Month: December 2017


Student of the Month

School: Western Kentucky University Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Kalyn Johnson Nominator: Katie Fischer

On-Campus Population: 5200 Chapter Size: 52

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Kalyn Johnson is the perfect example of a successful college student. She is a figure known across campus far and wide, especially due to her work with Residence Halls and working in one of the central buildings on Western Kentucky University’s campus, Downing Student Union.

During the month of December alone, Kalyn finished up her work in National Residence Hall Honorary and received a stole for serving on the executive board for two years. She held the roles of Associate Director of Philanthropy for the 2015-2016 school year and Director for the 2016-2017 school year. By holding this honor, Kalyn was able to represent NRHH at graduation. She also received a stole for her work in Housing and Residence Life. During her time at WKU, Kalyn worked 4 successful M.A.S.T.E.R Plan orientations for first year students, three of whom she served on the executive board for to plan it. Kalyn was also an avid member in the Hall Councils of her residency. She continued to lead Bates-Runner/McLean Hall Council to success and planning various programs this semester.

The first two weeks in December were also the last two weeks of the fall semester and her final weeks of being a student at WKU. During this time, she wrote over 95 pages in final assignments; a feat that any college student would have trouble handling. She did this while tackling her job of working in the Student Union throughout the week as well. Next, Kalyn took advantage of taking a photography class offered by the university. This exposed a hidden talent of hers as she wanted to improve her hobby; an opportunity that paid off. The official WKU social media page posted one of Kalyn’s photographs on December 8th for everyone to enjoy. Finally, Kalyn wrote her last article for WKU’s Herald Newspaper. She had a reoccurring piece placed as often as possible entitled “Kalyn’s Corner” where she wrote opinionated pieces on different topics.

Her kind heart also comes out constantly because even though she was as busy as she was, she still created time to say hi to a friend as she passed them on campus or spend 10 minutes socializing at the residence hall desk. She even went out of her way this semester to invite a freshman acquaintance to socialize with her friend group. This individual was somewhat down from being nervous coming to college not knowing any body. She took him under her wing and welcomed him right in. Lastly, Kalyn took time to support her fellow peers and providing self-care for herself, taking a break from studying to attend her residence hall’s final program, Pancake Night. She advocates self-care frequently for anyone that needs the reminder. Even though Kalyn pulled various “all-nighters” in the last two weeks of school, she ensured she still received an appropriate amount of sleep when she could.

On December 9th 2017, Kalyn Johnson became the first member of her family to graduate from college. She will continue her talents learned in college, as a writer and future Student Affairs Professional. Kalyn will start graduate school next fall 2018.

I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to write about Kalyn one final time, with her considerable amount accomplishments and impact that she has on others. She is indeed always a smiling face for others and a role model to follow. She is an ear that will listen at any time of the day or night and a dependable student. Kalyn has shown the true student potential one can have during her time of college and has expanded it to its fullest abilities.

Word Count: 599

Date of entry into database: 2018-01-01 20:24:53

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