Linnaean Award

History of the Linnaean Award

Past Linnaean Award Winners

 

The 2016 Linnaean Award Winners

2016 Linnaean Award Winners

 
Pictured L to R: Front Row--Aubrey Silverman, Kelsey Meisch, Jhanvi Ramaiya, Maddie Brown, Brooke Gutschick;  Back Row--Brandon Batman, Brian Orsinger '01 (Alumni Board of Directors)

Six Seniors are chosen annually by their peers as Linnaean Award recipients.  They are honored for their efforts to improve the campus community, excellent in academic endeavors, and overall achievements during their college careers.  The Linnaean Award is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Student Alumni, and the Student Senate.  The awards were presented to the winners during Fall Honors Day held on Family Weekend.

Biographies of 2016 Linnaean Award Winners 

Brandon Batman, Organization and Management Studies major, was a Resident Assistant for two years and is now a Residential Coordinator with the Office of Residential and First Year Programs. He is also a Teaching Assistant with the Chemistry Department. Brandon is a supervisor at the Den Climbing Wall in the John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness and has served as the Student Representative for the Department of Public Safety’s Parking Appeals Board. He is involved with Colleges Against Cancer and serves as the Fundraising Co-Chair.


Maddie Brown
, Political Science and International Affairs double major, is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and has previously served as a Model United Nations Delegate. She played three years of Varsity Soccer and still enjoys playing intramural sports. Maddie works as a Tour Guide and Day Host for the Admissions Office and is a Sportswriter for The Gettysburgian. She also works as a Leadership Mentor at the Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC), as a Radio Show Host/DJ with 91.1 WZBT Gettysburg, and has volunteered with Campus Kitchens, DC Outfitters, and The Painted Turtle Farm. Maddie has been named to the Dean’s Honor or Commendation List every semester she has been a student and completed her Leadership Certificate with the GLC.


Brooke Gutschick
, an Organization and Management Studies major, is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society and is a Leadership Mentor at the Garthwait Leadership Center. She serves the student body through the Student Senate as the Class of 2017 President and the Senate Secretary and is also a Student Representative on the Student Life Committee in the College Life Division. Brooke also works as the Office Assistant to the Head Coach of the Women’s Softball team and has volunteered at the LIU Migrant Tutoring Program, James Gettys Elementary School, and Adams County Head Start. In addition to receiving the John Alfred Hamme Award and the Promising Foreign Language Students Award, Brooke has been named to the Dean’s Honor or Commendation List every semester she has been a student.


Kelsey Meisch
, Political Science and Public Policy double major, is the President of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and member of the Pi Lambda Sigma National Honor Society. She was a participant in both the Inside the Middle East and Inside Politics programs through the Eisenhower Institute. Kelsey was a Resident Assistant for two years and is now a Residential Coordinator with the Office of Residential and First Year Programs. She is currently a Fellow with the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study, the Founder and President of the Gettysburg College Debate Society, and the Vice-President of the International Affairs Association and Model UN. In the Fall of 2015 Kelsey studied abroad in Serbia, Bosnia, Hercegovina, and Kosovo where she conducted research regarding Serbia's ongoing EU negotiations. She has volunteered with the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and Big Sisters, Big Brothers and is a recipient of the Kathryn D. Tarr ’82 Residence Life Student Leadership Award.


Jhanvi Ramaiya, Sociology major with a Writing minor, is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society and is a Research Assistant with the Sociology Department. She was formerly a First Year Student Mentor with International Student Services, President of the International Club, and a Community Advisor with the Office of Residential and First Year Programs. Jhanvi has volunteered with the United Nations World Food Program, Surge Gettysburg, and Pay It Forward. She is a David Wills Scholarship recipient and was named to the Dean’s Honor List in the Fall of 2013 and the Sociology Department Commendation List in the Fall of 2015.

