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Laramie Students Finalists for Top UW Awards

May 4, 2016
Todd Anderson, Ahmed Balogun, and Mary Kozlowksi

Three Laramie students recently were named finalists for the top graduating man and woman at the University of Wyoming.

Both Todd Anderson and Ahmed Balogun were among seven finalists for the 2016 Tobin Memorial Award as UW's outstanding graduating man. The annual award recognizes academic excellence and achievement, service to the university, participation and leadership in the community and campus activities, and citizenship qualities.

Mary Kozlowski was one of seven finalists for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as UW’s outstanding graduating woman. The award, established in 1964, recognizes a student for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities.

Vikram Singh, from Bangalore, India, received the Tobin Award, while Kimberly Sanchez, of Cheyenne, was named the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award winner during a recent ceremony honoring all the nominees.

Anderson will graduate with an architectural engineering degree, while minoring in mathematics.

“My time spent at UW has been filled with many opportunities to provide leadership and service to the campus and the community. I have always tried to set and achieve lofty goals, and make a positive impact in whatever way I can,” Anderson says. “In my time here at UW, I have grown and changed in many ways. The University of Wyoming has made a significant impact on my life, and I am grateful that I have been given so many opportunities to serve and give back to the community that I love.”

One nominator says Anderson is an ambitious student, and his character is “impeccable.”

“Todd is a rare and truly special student. His design work is original, inspired and often highly successful in both concept and execution,” the nominator says. “His versatility, positive demeanor and vigorous work ethic will propel him to the top of the profession.”

Balogun, originally from Abuja, Nigeria, is a mechanical engineering major, with a minor in the Honors Program. He is the former Associated Students of UW president, meeting one of his UW goals of becoming involved on and off campus.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to my community,” he says. “I chose to get involved on campus to balance the academic rigor of mechanical engineering as I realized life could get ‘gloomy’ if I focused wholly on academics.”

One nominator praised Balogun’s work ethic.

“Ahmed is an exceptional individual; he is hardworking and responsible. He is an excellent student, dedicated to his studies and the different projects with which he is involved,” the nominator says. “Ahmed is one of my favorite students because he is so very personable and so intent on maximizing his educational experience, his career and his contributions to his home country.”

Kozlowski is graduating with an elementary education degree, with a minor in early childhood education.

“Tremendous passion is at the heart of every leader, and passion is my hallmark. At UW, rather than seeking approval from others, I became an enthusiastic lifelong learner,” Kozlowski says. “My time at the University of Wyoming taught me that passion for leadership, joy in helping others, tireless hard work and being an active part of the community creates a limitless future.”

A nominator says Kozlowski is selfless with her time, service, compassion and leadership to help others, plus her attention to detail in academics is unquestionable.

“A person that is as involved as Mary is in so many different areas of life makes everyone around her better. She displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility and ambition toward her athletic competitions and also in the classroom,” the nominator says.

Another adds, “Mary is a home-built rocket ship with plenty of rooms for people who need a lift. Kids remember how you make them feel, and Mary makes them feel light and hopeful.”

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