YOUNGSTOWN — Nadine Jones of Youngstown and Ashley Amendol of Austintown were named Honors Students of the Week by the Honors College at Youngstown State University.
The Honors College initiative recognizes academic excellence, community engagement and student success as a way to share stories about student achievements.
NADINE JONES OF YOUNGSTOWN
This past May, Jones traveled with the YSU History Department to study the Holocaust and human rights in central and eastern Europe. During the course of three weeks, she traveled through the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany to visit sites relevant to the Holocaust, Communism and modern day memorials to victims of state-sponsored violence.
"I was able to contract this summer course for honors credits. Not only did the course allow me to gain a better global perspective of human rights issues faced in other cultures, it also allowed me to better understand those issues academically through research," Jones said in a news release. "This class gave me the opportunity to speak with human rights activists in these countries for various marginalized groups, the ability to listen to their stories regarding human rights in these regions and the time to discuss the work that still needs done for equal rights."
ASHLEY AMENDOL OF AUSTINTOWN
Amendol helped create Penguin Positivity Boards across campus. Positive messages are written on wooden tiles with the thought that students will take one when they need some words of encouragement and leave one for other students to pick up. The idea came from the belief that more mental health support is needed for students on our campus. The first board went up in Kilcawley Center, with an additional three boards to be put up in the dining hall, the bridge to Meshel and in the Student Veterans Resource Center.
For information about the Honors Student of the Week initiative, click here.