UW-Superior selects four for 2019 Chancellor’s Leadership Award
The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Marta Larson, Sydney Mastey, Opeyemi Omiwale, and Emily VerWay the recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Leadership Award. This award is given to members of the graduating class who are committed to personal growth and who have made a positive contribution to their peers, campus and community.
As a double major in mathematics and transportation and logistics management, Larson was a leader in several projects. She created and implemented a Girl Scout Transportation Day and an Air and Space Camp for High School Girls. These both became annual events much to the efforts of Larson’s leadership. She also was a research assistant on a grant to develop a program to increase supply chain management internships in the aerospace and aeronautical industry. Larson, from Anoka, Minn., has also been a member of the Transportation and Logistics Club since she was a freshman.
A Becker, Minn., native, Mastey is majoring in legal studies and with an individually designed minor in conflict resolution. She has strengthened her education with professional certificates in paralegal studies, ethical leadership, human resource management, and mediation. As a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow, Mastey was chosen from an elite pool of students to be part of the national network of engaged student leaders. Having earned a 3.960 cumulative GPA over her four years, she will be attending law school upon graduation to become a prosecutor. Actively involved with the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), Mastey hopes to begin her career in family law at a women’s shelter or similar nonprofit organization.
Omiwale, from Abuja, Nigeria, has been an active participant in multiple student organizations including the World Student Association, Stimulus Club, and the African Student Association. She has also been deeply committed to and involved with the Black Student Union – serving as the club’s president this year, as well as being one of the main organizers of the annual Soul Food Dinner. Omiwale, a double-major in economics and business administration with a minor in communication, is also a lead RISE mentor, mentoring underrepresented minority students that are new to UW-Superior.
VerWay is a double major in business management and music. She has a cumulative 3.856 GPA and is an accomplished musician and pianist. VerWay, from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., applies her education and shares her talent with the community, teaching piano lessons to children and youth in the Twin Ports and Twin Cities. She is also a member of the Yellowjacket volleyball team and was named All-UMAC First Team. Off the court, VerWay also played a pivotal role in the Athletic Department’s community service.
UW-Superior’s commencement will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Siinto S. Wessman Arena on the UW-Superior campus. Siinto S. Wessman Arena is located at 2701 Catlin Ave. in Superior. A live video feed will be available the day of the ceremony at uwsuper.edu/graduation/commencement.