Spring 2014 Outstanding Leaders: LeAnne Barstow and Madison Herbart

dsc6712-x2999299_10202006914988027_1149675234_nName: LeAnne Barstow
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Involvement: Honors Programming Board, Honors Peer Mentoring Program, FSUbuntu, Pre-Optometry Club, Student Alumni Gold Club, Honors Student Council, Honors Council Student Representative, Fellowship of Christian Students, Initiative 125 Service Challenge Applicant, Student Employee Equipment Room Aide at Ferris State University Sports Complex, Rake-N-Run, The Luminary Tribute, Salvation Army Bell-Ringing, Morley Stanwood High School Bi-Annual Lock-In, Honors Invitational Volunteer, Fellowship of Christian Students/Athletes Alternative Spring Break Mission Trip, The Big Event, Honors Variety Show for Hope Network in 2012 and for Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013, Honors Informal for Project Starburst, Honors Peer Mentoring Program Events, United Way/UREC Color War, Honors Program Adopt-A-Highway, FSUbuntu One World Fútbol Campaign
Achievements: Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Woodbridge N. Ferris Dean’s Scholarship, Honors Residential Life Scholarship, Honors Alternative Spring Break Scholarship, Ferris Foundation Opportunity Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List (2012-2013 academic year), Honors Programming Board President, Honors Student Council HPB Representative, Honors Council Student Representative, Honors Outstanding Leader

From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:

“LeAnne Barstow currently serves as President of the Honors Programing Board, as well as ex officio on Honors Student Council. She is also currently one of the student representatives on Honors Council. Under her leadership, the HPB presented a record-breaking Variety Show for the benefit of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mecosta County, and they also inaugurated our participation in the “Adopt-A-Highway” cleanup of a 2-mile stretch on M-20 between Clear Lake and Rodney. LeAnne’s unflappable leadership has been a boon to the Honors Program this past semester, or, in the words of her nominator, “She works so hard to make sure that everything gets done, even when she’s overwhelmed.”

LeAnne Barstow is a familiar face, within the Honors Program and also Ferris as a whole. As seen above, LeAnne has wasted no time in her two years at Ferris to become involved. Much of the Honors Program knows of her as the Honors Programming Board President for the 2013-2014 school year. “The position of Honors Programming Board President provides me with the most opportunities to be a great leader,” she says. Thus far, LeAnne has coordinated monthly service projects for the members of HPB, such as creating Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living. “It was one of my favorite experiences at Ferris so far,” she commented. “A few HPB members and I decided to spend our Valentine’s Day afternoon visiting with the elderly residents. They were clearly happy to have company and were appreciative of the cards we made.” LeAnne also coordinates events for the Honors Program as a whole, such as the newly established, bi-annual Honors Program Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on M-20, the Honors Variety Show, Apparel Sale, and Candy Gram sales, along with many more.

“I am a strong believer in the common expression, “Hard work pays off,” but it doesn’t mean that those around me notice,” LeAnne said. “I felt honored to know that my hard work is noticed and, furthermore, appreciated. I am very thankful for the person or people that took note of [my] leadership among the work of many others, and went out of their way to nominate me for this award.”

Leadership AwardName: Madison Herbart
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology with a minor in Communication
Involvement: Student Psychology Association, Standing in the Gap Christian Fellowship, Children’s Ministry Leader, Ferris STARS for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Delta Zeta Sorority, Lambda Pi Eta Honors Communication Society, Puterbaugh/Henderson Hall Council, Helen Ferris Hall Council, Writing/Scribing for Disabled Students, Student Researcher for Dr. Christopher Redker’s Psychology Lab, Bereavement Network’s Camp Live Laugh Love, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Painted Turtle Camp, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Ministry at Lost and Found Church of Big Rapids, Rake-N-Run, The Big Event, Orientation Leader, Orientation Clerical Preparation, Relay for Life, Student Employee at Ferris State University Retention & Student Success and Ferris State University Copy Center
Achievements: Ferris STARS for Make-A-Wish Foundation Public Relations Chair, Lambda Pi Eta Honors Communication Society Vice President, Delta Zeta Sorority Community Service Chair, Guard, and Parliamentarian, Lost and Found Church Children’s Ministry Leader, Publicity for Puterbaugh/Henderson Hall Council, Honors Outstanding Leader, Ferris State Dean’s Scholarship, Ferris State University, Puterbaugh Hall Most Valuable Resident, Honors Program Art Show, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society, Delta Epsilon Chapter

From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:

“Madison Herbart, or “Maddy” as she is known around campus, is currently Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, the Honors Communication Society, the Community Service Chair (as well as other positions) in the sorority Delta Zeta, the Public Relations Chair of Ferris STARS for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as a member of the Student Psychology Association, the Henderson/Puterbaugh Hall Council and a children’s ministry leader through the RSO Standing in the Gap. In addition, she holds down two jobs and a full course load. Maddy’s leadership extends beyond these formal positions to support the program when needed, for example, helping interview candidates for the Honors Advisor, or presenting to sections of HNRS 100 about how to get involved with RSOs.”

Clearly one of the more involved students throughout campus, Maddy has made her presence known throughout a variety of Ferris’s RSO selection. From service-oriented, to religious, to Greek, to Honors, she has demonstrated her ability to serve multiple duties and serve them well. “The Honors Program gave me a sense of community when I came to Ferris,” Maddy said. “I have gained confidence being in Honors, and knowing that I have faculty and staff at Ferris encouraging me to succeed has pushed me to reach my full potential and be a leader.”

As mentioned above, she has presented to various Honors Seminar classes about getting involved on campus, and is the ideal role model to do so. “I have really tried to invest myself into my organizations on campus,” Maddy said. “Being involved in five has really taken time management, but each organization is unique and brings value to my life in different ways. I feel my initiative and drive to lead by example is what enables me to be a great leader. I am very honored to have been awarded the Outstanding Leader award, and will make sure that I continue to lead to the best of my abilities.”

The Honors Program would like to thank LeAnne and Maddy for their continued leadership and for being the role models that they are, and cannot wait to see the many more achievements to come from each of them. Good luck to each of you on your future “endeavors!”

This article was written by Endeavor editor Logan Bixman.

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