BLACKSBURG, Va., April 27, 2004 – The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award is one of 10 University Student Leadership Awards given annually by Virginia Tech's Department of Student Activities in the Division of Student Affairs to recognize outstanding members, extraordinary achievements by an organization, advisers, volunteerism, and service-learning experiences.
The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award is one of 10 University Student Leadership Awards given annually by Virginia Tech's Department of Student Activities in the Division of Student Affairs to recognize outstanding members, extraordinary achievements by an organization, advisers, volunteerism, and service-learning experiences.
Maj. Gen. Jerry Allen Commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets nominated Richardson for the award. Richardson served as the Regimental Commander in the Corps of Cadets, the highest rank a cadet can hold in the corps, from April 2003 to January 2004. Richardson was responsible for the development, training and implementation of all cadet activities including academic assistance, ethical and leadership training and physical fitness. To achieve this, he worked closely with Allen.
Allen said Richardson did an outstanding job as Regimental Commander. He spoke of Richardson's initiative to improve the Corp's leader development program and concern for his fellow cadets. "There is no doubt in my mind that Dan has the highest standards of integrity and clearly exemplifies Virginia Tech's motto, ÎUt Prosim' through his service to others," Allen said. "This is what makes him such a great leader."
Richardson also has served as a Company Commander this spring semester. In this position, he worked to develop the leadership of the company through chain of command and physical fitness training as well as helping cadets with academics. He also was responsible for the health and wellness of the company when he served as the University Resident Advisor.
Richardson said that he was elated to receive the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award. "I felt humbled when I went to the awards ceremony and saw how many students on campus do such an unbelievable amount of work. I am honored to be recognized as part of a group of students who have such amazing accomplishments."
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has been producing military and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two remaining military corps within a large, primarily civilian university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members.
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.