Saginaw Valley State University student Pedro Marin, a marketing major from Grand Blanc, was honored for his outstanding leadership and service skills at an annual conference for student leaders in college campus housing operations.
Marin received the Student of the Year award from the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls during the group’s conference at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Friday, Nov. 17. The student-run organization works to promote and improve student life on college and university campuses across Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
Marin also received a received a Top 10 Program award for his program, "Really…You?", which incorporated activities and discussions that allowed students to look at and address their own biases towards other groups of people. The students involved gained a better understanding of how to create a more inclusive environment in and beyond the walls of their residence halls back at their home universities.
A student-designed electronic banner, displaying information about SVSU, was awarded Best Banner at the conference.
Ten members of Saginaw Valley State University's Residence Housing Association, an organization dedicated to providing resources for students who live on campus, attended this event.
The conference provided informational sessions that developed the leadership skills of the attendees. The students also had the opportunity to learn about different programming ideas to bring back to SVSU's residence halls.
Madison Ledbetter, a psychology major from Alma, and Andrew Lienau, a management major from Chesaning, joined Marin in presenting information on different programs they have organized at SVSU.