Eight Mayville State University students were named students of the year during the annual Academic and Student Senate Awards Program held Saturday, May 2, 2015. The annual program provides a time when students who have excelled in academics and leadership are honored.
Through the Student of the Year Award, the Mayville State University Student Senate annually honors those students who have made significant contributions to Mayville State by their involvement and participation in a variety of activities and organizations. Students may be nominated by faculty, staff, or fellow students. After completing a brief data form, each nominated student is interviewed by members of the Student Affairs Committee and final selections are made by that committee.
This year’s Student of the Year Award winners are Brady Eichelberger, Lakota, N.D.; TJ Erickson, Roseau, Minn.; Miranda Frovarp, Grand Forks, N.D.; Sarah Gandari, Borrowdale Harare, Zimbabwe; Patricia Lopez, Clarissa, Minn.; Aubrey Moen, Ada, Minn.; Amber Montag, Finley, N.D.; and Rochester Mugumbate, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Brady Eichelberger is president and co-founder of the Cometeers, a student volunteer organization. He is also president of the MSU Student Senate and a member of Student Activities Council and Student Education Association. Brady has volunteered numerous hours of his time for the benefit of others, including involvement with Common Time at the May-Port CG Middle School. He is the son of Tim and Kristen Eichelberger of Grand Forks, N.D.
TJ Erickson is a Dean’s List student and member of the Comets varsity baseball team. He is a co-founder and student leader in Campus Crusade for Christ, and a member of the Student Education Association, Alpha Phi Sigma, and the Cometeers. He is a scholarship recipient and was named an NAIA Champion of Character and North Star Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. TJ is the son of Tim and Char Erickson of Roseau, Minn.
Miranda Frovarp is involved in band and choir at Mayville State, and has also participated in theater productions. She is a Student Ambassador and member of Campus Crusade and Residence Hall Association. A scholarship recipient and Dean’s List student, she received the Mayville State University Outstanding Student in Elementary Education Award in 2015. Miranda’s parents are Mark and Karen Frovarp from Grand Forks, N.D.
Sarah Gandari is a Dean’s List student who is a Writing Center consultant. She has been active as a member and officer of Alpha Phi Sigma, Afrikan History Club, and Student Senate. She is a Student Ambassador, cheerleader, and member of the Multicultural Club, Diversity Committee, and a member of the Mayville State committee preparing for Higher Learning Commission accreditation. Esther Gandari of Borrowdale Harare, Zimbabwe is her mother.
Patricia Lopez has been a member and officer in a number of campus organizations, including Student Senate, Student Education Association, Alpha Phi Sigma, Peer Leaders, Student Ambassadors, Science Club, and Cometeers. She has also been involved in theater, choir, band, and jazz band. Tisha is a Dean’s List student and scholarship recipient. She is the daughter of Deanna Clark, Clarissa, Minn.
Aubrey Moen is a Dean’s List student and scholarship recipient. She is president of the Student Education Association, co-president of the Residence Hall Association, and vice president of the Newman Club. She is also a member of Student Activities Council and the university choir. Aubrey’s parents are Kim and Wayne Moen of Ada, Minn.
Amber Montag has served as the local chapter president of Collegiate DECA, as well as the Collegiate DECA state vice president. She is a Peer Leader, Cometeer, and member of the Comet Council for Gender Equality and Safety. Amber is a scholarship recipient and Dean’s List student. Her parents are Leon and Pam Montag of Finley, N.D.
Rochester Mugumbate is a Dean’s List student and scholarship recipient. He has been a member and officer of the MSU Collegiate DECA organization and Multicultural Club. He is a Cometeer and tutor, and he has been active in Campus Crusade and the Larson Leadership program. Rochester is the son of W. and A. Mugumbate from Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Other nominees for the Mayville State University Student of the Year Award in 2015 were Taylor Benneweis, Enderlin, N.D.; Brittany Boyer, West Fargo, N.D.; Leigh Dean, Tullamarine, Australia; Leighanna Helgoe, Cavalier, N.D.; Dane Henke, Cando, N.D.; Grace Keller, Karlsruhe, N.D.; Chrystal Nelson, Big Lake, Minn.; Hannah Ness, Thompson, N.D.; Josh Seminario, Fairbanks, Alaska; Brock Sherva, Northwood, N.D.; and Brandon Weber, Thompson, N.D.