Congratulations to the 2013 Ex.C.E.L. award recipients!

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 in Campus News and News

Bryne Gonzelez and Natalie Scott, both of Topeka, received the 23rd annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech homecoming football game Oct. 5 in Memorial Stadium.

Gonzales, who is majoring in speech-language-hearing, is the son of Sam and Belinda Gonzales. He is a founding father and current vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He has served as a Hawk Link Guide, Colors of KU student facilitator and Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series member. He recently received an Undergraduate Research Award for his research on cochlear implants.

Scott, daughter of Lynn and Ann Scott, majors in psychology and pre-occupational therapy. She is a student senator and a member of the University Honors Program. As a sophomore, she was named a University Scholar, and she is a 2013-’14 KU Woman of Distinction. She served on the executive board of Alternative Breaks and coordinated freshman orientation for two summers.

The ExCEL Award provides an annual $500 award, and the winners will plan the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

Gonzalez and Scott were selected from among 10 finalists on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, and the homecoming steering committee.

Congratulations, Bryne and Natalie!

Bryne Gonzales and Natalie Scott, ExCEL winners | www.kualumni.org

Photo by Steve Puppe

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