Feature Story

KuShinda 2015

April 23, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s KuShinda 2015 celebration included the presentation of graduation stoles to and reflections from members of the OWU Class of 2015. See more event photos in the gallery below. (Photos by Brandy Booth ’15)

Ohio Wesleyan’s KuShinda 2015 celebration included the presentation of graduation stoles to and reflections from members of the OWU Class of 2015. See more event photos in the gallery below. (Photos by Brandy Booth ’15)

OWU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Celebrates Leadership, Achievement

Each year, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs celebrates KuShinda (to be victorious) as a way to recognize outstanding student leadership, academic achievement, community impact, and more.

On April 19, OMSA honored the following students, alumni, faculty, and staff with 2015 awards. Those recognized during the KuShinda ceremony and their honors included:

Greg Moore ’76 ‘NayNoToe’ Warrior Spirit Award Katie Butt ’15, Khristina Gardner ’15

Harambee Outstanding Organization Award Rafiki wa Afrika

Leadership Academy participation recognition Jermaine Frazer-Phillips ’18,  Andy Xie ’18

Legacy Alumni Award Darrel Gibson ’87 

Liderazgo Outstanding Senior Leadership Award Khristina Gardner ’15, Memme Onwudiwe ’15,  Kyle Simon ’15

Liderazgo Outstanding Senior Leadership Nominations Shakira Braxton ’15,  Katie Butt ’15,  Sharmalee Gooden ’15, Meredith Harrison ’15, Heather Lopez ’15, Ty’Aira Manning ’15, Mainza Moono ’15, Felicia Rose ’15, Karson Stevenson ’16

Lotus Leadership Award Michael Mora-Brenes ’17

Najaah and Excellence Award Shashank Sharma ’17

Pete ’71 and Barbara ’74 Smith Outstanding Student Leadership Award Khristina Gardner ’15,  Memme Onwudiwe ’15

The Rev. Jon R. Powers Jitstis Sosyal Award Kaila Johnson ’16, Meredith Harrison ’15

Rising Star Freshman Leadership Award Ebosehon Imeokparia ’18, Shania McNutt ’18

Both Imeokparia and McNutt also were recognized for serving as student ambassadors to The Alliance for Black Student Leadership for the OWU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

“You Are Doing BIG Things Award” Courtney Carmichael ’18, Spenser Hickey ’15,  Quenton Stokes-Brown ’17

Community Partnership Award Alumni Relations Community Spirit Awards Gene Castelli, resident district manager, Chartwells;  Paul Dean, assistant professor of Sociology-Anthropology; Chuck Della Lana, director of media services

In the OWU Spirit Award Dr. Randy Quaye, associate professor of Black World Studies

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at www.owu.edu/omsa.