Campus Life


Leadership Development

Leadership is a complex combination of experiences, lessons, challenges, and self-exploration that occur throughout a lifetime.

The Student Leadership Awards & Banquet is an annual event hosted to recognize and honor Dalton State’s most distinguished student leaders, student groups, faculty and staff who contribute to the quality of student life on Dalton State’s campus.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Tom Deaton Advisor Hall of Fame

2018-2019: Amber Lesicko, Student Government Association
2019-2020: Dr. Barbara Tucker, Baptist Collegiate Ministry 
Dr. David Williams, Alpha Sigma Tau
2021-2022:  Dr. Tricia Scott, Chemist Honors Society

This award was named in honor of Tom Deaton for the spring 2018 ceremony. 

Advisor of the Year Award

2010-2011: Dr. John Lugthart, Environmental Club
2011-2012: Dr. Thomas Gonzalez, Club Cycling
2012-2013: Dr. Marina Smitherman, Beta Chi Nu
2013-2014: Dr. Sarah Mergel, History Club
2014-2015: Dr. Jonathan Gulledge, Psi Chi
2015-2016: Elizabeth Lucht, Beta Chi Nu
2016-2017: Michael Hoff, Alpha Omicron Pi
2017-2018: Katelyn Humphrey, Orientation
2018-2019: Dr. David Williams, Alpha Sigma Tau
2019-2020: Dr. Jennifer Randall, Sigma Tau Delta 
2020-2021: Dr. Tricia Scott, Chemist Society
2021-2022: Courtnee Bunch
                        William Mast, Alpha Kappa Lambda

Spence Higgins Hall of Leaders

2010-2011: Monica Elrod, Jonathan Marks
2011-2012: Heather Bennett, Diego Deharo, Joseph Patton, Kelly Hunt, Eloa Menezes, Marisol Sanchez
2012-2013: Amber Stanyer
2013-2014: Faith Stokes, Hilary Wallin
2014-2015: Russell Smith, Kayla Almazan
2015-2016: Cristina Pena, Katherine Fromm, Brooklyn Herrera, Jose Gonzales
2016-2017: Laurely Caycho, Latifah Collins, Annalia Ramos
2017-2018: Autumn Hooton, Guadalupe Lopez, Juan Zapata
2018-2019: Kristina Momich, Carolina Gomez, Bukky Subulade, Morgan Reid Jones
2019-2020: Laura Alton, Cody Oglesby, Sean Cranney, Neeley Keeton, Diego Alvarado
2020-2021: Grace Neff, Emily Statham, Mariela Vazquez, Logan Hugins, Cynthia Evans 
2021-2022: Evanna Bonese, Kennedy Morgan, Emiy Lay, Ashley Fann, Terry Brown

Outstanding Student Leaders

2014-2015: Jose Gonzales, Brooklyn Cole Herrera, Will Skiffen, Katherine Fromm, Laurely Caycho, Shawna Ellis
2015-2016: Viviana Roqueta, Roniqua Wright, Chigozie Obonna, H. Ellie Bradford, Dustin Arnold, Felicia Shorey
2016-2017: Marlen Hernandez-Garcia, Autumn Hooton, Jonathan Leberman 2017-2018: Janeli Bacerra, Blane Bennett, Clint Dodd, Laurabeth Pettigrew, Carrie Swinney
2018-2019: Alvaro Cortez, Mariela Vazquez, Cristian Peinado, Rebecca Winkler
2019-2020: Grace Neff, Jennifer Granados, Morgan Johnson, Stephanie Langga, Logan Huggins
2020-2021: Mackenzie Manley, Zachary Hulsey, Anna Bramblett, Emily Lay
2021-2022: Carson Cox, Emily Neises, Carolina Oyla-Rodriguez, Rayna Wilson, Yaphet Salgado

This award was formerly known as the Shooting Star Award from 2014-2016.

