2024 Exemplo Awards

exemplo capstone awards logoStudent Life’s area of Student Engagement is comprised of five of the division’s departments that specialize in supporting the growth and development of students through active participation in experiential learning opportunities. These five departments are the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL), The University of Alabama Student Center, Student Involvement, Student Governance and Citizenship (SGA) and University Programs (UP). On April 9, 2024, Student Engagement held the 36th annual Exemplo Capstone Awards (formerly Service and Leadership Awards) to honor individual students, student organizations and full-time staff members who “serve compassionately, engage masterfully and live boldly.”

Cultivating Change on Campus

hannah standing with her arms crossed in a white dress holding her crimson red graduation cap standing in front of a building with large glass doorsThe Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) at The University of Alabama (UA) serves victims of interpersonal violence through confidential counseling services and advocates for gender equity across all conceivable avenues. From counseling to support groups and more, the WGRC provides constant care and support to anyone on the Capstone’s campus who needs their service. However, not every student who interacts with the WGRC needs its services. Some, like UA alumna Hannah Telken from Belleville, Illinois, are simply passionate about the work that the Center does for their peers and want to help.

Improving Alabama, Improving the World

photo of lewis wearing a regular suit and tie and smiling into the camera as a large white building stands in the backgroundWhen you think about experiential learning and leadership development in Student Life, the office of Student Conduct may not be the first one that pops into your head. But for UA senior Lewis Fischer, this office (in conjunction with UA’s Student Government Association (SGA)) has provided a great deal of learning and development opportunities as he helps oversee cases of student conduct as an associate justice.

Turning Dancing Into Miracles

rachel frick wearing a blue shirt and standing in front of a small tree as she smiles into the cameraThe art of dance has existed for thousands of years across the globe. Historically, it’s been a way for people to celebrate or rejoice for any number of reasons. Today, many people see dancing as a way to stay in shape or even just to have fun. For others, it’s a serious passion. Rachel Frick, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and a rising senior at The University of Alabama (UA), has pursued her desire to dance for several years. She was a member of Tupelo’s Civic Ballet company in high school and now pursues a double major of dance and communicative disorders. 

Multiple Students Celebrated in VMA Scholarship Ceremony

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One way that the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) at The University of Alabama (UA) supports students is by coordinating with the University and external partners to award scholarships to student veterans, service members, dependents, family members or survivors. On Sept. 8, 2023, the VMA hosted a scholarship ceremony that awarded seven bright, motivated students at the Capstone for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

Viprav’s Journey to Support All Students

picture of raju posing with his doctorate degree More than 9,000 miles separate the cities of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Bengaluru, India. But when Viprav Raju considered enrolling at The University of Alabama, the distance didn’t bother him much. For him, UA was already somewhat familiar; a family member had already attended and graduated from the Capstone. So, Viprav decided to join the legacy and began classes at UA in 2016, working towards his master’s degree in electrical engineering.  

How a Dietitian Changes Lives

sheena gregg holding an award for her work as a dietitianSheena Gregg, the registered dietitian in the office of Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), has quite the history with The University of Alabama and Student Life! Her human nutrition major during her undergraduate years allowed her to intern with HPW and she served as the graduate assistant in Tutwiler to help pay for graduate school. After earning her bachelor’s in 2007 and her master’s in 2008, Sheena began work as a full-time registered dietitian with HPW in 2009. Sheena has dutifully served Student Life and the student body for over 10 years, but her dietetic origins stretch back to high school.

A Path to Success

white text saying student spotlight jayleigh tawbushRoughly 30 percent of community college students transfer to a four-year institution to continue pursuing their education. Jayleigh Tawbush is one such student who transferred from Wallace State Community College to The University of Alabama. Jayleigh knew she wanted to be involved on campus even before classes started, so she drove two hours for a 15-minute interview to take advantage of an opportunity with University Programs (UP). Now, she’s a senior education major and the executive team lead for UP’s programming team. Looking back on that two-hour drive, Jayleigh recalls it as “the best decision of my life.”