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ONU to recognize student leaders at 13th annual President’s Leadership Dessert

May 4, 2011

Ohio Northern University will host the 13th annual President’s Leadership Dessert on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the King Horn Center’s field house. An evening of fellowship, dessert and awards, the President’s Leadership Dessert is designed by the University to thank and recognize students who have demonstrated leadership potential.

The event will feature guest speaker Douglas A. Smith, a business leader who in the past 15 years has worked as CEO of Kraft General Foods Canada, chairman/CEO of Borden Foods Corporation, and, most recently, chairman/CEO of Best Brands Corporation until its sale to CSM Corporation. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His leadership and organizational philosophy focuses on maximizing happiness and well being as well as honing the skill of dealing with setbacks in life. With this outlook, he has taught a class on happiness at DePauw University since 2006.

Along with a number of awards given by various campus organizations, the Leadership Dessert will honor individual students with the DeBow Freed Awards for Outstanding Leadership and specific organizations with the Alice-Kay Hilderbrand Student Organization of the Year Award.

The DeBow Freed Award is presented to one male and one female representative from each of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes. A selection committee of administrators and undergraduate faculty reviews nominations and selects recipients. Criteria for selection include evidence of personal impact as a result of the candidate’s leadership on the ONU campus, campus community or community of residence, sound character, and good social and academic standing.

The Campus Organizations Committee of ONU’s Student Senate created the Alice-Kay Hilderbrand award in spring 2002. It recognizes the outstanding and exceptional leadership of individual student organizations at ONU that have made positive contributions to the campus community.