Luther College students Janet Irankunda and Wyatt Anians have been selected to receive the Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award and Krahn Family Student Life Service Award, respectively. The two have been chosen for the 2016-17 academic year based on their contributions to the Luther community and their participation in activities that embrace the spirit and mission of Luther College.
Irankunda, Luther sophomore, was selected to receive the Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award. To apply for the award, students must submit their resume and a statement about a new or revised policy, practice or opportunity the college should consider to further enrich the student experience on campus. In her application, Irankunda outlined a vision for Luther's Paideia with respect to ensuring students are able to fully build community. Specifically, she wrote, "I believe that in order to be a part of any community you must have the ability to work through and discuss the many types of diversity that often lead to conflict or misunderstanding."
Irankunda is majoring in music. She works as an Admissions office special events ambassador and has served as a peer mentor for the Connect for Success program through the Diversity Center. The daughter of Clarise Kabasinga and Calliste Habimana, she is a sophomore class representative in Student Senate, is a student member of the Strategic Planning Committee and is vice president of Cathedral Choir.
The Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award is given each year to a student whose character, leadership, and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The award was established in 2015 by George D. Kuh '68 of Bonita Springs, Florida; Warren R. Kuh '74 of Austin, Texas; and Kristian R. Kuh '97 of San Diego, California.
Wyatt Anians, Luther sophomore, was selected to receive the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award. The award is given to a current sophomore or junior student who has demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. The award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact on student life.
Anians is a diversity representative on Student Senate, is an active participant in the Launching Luther Leaders program, is an officer in PRIDE, People For the Rights and Inclusion of Diversity and Expression, and serves on the TRIO Achievement Program's Leadership Council. The son of Brian and Gina Anians of Wheatland, Iowa, he is a graduate of Calamus-Wheatland High School.
In support for Anians, a nominator wrote, "Wyatt is a warm and pleasant person to be around, and he has an engaging energy about him that makes for a great addition to any classroom. In my interactions with Wyatt as a student, and as a person, I have been impressed with his involvement beyond the classroom and his commitment to enhancing campus life at Luther College. In his involvement on campus, Wyatt exhibits a natural leadership style. He has great communication skills and is very personable, easily creating connections with others and striving to help them achieve their goals and ensure their overall happiness. This motivation for providing effective, positive leadership can also be seen in his active roles across campus groups that promote equity and a positive campus experience for all students.
The Krahn Family Student Life Service Award was established in 2013 by Roger A. '68 and Laurie Krahn of Plainwell, Michigan.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.