Eight students receive James W. Lyons Award for Service

Lyons Awards winners with former dean of students Jim Lyons (photo by Susan Burk)

Eight students have received the James W. Lyons Award for Service for their exceptional contributions to the Stanford community. The James W. Lyons Award for Service was established in 1981 and named in honor of former dean of students JIM LYONS. The award recognizes service contributions made by students from a variety of schools, departments, teams, clubs, residences and community projects.

The 2013 Lyons Award recipients are:

ELISE GEITHNER: Geithner initiated a profound cultural shift within the Greek community and residences related to wellness and body image. She developed the workshop “Am I Good Enough Yet?” in collaboration with Health Promotion Services, which helped engage her sorority. The program has permeated the rest of campus, helping students shift their perspective on body image and other challenging issues.

DIANA GONZALEZ: Gonzalez mentors local youth at the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy and East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program. She is a founding member and editor of the publication El Aguila, founding member of Latinos Unidos, member of Mariachi Cardenal, peer advisor at the Haas Center, Mass and ceremony chair for Nuestra Graduación and participant in the Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Youth and Education Law Project.

CATHERINE JAN: Jan has helped make the transition to Stanford more welcoming by creating programs for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO). As head community associate, she helped the Graduate Life Office enhance the community associate program. Jan was also recognized for her programming contributions with the Graduate Student Council and Women in Electrical Engineering.

BRIAN KOOIMAN: Kooiman enhanced the musicality and reputation of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band as band manager. Kooiman worked logistical magic to prepare and lead the 280-person organization through appearances at the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game. He created strong partnerships with offices across campus. His commitment and leadership instilled a greater sense of shared stewardship within the organization.

BRAD MOYLAN: Moylan served as ASSU Elections Commissioner. He also enhanced the football experience by reinvigorating the Big Game Rally as a leader of the Axe Committee. Moylan also mentored student organization leaders as peer adviser for the Student Activities and Leadership office, served on such committees as the Stanford Historical Society Board and helped make the transition to Stanford a memorable experience for the class of 2015 as a freshman transition coordinator.

RICHARD SAPP: Sapp was recognized for his commitment to enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities. Through his innovative student-initiated course (HumBio 25SI) and leadership in Kids with Dreams, he has created youth programs aimed at developing lifelong athletic and social skills, while also providing Stanford students with meaningful mentorship experiences. He is a strong advocate for increased access and opportunities for students and community members with disabilities.

MONA THOMPSON: Thompson served as publicity coordinator for the Women’s Community Center, helped create the center’s femtastic blog and brought humor to discussions of feminism. She served as a peer health educator, social media guru with iThrive@Stanford and counselor, drama coordinator and unit leader for Camp Kesem. Thompson also served as an Urban Studies peer adviser and a project manager for the Sustainable Cities Service-Learning Course, and was an Impact Abroad participant.

NOEMI WALZEBUCK: Described as the “face of sustainability at Stanford,” Walzebuck co-founded the Green Consulting group, which provides sustainable resources and ideas to student organizations during their event planning. Additionally, she has worked with university partners to bring sustainability to the forefront for faculty, staff and students. She was responsible for bringing Al Gore to campus for the inaugural Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture on climate science.

The students were honored at a ceremony and dinner featuring Jim Lyons. The event was hosted by Vice Provost for Student Affairs GREG BOARDMAN and Dean of Student Life CHRIS GRIFFITH.

Visit the website for a list of previous award recipients.