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Annual Pacesetter students awarded

September 29, 2011

This year's seven Pacesetters have demonstrated diversity, character, excellence in academics, and Ram spirit.

Demostrated excellence

The annual Pacesetter Award recognizes students who have demonstrated an exemplary ability to balance a variety of extra-curricular activities in relation to their academics. Students traditionally represents and understanding of diversity, character, importance of education, and what it means to be a CSU Ram.

This year's students are:

Lindsey Keller

Keller is a junior in the Hospitality Management Program working towards a career as an event planner. She has a dual minor in Business Administration and Spanish. Lindsey is a third year member of the Women's Track and Field team having competed in three Mountain West Conference meets thus far. She made the College of Applied Human Sciences Dean's List last spring and has received the CSU Scholar Athlete award the past two years. Keller stays busy on campus as the project coordinator for the Gamma Beta Phi Society, a service-based honor society and is a member of the CSU Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association. Keller also enjoys her part time job at the Hilton in Fort Collins working as a banquet server. Her track team has provided a second family with immeasurable support.

Austin Ord

Ord is a senior Human Development major with a minor in Business. He is currently most involved with CSU's Campus Recreation as the Head Lifeguard, a Recreation Supervisor and also an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. He has been involved in many different areas across campus, such as a Resident Assistant at Westfall Hall and an Orientation Leader.

Kellen Wittkop

Wittkop is a junior Honors student majoring in Economics and English with minors in Political Science and Business Administration.  She holds three jobs as a Student Staff Member at the Career Center, a Study Session Leader for The Institute for Learning and Teaching and as Chief Justice for the ASCSU Supreme Court. She is also president of CSU Pre-Law Club, Economics Club, Sigma Alpha Lambda, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Co-President for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally,  she serves as Social Chair for BRIDGES, Secretary for Hesperia, a Mock Interview Intern through the Career Center, TGIF volunteer, Honors Peer Mentor and is an Americorps volunteer. Some of her past involvement includes serving as a mentor for the Campus Corps program, a member of Ram Leadership Team, a Ram Welcome Leader and a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts.

Ian McClellan

McClellan is a sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in both Chemistry and Chemistry Education. McClellan is also a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and current president of the Student Veterans Organization at CSU. The SVO supports Veterans within both the CSU community and northern Colorado community by putting on events to raise awarness and support for Veterans and their families. 

Mandy Rose

Rose is a junior pursuing her Bachelors of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration and emphasis in poetry. She is a member of the speakers bureau for the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, works closely with the non-traditional students and student parent communities, teaches creative writing workshops to under-served populations as well as to women and children who have witnessed or been affected by violence; all in hopes of using her talents to help others. She has written for the Collegian, College Avenue Magazine and has published poetry in Colorado State University's literary journal and hopes to finish her book-length poetry manuscript this semester.

Regan Brown

Brown is a Junior Ethnic Studies Major with minors in Spanish, Women's Studies and International Development. Brown currently works in the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement as the student coordinator for CSU Serves and Project Homeless Connect. One of the most powerful experiences Brown has had at CSU is through the Alternative Spring Break Program, traveling to Washington D.C. and working with the homeless community there. She is excited to be co-leading another trip this year to South Carolina focussing on at-risk youth. The love and appreciation for her college experience is what drives Brown to work with the CSU Dream Project in mentoring high school students through the college application process as well as a returning Resident's Assistant providing resources for residents on campus.

Tyreesa Reeves

Reeves is a sophomore double majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in communications. She serves as the treasurer of SHADES of CSU, a mentor for the Black African American Cultural Center and a journalist for Determination Nation Magazine. She also works for ASAP as the Co-Coordinator for concerts as well as the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. She is academically motivated and driven to encourage excellence among her peers and those that will come after her.

Pacesetter Award

In order to become a Pacesetter, a student must be nominated, meet the full criteria and be selected by an established committee process. The program is run through the Associated Students of Colorado State University.