The Mighty SE&L Award: March

The Mighty SE&L award, a collaborative effort by the Student Activities Board and the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership, highlights the accomplishments of students who are making a positive impact on the Campus Life experience through student involvement opportunities.

Students are nominated through a submission form and then voted on by the Student Activities Board, who select one recipient to receive the award while highlighting all three students who have made a positive impact on the Campus Life experience.

This month’s Mighty SE&L award goes to Connor Owens! Connor is a fourth-year Environmental Science student originally from Palmer, Alaska. He chose UAS because it seemed better than either Anchorage or Fairbanks. Now he can say for sure he thinks Juneau is better. 

Connor’s campus involvement has been diverse and noticed. He’s a familiar face for visitors to the Student Resource Center desk, has been involved in many clubs like Ski Club and Traditional Games Club, and has even studied abroad twice. 

“He has done it all and will graduate this spring having made the most of his experience,” said Dash Hillgartner, Director of Admissions. 

People have described Connor as electric, scattered, and colorful. At UAS he enjoys being an active and available member of the community, something that those at UAS notice and appreciate.

“I’ve been Connor’s supervisor for four years and I have witnessed his personal, professional, and academic growth, most of which can be directly connected to his engagement. UAS has been lucky to have Connor,” Hillgartner said. 

After college, Connor isn’t sure what is next but admits he has broad horizons. His time here has made him find happiness in the little things, something he’s immensely proud of. For those who aren’t sure if they want to get involved on campus he has the following advice. 

“What’s the worst that could happen? You probably won’t die.”

Congratulations Connor on being our next Mighty SE&L!

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