Emerging Leaders Award

2010-2011: Eldon Baines, Russell Smith, Austin Wallin, Ethan Zehr
2011-2012: Brooklyn Cole, Katherine Fromm
2012-2013: Malaka Awad, Kaylee Johnson
2013-2014: Vicki Crane, Harrison Pace, Austin Wade
2014-2015: Jonathan Schwan, Krystal Tee Au Yuik, Caleb Earle, Stephanie Skiffen
2015-2016: Sonia Mendoza Pablo, Jordan Fuquea
2016-2017: Emma Brown, A’Keila Raines, Diego Alvarado Ruiz, Emily Test 2017-2018: Rachel Morones, Cristian Peinado, Maryruth Trusty, Mariela Vazquez
2018-2019: Logan Huggins, Sabrina Benoit, Caroline Kenemer
2019-2020: Anna Bramblett, Danae Cossairt, Isabel Mendez
2020-2021: Mary Saylors, Kaycee Painter, Kristina Almazan
2021-2022: Allison Keyes, Clayton Waters, Makayla White, Rachel Thurman

This award was formerly known as the Rising Star Award from 2010-2016.

President's Volunteer Service Award

2018-2019: Mariela Vazquez (B), Alvaro Cortez (B), Logan Huggins (B), Bill Rogers (B)
2020-2021: Kaycee Painter (G), Logan Huggins (B)

B= Bronze, S = Silver, G = Gold

Volunteer of the Year

2019-2020: Logan Huggins
2020-2021: Kaycee Painter
2021-2022: Davey Sentell

Truett Lomax Unsung Hero Award - Faculty/Staff

2010-2011: Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology
2011-2012: Janet Hayes, Enrollment Services 
2012-2013: Amanda Smith
2013-2014: Dr. John Lugthart
2014-2015: Dr. Jacquelyn Mesco
2015-2016: Dylan Haley
2016-2017: David Elrod
2017-2018: Dr. Robert Overstreet
2018-2019: Dr. Kim Hayes
2019-2020: Carmen Flammini
2020-2021: Dr. Natalie Johnson
2021-2022: Amanda Smith

This award was named in honor of Truett Lomax for the spring 2017 ceremony. 

Truett Lomax Unsung Hero Award - Student

2010-2011: Justin Goforth
2011-2012: Zachary Plumley
2012-2013: Katelyn Humphrey
2013-2014: Nate Baggett
2014-2015: Drew Serrette
2015-2016: Meagan Sage
2016-2017: Mary Kaytlin Pepper
2017-2018: Zack Brandenburg
2018-2019: Chelsea Young
2019-2020: Marcos Rojo
2020-2021: Morgan Robinson
2021-2022: Mackenzie Mitchell

This award was named in honor of Truett Lomax for the spring 2017 ceremony. 

Melvyn Ottinger Roadrunner Pride Award

2019-2020: Marilea Vazquez 
2020-2021: Igor Stokic
2021-2022: Jen Granados

This award was named in honor of Melvyn Ottinger for the spring 2017 ceremony. 

Diversity and Inclusion Award

2014-2015: Montana Gray
2015-2016: Laurely Caycho
2016-2017: Annalia Ramos
2017-2018: Alpha Omicron Pi
2018-2019: Campus Activity Board’s Drag Show
2019-2020: Latin American Student Organization 
2020-2021: Immigration Attorney Event (LASO)
2021-2022: JEDI Leaders

Jason Ramos Servant Leadership Award


2010-2011: Students Advocating for Volunteer Efforts
2011-2012: No Award
2012-2013: Dalton State International: Cultural Fair
2013-2014: Dalton State Athletics, Special Olympics
2014-2015: Dalton State Athletics, Habitat for Humanity
2015-2016: DSC Environmental Club, Chestnut Restoration Project
2016-2017: School of Social Work, Make a Difference Day
2017-2018: The Birdfeeder Food Pantry
2018-2019: Cody Oglesby for Constitution Week Programming
2019-2020: Counseling Centers LGBTQ+ Meet Up Program
2020-2021: Navigating the Online Environment Series (Peer Education)
2021-2022: Fitness Coaches: FAFSA Night

This award was formerly known as the Outstanding Community Service Project Award from 2010-2016. This award was named in honor of  Jason Ramos for the spring 2017 ceremony. 

Program of Distinction Award

2010-2011: Campus Activities Board
2011-2012: Halloween Bash Flag Football Tournament-Campus Recreation
2017-2018: 2018 Mental Health Fair, sponsored by Psi Chi
2018-2019: Department of Social Works Make a Difference Day Collection of Events
2019-2020: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together Study Skills Workshop Series
2020-2021: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Efforts (SAVE)
2021-2022: Alpha Kappa Lambda

This award was formerly known as the Outstanding Campus Event from 2010-2017. 

