Levi Gill, of Pagosa Springs, has been honored by Western State College of Gunnison, Colorado, with an Alumni Award for Excellence.
Gill, who graduates from WSC on Saturday, May 9, with a degree in English, was one of nine students honored by the Alumni Association.
During his time at WSC he served as a resident advisor (RA), president of IGNITE (Campus Crusade for Christ), a TIPS facilitator (a peer-based alcohol education program), player-coach for the men’s club soccer team, and a senior mentor for Partners Plus (a juvenile diversion program designed to promote positive behavior and academic success).
Gill also has been a published poet in the WSC magazine, “Pathfinder,” and spent a summer volunteering in the Mississippi Delta with Together for Hope, in which he ran and organized camps for kids, implemented a reading program, and helped bridge the racial gap in the community.
The Alumni Award for Excellence is the College’s highest honor for its graduating seniors. It was established in 1997 as an opportunity to recognize the talents of WSC graduates. Graduating students are nominated by the college faculty and staff.
The criteria for the award include:
• Outstanding scholarship.
• Creativity and thoughtfulness in the classroom.
• Initiative in his/her work.
• Service to the campus/community outside the classroom.
In addition, it is the tradition of the Alumni Awards for Excellence to honor one WSC faculty or staff member who has had the greatest impact on each award winner’s career at Western.
Gill chose to honor Dr. Alina Luna, professor of English.