Jefferson Awards for Public Service

2012 Recipients

2012 Annual Champion: David Gosser

2012 Annual Jefferson Award Champion David Gosser with his nominator, Father James Bacik and UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry Burns

David Gosser, a UT nursing student, says his Catholic faith is what drives him to help others in so many ways. He raises money for local organizations, helps feed Toledo's poor and works with autistic children through the Autism Treatment Center's Son-Rise Program. Read more or Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Kelly Staufer with UT President Lloyd Jacobs and Student Government President Matt RubinKelly Staufer - January

To reduce stereotypes, Kelly Staufer invited speakers to UT to educate others of the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning students face. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Rosaline CordovaRosaline Cordova - February

Rosaline Cordova, a student at UT, helped plan four student-run medical mission trips to Central America to provide free health care to undeveloped villages. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Erin NicholsErin Nichols - March

On her first trip with Engineers Without Borders, Erin Nichols lead successful initiatives for water treatment projects in Honduras. She then served as president of EWB for two years. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Matthew Perry with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsMatthew Perry - June

A culture ambassador at UT, Matthew Perry is involved with organizations that support individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning and transgender. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Susan Rice with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsSusan Rice - July

Dr. Susan Rice, a professor of nursing at UT, volunteers her extra time with the organization Gliding Stars. It provides an opportunity for those with disabilities to ice skate and socialize. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Nicholas Hemwall with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsNicholas Hemwall - August

As a freshman, Nicholas Hemwall has already done outstanding work in the community by assisting the American Red Cross. He has chaired some of his own local blood drives. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Katelyn BallKatelyn Ball - October

Katelyn Ball is a Cincinnati native and recent graduate of UT who was a part of Dance Marathon, Campus Crusade for Christ, TOMS One Day Without Shoes and more. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Vipul ShuklaVipul Shukla - November

As a volunteer in the UTMC HIV testing clinic, Vipul Shukla participates in HIV educational programs and helps to broaden the impact of the testing center. Watch video

Jefferson Award Honoree Sherry AndrewsSherry Andrews - December

Sherry Andrews touches the lives of everyone around her, performing selfless acts such as organizing a team to do an entire kitchen renovation for a colleague battling cancer.

Last Updated: 6/26/15