Jefferson Awards for Public Service

2011 Recipients

2011 Annual Champion: Shannon Longenecker

2011 Annual Jefferson Award Champion Shannon Longenecker with UT President Lloyd Jacobs and Vice President for External Affairs Larry Burns

As a biology student at UT, Shannon Longenecker actively volunteered for local organizations such as Nature's Nursery, UT's Perceptual Motor Development Program, Cherry Street Mission and various sports programs. She also led a campaign to raise funds for victims of human trafficking. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Sarah Ritenour with UT President Lloyd Jacobs and Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsSarah Ritenour - January

After participating in local Relay for Life events, Sarah Ritenour co-chaired UT's event. She doubled participation from the previous year and raised more than $28,000Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Stephen UrbanskiStephen Urbanski - February

During his time as a student at UT, Stephen Urbanski walked for 18 hours to help find a cure for cancer, cleaned trash from Toledo highways and danced for muscular dystrophy. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Michele Knox with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsMichele Knox - March

Dr. Michele Knox has dedicated her life to preventing violence toward children, educating others through programs she created and by talking to the media and hosting child abuse conferences.

Jefferson Award Honoree Tavis Glassman with UT President Lloyd JacobsTavis Glassman - April

For two years, Dr. Tavis Glassman lived among students in a dorm and created fun programs to educate his student neighbors about personal health and spark a dialogue with them. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Jordan MaddocksJordan Maddocks - May

Jordan Maddocks dedicates his life to serving others through organizations like Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Alternate Spring Break, Cherry Street Mission and others.

Jefferson Award Honoree Andrew MathewsAndrew Mathews - June

A cancer survivor, Andrew Mathews tells others that they do not need to be defined by an illness and demonstrates this by volunteering with Relay for Life, Push America and more.

Jefferson Award Honoree Amanda GeletkaAmanda Geletka - July

Amanda Geletka gives back to her community by volunteering with Mobile Meals, the American Red Cross, EPIC Toledo, Youth Leadership Toledo and other organizations.

Jefferson Award Honoree Jacob Brokaw with UT President Lloyd Jacobs and Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsJacob Brokaw - August

An active member of Campus Crusade for Christ, Jacob Brokaw is inspired by his faith, going on mission trips to help Hurricane Katrina victims, helping families in need and more.

Jefferson Award Honoree Cameron StrebCameron Streb - September

Cameron Streb spent a majority of his free time helping the Christian Appalachian Project's Workfest, Habitat for Humanity, Race for the Cure, Dance Marathon and Relay for Life.

Jefferson Award Honoree Nancy NgoNancy Ngo - October

The aunt of a young cancer survivor, Nancy Ngo raised more than $3,500 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation by organizing an event at UT where she had her head shaved. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree James NolanJames Nolan - December

After his brother passed away from leukemia, James Nolan went on a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for leukemia and also inspired the rest of his fraternity to join.

Last Updated: 6/26/15