Aubrey Silverman, Psychology and Public Policy double major with a minor in Political Science, is a Student Program Coordinator for the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. She is the Vice-President of Recruitment for the Panhellenic Council and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. In addition, Aubrey is a member of the executive board and the day visit coordinator in her role as Tour Guide with the Admission’s Office. She has volunteered with the El Centro Tutoring Programming and as the Social Media Chair of the Refugee Action Committee. Aubrey is a recipient of the David Wills Scholarship, the Guy B. Moser Scholarship, and the Seidel Family Scholarship as well as being named to the Dean’s Commendation List and being the Celebration 2016 Psi Chi Psychology Department Presentation Winner.


History of the Linnaean Award

One of the earliest organizations on campus was the Linnaean Association, named after the Swedish botanist Linnaeus (1707-1778).  This organization was founded on June 8, 1844 by some thirty students.  The purpose of the organization was the advancement of science.

In 1847 Linnaean Hall was completed through the efforts and perseverance of students to house the College's science collection.  Although the association and building no longer exist, stones from the original building were used to create the sesquicentennial sculpture that stands in the middle of the campus. 

Each year students, professors, and administrators are given the opportunity to nominate senior students whom they believe have inspired other students throughout their academic work and community service similar to the students who helped create Linnaean Hall.  Students then vote for their peers. This provides students with an opportunity to recognize fellow classmates. The award was first given in 1984 and is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Student Alumni and Student Senate.

