Outstanding Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized with Vision Awards

Posted: March 31, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Erek Perry
Erek Perry, director of the University Scholars program
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The University Life Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS) recognized Mason students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds at the sixth annual Vision Awards banquet on Saturday, March 29.

The event recognized and honored students for excellence in academics, leadership, social justice and building community harmony. The recipients of the Vision Awards were nominated by other Mason students, faculty and staff. One student also received the Atkins Award for her substantive leadership qualities.

Erek Perry, director of the University Scholars program, received the faculty/staff Vision Award. The award criteria included having made a meaningful contribution to students, the university and surrounding community through valuing diversity and encouraging respect for differences among students, faculty and staff; and having proved to be an excellent role model and mentor to both staff and students.

Whitney Gecker, a junior majoring in integrative studies, was awarded the student Vision Award. This award is given for overall exceptional leadership, academic achievement and outstanding contribution to social justice. Gecker received a $1,000 scholarship.

Tiffany Reaves, a junior majoring in sports management, received the Atkins Award. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated the potential of substantive leadership through active participation in a Mason student organization that has as its core values: improving the quality of life for minority students, enhancing the appreciation for diversity, and promoting academic excellence. This award is also intended to encourage future and intentional leadership and involvement of students at George Mason University. Reaves received a $500 scholarship.

In addition,

  • Fifty students were recognized with the award for academic excellence

  • Fifteen students received the leadership award for their outstanding contribution to the university community

  • Five students were recognized with the social action/social justice award for their exceptional contributions to the development of a multicultural campus community

For more information about the Vision Awards, visit the ODPS web site.

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