Linnaean Award

History of the Linnaean Award

Past Linnaean Award Winners

 

The 2015 Linnaean Award Winners

2015 Linnaean Award Winners

 
Pictured L to R: Front Row--Kelly Alsedek '71 (Alumni Board of Directors Vice President for Campus Programs), Kelsey DeRaffele, Erin Meachem, Kyra McFadden;  Back Row--Eliza Gray, Logan Carbaugh, Fergan Imbert

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 2015 Linnaean Award Winners 

Logan Carbaugh, Political Science major, is an Assistant Residence Coordinator.  He has served on the Student Senate Board of Directors, focusing on student safety and regulations.  He also was the Class of 2016 Senator and the DPS Liaison to Student Senate.  Logan is involved with CPS by serving as the Painted Turtle Farm’s program coordinator.  He is also a member of the student crisis emergency response team with DPS.  He received the John Alfred Hamm Award in 2014 and the Kathryn Tarr Award in 2015.


Kelsey DeRaffele
, Sociology major/ Educational Studies minor, is the President of Autism Speaks U at Gettysburg College.  She is the Secretary for Chi Omega and had previously served at Philanthropy Chair.  She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Survivors Inc., and The Difference Project.  She is a member of the Gettysburg Club Rugby team.  Kelsey’s service activities include Campus Kitchens, Make A Wish Foundation, Rising Stars Running, Special Olympics, Midnight Run, GIV Day, B+ Foundation, and she traveled to Peru for a service trip and worked with special needs children.  Kelsey received the Greek Life Community Servant of the Year Award, Chi Omega academic award, Chi Omega Community Servant of the Year Sister Award, and she has also been named to the Dean’s List.


Eliza Gray
, an Organizational Management Studies major / Business minor studied International Business and Culture in Seville, Spain for a semester.  She is co-captain of the Women’s varsity soccer team, the assistant director of fitness for Campus Recreation, a SAAC representative, and participates in the GLC Leadership Certificate program.  Eliza is also a brand ambassador for Strivr Inc. She has also received numerous awards including the award in athletics, the Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll, NSCAA 3rd Team All-American , Mid Atlantic 1st Team All-Region, Centennial Conference 1st Team All-Conference, and the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year.


Fergan Imbert
, Biology major, participates in the Pre-Health Professions Club.  He is a Residence Coordinator, the senior admissions intern and student presenter, and a member of the senior class gift committee.  In addition, Fergan was appointed to the Student Life Committee as the student member.  He volunteers at New York Presbyterian Hospital and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  He has been named to the Dean’s Honor List and has received the William F. Muhlenberg Award.


Kyra McFadden, Psychology major, is a Student Program Coordinator for Psi Chi and a Peer Research Mentor.  She is the President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, an associate member of the Panhellenic Council and a Residence Assistant.  Kyra tutored at El Centro and volunteered at the Migrant LIU.  She has received multiple awards including the John Alfred Hamme Award, the Outstanding Junior Greek Woman Award, the East Quad RA of the Year Award, and has been named to the Dean’s Commendation List.  

Erin Meachem, English and Spanish major, serves as the Communications & Marketing intern at Gettysburg College.  He is also a Peer Learning Associate for a First Year seminar and she is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.  Erin is active in Student Senate, having served as a senator and the Career Center Committee Head.  She is a Panhellenic Delegate for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and she is also a tour guide for the Admissions Office.  She volunteers at Case De Cultura through their ESL classes.  Erin has been named to the Dean’s Honor List since 2012.


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