Friends of Makabongwe Ngulube '16 react with joy when she was awarded the Mary E. McCahill Award, the University's highest honor. All photos: By Rebecca Studios / Rebecca Zenefski '10.
The 2016 Honors and Awards ceremony
The St. Catherine University community gathered Tuesday, April 26 to celebrate student academic and leadership achievements, including top-10 graduating seniors, inductees into the 24 active academic honor societies and the recipients of scholarships and departmental honors.
In addition, the Honors and Awards ceremony presents six All-University Awards that acknowledge student leadership, outstanding loyalty and service, and contributions to the St. Kate’s mission.
“As a student, your work here is to discover what matters most, what calls forth your best self; to find ways in which you can be your most passionate, most powerful, most engaged and effective self,” said President Andrea Lee, IHM, in her opening remarks. “Honors convocations at St. Catherine have a deeper meaning. It’s about success at the big, important things. And you have succeeded very well.”
2015–2016 All-University Leadership Awards
Makabongwe Ngulube '16 wins Mary E. McCahill Award
President Andrea Lee, IHM with Mary E. McCahill Award-winner Makabongwe Ngulube '16.
Long recognized as the University’s most prestigious award, the Mary E. McCahill Award is presented to a senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic excellence, loyalty and service to the University throughout her years here. This year’s award was presented to Makabongwe Ngulube ’16, an international relations major, with a minor in women’s studies.
Most visible in her roles as an AMP program assistant for the economics department and as lead student for the Information Center, Ngulube also worked with the Sisters of St. Joseph as student coordinator of the Peace Prayer for International Women’s Day. She honed leadership skills as a member of the LEAD Team and Student Senate, most recently serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
An international student from Zimbabwe, Ngulube served her fellow international students as peer mentor in the Multicultural Program and Services (MIPS) Office, assisted with New International Student Orientation, and significantly contributes to the annual International Potluck celebration.
Ngulube is not only deeply involved on campus, but has also represented St. Kate’s at prestigious organizations and events including the Minnesota NGO Network (as an intern), the National Model United Nations program, the Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Conference and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
One nominator noted, “She has so many accomplishments on her resume. What is not represented, however, are the relationships she’s built, the lives she’s touched, the stereotypes she’s helped challenge, and the lasting friendships she’s established."
She was also recognized earlier in the evening for her membership in the Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Gamma Pi honor societies.
Katie Zarbock '16 wins the Dean of Students award
Katie Zarbock '16, winner of the Dean of Students award.
The Dean of Students Award was presented to Katie Zarbock ’16 for her outstanding contributions to the University’s mission throughout her St. Kate’s career, including serving as a first-year orientation leader, president of the Social Dance Club, co-president of the Biology Club, supporting officer and secretary of Cru Christian Fellowship and Student Senate representative. She worked as a lab assistant for the biology department and as an Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) research collaborator.
Though not as visible as her other involvement, one of Zarbock's most significant contributions came as the student representative on the St. Catherine Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
Zarbock appeared frequently on the Academic Dean’s List, is an Antonian Scholar and a member of three honors societies: Beta Beta Beta (biology), Kappa Omicron Nu (human sciences) and Kappa Gamma Pi (Catholic leadership). She graduates summa cum laude next month with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and a minor in French.