2016 PowerLIVE Student Awards Ceremony

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Our deepest fear is not that we

about shrinking so that other people

are inadequate. Our deepest fear

won’t feel insecure around you. We are

is that we are powerful beyond

all meant to shine. We were born to

measure. It is our light, not our

make manifest the glory that is within

darkness that most frightens us.

us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in

We ask ourselves, Who am I to

everyone. And as we let our own light

be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,

shine, we unconsciously give other

fabulous? Actually, who are

people permission to do the same. As

you not to be? Your playing

we are liberated from our own fear, our

small does not serve the world.

presence automatically liberates others.

There is nothing enlightened

-- Marianne Williamson Author & Lecturer


PowerLIVE 2016 You are cordially invited to the

Sixth Annual PowerLIVE Awards Ceremony a celebration of the academic achievement of students living in Morgan State University’s residence halls who have received the highest GPAs. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 | 6 p.m. Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom University Student Center

Get directions >> Confirm your attendance >> Student honorees are allowed to bring one guest. 3

About PowerLIVE In 2010, the Office of Residence Life & Housing (ORL&H) created PowerLIVE to honor students living in residence halls who have obtained the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA).

Program. This honor is only afforded to on-campus residents who have achieved the highest cumulative GPA in their residence halls.

The annual event is hosted by the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) and recognizes students who have demonstrated significant academic achievements in the ARISE, Morgan MILE, EVOLVE, and athletics programs, as well as our Living Learning Communities.

The ORL&H believes that it’s important to recognize and celebrate the stellar academic achievements of our residents. Our residential scholars and other PowerLIVE awardees represent the epitome of the Morgan men and women that we work so diligently to cultivate.

During the ceremony, all PowerLIVE ‘highest GPA’ awardees are inducted into the AEP Residential Scholars


A Message from the Director As the director of the Office of Residence Life & Housing, I take pride each year in honoring the students living in our residence halls who have achieved academic success. Celebrating students’ achievements is a way to formally recognize their hard work, perseverance, and most of all, their potential. Now in its sixth year, the annual PowerLIVE Student Awards Ceremony has become the event where students stand proud in their academic achievements, surrounded by their peers, teachers and loved ones. The ceremony is a moment to reflect on the past with the future in mind. This year, the theme for the event is Stand In Your Own Truth. Often, we stand in a truth that was passed down to us from others, acquired by our religious beliefs, or unconsciously communicated through societal expectations. That truth is something we were taught. That truth might be true for many, and it may have proven to work for others — and even for ourselves — for a time. But it might not be our own truth.


Our own truth is the ultimate expression of our combined unique experiences, strengths, skills and character that allows us to tap into the distinct path and plan for our lives. Our truth is what helps us overcome our greatest fears in order to live our best lives. Our truth is not just something we were taught, it’s something that we know.

plan for their own lives, they do so with the faith and confidence that it is their accumulation of knowledge that makes them powerful beyond measure. Congratulations to this year’s awardees. Keep shining. Sincerely,

This year, the PowerLIVE Student Awards Ceremony recognizes the students who have overcome their greatest fears and now stand in their own truth. As they continue to tap into the distinct path and

DOUGLAS F. GWYNN, Ph.D. Director, Office of Residence Life & Housing


PowerLIVE Award Descriptions Living Learning Community A Living Learning Community (LLC) is an intentionally designed, comprehensive housing-based intervention for undergraduate students. The community cultivates holistic student growth and enhances learning by fostering collaborative and lasting connections among students, faculty and staff. The LLC Achievement Award celebrates LLC members that have obtained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. A 3.5 GPA means they have averaged a cumulative “A� grade point average.

Morgan MILE The Morgan Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence (Morgan MILE) is a component of the Academic Enrichment Program that provides an opportunity for male students to develop their academic and leadership potential. The Morgan MILE offers a wealth of academic and social experiences that foster a keen sense of self awareness, confidence and determination, which ultimately helps prepare participants for academic success. The First MILE Award recognizes the academic achievement of a new MILE member and his demonstrated commitment to the academic ideals of the Morgan MILE. His scholarship and dedication serve as an example to his peers. This person has also attended more than 97 percent of all Morgan MILE events during the fall semester. The Second MILE Award recognizes the academic achievement of an upperclassman MILE member and his demonstrated commitment to the academic ideals of the Morgan MILE. His scholarship and dedication serve as an example to his peers. This person has also attended more than 97 percent of all Morgan MILE events during the fall semester. The Extra MILE Award recognizes an individual who has added a spirit of positivity to the Morgan MILE. This person is likeable, sociable and admired by his peers. In addition, his character has become a model for his


fellow peers. This individual consistently supports the Morgan MILE office through administrative tasks and facilitating Morgan MILE programs.

EVOLVE Elevating Voices of Leadership, Virtue and Excellence (EVOLVE) is the sister organization of the Morgan MILE. This organization is based on four pillars: womanhood, civility, professionalism and service. EVOLVE ensures all women involved in the organization are exposed to these values through programming, discussion and excursions. The program is accompanied by a Living Learning Community in which a group of women live together in a holistic environment that improves their professionalism, and evokes leadership, decorum and a sense of womanhood. The Phenomenal Woman Award is given to the person who demonstrates outstanding service and commitment to EVOLVE and to her community. She is an example of what it means to have love for self, love for education and love for community. Her love for self is exhibited through the respect she always shows herself and others. Her love for education is illustrated by her maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above, and her love for community can be witnessed through her community work.

