'Red Carpet' Event Honors Exceptional Leadership

May 1, 2018

At the 14th annual UC Merced Leadership Awards, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty advisors and student organizations were celebrated Hollywood style — complete with cameras, lights and a “red carpet” entrance — for their service to the campus community and beyond.

“Those receiving awards and those nominated have pulled out all the stops in their leadership endeavors,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Charles Nies said at the event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs on April 28. “They have contributed to our campus community through efforts that are red carpet and black tie worthy.

“We hope to elevate the understanding of leadership that moves beyond position, that moves beyond status quo, and that is inclusive of the role that race, culture and identity play, partnered with the skills, talents and generosity of leadership exemplified by all of you in this room.”

The final honor of the afternoon, the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award, was presented to Mechanical Engineering doctoral student Soheil Fatehiboroujeni who graduates in May. The award recognizes the “most outstanding graduating student” chosen from the nominees of the Legacy Award.

“Soheil has been honored with several awards recognizing his research scholarship, pedagogical skills and service to the Central Valley community,” Nies said. “He has set an excellent precedent and motivating example for other students with his academic excellence, genuine aspirations, compassionate behavior and service attitude.”

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