This year’s annual Penn GSE awards recognized Mike Nakkula, Kamal Dreher, and Laronnda Thompson for their excellent service.
Nakkula, Practice Professor and Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He has earned a reputation for entrusting students to develop and carry out different projects in an encouraging and supportive way.
Dreher, who works in desktop support for the GSE Information Technology team, received the Outstanding Service to Students Award. According to his nomination, he “provides continuous and dependable IT support to students, staff, and faculty in a patient and calming manner.”
Thompson, who is graduating with a master’s degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy, received the William E. Arnold Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Student. President of the Student Government, she has been described as a thoughtful, collaborative, and proactive leader. Thompson “encourages students to engage in various academic, professional, cultural, and social opportunities.”
The following students have also been honored:
The Dean’s Leadership Award: Golkoo Hossieni
The GSE Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Jeff Baker
Student Government Contributions to Student Life: Golkoo Hosseini
Student Government Student Advocacy Award: Abdul-Qadir Islam
Student Government Values and Morale Award: Laura Murray
Student Government Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Citation for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation: Jooeun Shim