Class of 2017 Award Recipients
About the Award
The 'Class of' Awards are given to students and faculty that have significantly impacted the Cornell community. Class Councils recognizes those that are positive roles models to their peers, excel in their activities, and selflessly work to better the Cornell community.
Aleksej Aarsaether is a current sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Business, Theatre, Inequality Studies, and Performing and Media Arts. He is an aspiring director whose most recent directing credit was this year's production of The Vagina Monologues, in which he utilized his personal aesthetic for hyper visual theatre to create a truly empowering show which raised over $11,000 for the Ithaca Advocacy Center to help survivors of sexual assault.
North Carolina native, Keandra is a current sophomore Communication major who enjoys encouraging fellow Cornell students to focus on their passions. Other than inspiring people to be active participants in organizations pertaining to their academic and social interests, her hobbies include community service, yoga, hiking, and trying new flavors of tea.
Catherine is a sophomore economics and comparative literature major with a law and society minor. She is involved with Smart Woman Securities, Queer and Asian, and the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review, Filthy Gorgeous Planning Committee, and the Varsity Rowing Team. Previously she worked at the Massachusetts Treasury Department, Standard and Poor's, and at an engineering firm. She will be working at a boutique investment bank and volunteering at a women's shelter this upcoming summer. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing, practicing yoga, and watching cheesy movies.
Christopher-James is a Brooklyn-bred “prepster” who studies English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, orders pretentiously named cappuccinos at Stella’s Café on a near-nightly basis, and writes short stories about happy-go-lucky gay romances. When he’s not parading around Ho Plaza educating the masses on queer culture and human rights, he can be spotted at Libe Café avoiding his creative writing assignments and spreading joy in the form of free hugs and corny jokes.
Ujuonu Nwizu is a pre-med sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Africana Studies with a minor in Global Health. A resident advisor in Ujamaa Residential College, Uju spends her time outside her academics as an E-board member in the Women of Color Coalition as well as the Black Biomedical and Techinal Association.
This year, Hadar’s major involvements have helped her delve more into the field of Urban Planning and learn more about Southeast Asia and specifically, Indonesian language. She has continued her work through Design Connect, managing urban planning and design projects throughout central NY. Hadar is working with a team of students in design, urban planning and real estate to create a Downtown Re-visioning Plan in collaboration with the Village of Lodi in Seneca County. She is involved in many organizations including: Hillel, Outdoor Odyssey, Org. of Urban and Regional Studies, Streets Alive! Ithaca, and the Public Service Center.