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The Nicholson Award

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The Nicholson Award

Nicole Nicholson

The Nicholson award, named for Nicole Nicholson, aims to recognize an outstanding Shippensburg

University living-learning community student. Nicole Nicholson is a senior who has been a member of the Honors community and contributed significantly to the campus community as well as to the growth of

the living-learning community program at Shippensburg. Over the course of her two years

volunteering with Residential Education, Nicole has sat on University Task Forces and Committees, has regularly contributed to curriculum development

and programmatic goals, helped prepare and conduct assessments of the program, and has

regularly gone above and beyond in her role. During that time she has also served as the student intern

for the New Student Orientation Committee, President of Residence Hall Association, was a

member of the Presidential Search committee and was elected Homecoming Queen. As a way of

representing her outstanding impact on living-learning communities and Shippensburg University, we have decided to recognize an outstanding living-

learning community student in her honor.

Award Criteria

Leadership team members for each of the six living-learning communities were asked to nominate one individual from the community who they believed was worthy of the Nicholson

Award.*Discover SU was permitted to nominate two students as it had two sections of the program

Each nominee was required to:

Have strong academic performance.

Be thoroughly involved in their specific living-learning community.

Actively be involved and connected with the larger campus community.


Marcus Snyder

Marcus Snyder is a biology major in the class of 2018. Marcus’s hometown is Hustontown PA. He is very involved on Shippensburg’s campus with various clubs and activities. Marcus was hired as a summer and fall Orientation Leader for the upcoming year, he is also a very active participant in the Biology First Year Interest Group Living-Learning Community. Marcus attends all the events and meetings held by the community and always brings an energetic and happy mood along with him. Marcus and a group of friends participate in many of the intramural sports, such as the basketball and soccer teams. Marcus is also a part of the science department’s ecology program.

Some of Marcus’s favorite memories are going to see the hypnotist Eric Mina in the CUB MPR and being a part of the Biology LLC mock tails mix-off team and coming in 3rd place. Marcus loves living on campus and the Shippensburg area. Marcus believes that Shippensburg builds a great community, and provides great academic opportunities. Marcus will be returning to on campus housing because he loves the residence hall programs and says they are a great way to meet new people that soon will become friends.

Sarah KramerSarah is an undeclared first-year student from Green Lane, Pennsylvania. Within the next year, Sarah will be declaring a major in Marketing. Her favorite aspect of the Discover SU LLC program was being given the opportunity to create a new peer group for both social and academic purposes. Her favorite memory was during the final session with the group getting to see each students' presentations, showing the hard work they had put into the semester as well as the fun they had. This year Sarah was actively involved in the Shippensburg University tennis team.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light" 

~Aristotle Onassis

Dionna Webster

Dionna Webster is a first-year student at Shippensburg University. She majors in Communication/Journalism with an emphasis in electronic media. She is originally from Collegeville, PA. Her favorite part of the LLC program was her Academic Peer Mentor Javonna Wylie. Javonna really encouraged her along the way and has continued to check in with Dionna throughout the year.

On campus Dionna is also involved with the Heritage Dance Company, PEERS and was also involved with P.I.E. (People Involved Equally) last semester.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!“Audrey Hepburn

Dylan Horrex

Dylan is a first-year student majoring in Communication/Journalism. His favorite part of the Engaging Service through Action Community has been helping others and being out there connecting with the community. On campus he is also involved with ACT V, SUTV and SAFE. Dylan has regularly performed service hours throughout the year and has volunteered at the campus farm as well as multiple other locations.  Favorite inspirational quote: "Why define yourself using someone else's dictionary when you can write your own"  

Noah Hartzell

Noah Hartzell is currently a freshman striving for a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, a small town about two hours east of Shippensburg University. He participated in the Healthy Living Learning Community. He enjoyed the time spent meeting and working with new people. As well as working with Kala, and Lauren who came up with fantastic programs, and bulletin board ideas. Noah is also a cadet in the Army ROTC program on campus, seeking a military career after college.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years"- Abraham Lincoln. 

MacKenzie Brouse

MacKenzie Brouse is an outstanding first-year student from Paxinos, PA. She is currently a Biology major, but is in the middle of switching to English Secondary Education with a Theatre Minor. Mackenzie has enjoyed meeting some of her best friends in the Honors LLC, and being close in proximity to them all the time. One of her favorite memories living in the LLC was during band camp, before classes had even started, Mackenzie and some of her newly acquired friends made a spontaneous trip to Walmart at midnight after an exhausting day at band camp. Mackenzie is extremely involved on campus: besides being an active participant in the Honors Program, she is in Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Band as a vocalist, and Act V, where she is playing Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Mackenzie is also very involved in the Red Raider Marching Band, where she will be drum major next year. Her favorite inspirational quote draws from her love of the theatre, and comes out of Shakespeare’s play As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one main in his time plays many parts”. Her RA described her as “A bubbly, smiling, actively involved, and all around wonderful member of my community, and I could not think of anyone who deserves recognition quite like Mackenzie.”

Karla Moses

Karla Lynnette Moses was born to the parents of Karl and Sheila Moses on October 11, 1995 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended Collegium Charter School from Kindergarten until 12th grade. While in High School, she held many leadership roles, such as Student Council President and Blood Drive Coordinator.

Karla is currently a first-year student majoring in Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and also minoring in Women's Gender Studies. She is involved with the African-American Organization, the Harmonic Voices of Truth Gospel Choir, and WSYC 88.7 FM, the radio station on campus. She joined the Leadership Academy Living Learning Community in August 2014. During the first meeting Karla realized that she was the only girl in the Academy, initially she was hesitant but that quickly became irrelevant. She has enjoyed the bonds and friendships formed in the Leadership Academy and the opportunities it has afforded her. The Leadership LLC has taught her new skills that she can apply not only on her academic journey at Shippensburg, but also in the real world. For example, understanding the importance of self-reflection has helped her develop short-term and long-term goals for her first year in college.

Karla's favorite memory from the LLC is "Bring a Friend Night". She planned this event, which encouraged members to bring potential LLC candidates to show the benefits of participating in a LLC.

Karla’s inspirational quote is “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” stated by Erma Bombeck. Karla was raised in a spiritual home, and she strives everyday to live a life that is pleasing to God and aligned to her values.


Congratulations Ms. Karla Moses

Karla was selected for her outstanding academic performance as well as her involvement in the Shippensburg Leadership Academy and the campus community.

As one of her advisors shared, “Karla has become a leader within the Leadership Academy. She has built relationships with each one of its members. And being seen as the leader in a group of leaders says a great deal.”

Congratulations Karla!