Seven students win Lyons Awards for service

Lyons Awards winners
At the ceremony for the Lyons Awards winners were, from left, Andrew Barakat, Sophie Clark, Princess Umodu, Vice Provost Greg Boardman, Associate Vice Provost Chris Griffith, Jim Lyons, Lily Zheng, Mark Moeremans, Johnny Xu, Provost Persis Drell and Joey Nelson (Photo: Angie Chan-Geiger)

Seven students were recently honored with James W. Lyons Awards for Service to and on behalf of Stanford.

The awards were presented by GREG BOARDMAN, vice provost of student affairs, at a ceremony on May 23.

The honored students were:

ANDREW BARAKAT, who was recognized for his commitment to the well-being of Stanford students by serving on the Mental Health & Well-Being Advisory Board and the CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) Student Advisory Board.

SOPHIE CLARK, who was recognized for her commitment to making Stanford a safer place through the development and expansion of the 5-SURE on Foot escort program.

MARK MOEREMANS, who was recognized for improving the lives of Graduate School of Business students as MBA Student Association co-president.

JOEY NELSON, who was recognized for building awareness around LGBT rights through events such as the Queer Perspectives Speakers Series and the Trans 101 workshop and through the founding of oSTEM, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as for mentorship in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

PRINCESS UMODU, who was also recognized for her commitment to making Stanford a safer place through the development and expansion of the 5-SURE on Foot program.

JOHNNY XU, who was recognized for his volunteer service at the Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco to empower low-income youth to go to college and for service to the Stanford Hospital emergency department through the Stanford Health Advocacy & Research Program.

LILY ZHENG, who was recognized for partnering with PROVOST PERSIS DRELL to co-lead a dialogue on institutional change and students as change makers and for Stanford Daily columns reflecting her commitment to inclusion, justice and empathy.

The annual awards are named in honor of JAMES LYONS, a former dean of students. Lyons was on hand to give a special award to Boardman, who is stepping down as vice provost of student affairs.