented
the ASHPU Member of the Year Award to Cecilia Kocinsky and Scott
Smith as Hanson presented a gavel to Kocinshy, who was sworn
in as ASHPU’s new president.