Students, campus organizations recognized for outstanding leadership, service

April 25, 2024

At a reception on April 22, the Office of Student Life & Development honored more than 65 registered student organizations and their leaders for their dedication and service to the university and the community.

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Leadership & Development serves the entire student body. It coordinates the work of more than 80 active registered student organizations and 10 student boards that collectively include 150-plus student leaders, 500-plus annual organization-hosted campus events, and 100-plus campus events planned directly by the office.

“Student organizations and campus engagement programs allow Columbus State students to create community and find their people,” said Dr. Melissa Dempsey, assistant dean of students for student engagement. “Both allow students to connect with others who share their same interests and passions, as well as gain valuable leadership skills, experience through volunteerism and a broad network through social and community programs.”


Tyler Brown, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Brown is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in cybersecurity. In addition to dedicating time to his graduate studies, he serves Greek LifeCollegiate 100 and the Student Government Association as a member and through key leadership roles.


Individual Awards

LaWanna Hayes, On-Campus Advisor of the Year Award. The senior executive assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Business & Finance, Hayes advises two National Panhellenic Council organizations: Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She was cited for her kindness, compassion and mentoring to her chapter members.


Individual Awards

Tyler Brown, Fraternity Member of the Year. Brown is a senior cybersecurity major from Atlanta, Georgia. He was commended for being a model for Greek Life leadership on campus as a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and for his involvement in Collegiate 100 and the Student Government Association

Braxton Greer, Outstanding Fraternity Chapter President. Greer is a senior communication major from Austell, Georgia, and president of the Theta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He was credited by his chapter for navigating multiple intake processes, building relationships within the National Panhellenic Council, and serving in various campus leadership roles while studying in a demanding major.

Tyler Thomas, Outstanding Fraternity New Member. Thomas is a senior cybersecurity major from Fairburn, Georgia, and a member of the Theta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The award is presented to a fraternity member who has gone above and beyond the expectations of Greek Life and those of his chapter.

Council Awards

Council awards are bestowed based on a variety of factors, including meeting chapter expectations and pillars, Greek Week participation, council participation, campus involvement and chapter improvement.