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Laura Guillory (left) was awarded the Rogers Gate Award and Kim Craig (right) was named organization adviser of the year at the 2016 Student Night of Recognition.

By Donnie Andrick

Imagine this: Women attending Columbia College in the 1920s were just given the freedom to go unsupervised to approved places in town, but only if they were wearing a hat! Dean for Student Affairs Faye Burchard shared this interesting Columbia College fact to give attendees a very personal and unique glimpse into the time period as she began the ceremony for the 2015-2016 Night of Recognition, an event that congratulates involved students, staff and faculty on campus.

With an array of suspenders, and fringed and sequined flapper dresses, those attending the event found themselves transported back in time to the elegance and glamor of the Roaring ’20s. The Student Affairs staff worked hard to make the Night of Recognition a special event for the people who make Columbia College the wonderful place that it is.

Before the ceremony began, the students, staff and faculty attending the event mingled at the themed cocktail hour, which took place on the lawn of the Brouder Science Center. While some attendees took advantage of the unique photo opportunities with antique-style chairs and an assortment of props, others enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres and desserts at the cocktail hour.

The ceremony took place in Bixby Lecture Hall and a slideshow of Columbia College’s 1920s-era photos played as attendees filed in. Austin Miller, a 2011 Columbia College graduate and now a Douglass High School math teacher, gave a heartfelt speech about how taking opportunities, gaining leadership skills and networking at Columbia College has benefited him well beyond his days as a student.

Individual awards were then presented to dedicated students in the Columbia College community. The final award, the prestigious Rogers Gate award that honors a senior student who has distinguished his or herself as an outstanding Columbia College citizen, was presented to Lauren Guillory. “Columbia College has offered me many opportunities to succeed as a student, and I feel it is my responsibility to share my appreciation for the college by being involved and engaging in the wonderful community here. I was among many students at this event who are passionate about Columbia College and dedicated to making it a positive environment, so I feel honored to have received this award,” she said.

The winners of the various individual awards are as follows:

Service Project of the Year: CouGarden hosted by International Club

Program/Event of the Year: Homecoming Talent Show hosted by Homecoming Steering Committee

Advisor of the Year: Kim Craig for CAST (Committed and Serving Together)

Organization of the Year: CAST

Friend of Student Affairs: Cliff Jarvis, Caitlynd Weekley

True Blue: Chris Harris

Servant Leadership: Rotshak Dakup

Emerging Leader Award: Trent Finley

Rogers Gate: Lauren Guillory