The Commitment to Excellence and Engagement Award is given to the person who regularly works in the service of EVOLVE and its elevation. She is a woman of her word and is always there when you need her. When others ask Why?, she asks, Why not? She’s easy to identify because she stands out as the most engaged woman in the organization. The Leading Lady Award is given to a scholar who is determined to make the most of her education. She leads by example through having the highest GPA in EVOLVE.

ARISE Program The ARISE program is a component of the Academic Enrichment Program that was implemented to provide residential students with individualized academic services that help them identify and correct those factors that challenge their academic success.

The On the Rise Award recognizes the top students who have demonstrated a significant increase in their overall GPA, actively participated in the ARISE program and successfully fulfilled their academic requirements.

Athletics Awards The Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) partners with the athletics department every year to supply students with tutors for study hall. The AEP celebrates the athletes that we’ve worked with that have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Athletics Residential Scholar Award is for the athlete who has academically gone above and beyond and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Rise Above Award recognizes the ARISE program participants that have graduated from the ARISE program with the highest cumulative grade point averages.


The 2016 PowerLIVE Honorees

Eghonghon Addeh Adetomike Adeyemi Kofi Afriyie Samuel Akintomide Amber Arlinghaus Will-Anne Auguste James Berkely Jada Boyd DeAsia Bryant Jerell Culberson Briana Culbertson Morgan Daryel Charles Davis Jamielle Davis Carolyn Felton Charleene Folk Asia Goffin Kayla Griffin Crystal Hagens Brandon Hairston Jennifer Haley Valecia Hanna


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India Harper Zakiyia Hawkins ShaDaija Hendrick Tre’Vaughn Henry Raejean Hill Oluwakayode Jasanya Deon Jennings

Feyisayo Okelowo Ibukunoluwa Oladunjoye Mopeninujesu Oluyinka Maya Parker Minja Rankov Brianna Rhinehart Demetrius Robinson

Paris Johnson Jordan Joines Kiyanna Kemp Abriyuna King Warren Leggett Anthony Lovelace Isaac Macarthy Emani Majors Avalon McLaren Arthur Mederios de Araujo Niraje Medley-Bacon Cornelius Middleton Devonnie Moore Dante Nelson Chikaodi Nwanegwo

Lataya Rose Daria Ross Chelsea Semple Marieme Seye Torrance Simpson Jade Talmadge Nishone Thompson Nyl Thompson Corey Vernon Letisha Vincent Kamren Watkins Kelsie Weaver Raigan Wheeler Kalyn Williams Emanuel Yisreal



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Awards Ceremony Program Welcome

Dr. Kevin Banks Vice President, Student Affairs

Opening Remarks

Dr. Douglas F. Gwynn Director, Office of Residence Life & Housing

Keynote Address

Dr. Gloria J. Gibson Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Presentation of Awards

Living Learning Community (LLC), Residential Scholars, EVOLVE, MILE, ARISE, and Athletics Residential Scholars Darlene Conley Coordinator for Academic Enrichment Program and LLC

Closing Remarks

Dr. Douglas F. Gwynn Director, Office of Residence Life & Housing


Reverend Dr. Bernard Keels Director, University Memorial Chapel


Keynote Speaker Gloria J. Gibson, Ph.D., is Morgan State University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Gibson has been in higher education for more than 20 years, serving in a number of roles at several institutions. Prior to her role at Morgan State, she served as professor, executive vice president and provost, and briefly as interim president at the University of Northern Iowa.


Dr. Gibson also previously served as the inaugural dean of Arkansas State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in various capacities at Indiana University Bloomington, including associate vice chancellor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and associate professor of the school’s folklore and ethnomusicology department.

Dr. Gibson has a strong background in music, having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Southern Illinois University. She received her Ph.D. in folklore with a concentration in ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington.


About the Office of Residence Life The Office of Residence Life & Housing (ORL&H) at Morgan State University is an integral part of the educational and social development of our students. We provide a safe and comfortable living environment that enhances students’ academic success and achievements. The mission of the ORL&H is to build a community that inspires positive life experiences and personal growth. We seek to support student academic achievement through learning that draws from all aspects of the student experience towards the establishment of a holistic educational environment. It is our purpose to encourage a community of respect and civil responsibility. We do this in support of and commitment to the guiding principles and mission of Morgan State University.

Tubman Hall | Room #114 +1.443.885.3217


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About the Academic Enrichment Program The Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) is designed to meet students’ needs by engaging them in the development of a holistic college experience with a special focus on academic success and achievement. We achieve this through a variety of co-curricular programs focused

around seven dimensions of wellness. Additionally, in collaboration with other departments and organizations, the AEP provides opportunities that facilitate students’ individual growth and development, helping them to reach — and often surpass — their academic goals.

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