Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adam Kempenich Receives Student Organization Leader of the Year and Ben Koenig Receives Honorable Mention

Proud of the leadership in our clubs! Adam is being recognized for his leadership with the Bison Information Network and Ben for his leadership with the NDSU Nordic Skiing Clubs.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nomination of the Women's Club for Student Organization of the Year

Hilary,

I would like to nominate the Women's Nordic Skiing Club as the Student Organization of the year.
The reason they should be nominated is because they have grown in membership and also competed at a high level this past season.

The 2013-2014 year was only the second year of the Women's Nordic team being in existence and they have already made great strides. They had twelve women deeply involved this year that participated in races.
Highlights from the race season includes one of their skiers placing third in the City of Lakes Loppet Puoli 20 kilometer race. This race takes place in Minneapolis, MN and had 92 other women competing.

At the Pepsi Challenge race located at Giant's Ridge Ski Resort in Biwabik, MN the women took the top three places in their 19-24 year age group. This was a 24 kilometer race.

The women also had a first place finisher at the Minnesota Finlandia in Bemidji, MN. This race is one of the oldest races in Minnesota and was a 25 kilometer race.

As a team the Women finished third in the inaugural Viral Cross Country Race League. The viral league is a competition made up of college skiing clubs located in the Midwest. The schools competing were University of Wisconsin, University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Duluth, Michigan Tech, Carleton College, College of St. Benedict, and Winona State. This was a season long series in which points were earned based on the finishing place of skiers from their respective school.
Women's Nordic has competed well as a team but they also are made up of responsible members who take their school work very seriously. Leaving for races revolved around class schedules to make sure their members could go to class and accomplish their school work.

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Ben Koenig

Nomination of Ben Koenig for Student Organization Leader of the Year

Dear Hilary,

Regarding the nomination for the Student Organization Leader of the Year, we can think of no one more qualified or deserving than the President of the Men’s Nordic Skiing Club.

Ben Koenig came to NDSU four years ago after having participated in cross country skiing all throughout high school. He found soon enough that college was just not the same without the competitive drive that skiing provided. Having met a classmate that also shared his love and passion for skiing competitively, they began discussing the possibility of starting a club. Later that year, they succeeded.

The first year was a building year, and only a few skiiers found interest in the club. After the first season, Ben learned of the advertisement opportunities around campus and was able to spread the word about the club. The second year, the club doubled in size. Up until this point, this club was still referred to as the NDSU Nordic Skiing Club. Following the exponential growth of the club, Ben suggested the option of splitting the club into men’s and women’s.

This year has marked the second year of the official split between the Men’s and Women’s clubs. The clubs continue to grow, nearly doubling in size every year. Skiing is a fairly expensive sport that puts a large burden on students as well as their families. Ben saw this problem and came up with a solution. With help from the vice president, who is also a great asset to the club, they were able to put together proposals for skiing equipment that will benefit new members for years to come. 

Ben is a natural leader and a genuinely caring person. He has been an amazing role model to all members of the club throughout the past four years. Before leaving for races, he makes sure that the skiers participating are well trained on the etiquette required when representing NDSU. He is always “pumping up” skiers before the races by either singing an inspirational, yet slightly out of pitch song, or leading the team in an amusing pre-race, “Go Bison” cheer. 

Ben is deserving of this award due to all of the above reasons. His hard work, passion, and love for helping others has made him an amazing leader over the past four years. 

The NDSU Men’s Nordic Skiing Club, as well as the Women’s Club, will genuinely miss Ben’s charismatic leadership and helpfulness in the years to come. 

Respectfully submitted,
Nicole Thorndal (President, NDSU Women’s Nordic Skiing Club)
Leah Miller (Vice President, NDSU Women’s Nordic Skiing Club)
Morgan Martin (Treasurer, NDSU Women’s Nordic Skiing Club)