NSU celebrates outstanding students and alumni
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NSU celebrates outstanding students and alumni

Published 4/12/18

Tori Dodson

TNE Writer

The NSU Alumni Association is preparing for Green and White weekend. Throughout the weekend, students will be awarded for their achievements and alumni will be honored for their contributions to the university.

“This weekend is important not only because it honors students who have made achievements in their field of study, but also honors alumni and friends of NSU who give back to the university and its students,” said Maggie Falley, NSU Alumni Association membership and benefits coordinator.

NSU’s 2018 Outstanding Freshmen and Outstanding Seniors are recognized at the NSU Ovation Awards in the spring. The group of students will be celebrated for all the significant contributions they have made to NSU through academic achievement, leadership, campus involvement and community service.

 “I consider it one of my biggest accomplishments,” said Alex Butcher, NSU Outstanding Senior. “There are so many amazing students at NSU. I have worked so hard the last four years to be where I’m at today, and to be nominated and then chosen for this award is truly a blessing and such an honor.”

Green and White weekend is also a time to honor the commitment and support of NSU alumni and friends. Thanks to these individuals, countless donations are made to the university and certain programs can continue to thrive.

“I have the upmost respect and admiration for NSU alumni,” said Butcher. “As a recipient of the President’s Leadership Class scholarship, I know firsthand how they impact the students here. Whenever I finish optometry school and start practicing, I hope that I can also be a donor and give back to NSU and help change lives.”

The President’s Leadership Class is a scholarship program that is designed to cultivate the potential of student leaders on campus. This program is funded by the NSU Alumni Association and former PLC students that have a desire to give back.

This year, four PLC students have been selected as Outstanding Seniors. Meisha Floyd, PLC president, is accepting an Outstanding Senior award and had a lot to say about her experience at NSU.

I take it as a great honor to represent the university in a capacity like this,” said Floyd. “When coming to college, my hope was to make my family proud and my purpose was to help the community. It’s extremely humbling to be selected from such a great group of people for this honor. I feel undeserving because all the work I put in to receive it was just to help the university continue to grow. I’ve had the best time of my life at NSU, and I hope to give back even more through this role.”

Floyd said that her four years at NSU would have been very different without the support from alumni.

“I would say thank you probably a million times and then more,” said Floyd. “I’ll never be able to return the unforgettable gift they have given me, they truly changed my life. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to afford college, I wouldn’t have met my best friends, or been able to become the teacher I am now. It’s because of people like them that so many people are able to go to college and give back to the university.”

The Ovation Awards are at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Senator Herb Rozell Ballroom.


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