Linnaean Award Winners

Kevin Daft '85 1984
Lynda Kristan '85 1984
Amy Manson '85 1984
Mary Masselink '85 1984
Keith Talber '85 1984
Richard Van Antwerp '85 1984
Laura Brown '86 1985
Bruce Chamberlin '86 1985
Daniel Cicalia '86 1985
RoseMarie Leonidis '86 1985
Lisa Palm '86 1985
David Trott '87 1985
Katherine Beauchamp '87 1986
Stephen Brenneman '87 1986
Jennifer Cavanaugh '87 1986
Sarah Hitch '87  1986
Timothy Gelsinger '87 1986
Steven Sitek '87 1986
Brian Black '88 1987
Jeffrey Blavatt '88 1987
Tracy Christmas '88 1987
Christine Jefferson '88 1987
Peter Tartline '88 1987
Rebecca Thomas '88 1987
Cynthia Bootay '89 1988
Jennifer Buckley '89 1988
Thomas Donegan '89 1988
Craig Frost '89 1988
Stephen Herr '89 1988
Patricia Hunter '89 1988
Jason Blavatt '90 1989
Troy Datcher '90 1989
Cynthia Hill '90 1989
Victoria Latimer '90 1989
John Loyack '90 1989
Lauren Wise '90 1989
Carey Brown '91 1990
William Caruson '91 1990
Brian Hargrove '91 1990
Amy Hinton '91 1990
Yodit Kassaye '91 1990
Tim Schaeffer '91 1990
Kelvin Datcher '92 1991
Roy Hillard '92 1991
Amy Krukonis '92 1991
Maria Melone '92 1991
Scott Weber '92 1991
Ann Marie West '92 1991
William Ash '93 1992
Shannin Bailey '93 1992
Richard Norris '93 1992
Melissa Ratherdale '93 1992
Christina Schrode '93 1992
Rajat Shah '93 1992
John Comegna '94 1993
Gina L'Heureux '94 1993
Denise Loughlin '94 1993
Nicole Scrofani '94 1993
Christopher Shelton '94 1993
Matthew Stokes '94 1993
Dianna Berry '95 1994
Greg Dodd '95 1994
Katherine Glatfelter '95 1994
Matthew Littlefield '95 1994
Sharon Ryan '95 1994
Steven Sherry '95 1994
Adolphus Clinton '96 1995
Ed Esposito '96 1995
Laila Haider '96 1995
Kristina Hickerson '96 1995
Lauren Mossotti '96 1995
Daniel Spinner '96 1995
Christopher Calabretta '97 1996
Michael Manzo '97 1996
Amy Mollenkamp '97 1996
Christopher Pierson '97 1996
Sandra Schatanoff '97 1996
Marlene Warner '97 1996
Erin Attfield '98 1997
Jill Bailey '98 1997
Ben Barnhart '98 1997
Joe Hodakowski '98 1997
Abigail Rodgers '98 1997
Brian Rusignulo '98 1997
Cara Crossetto '99 1998
Charles Dittrich '99 1998
Mark Lilly '99 1998
Andrew Mude '99 1998
Rebecca O'Connell '99 1998
Erin Quay '99 1998
Lindsay Albert '00 1999
Michael Graham '00 1999
Earl Redding '00 1999
Emily Robertson '00 1999
Christine Sedlacko '00 1999
Dan Sirpenski '00 1999
Jeannie Albrecht '01 2000
Patrick Jordan '01 2000
Gwen Ceton '01 2000
Daniel McCabe '01 2000
Brian Orsinger '01 2000
Elizabeth Walsh '01 2000
Matthew Achhammer '02 2001
Troy Cassel '02 2001
Annalisa DeBacco '02 2001
Lauren King '02 2001
Alan Manning '02 2001
Celia Overby '02 2001
Katherine Daggett '03 2002
Gina Davis '03 2002
Justin Hoover '03 2002
Douglas Ritter '03 2002
Douglas Walo '03 2002
Elizabeth Yates '03 2002
Josie Bonventre '04 2003
Lindsay Brackett '04 2003
Don Lustenberger '04 2003
Lindsay Morlock '04 2003
Doug Stuart '04 2003
Keith Swaney '04 2003
Christopher Husko '05 2004
Deanna Kloss '05 2004
Devina Mitra '05 2004
Emily Peterson '05 2004
Marc Sorresso '05 2004
Holly Woodhead '05 2004
Tiffany Carnuccio '06 2005
Kirryn Mahabir '06 2005
Dawn Mennen '06 2005
Eric Payne '06 2005
Lauren Rapoza '06 2005
Peter Kareha '06 2005
Jennifer Baron '07 2006
Maribeth Black '07 2006
Jithin George '07 2006
Stephen Ginter '07 2006
Jeremy Meehan '07 2006
Jenna Stokes '07 2006
Alexandra Bigler '08 2007
Joseph Gurreri '08 2007
Amy Hoffman '08 2007
Ryan Jannos '08 2007
James Russell '08 2007
Alexandra Sfekas '08 2007
James Buckley '09 2008
Kaitlyn De Young '09 2008
Aimee George '09 2008
Jay Hagerman '09 2008
Amanda Houlis '09 2008
Hugh McStravick '09 2008
Jacob Asplundh '10 2009
Marc Fialkoff '10 2009
Leonora Gatto '10 2009
Denitsa Koleva '10 2009
Kathryn Sanford '10 2009
Michael Sass '10 2009
Dawn Grashorn '11 2010
Valerie Martin '11 2010
Charles Meehan '11 2010
Brianna Piecyk '11 2010
Monica Schmidt '11 2010
Kevin Schmitt '11 2010
Laura Baldasarre '12 2011
Kirsty Bryant-Hassler '12 2011
Andrea Carson '12 2011
Alex Ferraro '12 2011
Adrienne Rahs '12 2011
Anne Marie Valentine '12 2011
Kavya Kumar '13 2012
Andrew Mello '13 2012
Joseph Miller '13 2012
Alexis Moyer '13 2012
Katelyn Stauffer '13 2012
Shane Swink '13 2012
Megan Bailey '14 2013
Anna Baldasarre '14 2013
Christianna Jo Evans (Jo) '14 2013
David S. Gilmore '14 2013
Matthew Maynard '14 2013
Shane Thorp '14 2013
Raksmeymony (Rex) Yin '14 2013
Shannon Callahan '15 2014
Abigail Conner '15 2014
Jesse DeMartino '15 2014
Danielle Keim '15 2014
Stefany Laun '15 2014
Kathryn Thompson '15 2014
Logan Carbaugh '16 2015
Kelsey DeRaffele '16 2015
Eliza Gray '16 2015
Fergan Imbert '16 2015
Kyra McFadden '16 2015
Erin Meachem '16 2015
Brandon Batman '17 2016
Maddie Brown '17 2016
Brooke Gutschick '17 2016
Kelsey Meisch '17 2016
Jhanvi Ramaiya '17 2016
Aubrey Silverman '17 2016