UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2014 John W. Oswald Award. Evan Foulsham is the recipient in the field of athletics; Jessica Tully, journalism, speech and mass media; co-recipients Cortlyn Hagman and Mark Goldy-Brown, scholarship; and Tiffany Cole, social sciences, activities and student government.
The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970 to 1983.
Evan Foulsham is a park and tourism management major in the College of Health and Human Development from Madison, N.J., and a four-year member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. She has served as the team’s Student Athlete Advisory Board representative since 2010, working with other student athletes to enhance the relationship between University athletics and the local community. Nominated by her team members and coaches, she also serves in the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute. She has volunteered with LifeLink PSU, developing campus events for students with disabilities.
“Leadership comes naturally to Evan in all facets of her life,” one nominator said. “She truly understands what it means to represent something larger than her.”
Journalism, Speech and Mass Media
Jessica Tully of Wexford, Pa., is a senior majoring in journalism in the College of Communications and political science in the College of the Liberal Arts. She has been a writer/editor for Onward State’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and opinions editor, campus news editor and crime reporter for The Daily Collegian. She has served as a freelance reporter and news intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and USA Today, covering breaking news and writing investigative pieces.
“Jessica is an intelligent young woman with stellar reporting and writing skills,” a nominator said, noting that she was one of eight students selected for the Depth Reporting class and one of 17 chosen for the International Reporting class, which involved travel to China. “It is an honor to be selected for one of these highly competitive classes; it is rare to be selected for both.”
Mark Goldy-Brown of Zionsville, Pa., is a senior in the Schreyer Honors College at University Park, majoring in biology. As president of Springfield THON, he has led the special-interest organization to raise more than $170,000 annually for the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. The 120-member student group also has adopted three THON families with children who have fought cancer. He is a biology teaching assistant and undergraduate research assistant and has served as a residence hall assistant.
“Mark…has been a fabulous example of leadership within the organization because of his enthusiasm, dedication and innovation,” a nominator said, “Mark is a dynamic leader and has been able to triumph and learn in both challenging and rewarding times.”
Cortlyn Hagman of Boalsburg, Pa., is a senior in the Schreyer Honors College at University Park, majoring in anthropology, political science and Spanish, with a 3.92 grade point average. She is a Matson Student Member Fellow of the Archeological Institute of America. In summer 2012, she was a site supervisor for the Mendes, Egypt, archeological expedition of Penn State’s Donald Redford and Susan Redford, instructing a team of Egyptian workers and recording the provenience and descriptions of all items uncovered. Last summer, she planned and carried out educational programs for K-12 students at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. On campus, she serves on the University Park Allocation Committee and the HUB Advisory Board.
“Not only has she been a leader for students here at the University Park campus, she has also had the opportunity to take on leadership roles with her various community service projects, internships and travel expeditions,” one nominator said.
Social Sciences, Activities and Student Government
Tiffany Cole of Phoenixville, Pa., is a science major in the Schreyer Honors College at University Park and a Paterno Fellow. As co-president of Global Medical Brigades, she has led almost 300 students on service trips to Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana, and she has interned in China and Thailand on health-related projects in rural and disadvantaged communities. While in Thailand, she initiated discussions that led to a new international studies course that awards academic credit for global service experiences. At University Park, she was a winning presenter in the 1,000 Pitches Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit for her proposal to create a more “bike-friendly” campus.
“She is exceptional in the range and diversity of her accomplishments and in the persistence with which she has applied them to spread awareness and inspiration among her fellow students to become agents of global social change,” a nominator said.