Hawgood recognized with student leadership award

Resident assistant. Cross-country runner. Swimmer. International Student Organization member. College of Idaho junior Emily Hawgood wears many hats across campus. And this month, Hawgood’s reputation as a community member who will go the extra mile (or extra 140.6 miles when completing an Ironman triathlon race) earned her C of I Student Affairs Leadership, Integrity and Service Award winner.

“Emily is one of the most dependable, trustful individuals I know,” said Matt Gier, assistant director of residence life. “A team player in every sense of the word. Her ability to get along with others makes it easy to work with any team or organization.”

Gier and Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs, nominated Hawgood for the award. Working with Hawgood as an RA in Anderson Hall, Gier said Hawgood’s compassion, empathy and enthusiasm contribute to her success within residence life.

“It is easy to think of Emily as a colleague rather than a student because of her level of maturity and thinking,” Gier said.   

And when Hawgood isn’t running around campus, she volunteers in the community one day a week with kindergarteners at Lewis and Clark Elementary.

The College of Idaho congratulates Hawgood on her commitment to serving others and being an example of a shining light for others to follow on campus.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit