May 23, 2012
Mallory Heinzeroth, a Luther College senior from Denver, Colo., was named the recipient of the college's Jenson Medal at May 20 commencement ceremonies for the Luther Class of 2012.
Luther's Jenson Medal is presented each year to an outstanding senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community. The Jenson Medal was established through an endowment gift from Luther alumni Elizabeth A. Jenson, Class of 1945, and Paul G. Jenson, Class of 1947, of Vassalboro, Maine.
The award includes a $500 stipend.
The Jenson Medal citation read by Ann Highum, dean and vice president for student life, praised Heinzeroth for her leadership skills, sense of collaboration and passion for service.
Heinzeroth earned the bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Luther with majors in management and biology and a minor in Spanish.
During her years at Luther, Heinzeroth was a member of the Student Activities Council, serving as president her junior and senior years, a member of Student Senate and a student representative to the college's Board of Regents during her junior and senior years.
She played on the Luther women's rugby team four years.
Heinzeroth was one of 12 seniors who were the first to complete the Launching Luther Leaders certificate program. She helped create the program, while also encouraging the formulation of a leadership committee within Student Activities that will offer students a wide range of course, activities and internships to enhance their leadership skills.
Her on-campus service efforts included coordinating the Relay for Life event for three years as a service project for the sorority Alpha Beta Psi and volunteering with the student organization Students Helping Our Community.
Heinzeroth's major service endeavor is the non-profit organization "With Love, Incorporated," which she started with her mother in 2004 after a service experience in South Africa. The organization seeks to support those around the globe in need of assistance.
Heinzeroth will begin a fellowship in July through The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, working at a pre-natal and maternity clinic in Nicaragua. She will start work as a project manager at Epic Software Systems in Madison, Wis., in October.