Organization of the Year Award

2010-2011: Baptist Collegiate Ministries
2011-2012: Dalton State International
2012-2013: Beta Chi Nu
2013-2014: Dalton State International
2014-2015: The DSC Social Work Club
2015-2016: Beta Chi Nu
2016-2017: Alpha Omicron Pi, Lambda Delta
2017-2018: Psychology Club
2018-2019: Beta Chi Nu
2019-2020: Latin American Student Organization 
2020-2021: Peer Education Leadership Team
2021-2022: Alpha Sigma Tau

Outstanding New Initiative

2012-2013: Beta Chi Nu: Reach Out and Research
2013-2014: Campus Activities Board: Roasted
2014-2015: Campus Activities Board: Roadrunner Music Festival
2015-2016: Beta Chi Nu: ColorCycle
2016-2017: Beta Chi Nu, Terracycle

This award was discontinued following the 2017 awards ceremony.

Student Employee of the Year

2010-2011: Michelle Amaya
2011-2012: Ethan Williams
2012-2013: Darshan Patel
2013-2014: Lexi Wilson
2014-2015: Erik Simpson
2015-2016: Catherine Hickey
2016-2017: Marlen Hernandez-Garcia

This award was discontinued following the 2017 awards ceremony.



Student Life realizes leadership is a complex combination of experiences, lessons, challenges and self-exploration that occur throughout a lifetime. Therefore, we have created a Leadership Consultation and Coaching program for both individuals and student groups.  By participating in the Leadership Consultation and Coaching process, participants will: 

  • Gain and improve personal leadership knowledge and skills;
  • Increase self-awareness through exploration of values, beliefs, and identity;
  • Understand one’s role within the larger community to become engaged, global and ethical leaders.
  • Visual outline of coaching process. The same four steps are outlined in the text to the right of the image.

    Steps for participating in this program include: 

    1. Scheduling an appointment with the Assistant Director for Leadership and Civic Engagement here.
    2. The individual or leadership team for the group will then attend the initial consultation meeting to reflect on existing leadership experiences and areas of potential growth. 
    3. The individual or student group will complete a facilitated leadership development workshop or an assigned leadership assessment with a trained consultant. 
    4. The individual or leadership team will work with Student Life Staff to create a personalized leadership development plan and set goals based on the designed plan.  

    For more information on the opportunities outlined, please contact Student Life at 706-272-4428.

Student Life offers multiple opportunities for students to attend student leadership conferences both on and off-campus. Attending leadership conferences allow students the opportunity to develop leadership capacity and connect with like-minded people to expand their professional network. Conferences also provide a structured opportunity for students to step back, sort through, think creatively and critically and reflect on new perspectives. 

These opportunities typically require a time commitment of one or more days. For more information on the opportunities outlined below, please contact Student Life at 706-272-4428 or sign-up here to schedule an in-person meeting to learn more.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is open to any currently enrolled Dalton State student with a 2.5 GPA or Higher! First-year students who have not, yet, received a GPA are still eligible to apply. Students will focus on self-discovery and developing their leadership capacity. Students must commit to attending all cohort meetings scheduled to happen on the following dates from 10 am to Noon:

August: 20th
September: 3rd, 10th 
October: 1st, 15th
November: 5th, 19th

Apply to join the Emerging Leaders Cohort today by clicking here. 

The application priority deadline to join the fall 2020 cohort is July 31st.


Dalton State offers a variety of positional leadership roles for students to get involved. To learn more about positional leadership opportunities at Dalton State, please checkout the resources below: 

Resident Assistants are a group of student leaders who essential serve as the mayor of a small town (their floor). As the architect of the community, the primary responsibility of the Resident Assistant (RA) in Residential Life is to develop community within a unit by bringing about the realization of the role of each individual within that community. Called upon to respond to changing needs and situations, the RA position is one that requires flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, and commitment, as well as strong administrative and peer counseling skills. The areas of responsibilities listed below are a representative of the major expectations of the RA. Additional guidelines are provided in the Resident Assistant Conditions of Employment.  

If you are interested in learning more about RA positions at Dalton State, please contact the Assistant Director of Residential Life, Casey Mashburn, to learn more about the timeline and application process. 



Contact Us

Location: Dean of Students Office, Pope Student Center
Phone: 706-272-4428
Have Questions? Book a meeting here.